Now available in two sizes, Titan and Titan XD, it is available in a variety of configurations as the Titan while the Titan XD is only available as a crew cab with a 6.5-foot bed. With a front bench seat, the Titan XD is capable of carrying six passengers. Two-wheel drive is standard, with optional 4-wheel drive accessed easily via a switch-operated 2-speed transfer case. Nissan claims the XD "combines the capability of a heavy-duty hauler with the drivability and affordability of a light-duty pickup."
Standard Titans are available with either the big crew cab or a more utilitarian single cab. The standard Titan is also available as a 2WD model, cutting costs to under $30,000 for the truck.
The Titan and Titan XD ride on a boxed ladder frame borrowed from Nissan's line of commercial vans. Front suspension is courtesy of reinforced double-wishbones and a stabilizer bar, while the rear features a multi-leaf setup. Brakes are 14.2-inch vented discs in front and 14.4-vented discs in the rear, which provide plenty of stopping power for the big Nissan.
Power comes from either a 5.6L gasoline V8 or a 5.0L V8 turbodiesel. The standard Titan is only available with the gasoline engine, while the XD gets the option of either. The gas V8 produces 390 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, while the Cummins diesel makes 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. The gas V8 is mated to a 7-speed automatic, while the diesel is paired with a 6-speed automatic. When properly equipped, the diesel XD can tow up to 12,300 pounds.
No matter which engine is powering the Titan trucks, trim levels include standard Nissan nomenclature, with S, SV and SL, plus a Platinum Reserve trim. In the S, buyers get 17-inch painted steel wheels, manual folding mirrors, fixed cargo tie-downs, and an easy-to-control dampened opening tailgate with closure assist. Inside, there's air conditioning, easy-to-clean vinyl flooring, push-button ignition, a 40/20/40 split front bench seat, and a 60/40 split fold-up rear bench. Bluetooth hands-free connectivity with streaming audio is standard, as is an AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 capability, cruise control and NissanConnect mobile apps to enhance owner experience with the Titan. A Convenience and Utility Package adds things like an overhead console, receiver hitch and spray-in bed liner.
The Titan SV adds chrome exterior trim, powered and heated mirrors, front tow hooks, a Class IV tow hitch receiver and an integrated fifth-wheel hitch, a trailer brake controller and, on 4x4 trucks, skid plates. The interior features Advanced Drive-Assist, a display front and center that provides drivers with everything from caller ID to turn-by-turn navigation, when equipped. The SV Comfort and Convenience Package adds Siri Eyes Free, a front/rear sonar system, automatic headlights, fog lights and running boards.
The Titan SL features 20-inch alloy wheels, a bed-mounted channel system with four tie-down cleats, and a 120-volt AC outlet in the bed. Remote start/stop, heated leather seating with front captain's chairs, a power sliding rear window, a Rockford Fosgate audio system, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel and driver's side seat memory round out the SL offerings.
Finally, the Platinum Reserve brings dark chrome-clad 20-inch alloy wheels and matching trim on the grille and mirrors, plus locking Titan in-bed storage boxes. Inside, there is premium 2-tone leather seating, wood trim, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and heated/cooled front seats and Around View Monitor with object detection, which offers a 360-degree view of the Titan to help ensure full clearance around objects and pedestrians.
Safety in the big truck has not been overlooked, and standard on all Titans are anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, and front airbags and roof-mounted curtain airbags for the front and rear.
It's been nine months and over 6,500 miles and, alas, it's time for me to part ways with the Cummins-powered 2016 Titan XD that's been a big part of my life. A big part of my life because it is, of course, a big truck, but it wound up fitting into my lifestyle a whole lot better than I thought it might.
First I used the thing as a tow vehicle: It brought homefrom the wilds of Northern New Hampshire then hauled a 2004 Subaru WRX STI and a heavy trailer up and down the White Mountains without complaint. Of course, that combination, somewhere around 6,000 pounds, is about half the Titan's maximum towing capacity.
It was also happy to bring home massive amounts of mulch and topsoil, two cubic-yards at a time. The flip-down step that mounts beneath the bumper made it easy to climb up into the bed to help with the shoveling.
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