2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for January 2017
by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
In addition to nearly 6,800 miles, we added 425 gallons of diesel and 2.5 gallons of DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) in January. The big road trip increased our lifetime average 0.5 mpg, to 15.3 mpg. On the return leg we recorded our longest range of 434 miles, besting the existing record by 51 miles.
Average lifetime mpg: 15.3
Best fill mpg: 18.7
Best range: 434.3 miles
Current odometer: 17,608 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"One of the first things I noted while driving the Titan on the open road was how hyper-comfortable the seats were. I didn't have to shuffle or adjust for comfort for nearly a week behind the wheel." — Travis Langness, Automotive Editor
"As big and brash as the Titan is on the outside, much of the interior looks to be lifted straight from a crossover. The only signs of ruggedness are the huge headlight switch and the slotted column shifter handle. All trucks need column shifters (or a manual) — rotary knobs are for volume and climate control. The rest of the interior is very Murano and downright friendly." — Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor
"Once I got used to the ride quality of the truck, it was time to test out the stereo by playing music at full volume. I didn't intend it to be a test-to-failure of the Rockford Fosgate system. The stereo quit on me at least four times. After about 30 minutes of max-volume performance, the sound cut out entirely." — Travis Langness
"I toggled the cargo light switch to help while I unloaded supplies from the bed last night. But after a few minutes it timed out. I opened the drive door to confirm the switch was still on. It was. And when I closed the driver door, the cargo light turned back on again. That's odd." — Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing
"To make things interesting, I planned my route along Interstate 70 most of the way. That led me through Bryce Canyon in Utah, Denver, Kansas City and Indianapolis until I diverted even farther east to see Niagara Falls, then finally doubled back to Detroit through Canada." — Travis Langness
"The rest of America might be more ready for this truck than I am. Everywhere I stopped, there was someone waiting with a compliment as I dropped out of the truck. That was unexpected." — Kurt Niebuhr