First Drive: 2018 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X

Opening II

By Mathew Barnes

Three Likes

  • Large cabin
  • Easy maintenance
  • 360-degree camera system

Three Dislikes

  • Incessant beeping and double dash warning lights
  • Non-rubber floormats in an off-road package
  • While you can set 18 preset XM radio stations, we couldn't figure out how to manually type in a station number.

We spent a week with a 2018 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X crew cab with the 5.0-liter V-8 Cummins turbo-diesel. We took a trip to Moab, Utah, for some off-highway fun — and even pulled a trailer along the way.

What It Is

The Nissan Titan XD is an "in-betweener," meaning it offers higher ratings than a typical half-ton truck, while being more efficient and easier to drive than a three-quarter-ton pickup. The starting price for our Titan XD Pro-4X crew cab with the 5.0-liter Cummins diesel was $53,380, but ours came with the Pro-4X Utility, Convenience and Premium packages, bringing the total MSRP to $61,210.

Interior Details

The interior was quite comfortable, with heated front and rear leather seats, a heated steering wheel and cooled front seats. The cab felt larger than most of the other full-size pickups on the market; it easily fit four people and a car seat comfortably. There was a lot of storage room within the cabin and plenty of power outlets up front for charging devices. The rear had one 120-volt power outlet, which left rear passengers with only a few options for charging devices. The backside of the front seats had two separate storage slots instead of one, as in most vehicles. This allowed for better organization and reduced the risk of small items getting lost in the typically deeper pockets.

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One item that would be a nice option in the Pro-4X is rubber floormats. The ones in our test truck were carpet, which worked fine, but when things get really muddy, it's nice to have the easily cleanable rubber. The gauges do provide significant information, including a diesel exhaust temperature gauge and turbo boost pressure gauge. The downside to many of the gauges was that they were simply marked with "L" for low and "H" for high, rather than giving a numerical value.

Exterior Design

This truck was so large on the outside that it made the 18-inch wheels look small. Our Titan XD didn't come with optional side steps, making the climb into the cab a little difficult for shorter passengers. The mirrors were large and provided an excellent viewing area except when towing the widest of trailers. The bed had a storage box on each side, similar to the RamBox but a little smaller and more difficult to access; however, they were a convenient place to store the off-highway recovery gear and other dirty items that we didn't want inside the truck. The boxes were also lockable for added security, but required a physical key instead of being lockable via the key remote. The Titan XD also came with the Utility package that included a ton of convenient accessories like LED bed lighting, a rear utility step, a 120-volt bed outlet and an electronically locking tailgate. 

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Driving Daily

This pickup is big all around, which provided for a commanding view of the road. The turning radius was larger than expected, so careful planning was needed to hit parking stalls just right. The ride was certainly stiffer than the current crop of half-ton trucks but definitely smoother than the 2500 competition.

The engine drove just like one would expect from a Cummins diesel. It didn't accelerate exceptionally fast, but there always seemed to be more torque on tap. The surround-view cameras were a major help in getting the truck in and out of tight spaces. With the Titan unloaded, we drove 176 miles, with two-thirds of that being on the freeway or highway and the rest being city driving. Over the course of that 176 miles, we averaged 16.7 mpg, which was a little lower than what we expected. It didn't seem to get any better fuel economy than its three-quarter-ton competitors, which diminished some of the Titan XD's value proposition.

Diesel Maintenance

Modern diesel engines do have some additional maintenance items that need to be addressed, and the Titan XD made keeping up with those extra tasks easy. The fuel filter was an easily accessible element inside of a canister located on top of the engine. The diesel exhaust fluid fill port is located right where it should be: next to the fuel filler. The water separator was also easy to access from underneath the truck and required no tools to drain, just a simple twist by hand of a yellow cap that's easy to see and access. 

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Conclusion

To be honest, living with this truck on a daily basis wasn't much different than living with any other pickup truck. Its large cabin was comfortable and easily fits a car seat behind a 6-foot-2-inch driver. The turning radius was clearly larger than a normal half ton, which took some getting used to. The power was great and the transmission was well controlled; the fuel mileage could have been better but wasn't horrible. Look for our towing and off-roading impressions in an upcoming piece. 

Cars.com photos by Matthew Barnes

 

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Comments

You UAW guys will lie and misinform. You will tarnish and destroy if you don't get your way.

@Big ** from **

The union families are the pillars of communities all over the midwest! Men whose uncles, dads and brothers built great trucks and cars for generations.

And you want to blame the membership? What happened to the auto assembly plants in your country?

Interesting that the reviewer thought the cab was more spacious than the competition, even though its smaller, especially in width and back seat space.
The fuel economy for highway biased mixed driving is underwhelming.
In gasoline form, the XD is a fine truck. It compares well against halftons, spec’d for towing around 10,000 lb. good power, ride and stability.
The diesel is another story. The engine/trans are a small MD setup. Light on power, with dynamics better suited for a box truck. The trans is basically the same as in the HO Cummins Ram. The XD thing needs a more dynamic turbo and an 8 speed trans.

Interesting that the reviewer thought the cab was more spacious than the competition, even though its smaller, especially in width and back seat space.
The fuel economy for highway biased mixed driving is underwhelming.
In gasoline form, the XD is a fine truck. It compares well against halftons, spec’d for towing around 10,000 lb. good power, ride and stability.
The diesel is another story. The engine/trans are a small MD setup. Light on power, with dynamics better suited for a box truck. The trans is basically the same as in the HO Cummins Ram. The XD thing needs a more dynamic turbo and an 8 speed trans.

No wonder this car is strong. Have another vehicle with heavier load. OMG
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This is a warning to anyone who owns, or is considering purchasing, a Nissan Titan Diesel.

We are on a camping trip in Canada, pulling our 21' camping trailer with our Titan. On the evening of September 30th, the turbo charger hose on our truck suddenly blew off. We used our towing insurance to have our camper and truck towed to the nearest Nissan dealer in Nova Scotia. It is now Oct 9th.

The Nissan dealer has been nice as can be; I just want to say that first. This is not a dealership issue. After three days of running diagnostics and elevating issues, it was decided we need a new turbo charger, harness, and belt.

Here's the problem - Nissan says there isn't a turbo charger to be found in North America. They have no solution for us as we sit and wait for nothing to happen. We have considered going to a campground but 1. they are too remote without a loaner vehicle, which the dealer doesn't have, and 2. they are all closing for the season.

What is even scarier is the dealer's own Nissan truck they use for shows has been sitting on their lot since Sept 4th, waiting for a turbo charger. They still don't have a delivery estimate for it.

We are not sure what to do at this point. Do we rent a uHaul truck to get us and the camper home, and then fly back at some undetermined date to get our truck? Does Nissan have any responsibility for the extra expenses we will, and already are, incurring? Will Nissan deliver our truck after it is repaired?

We are Florida residents and bought the truck in Florida. Under the Florida Lemon Law, we can file for replacement or a complete refund next week, but the entire process can take weeks or months. I can't imagine camping in a parking lot in freezing cold weather with no services till then.

@Carol

Very sorry to hear about your trouble. It would be a very reasonable request for Nissan to deliver your vehicle to your home in Florida after it's repaired, or have them deliver it to a location of your preference for that matter. You are under no obligation to wait around for it.

The fact that you are in Canada means that there's a whole other nation's rules and courts that are potentially involved, something I know sweet nothing about. Have you spoken to a lawyer back in Florida?

Thanks for your story, Carol. I tried to warn papajim, but he wouldn't listen. Play stupid games like buying a Nissan Titan in GL and driving it into different country, win stupid prizes.



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