2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for October 2016
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We racked up 1,236 miles in October and consumed 85 gallons of diesel, for an average of 14.5 mpg. Our lifetime average of 14.7 mpg was unchanged from September.
Average lifetime mpg: 14.7 mpg
Best-fill mpg: 17.5 mpg
Best range: 383.2 miles
Current odometer: 7,966 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
We added another 2.5-gallon jug of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) in October. Dan Edmunds calculated that we go through one of these jugs every 1,800 miles or so. I don't know how much he paid for it, but Amazon prices his Peak BlueDEF box at a tick under $23.
"When it comes to trucks, second-row LATCH tether points are usually hard to use. The problem isn't that they aren't easy to find; it's that there is typically such a small space between the child seat and rear wall of the cab that you don't have space to cinch the tether tight. Our Nissan Titan fits this 'normal' criterion. So if you have anything short of Jack Skellington fingers, you'll have a heck of a time tightening the strap." — Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing
"The last thing I expected from the high-riding, 4x4 Titan XD was a smooth highway ride. I was completely surprised when it delivered just that. This is one of the smoothest-riding full-size trucks I've driven in a while." — Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor