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.
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.