2016 Nissan Titan XD Long-Term Road Test - Cargo Space

2016 Nissan Titan XD Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: King Banana Hits the Dirt

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

I guess I was due for another adventure.

Our 2016 Nissan Titan XD wasn't supposed to be the star of this desert adventure. From the outset, its role was as a support truck. And as such, the bed was packed with camping gear, tools and supplies, while the cab carried the electronics, cameras and everything that doesn't play nice with sun and dirt.

I shot the last few photos of our Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma as they headed down the dusty road before walking back to the Titan. I wasn't in a particular hurry as I figured the Ridgeline would hold up the proceedings a bit and I, in the rugged Pro-4X packaged Titan, would reel in the pair soon enough.

Things didn't turn out the way I expected.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?
It's fair to say our 2016 Nissan Titan XD had a pretty quiet month and if I'm honest, I'm going to say that's not much of a surprise. The #kingbanana is big for the roads, big for the trails and big for the parking lots. It's also eye-wateringly yellow. So yeah, it sat around and contemplated its own existence a lot.

Perhaps the Titan can take some solace in its yellowness. After all, as Van Gogh mentioned in a letter to his brother, "How beautiful yellow is!"

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for March 2017

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2016 Nissan Titan XD was made to tow, yet up until March we hadn't lashed anything behind it. So it was that the Titan was tasked for duty in transporting a particularly crappy Miata to a race for a certain citrus-themed endurance racing series at Sonoma Raceway. The Titan towed this craptacular roadster for a hair more than 1,000 miles. Earlier in the month it did some off-roading.

Certainly, a lightweight car on a lightweight formula-car trailer poses little burden for such a burly truck. I won't dispute that. If anyone wants to donate their significantly heavier enclosed trailer with, say, loaded Lista tool cabinets and a race-prepped 911, I'll be happy to facilitate a stouter challenge for our truck to tow. No guarantees you'll get it back.

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2016 Nissan Titan: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

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.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing

2016 Nissan Titan XD

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.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: L.A. to Detroit

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on January 26, 2017

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Every year, we send a team to cover the Detroit Auto Show, but instead of sending everyone out on a plane, we've cultivated an annual tradition of sending at least one editor behind the wheel of a long-term test car. Driving from Los Angeles to Detroit is certainly less practical, it takes up quite a bit of time, and it requires navigating around weather for several days in both directions, but we absolutely love it (or at least I do).

The basic structure is that one editor drives to Detroit and then, after the show, flies home. Another editor flies there, picks up the car and drives it back to L.A. Routes and stops vary, but the idea is the same: Get the car out of California where the weather is good and the going is easy. Put it to the test with freezing temperatures and see what it's like on the open highway for a few weeks.

The first step to the trip was to find a couple volunteers. Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr and I raised our hands first, so we got the nod. The second step was picking a long-term car from the fleet that could survive the journey. And this year we went with King Banana, our long-term 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for December 2016

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing

2016 Nissan Titan XD

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.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: First Day on the Job

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on September 12, 2016

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We'd had our 2016 Nissan Titan XD for less than an hour before I asked keymaster Mike Schmidt if I could take it home. I'm in the process of renovating my house, and new baseboards and door moulding were high on my to-do list. No stranger to baseboards himself, Schmidt agreed to lend me the brand new truck, as long as I didn't damage it in any way. After all, it hadn't even gone on the photo shoot for its Long-Term Introduction.

I'm happy to say I returned it scuff-free a couple days later. Well, mostly scuff-free.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Introduction

Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 25, 2016

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Nissan has already tried the full-size truck thing once. The original Nissan Titan debuted way back in 2004 to positive reviews, but it lacked the powertrain options, body configurations and feature flexibility that big-truck buyers expect. Not surprisingly, it remained a bit player in a segment where Detroit's Big Three remain the undisputed champs.

Now it's time for the second-generation 2016 Nissan Titan, which debuts in quasi-HD guise as the Titan XD (a regular half-ton Titan is coming for 2017). Completely redesigned and utilizing beefy components from Nissan's NV commercial vans, the Titan XD splits the difference between a traditional half-ton pickup and a true heavy-duty truck.

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