2016 Nissan Titan XD

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$35,290

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2016 Nissan Titan XD
2016 Nissan Titan XD

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

5 trims

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Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

First Diesel truck I’ve ever owned

It’s got a 3/4 ton chassis in a 1/2 ton market. Plenty of muscle to pull what ever I need towed. I wish Nissan would partner with Cummings again. Overall Valve has really worked for us. One final plus, this big truck is garageable.

4.3

Best review I can give right now

When I picked this truck, it was because it fit what I wanted , a diesel engine (for the mileage and better towing power than the truck I had. I have not had it long enough to give it a good or bad review, but so far, it seems to be a good truck. The only thing I don't care about with it is the pollution control system on it, which the EPA forced on the diesel companies to quickly (in my opinion). If they could uncomplicate that, it would be nice. The truck seems to have good power and it is very nice on the inside and out. I haven't had a chance to tow with it yet though, as I have only had it for about a week.

4.3

Not too badly priced to have 3/4 ton capability

First time owning a Nissan vehicle. Compared to my old Ford and GMC, this vehicle is much larger, has way more cab space and a lot more pulling power. The fuel mileage isn’t completely terrible for the size of this truck, but it could be much better. I had better MPG with my supercharged GMC Sierra. I’m still feeling it out, having only had it a few weeks, but it is doing pretty good so far. It’s quiet, comfortable, stylish and gets me where I need to go.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
N/A
Powertrain
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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