2016 Nissan Titan XD: First Day on the Job
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on September 12, 2016
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.
I drove the aptly named Titan to my local lumber supplier to pick up 16-foot lengths of baseboard and 8.5-foot pieces of moulding. I made my selections, paid the bill and was instructed to go into the delivery area for loading. While the delivery area was spacious, I had difficulty navigating around several pallets strewn throughout the lot.
The Titan XD is large. You'll likely see many future posts about its size, as I'm told this is the largest pickup we've ever had in the long-term fleet. I was glad to have the Titan's surround-view camera system, a feature included in the Pro-4X's Luxury package. Without that system's bird's-eye view, the Titan XD would be even more of a handful in tight quarters.
Having made it past the pallets, I loaded my 16-foot baseboards by opening the sliding rear window and shoving them all the way to the windshield. Although I didn't really need the support, I had my passenger wrap her arm around the pile to make sure nothing shifted. Since the door moulding sections were much shorter, I simply rested them on top of the tailgate.
The truck was home and unloaded 15 minutes later. The baseboards and moulding were coated in cheap paint that left flakes in the backseat and bed. The grippy bedliner made it difficult to remove every last flake, but it was nothing a good wash couldn't fix. Like I said, mostly scuff-free.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor