2016 Nissan Titan XD

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Nissan Titan XD. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • New exterior look is huge improvement
  • Offering two capability levels gives better choices to buyers
  • New Cummins provides towing/hauling credibility

The Bad

  • No gasoline engines available for several months
  • Rear crew-cab doors don't open very wide
  • Old-school recirculating ball steering

Notable Features of the 2016 Nissan Titan XD

  • All-new interior and exterior design
  • Distinct cab configurations
  • All-new chassis and Cummins 5.0L V-8
  • Five distinctive trim levels with all-new Platinum Reserve top trim

2016 Nissan Titan XD Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Nissan’s going after customers in need of a stronger half-ton pickup or heavy-duty customers who don’t appreciate the unnecessary tradeoffs with its new-for-2016 Titan XD.

This all-new pickup hopes to better compete with the dominating players in the segment: the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ram 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and Toyota Tundra.


New for 2015The Nissan strategy is to essentially create two half-ton pickups: one heavier-duty hard-working model called the Titan XD that will go on sale first at the end of 2015 and only be offered with the new twin-turbo-diesel 5.0-liter V-8 Cummins and then offer a more personal-use, lighter-duty half-ton pickup later in 2016 that will offer a choice of V-8 and V-6 engines.

This Titan XD has an all-new chassis will offer a maximum towing capacity above 12,000 pounds and offers a payload capacity of 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.

The new Titan has a new exterior and interior look, and it offers many bed conveniences like LED lighting, multiple cargo rails and optional storage boxes.


Exterior HighlightsNissan designers started the new truck's look with a gladiator’s helmet and incorporated many of those same cues into the front grille and tailgate. To house the big Cummins engine, Nissan made the grille and hood bulge larger than any of the competitive set.

Along the side of the truck, Nissan removed many of the flat surfaces and added swoops and curves over the front and rear fenders. M...

Vehicle Overview

Nissan’s going after customers in need of a stronger half-ton pickup or heavy-duty customers who don’t appreciate the unnecessary tradeoffs with its new-for-2016 Titan XD.

This all-new pickup hopes to better compete with the dominating players in the segment: the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ram 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and Toyota Tundra.


New for 2015The Nissan strategy is to essentially create two half-ton pickups: one heavier-duty hard-working model called the Titan XD that will go on sale first at the end of 2015 and only be offered with the new twin-turbo-diesel 5.0-liter V-8 Cummins and then offer a more personal-use, lighter-duty half-ton pickup later in 2016 that will offer a choice of V-8 and V-6 engines.

This Titan XD has an all-new chassis will offer a maximum towing capacity above 12,000 pounds and offers a payload capacity of 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.

The new Titan has a new exterior and interior look, and it offers many bed conveniences like LED lighting, multiple cargo rails and optional storage boxes.


Exterior HighlightsNissan designers started the new truck's look with a gladiator’s helmet and incorporated many of those same cues into the front grille and tailgate. To house the big Cummins engine, Nissan made the grille and hood bulge larger than any of the competitive set.

Along the side of the truck, Nissan removed many of the flat surfaces and added swoops and curves over the front and rear fenders. Much of the front and side design cuts are tailored to smoothly move air over and around the large surfaces for better aerodynamics and fuel economy.

Additionally, Nissan now uses a single front bumper design to mitigate the number air-grabbing surface connections. The front also sports larger headlamps and LED accents, along with a stamped Titan name into the upper grille. Likewise, the name of the truck is stamped on the top of the tailgate. 


Interior HighlightsProbably the greatest improvement with this new version Titan XD is how much better looking the updated instrument panel is. Seating materials and soft-touch dash surfaces are improved with much cleaner labels and controls. New Titans now have an information screen between the speedometer and tachometer, as well as a 7-inch navigation screen that can offer a top-view 360-degree camera. Finally, all Nissan Titans will have a column shifter, which opens up quite a bit more room for extra storage space, hidden compartments and larger cupholders. The doors have been carefully redesigned to accommodate larger items.

The Nissan Titan will have five trim packages: S, SV, PRO-4X, , SL and Platinum Reserve. The truck will be offered in three cab configurations — regular, king, and crew
with several wheelbases, and three bed lengths.

Under the HoodThe all-new twin-turbo-diesel 5.0-liter V-8 Cummins will be the first engine available on Titan XDs, with a V-6 and V-8 coming online in 2016.

Power ratings for the 5.0 Cummins are 310 horsepower and 555 pounds-feet of torque, offering 20 percent better fuel economy when towing full loads than a comparably sized gas engine, as well as 45 percent more torque. Power ratings have not been released. The current 4.0-liter V-6 is rated at 261 hp and 281 pounds-feet of torque.


Safety FeaturesAmong some of the new safety features, Nissan will be the first truckmaker to include a trailer light check with blind spot and front and rear sonar warning lights and sounds. Other safety gear will include an integrated brake controller for towing, trailer sway control, LED lighting in the bed, standard tailgate assist and an electronically controlled rear locking differential.


2016 Titan XD Video

From the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Cars.com's Mark Williams takes a look at the 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

Latest 2016 Titan XD Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

I think the power is not enough

by Austinmatz from Fort Stewart Georgia on October 10, 2018

The truck is fantastically designed other then the power the Engine has on take off it is slow as a Prius. But other then that I believe it?s a solid truck Read full review

(5.0)

it has alot of horse power for a truck

by jerry truck from Winston Salem on August 27, 2018

this truck fits all my needs , it will pull my RV ( 10,000.00 pounds ) fit 6 people great , and looks great , i didnt have to break my bank account to get it . Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Nissan Titan XD S Gas

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Nissan
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain warranty

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Titan XD received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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