2016 Nissan Titan XD Goes on Sale Wednesday

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By Brian Wong

Nissan has announced that the all-new 2016 Titan XD pickup truck will go on sale Wednesday nationwide, and it has provided pricing details as well.

At launch the Titan XD will be offered only as a crew cab in five trim levels: S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve. Customers can choose between 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains; each model is equipped with a Cummins 5.0-liter V-8 turbo-diesel and a six-speed automatic transmission. The PRO-4X trim is only offered with four-wheel drive, but each of the others can be had with either drivetrain.

Here's how the crew-cab pricing breaks down by trim level (all prices include a destination fee of $1,195):

  • TITAN XD S 4x2: $41,485
  • TITAN XD SV 4x2: $45,255
  • TITAN XD SL 4x2: $53,225
  • TITAN XD Platinum Reserve 4x2: $58,665
  • TITAN XD S 4x4: $44,485
  • TITAN XD SV 4x4: $48,205
  • TITAN XD PRO-4X 4x4: $52,165
  • TITAN XD SL 4x4: $56,225
  • TITAN XD Platinum Reserve 4x4: $61,715

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Comments

Bed length with a goose is critical for turn in and inside trailer wheel position in the city. Not many people on here run a truck. Easily distinguished by comments.

Why is an Australian worried about American trucks?

Don't they drive mini baby trucks on single lane dirt roads? These trucks are built to travel at 80mph towing. Nothing a poor Aussie from oz could afford to do anyway.

@Dale milner
On what are you basing your characterization of the 2.7 ecoboost as a "disaster"?

Almost $45K to even touch a 4x4 version? I knew that's what would happen.

Screw that... $45K buys a NICE slightly used Ram 2500 Cummins.

The XD being released is the first configuration. Nissan has said since the debut in Detroit there would be 3 cab styles as well as an 8ft bed.

The XD runs a 10.5" AAM rear axle. It is FULL FLOATING. The same basic design as the Powerwagon. It is 6 lug but with larger studs than a typical 6 lug axle.

The XD fits in for people who want more than a 1/2 ton, yet have no need for the ride and fuel consumption of a bigger diesel. In early testing people are averaging 17mpg and getting 20mpg highway with the 5.0L . That beats out the bigger 6.7L diesels and when you start towing heavy it easily outdoes the gasser 1500s. Almost every review says that it tows like a dream up to it's max rating. Much more stable than the competitions 1500s. It's numbers are SAE compliant. Not sure if the Big 3 HDs are compliant yet.

Keith you have any links to this rear axle. Every picture I have seen appears to show a standard rear axle. You can tell by the same rims as the fronts with a little center cap and no room for the hubs that stick out past the rim in a full floater.

People promoted this truck as a HD fighter. Now that this has been exposed they are changing the argument. Now it's a half-ton or HD half-ton fighter.

If calling it a half ton makes you sleep a little bit comfortable at night, just remember it isn't going to be classified as a Half ton by EPA or weight. The XD exceeds light truck definition by virtue of weight. It IS a ¾ ton truck based on weight alone.

When you mention its less capable and performs worse than a lot of half tons, they use buzz words like "stout", more stable, tows like a dream, etc. Buzz words are used because they cannot be disproven. Let's see who it performs in the shootouts. 0-60, 60-0 braking, ride handling, etc. TFL was only towing 9k and had to floor it and still couldn't get it to increase speed.

Then they'll mention something about the frame being stronger than a halfton. Is it really or is that just a claim that is not back up by anything? The F-150 frame is made from 70,000-psi high-strength steel which stronger than the steel found in some competitors' heavy-duty pickup truck frames. Is Nissan saying their frame is stronger? What about the new Super Duty frame, Ram or the updated Chevy? That sounds doubtful.

For towing, the Nissan engineers are bragging about the new key features of this truck like trailer sway control, trailer brake control, lines in the rear view camera for backing up to a trailer. Congratulations Nissan, you finally caught up to where Ford and GM were 7 years ago.

