2018 Titan XD New Car Test Drive
The Nissan Titan XD splits the difference between a light-duty and a heavy-duty pickup. Titan XD is smoother than the heavy-duty Ford F-250, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 (and Sierra 2500), or Ram 2500, but rides rougher than the light-duty F-150, Silverado 1500 or Ram 1500.
Built on a heavy-duty frame, Titan XD is rated to tow up to 12,000 pounds and we found it can comfortably handle 9,000-pound trailers.
Titan XD offers a choice of Cummins 5.0-liter turbodiesel or 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine. The diesel is rated at 555 foot-pounds of torque at 1600 rpm, giving it strong trailer-pulling power.
Titan XD looks like the light-duty Titan, but shares little in terms of hardware.
Inside, the cab is comfortable, with supportive seats.
The navigation screen is small, but the rearview camera is useful when backing up or attaching a trailer. Surround-view cameras help in tight places, along with cross-traffic alerts when backing up, sensors front and rear to aid parking.
Underway, Titan XD feels tall, but crisp, taut, more agile and precise than the other heavy-duty pickups. The suspension is relatively firm and controlled, and the steering is direct.
Titan beds are equipped a tie-down system that makes dealing with different types of cargoes easier. Storage boxes that lock are available. The tailgate is damped so it doesn't slam down.
Titan is set up for towing a gooseneck trailer. Installing the ball and chain anchors takes about as much time as it took you to read this paragraph. That's a nice feature, considering it can be difficult to get advice from car dealers or trailer dealers or anyone else about towing setups.
Titan XD comes with an integrated trailer-brake controller that makes stopping more accurate than an aftermarket setup.
It's worth noting that the Titan XD is more American than a Japanese steak house in Tennessee. That is to say, it has a Nissan badge on it, but there's very little here that's Japanese. Designed in California, the Titan XD was engineered in Michigan and tested in Arizona. The truck is built in Mississippi. The 5.6-liter Endurance V8s are built in Tennessee, while the Cummins diesels are built in Indiana.
2017 Titan XD Crew Cab diesels come in SV ($45,250), Pro-4X ($52,230), SL ($53,510), and Platinum Reserve ($58,880). The Crew Cab lineup is similar with the gas engine, though there is also a base Titan XD Crew Cab S ($36,290) in addition to SL ($48,460) and the other trim levels.
Single Cabs come in S ($31,090) and SV trim ($34,990) with gas or diesel.