2016 Nissan Titan XD Long-Term Road Test - Performance

2016 Nissan Titan XD Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Nissan Titan XD: A Titan, a Terrier and a Big Tow

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

We were nearing the end of our term with the 2016 Nissan Titan XD and I hadn't driven it once. That's almost like a dereliction of duty. After all, we're supposed to drive these vehicles, form impressions and share them with you, the reader.

But this truck was big, and I didn't relish the idea of squeezing it into my small driveway. I didn't have any home improvement projects going on. Plenty of others had driven it and it didn't lack for miles, thanks to Travis' and Kurt's respective drives to and from the Detroit Auto Show in January. I didn't worry about what I might be missing.

Then a family vacation loomed on the horizon, a houseboat trip to Lake Powell, Utah, that required a ski boat. Suddenly, I had a great reason to try out the Titan XD.

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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 XD: Monthly Update for June 2017

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2016 Nissan Titan XD

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.

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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: 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: 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: Performance Tested

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on September 14, 2016

2016 Nissan Titan

Our 2016 Nissan Titan XD has a Cummins diesel 5.0-liter V8 engine, carries up to one ton of payload and has a 12,000-pound towing capacity. A beast like this is naturally out of its element at our test track, but it can still be useful to compare performance numbers between similar trucks.

Let's see how the Titan XD measures up.

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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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