This is not a “tweener” truck. This is a 1/2 ton truck built to try and compete with the F150 and the Silverado, for which it will fail. It can only tow 200lbs more than the F150 with the eco-boost motor.

As for competing against the HD Payload F-150, most of those are bought by fleets and the Nissan isn't going to be a player in that market. Also, a lot of the times customers buy HD Payload get the long bed, for which this truck isn't available.

Interior is also couple years behind the big three. Looks outdated and the checkerboard seats are an aobomination.


They are launching with the Crew 6.5" bed with a Cummins. Directly after the new year, they will add the option for the gas V8, extended and standard cabs, as well as additional bed lengths. If this site covered the Titan 1/32 as much as they do Ford, nobody would need to quote other publications and know the facts.

XL Truckguy,
I do believe the fan boys are making comparisons that will naturally "prove" their favourite brand is better.

The reality is if you really need to tow and tow often large weights that could be towed by a half ton the Titan will do it far better.

The other side of the coin is, and not one person has mentioned this. Nissan now has a truck that can easily be upgraded into a larger class of vehicle.

I think Nissan has produced a great truck with this XD, especially the diesel. It will not sell in the numbers of Frods, GM pickups and Ram. But I do believe it can easily sell in Tundra numbers.

By the sounds of it many the many comments I have read over the year regarding towing on many of these sites proves that many of the commenters have never towed, or towed a heavy weight.

My personal recommendation is if you want to tow 8 000lbs, I would only use a HD, or even one of these Titan XDs.

8 000lbs is 4 tons. Does anyone realise what this amount of weight is like behind a light vehicle like a 1/2 ton pickup? I doubt it, since it appears many of the comments are made by people who still use Clearosil.

Just because you read material in a magazine or website doesn't make you proficient, let alone competent at driving and/or towing.

You kids, go out and tow a 8 000lbs behind a half ton pickup at 65mph, like some of you would claim. Then tell me of your experience.

Even towing 5 000lbs behind a half ton pickup would slow you down ............... lots and change the dynamics of the vehicle beyond what most would of experienced in a motor vehicle.

So, if you guys want to talk bullsh!t, keep on slapping your ding, dings. Or listen to some of the older guys on PUTC. There are a few of us.


Domestic terrrror tactics (union tactics) don't work on me or Big Al.

If PUTC wants the domestics or whatever to control this site I suppose it's their decision.

It's not kidzzz like Big Al has been told by PUTC.

They don't seem to care. So this will go on.


My personal recommendation is if you want to tow 8 000lbs, I would only use a HD, or even one of these Titan XDs.

8 000lbs is 4 tons. Does anyone realise what this amount of weight is like behind a light vehicle like a 1/2 ton pickup? I doubt it, since it appears many of the comments are made by people who still use Clearosil.

Just because you read material in a magazine or website doesn't make you proficient, let alone competent at driving and/or towing.

You kids, go out and tow a 8 000lbs behind a half ton pickup at 65mph, like some of you would claim. Then tell me of your experience.

Even towing 5 000lbs behind a half ton pickup would slow you down ............... lots and change the dynamics of the vehicle beyond what most would of experienced in a motor vehicle.

So, if you guys want to talk bullsh!t, keep on slapping your ding, dings. Or listen to some of the older guys on PUTC. There are a few of us.

Posted by: Big Al from Oz | Dec 23, 2015 2:19:25 PM

I'm guessing that you never have towed anything that heavy. I'm sure if you use some really old trailer with the weight distribution out of whack where you are really nose heavy most trailers tow extremely well. And yes I have towed trailers that heavy with a 1/2 ton Ford. Newer ones within 5 years old. However I cannot imagine using a GM 1500 would be much different. Properly set up trailers stay very straight and track very well around corners. Even larger boats do not tow all that bad. If you have your balance out of whack and your trailer starts to get scary with the wagging then you better have a dually to even have a chance if it gets to bad. But you have a warning before you get to that point. And yes I have been to that point before on the HWY. It is a very nervous situation.

