2016 Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab Cummins Long Term Report 3 of 4
Long Term Report 3 of 4
It is always the little things in life that make any experience better, and that holds true for the Titan XD. We’ve learned to appreciate some of the many features that make the truck extra useful in day-to-day life, and it’s clear someone at Nissan was thinking of the details.
Take the spray-lined bed, for example. It is fitted with Nissan’s excellent Utilitrak rail system. Unlike the competition, the Nissan system mounts rails to the floor and the head of the bed, in addition to the traditional flanking position. Nissan’s cleats are also cast aluminum, not plastic, and they can be mounted just about anywhere along the rails. Nissan also includes four traditional, loop-style tie-downs in the corners.
Other niceties in the hauling space include a 120-volt outlet, LED lighting, an integrated gooseneck hitch setup, and a damped and locking tailgate. Our truck even came equipped with Titan Boxes, which differ from the Ram Boxes in that they are mounted inside the bed, allowing you to install a shell or tonneau cover and have locking storage. We do find the Ram Boxes to be more convenient to access and prefer that they lock remotely from the key fob, but the Titan Boxes still hold a ton of stuff and have the advantage of being removable.
Additional features worth mentioning include the dealer-installed Wi-Fi that makes working from the road or keeping the kids entertained in the backseat effortless, a multi-position switch that adjusts the headlight aim on the fly to compensate for payload or tongue weight, and a cool trailer light check trick on the key fob.
Up to this point, there has been little to gripe about with the XD. We’ve had an issue where the head unit does an occasional hard reset that we’ll have to get looked at, but that’s it in terms of warranty or quality issues. Other little things we’d love to see Nissan address in a future Titan and XD update are power folding trailer mirrors for those tight parking spots and more effective seat cooers for those hot days. Otherwise, we are happy to get back behind the driver’s seat and go tow something.
Long-Term NumbersReport: 3 of 4
Previous report(s): March/April 2017, July/August 2017
Base price: $60,520
Price as tested: $62,665
Miles to date: 17,710
Miles since last report: 6,284
Average mpg (this report): 15.07
Test best tank (mpg): 20.24
Test worst tank (mpg): 12.02 (towing)
Test maintenance: Added DEF, 10K mile service, 15K mile service
Test problem areas: Head unit hard restart
Logbook Quotes:“The Titan XD requires you to push a switch to activate the inverter, which basically means I’ll plug my laptop in and forget to actually charge it.”
“Almost 18,000 miles and still not one squeak or rattle.”
“The remote headlight aiming dial on the dash is awesome. It has kept me from blinding other drivers when I have a load.”
“Anyone else notice how susceptible the XD is to road crowns?”
“There was a time when we had the only Titan XD on the road, but I’m starting to see them pop up all over now.”