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2016 Nissan Titan XD Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: A Titan, a Terrier and a Big Tow

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

We were nearing the end of our term with the 2016 Nissan Titan XD and I hadn't driven it once. That's almost like a dereliction of duty. After all, we're supposed to drive these vehicles, form impressions and share them with you, the reader.

But this truck was big, and I didn't relish the idea of squeezing it into my small driveway. I didn't have any home improvement projects going on. Plenty of others had driven it and it didn't lack for miles, thanks to Travis' and Kurt's respective drives to and from the Detroit Auto Show in January. I didn't worry about what I might be missing.

Then a family vacation loomed on the horizon, a houseboat trip to Lake Powell, Utah, that required a ski boat. Suddenly, I had a great reason to try out the Titan XD.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?
Repairs from a recent drive in Death Valley sidelined our 2016 Nissan Titan XD toward the end of last month. Then, to add insult to injury, our mirror got smacked, necessitating replacement. Thankfully, we got the #kingbanana all buttoned up for a few long highway drives, and enjoyed the rhythms of its turbodiesel engine along the way.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for June 2017

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?

With our long-term 2016 Nissan Titan XD's tenure tenuously teetering on its terminus, mileage has not accrued as quickly as it once did. And most of the driving that we did do took place within the confines of the west side of Los Angeles, an area that large trucks do not enjoy.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: King Banana Hits the Dirt

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

I guess I was due for another adventure.

Our 2016 Nissan Titan XD wasn't supposed to be the star of this desert adventure. From the outset, its role was as a support truck. And as such, the bed was packed with camping gear, tools and supplies, while the cab carried the electronics, cameras and everything that doesn't play nice with sun and dirt.

I shot the last few photos of our Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma as they headed down the dusty road before walking back to the Titan. I wasn't in a particular hurry as I figured the Ridgeline would hold up the proceedings a bit and I, in the rugged Pro-4X packaged Titan, would reel in the pair soon enough.

Things didn't turn out the way I expected.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?
There's not much to talk about when it comes to the month of May and how it relates to our 2016 Nissan Titan XD. Well, that's not entirely true. In fact there's a lot to talk about, but we've decided to withhold that information because it is part of a larger feature story and video we're cooking up.

Trust me, you'll love it. And after that drops, come back here for a detailed update that'll tell the story from the Titan's point of view.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?
It's fair to say our 2016 Nissan Titan XD had a pretty quiet month and if I'm honest, I'm going to say that's not much of a surprise. The #kingbanana is big for the roads, big for the trails and big for the parking lots. It's also eye-wateringly yellow. So yeah, it sat around and contemplated its own existence a lot.

Perhaps the Titan can take some solace in its yellowness. After all, as Van Gogh mentioned in a letter to his brother, "How beautiful yellow is!"

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for March 2017

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2016 Nissan Titan XD was made to tow, yet up until March we hadn't lashed anything behind it. So it was that the Titan was tasked for duty in transporting a particularly crappy Miata to a race for a certain citrus-themed endurance racing series at Sonoma Raceway. The Titan towed this craptacular roadster for a hair more than 1,000 miles. Earlier in the month it did some off-roading.

Certainly, a lightweight car on a lightweight formula-car trailer poses little burden for such a burly truck. I won't dispute that. If anyone wants to donate their significantly heavier enclosed trailer with, say, loaded Lista tool cabinets and a race-prepped 911, I'll be happy to facilitate a stouter challenge for our truck to tow. No guarantees you'll get it back.

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2016 Nissan Titan: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?
After its 6,172-mile round trip in January from Los Angeles to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show (specific writeups here and here), our 2016 Nissan Titan XD took a breather for February. We stayed local, using the Titan for weekday commuting and various home improvement jobs on the weekends. Overall, the last two months could be viewed as proof that the Titan XD can serve well as a do-it-all truck.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Detroit to LA

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on February 23, 2017

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Originally, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD in this production was going to be our 2016 Tesla Model X. But having already crossed the country, twice, in our 2013 Tesla Model S, and also finding the looks, ride and paltry range of the X disagreeable, I buried an ax in the head of that idea as swiftly as I could.

I liked the road-trip part, though. Like Magrath, I'm a sucker for a good one. So once the Model X gave way to #kingbanana, I was eager to finish what Travis started. When you get a chance to see your country, take it.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?
In January we lost our marbles. Somebody thought it was a good idea to drive our 2016 Nissan Titan XD from our offices in Santa Monica, California, to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. So we did. And then we drove it back. The 13-day road trip accounted for 6,083 of the 6,800 miles that the truck covered last month.

