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2016 Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab Cummins Long Term Report 2 of 4

Long Term Report 2 of 4

Apr 4, 2017
Photographers: Sean P. Holman
Six months in to our test and people still stop us at the diesel pump or the home improvement store’s parking lot asking us “is that the new diesel Titan?” or mention “I haven’t seen one in person yet, can I take a look?” It seems that you either get the Titan XD, or you don’t, but we met quite a few owners of 10-year-old Duramax, Power Stroke, and Cummins trucks who do.
The 1/2-ton–plus seems to have found an audience with a certain segment of prospective buyers we’ve spoken to. With 555 lb-ft of torque on tap, the Titan XD is today what most 3/4-ton trucks were about 10 years ago. While today’s 3/4-ton trucks are up around 900 lb-ft of torque, many owners of 10-year-old trucks have told us that they are ready to replace them, but their trailers haven’t gotten heavier and they don’t feel a need for more truck (or the expense associated with the traditional 3/4 tons). So maybe Nissan has something with this whole “white space” thing after all.
Photo 2/4   |   Unlike some other trucks that use plastic on their intercoolers, the Titan XD has a very heavy-duty cast unit.
Marketing messages and positioning of the Titan XD aside, the XD has been as enjoyable as any truck we’ve tested in recent memory. During our encounters with curious truck owners, we often pop the hood to show off what the Titan offers. This is where you can see the care Nissan and Cummins engineers took in the packaging of the engine. Not only are serviceable items in easy reach, but also the quality of components used look like something you’d have to buy from the aftermarket on other trucks. We generally like to point out the huge cooling stack, cast-aluminum intercooler (no plastic end caps here), and the high-quality hoses and stainless-steel clamps.
Photo 3/4   |   Mounted in a spot on the dash that is easy to reach, the Titan XD’s integrated trailer brake controller is right at your fingertips.
Regardless of what is hooked up to the hitch, the Titan XD just handles it. We’ve loaded up mulch, towed project vehicles, and even yanked 13,000 pounds of load mats for our Truck Trend Pickup of the Year competition. While we don’t condone towing beyond the rated capacity, we also know the Titan is very conservatively rated. and thanks to an integrated trailer brake controller, trailer sway control, and a stiff, fully boxed frame, the 7,400-pound XD is a stable and unflappable towing platform. Keeping the XD’s “go” in check are 14.17-inch front and 14.37-inch rear brakes that offer great pedal feel and plenty of reserve capacity. All of these things help to ensure the XD is a solid rig for the long haul and won’t break a sweat when working at ten-tenths.
Photo 4/4   |   2016 Nissan Titan XD Long Term Report 2
There is a lot to like about the Titan XD, and we are believers in the truck, although we’d love for the Cummins V-8 to be a little quicker revving, as there are times when we have caught the engine flat-footed, exposing some unwelcome turbo lag. Also, we’d love to see Nissan incorporate an exhaust brake to supplement the transmission and service brakes for improved downhill control. Fortunately, with more than 11,000 miles rolled on the odometer, the Cummins is starting to break in and acceleration feels more brisk than when the truck was new.
We have more trips and towing planned for our next report, but don’t wait for us to tell you about our next three months with the truck. If you can relate to our friends at the pump or the home improvement store and are considering a new truck to pull your 10-12,000-pound trailer, we feel confident in telling you that the Titan XD deserves a solid look.

Long-Term Numbers

Report 2 of 4
Previous report(s): Mar./Apr. ’17
Base price: $60,520
Price as tested: $62,665
Miles to date: 11,464
Miles since last report: 6,390
Average mpg (this report): 14.97
Test best tank (mpg): 20.24
Test worst tank (mpg): 12.02 (towing)
Test Maintenance: Added DEF, 10K-mile Service
Test Problem Areas: None

Logbook Quotes:

“There is still a lot of curiosity surrounding the XD. I’d say I get approached in a parking lot or gas station a couple times a month.”
“DEF fill-ups are averaging around 2,500 miles.”
“Not quite the ‘Jeep Wave,’ but I just got a thumbs up from another XD Cummins owner.”
“Despite our ever-increasing trailer weights, you sometimes have to look in the mirror and remind yourself a trailer is in tow.”
“Visibility out of the Titan is really good, as are the tow mirrors.”

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