2016 Nissan Titan XD Long-Term Road Test - Comfort

2016 Nissan Titan XD Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?
Repairs from a recent drive in Death Valley sidelined our 2016 Nissan Titan XD toward the end of last month. Then, to add insult to injury, our mirror got smacked, necessitating replacement. Thankfully, we got the #kingbanana all buttoned up for a few long highway drives, and enjoyed the rhythms of its turbodiesel engine along the way.

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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: Detroit to LA

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on February 23, 2017

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Originally, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD in this production was going to be our 2016 Tesla Model X. But having already crossed the country, twice, in our 2013 Tesla Model S, and also finding the looks, ride and paltry range of the X disagreeable, I buried an ax in the head of that idea as swiftly as I could.

I liked the road-trip part, though. Like Magrath, I'm a sucker for a good one. So once the Model X gave way to #kingbanana, I was eager to finish what Travis started. When you get a chance to see your country, take it.

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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: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Where Did We Drive It?
The King Banana of our fleet remains the 2016 Nissan Titan XD. It cruised through the month of November without a ton of activity, though it did spend some time up north in Fresno with Senior Automotive Editor Brent Romans.

As we reported last month, the Titan's size makes it something of a nuisance on surface streets, whether you're trying to get home or run an errand. Stopping for lunch on the drive back from the Los Angeles Auto Show, I persuaded a parking garage attendant to let us drive through the exit side when the truck wouldn't fit through the entrance. We tipped him well.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

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.

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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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