2016 Nissan Titan: Monthly Update for February 2017
by Brent Romans, Senior Editor
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
There's not much to report here. Our Titan is holding steady at an underwhelming 15.3 mpg.
Average lifetime mpg: 15.3
Best fill mpg: 18.7
Best range: 434.3 miles
Current odometer: 18,551 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
I added a gallon of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) this month (see more details below on why I didn't add more). That set us back $7. Looking back at our earlier coverage, our XD has been impressively trouble-free. All we've had to do is put gas and DEF in it and take it in for a few routine services.
"Hitching up a 5-by-9-foot trailer didn't faze our Titan XD one bit. Yeah, you've got to pay attention more with a trailer attached. But performance-wise, our Titan drove like the trailer wasn't even there. Tossing a briefcase in a Miata has about the same impact." — Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor
"Our Titan XD's 555 pound-feet of torque pays dividends on hilly terrain. At highway speeds, the truck just motors up grades and stays in sixth gear. No shifting, no drama. Granted, I haven't been towing with our Titan. But the diesel-fueled thrust bodes well for stress-free towing and hauling." — Brent Romans, Senior Editor
"Using 4WD High in our Titan is easy enough. There's a big knob to the right of the steering wheel. Just switch from RWD to 4WD High, and it quickly and quietly engages. An icon in the gauge cluster indicates that you've got 4WD engaged. As in other trucks, though, 4-Hi is just meant for driving on low-traction surfaces (like dirt or snow) and only at speeds below 60 mph or so." — Brent Romans
"My commute has a pretty wide range of surfaces along the way. From the cracked concrete of the 405 freeway to the side streets of Marina del Rey, there are plenty of places where a big truck like the Titan could feel uncomfortable. Yet it doesn't. Instead, it's very well-controlled and has just the right amount of give in the suspension. There's a series of speed bumps on one street that I drive through and even those don't send shudders through the cabin. It's a nice setup for those who need the Titan XD's capability on occasion but run it empty the rest of the time." — Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor
"Our long-term Titan XD has the upgraded infotainment interface. I love the top-down parking camera system shown in the photo below. But otherwise I find this 7-inch touchscreen to be mediocre. Here are my top five issues with it: 1) The graphics and fonts are dated; 2) some virtual buttons are small and hard to press; 3) the maps lack useful detail; 4) the screen often washes out in sunlight; and 5) it lacks the latest smartphone app integration systems (e.g. Apple CarPlay)." — Brent Romans
"The Titan XD has been warning me about low DEF for the past few days. Originally, the gauge cluster display said our truck had 25 percent DEF left. After I took the Titan on a 250-mile highway road trip, it dropped to 15 percent. So I bought a gallon jug of DEF and poured it in. This was my first time refilling the DEF fluid, though. In hindsight, I should have bought a bigger 2.5-gallon box jug, too. Two reasons: 1) The Titan's tank holds up to 4.5 gallons of DEF, and 2) those box jugs come with a filler funnel. The 1-gallon jug I bought didn't. There's no way to pour it in without one, so I had to jury-rig a suitable filler from a funnel and tubing I had in my garage. Oh, and it's cheaper to buy the big-box jugs, too." — Brent Romans
"Each time I drive the Titan, I think of another home improvement project that I need to do. The utility of having a truck available just makes everything easier." — Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing
"I found something that I don't like about the Titan: It rides so high that I can't reach my cash at the drive-up ATM." — Mike Schmidt
"I enjoy driving our Titan XD. I like the distinctive-sounding diesel-powered V8, the off-road stance and wheels, the chunky feel of the column shifter, and the solid feel of the steering. All make our Titan seem rugged and ready to rumble. I'll also admit that it makes me feel a bit more rugged, too. Hey, those worker dudes headed out to fix stuff in the middle of the night and/or rope a steer in the Titan XD TV commercial? That could be me! Never mind that I'm still the same domesticated, middle-aged guy with two kids." — Brent Romans