Forging Its Own Path With a 5.0-Liter Turbodiesel V-8
We Like: Its comfortable interior, unshakable Cummins power.
We Don’t Like: Its heavy-duty steering, unimpressive infotainment, and ambiguous identity.
Big, bold, and accentuated by loads of chrome exterior trim, the second-generation Titan (and first-ever XD tweener model) perplexed us. In many ways, it’s admirable. Its interior is spacious and luxurious with an abundance of soft leather. Its generous payload (up to a claimed 2,000 pounds (907 kg)) and towing (“more than 12,000 pounds (5,443 kg),” per Nissan) maximums are no small feats, and amenities such as a standard gooseneck hitch and detachable bed-mounted utility boxes are unique. Its 5.0-liter, turbodiesel Cummins V-8 drew constant praise.
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“The Cummins seems right at home in this truck,” Ron Kiino said. “Overall, it’s very smooth and quiet. The Aisin six-speed performs well — intuitive and seamless in its shifting.” The Titan’s chassis, a version of the NV’s underpinnings, provides a calm, collected ride, which Christian Seabaugh appreciated. “It may essentially be an HD pickup,” he said, “but it doesn’t ride like one.”
But delve into its details, and you’ll notice its flaws. Its cabin is a blatant hodgepodge of Nissan parts. “There’s a skinny shift lever here, a smallish touchscreen there, and a huge headlight knob,” Ed Loh said.
The Titan straddles classifications, creating what Kiino sees as a puzzling mix of questionable value and uncertainty regarding the function it intends to perform, let alone how well it accomplishes that function. But when there’s no real competition, one sets the standard by default, leaving the XD with the pleasure of forging its own path.
|2016 Nissan Titan XD 4×4|
|BASE PRICE||$41,000 (est)|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$62,000 (est)|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truck|
|ENGINE||5.0L/310-hp/555-lb-ft turbodiesel DOHC 32-valve V-8|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||242.9 x 79.4 x 78.7 in|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||7,431 lb (59/41%)|
|ACCELERATION, 0-60 MPH*||9.6; 19.6; 26.0 sec|
|QUARTER MILE**||17.3 sec @ 81.3 mph; 22.1 sec @ 63.9 mph; 23.9 sec @ 57.8 mph|
|DAVIS DAM “FRUSTRATION”**||10.3 sec, 911 ft|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||136 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.70 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||29.9 sec @ 0.53 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||Not rated|
|ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY||Not rated|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||Not rated|
|REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB||16/21/18|
|*Unladen; towing 8,500-lb trailer; towing 11,600-lb trailer|
|**50-70-mph passing acceleration with 1,300 pounds of payload|
2016 Truck of the Year Finalists:
- Chevrolet Colorado
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- GMC Canyon
- GMC Sierra 1500
- Nissan Titan XD
- Toyota Tacoma