When Nissan first showed us the Titan XD "extra-duty" pickup truck, we joined the world in being a bit confused. It was less expensive and less capable than an American heavy-duty pickup, but more capable than a standard light duty, so it seemed to be an answer to something nobody was asking. Buyers weren't all that interested, though Nissan chalks that up to them not marketing the truck all that well.
Now, there's a refreshed Titan XD for 2020, and Nissan has taken a somewhat simpler approach: Bill the XD as the ultimate towing package for the light-duty Titan, with beefier components, more robust suspension, simpler options and fewer combinations. And you know what? It works better this way.
What do you get with a new Titan XD? You get a fully boxed frame with nearly a foot more wheelbase, a higher ride height, bigger brake rotors, standard four-wheel drive, a beefier rear axle with a commercial-grade differential, an optional gooseneck hitch connection, a payload about 750 pounds more than the light-duty Titan and a tow rating some 1,600 pounds more than the regular Titan.
What don't you get? Much in the way of variety — it uses the same body, interior and styling as the regular Titan, but it's only available in a long-bed crew-cab configuration thanks to that stretched wheelbase. You get the same 400-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 (the diesel is no more) and nine-speed automatic transmission as the regular Titan, too.
So how does it all work? Pop over to our full first drive review of the new 2020 Titan XD on Cars.com to see our thoughts.
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