by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on September 14, 2016
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.
Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 25, 2016
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.