How many country songs are written about the Nissan Titan? Not too many. But that doesn't mean the Nissan isn't as much a workhorse as the American haulers. Indeed, the heavy-duty Titan XD boasts a maximum 12,310 pound towing capacity and a top payload rating of over 2,000 pounds. A Japanese full-size truck may still sound like an oxymoron to some, but there's no denying that the Titan XD has the stats to back up its assault on the traditional American trucks.
What's New for 2018
Rhinestone cowboys will appreciate the new Midnight Edition package, which outfits the Titan with a body-color grille and bumpers, black 20-inch wheels, and black badging, interior trim, door handles and mirrors. Otherwise, the Titan is unchanged.
Choosing Your Nissan Titan XD
Nissan offers two Titans. The base is roughly analogous to light-duty trucks like the Ford F-150 or Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and is listed separately. The Titan XD, listed here, challenges the heavy-duty F-Series Super Duty and Silverado 2500HD.
Nissan offers an array of choices regarding the combination of cab and bed. Buyers can choose from three cabs – Standard, King and Crew – as well as from either an eight-foot or 6.5-foot bed. The Crew Cab, with it's four full-size doors, is paired exclusively with the 6.5-foot bed. The King Cab, which uses smaller but wide-swinging rear-hinged doors, is available with either bed, as is the Standard Cab.
Of the five trim levels, only the Crew Cab is available across the Titan XD line. The Single Cab is relegated to just the S or SV SV, while the King Cab can be had in S, SV or Pro-4X.
Under the hood, power is all of the eight-cylinder variety, with one burning gas and the other drinking diesel. The former displaces 5.6-liters, and with help from technology like variable valve timing and direct injection, puts out 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque.
Unlike the 5.6, which is built in-house by Nissan, the diesel is a 5.0-liter affair made by Cummins. It uses a two-stage turbo system to help avoid low-end turbo lag, and also employs technologies to reduce "diesel chatter" and improve cold starting - two notorious traits that often plague diesels of any make or model. It uses a six speed automatic versus the 5.6-liter's seven speed unit, and power output is 310 horsepower and a stout 555 lb-ft of torque.
With the diesel, max payload and towing capacity is 2,420 and 12,640 pounds, respectively. The gas engine can haul up to a 2,910 lb payload and trailer up to 11,590 lbs.
No matter the exact model, the diesel is a hefty upcharge - $5,000-$7,000 depending on trim. Only spurge for it if planning on doing regular towing; otherwise, the gas engine will more than suffice.
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