We recently had the chance to spend some time in a single-cab version of the new 2017 Nissan Titan XD; we found it a strong player in the low-buck, high-value work-truck segment.
The Titan XD single cab has a wheelbase of 139.8 inches with an 8-foot bed, which is quite a bit shorter than its longer crew-cab brother, which has a 6.5-foot bed and 12 more inches of wheelbase. King Cab Titan XDs, when they debut, will share the 139.8-inch wheelbase platform, but will have a 6.5-foot bed. Like other heavy-duty truckmakers, Nissan is trying to be efficient and comprehensive with its two wheelbase options, covering as much of the work-truck marketplace as possible.
As you might expect, the six-speed automatic has its hands full keeping all that torque from the 5.0-liter V-8 Cummins turbo-diesel from spinning the rear tires too often, but we didn't find it troublesome. We did quite a bit of dirt-trail and pavement driving and found the two-wheel-drive single-cab version quite civilized and comfortable in both situations. Like most regular-cab pickups, the rear end can feel a little light and chattery when unloaded, but it feels nimble and quick off the line. With just a few small changes, the Titan XD single cab could be a pretty good sport truck or a skilled four-wheeler.
Clearly this configuration is designed for the commercial market, where gruff and grumbly crewman need a tool for hard work. Our test truck offered almost 2,500 pounds of payload and more than 12,000 pounds of towing capacity — more than enough strength to get most jobs done.
We did have issues sliding the seat back and forth to find a good seating position; the XD does not offer seat-height adjustability. We liked the rubber floormats on our S model and appreciated that electric windows come standard.
Nissan said pricing for single-cab Titan XDs will start around $28,000 with the gas V-8 and in the low-to-mid-$30,000 range with the Cummins. Exact pricing will be available the first quarter of 2017.
Cars.com photos by Mark Williams