2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for December 2016
by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We added 1,516 miles to the Nissan in December. The aforementioned road trips garnered 15.0 mpg and 15.5 mpg, respectively. Neither was enough to budge any our long-term stats, as the best range, best fill and lifetime mpg records remain unchanged this month.
Average lifetime mpg: 14.8 mpg
Best fill mpg: 18.7 mpg
Best range: 383.2 miles
Current odometer: 10,808 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
At 10,000 miles, we made a 7:15 a.m. appointment at Surf City Nissan in Huntington Beach to address a few items. On our list was the usual list of inspections, an oil and filter change, tire rotation and two recalls. The first Titan recall (PC494) pertained to the fuel-tank breather tube, which may have been installed incorrectly. Ours was fine, it turned out. The second (PC507) was a recall to reflash the transmission control module (TCM).
We arrived on time, and our service adviser processed us in a prompt and courteous manner and then directed us to the waiting area. At 8 a.m., we watched the Titan finally pull out of the service driveway where we left it 45 minutes earlier. Surf City Nissan had just one certified diesel tech, which undoubtedly contributed to the delay. At 10 a.m., our adviser informed us that everything was done except for the TCM reflash, which was in progress. At 10:45, our truck was ready.
Total Cost: 3.5 hours and $101.95
"I remember hearing our Titan XD start up for the first time. It seemed surprisingly quiet, at least compared to other full-size diesel-powered trucks. After pulling through a drive-thru recently, I was reminded that it is still quite loud. I know Nissan's engineers tried to tone the Titan down in this regard, but there's only so much you can do with a diesel engine of its size. It's a small price to pay for its performance." — Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor
"Made a trip out to visit my parents this weekend in the Titan. It's about a 90-minute drive each way, and I never thought of the seats once. This is a good thing. It means that I never got so uncomfortable that I began squirming around. Usually if a seat bothers me, it starts to set in after about an hour. Never felt the need to shift around on either leg of the trip. Makes me think our Titan would be a great road-trip vehicle." — Ed Hellwig
"I slid four standard 4-foot-by-8-foot sheets of plywood in the bed of the Titan. It was a snug fit between the wheelwell storage bins. And they stuck out onto the lowered tailgate about a foot. I recommend a pair of heavy gloves to extract them or you'll be picking at splinters for days. Ask how I know." — Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing
"After hoisting himself into the cab of the Titan, my 5-year-old said: 'Daddy, this truck looks like a taxi that loves vegetables. It ate all of its vegetables so it grew a lot bigger.' Kids are weird. When I told him we affectionately call the truck King Banana, he told me that didn't make sense and suggested King Taxi was a better name." — Mike Schmidt