After miles of ice and snow, we put the Titan back to work in suburbia. We shuttled supplies for household projects. We hustled the kids to and from school. We commuted to and from the office. At the end of the month, we'd gotten to know our Nissan even better.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: L.A. to Detroit

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on January 26, 2017

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Every year, we send a team to cover the Detroit Auto Show, but instead of sending everyone out on a plane, we've cultivated an annual tradition of sending at least one editor behind the wheel of a long-term test car. Driving from Los Angeles to Detroit is certainly less practical, it takes up quite a bit of time, and it requires navigating around weather for several days in both directions, but we absolutely love it (or at least I do).

The basic structure is that one editor drives to Detroit and then, after the show, flies home. Another editor flies there, picks up the car and drives it back to L.A. Routes and stops vary, but the idea is the same: Get the car out of California where the weather is good and the going is easy. Put it to the test with freezing temperatures and see what it's like on the open highway for a few weeks.

The first step to the trip was to find a couple volunteers. Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr and I raised our hands first, so we got the nod. The second step was picking a long-term car from the fleet that could survive the journey. And this year we went with King Banana, our long-term 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for December 2016

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?
In December, we had the opportunity to experience what it's like when a 2016 Nissan Titan XD is your primary mode of transportation but you don't have a lot of truck things to do. That meant some midrange holiday road trips, routine maintenance and a light-duty stop at our local home improvement store.

Editor Ed Hellwig piloted the truck on a 140-mile round trip between Orange and San Bernardino counties to visit family to kick off the month. I grabbed the keys to coordinate the details of the Titan's 10,000-mile service. And then I drove my family to Lake Arrowhead for a weekend of Southern California snow-play, which was mostly of the man-made variety. To top things off, I slid four sheets of plywood 4-by-8s into the bed for a project on the home front.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?
The King Banana of our fleet remains the 2016 Nissan Titan XD. It cruised through the month of November without a ton of activity, though it did spend some time up north in Fresno with Senior Automotive Editor Brent Romans.

As we reported last month, the Titan's size makes it something of a nuisance on surface streets, whether you're trying to get home or run an errand. Stopping for lunch on the drive back from the Los Angeles Auto Show, I persuaded a parking garage attendant to let us drive through the exit side when the truck wouldn't fit through the entrance. We tipped him well.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?
We didn't add many miles to the odometer of our 2016 Nissan Titan XD in October. Its considerable dimensions (and associated parking difficulties) limit its daily appeal to many of our editors. But even though it's not very popular during the week, the Titan XD was signed out every weekend to do handy pickup things. Its biggest task this month was towing the 1931 Ford Model A Victoria owned by Mike Schmidt's family, which Mike transported from Temecula to the L.A. area.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: The Diesel V8's Fuel Economy So Far

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 29, 2016

2016 Nissan Titan XD

One of the key attributes of the new 2016 Nissan Titan XD is its available turbocharged 5.0-liter diesel-powered V8 engine. Aimed at shoppers who want more towing power than the typical gas V8 but don't want to pay a fully heavy-duty price, the Titan XD's Cummins diesel produces 310 horsepower and a hearty 555 pound-feet of torque.

This engine certainly adds some character to our Titan XD test truck, but we're particularly interested to see how its real-world fuel economy shapes up. Because of the XD's classification as a heavy-duty truck, the EPA does not provide fuel-economy estimates.

So how's it doing?

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2016 Nissan Titan: Performance Tested

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on September 14, 2016

2016 Nissan Titan

Our 2016 Nissan Titan XD has a Cummins diesel 5.0-liter V8 engine, carries up to one ton of payload and has a 12,000-pound towing capacity. A beast like this is naturally out of its element at our test track, but it can still be useful to compare performance numbers between similar trucks.

Let's see how the Titan XD measures up.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: First Day on the Job

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on September 12, 2016

2016 Nissan Titan XD

We'd had our 2016 Nissan Titan XD for less than an hour before I asked keymaster Mike Schmidt if I could take it home. I'm in the process of renovating my house, and new baseboards and door moulding were high on my to-do list. No stranger to baseboards himself, Schmidt agreed to lend me the brand new truck, as long as I didn't damage it in any way. After all, it hadn't even gone on the photo shoot for its Long-Term Introduction.

I'm happy to say I returned it scuff-free a couple days later. Well, mostly scuff-free.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Introduction

Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 25, 2016

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Nissan has already tried the full-size truck thing once. The original Nissan Titan debuted way back in 2004 to positive reviews, but it lacked the powertrain options, body configurations and feature flexibility that big-truck buyers expect. Not surprisingly, it remained a bit player in a segment where Detroit's Big Three remain the undisputed champs.

Now it's time for the second-generation 2016 Nissan Titan, which debuts in quasi-HD guise as the Titan XD (a regular half-ton Titan is coming for 2017). Completely redesigned and utilizing beefy components from Nissan's NV commercial vans, the Titan XD splits the difference between a traditional half-ton pickup and a true heavy-duty truck.

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