2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for June 2017
by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
With all the city driving, it's not surprising that the Titan XD hasn't lived up to its mileage potential. When you have a lot of torque, every opening in traffic looks like it can be filled by the Titan's prodigious yellow body. More sedate country and highway driving typically nets better results. For the month of June, we achieved between 12.1 and 13.1 mpg, and went through another 2.5 gallons of diesel exhaust fluid.
Average lifetime mpg: 15.2
EPA mpg rating: N/A
Best fill mpg: 18.7
Best range: 434.3 miles
Current odometer: 22,321 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I keep experiencing a delay in acceleration at low speeds. It's most evident at intersections where you're turning right. You creep up to check if the coast is clear. After applying the throttle to merge with traffic, the Titan repeatedly exhibits a sizable delay between my request for acceleration and actual acceleration. It's enough to make me think twice about merging into fast-moving traffic, and it also lends to a general lack of refinement for this drivetrain." — Carlos Lago, senior writer
"The challenge with having a vehicle the size of our Titan XD in Los Angeles has less to do with driving it and more to do with finding a place to park it. I opted for the challenge this weekend and was pleasantly surprised to find it easy to maneuver and park. I faced plenty of challenges, from navigating and parallel parking on narrow and busy streets in Santa Monica and Newport Beach. The Titan's visibility, both from inside the cab and its safety-vest yellow paint job, means you can always see where the truck is in the lane and everyone around you knows to keep clear. The top-down around-view camera is a lifesaver. It removes much of the guesswork when parking this Tonka Truck, giving a clear (albeit somewhat low-res) view of your proximity to the curb and other vehicles." — Carlos Lago