Base Price: $40,290
Price as tested: $58,285
Engine: 310-horspower, V8 Cummins diesel
Curb weight: 7,500+ pounds
Nissan has already shaken up the light-duty truck world and now it’s taking a stab at the heavy duty and luxury truck markets with the 2016 Nissan Titan XD 4×4. And a deal with Cummins to provide the Titan XD’s 5-liter V8 turbo diesel engine has proven to be a real draw. And while it is actually more of a medium-duty truck, Nissan is hoping it will appeal to buyers that need something more than a standard light-duty truck, but aren’t quite ready for a full heavy-duty pickup.
The Titan XD, which is all new for 2016, is a blatant attempt at stealing away market share from the Detroit Three. And it’s definitely worthy. When the massive truck goes on sale this summer, the Cummins diesel will be the only engine option, but Nissan has promised to release a gasoline V8 and V6 version. A more conventional lighter duty version has also been promised, but without a timeframe. The powerful diesel engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that will be exclusive to the XD model. The four-door crew cab truck with 6.5-foot bed is a beast. With a wheelbase measuring 151.6 inches, the Titan XD is more than 20 feet long and weighs more than 8,500 pounds.
Starting at $40,290 plus destination charge, the Titan XD takes no prisoners. The test truck, however, with the $1,100 four-wheel drive off-road package, $3,310 convenience package and $1,510 luxury package, all of which are must-haves, was priced at a whopping $58, 285. The convenience package adds front and rear parking sensors, which are handy in such a large truck, and a premium 12-speaker audio system, among other necessities. A 120-volt outlet in the bed of the truck and LED bed lighting and tailgate illumination are also included in the convenience package. The luxury package adds heated and cooled driver and passenger seats and a birds-eye view all-around camera, which again comes in handy when parking the behemoth.
The truck’s cabin with plush leather seats and 7-inch touchscreen infotainment center is Nissan first foray into the luxury truck market. Fully loaded is an understatement. The XD’s rear-view camera with trailer monitoring, downhill speed control and numerous other driver and safety aids help it compete with the big boys. While the Cummins diesel’s 310-horspower is lacking when compared with most gasoline-powered V8s, its 555 lb-ft of torque is the real hidden gem. The truck’s payload tops out in excess of 2,000 pounds and max towing is approximately 12,000 pounds. The engine also features a compacted-graphite-iron block, aluminum heads, dual overhead camshafts, and Cummins’s new M2 two-stage turbocharger system for combating turbo lag. Gas mileage for the truck is unconfirmed by the EPA, but I averaged about 20 mpg in combined highway and city driving.
The new design features handsome styling that looks a little too familiar (cough, cough … Ford F150), but is still recognizably Nissan – especially the front grill, which matches more with the automaker’s line of utility vans. The 2016 Nissan Titan XD 4×4 is not too big and it’s definitely not too small. It’s not too fast, but it certainly isn’t slow. You could call it the Goldilocks of trucks.