With these newer 1/2 trucks and properly loaded trailer you can easily travel the WHY with one hand on the wheel. Visit some RV forums and look at the people with F150s and Silverado 1500's towing larger travel trailers.

A good friend of mine that I used to travel with had a 32' travel trailer that he towed with his 2010 F150. It was a 4 door long bed but he never had any issues driving that combo. And I even drove it and that combo was very secure. People do need to understand how to tow and what to expect when towing. 70mph towing a large trailer to me is just asking for problems. Yet I see it all the time during summer months on my travels. I don't have a need to travel that fast in my motorhome.

Now will the XD tow better. It might. But we have nothing to say that it will. Just it has a big frame, what appears to be a standard rear axle, a diesel engine and it is HEAVY.


Domestic terrrror tactics (union tactics) don't work on me or Big Al.

If PUTC wants the domestics or whatever to control this site I suppose it's their decision.

It's not kidzzz like Big Al has been told by PUTC.

They don't seem to care. So this will go on.

Posted by: Big Al from Oz supporter | Dec 23, 2015 2:33:09 PM

Stop all the different names Al. it is getting old. Just say what you feel you must say.

Titan XD just lost to the 6.2L V8 in Truck Tend testing.

I was initially surprised that the Titan lost this year but once I tried to find more information about the Titan XD the more disappointed I was. The Titan's development must be way behind schedule. Considering the Titan XD went on sale today, it's nearly impossible to find information like GVWR or even axle options. Regular and extended cab versions are non-existant and nothing about the V8 either. In other words, no surprise it lost.

Also, the argument that this truck is going to be cross-shopped with the 3/4-ton competition is very, very unlikely. I know plenty of people that want a full-size diesel pickup that could care less if it has as much payload/tow rating/power numbers as a Powerstroke, Duramax or Cummins. Often those big payload ratings come at the expense of ride quality and monthly payments. I've always wished the big three would offen a heavy halfton again. Sounds like Ford might be willing to bring something to the table. Hopefully it isn't a macaroni diesel...

Actually this truck would not work for The Big Albert from the land down under. He spend a lot of time explaining on why high strength steel fully boxed frame in the new F150 would be bad because he believes it could crack. It looks like the XD is also utilizing a high strength steel frame. Guess this truck is out of the question because he believes it will crack.

Shady Character,
Ford's Lion V6 diesel is very similar in output as the VM, there is very little between them. So, don't expect much difference between the Ram and Frod.

What would be nice is if the up and coming regular Titan is released with the 3 litre V6 diesel we have in our Navara's. This engine also is very similar to the Lion and VM in output.

I agree with you that many who will buy the Titan XD are buying because of the diesel, but I also believe many will buy it because it will be a far better tow vehicle than any current 1/2 ton pickup.

It seems many on this site who comment (particularly the vocal Frod Frans) only use "Best in Class" information. This information is just that data. Because Ford states a vehicle can tow X amount doesn't mean it will do it better because of the number Ford has given.

This Titan will surpass even a 3.5 EcoThirst for towing. FE is the killer with those EcoThirst engines, especially when asked to exert any kind of effort. I have read the 3.5 EcoThirst F-150 can return as low a 8mpg FE with 7 000lbs behind it.

I think their are tractor trailers that get better FE!

Just the bulk of the Titan will make it a comfortable tow vehicle, even though not many will tow with them.

@Al. Every gas engines' FE drops like a rock when hauling a load, the ecoboost is no exception and no one has ever said different. Just like Ford has never said the new aluminum F150s would get vastly superior FE (show me an official statement or press release), even though in the real world they have improved over the previous generation with no changes to the powertrain.

Where the 3.5 EB shines is when you're not towing it can get similar FE to a GM 5.3 or a hemi while having superior torque output to both when it is needed to haul a heavy trailer. It's torque output is close to that of GMs 6.2 (although the EB has more available at low to mid RPMs) without the penalty on fuel economy for driving a large engine when unloaded. Again, when loaded the EB economy will be similar to the 6.2, but with more useful low end torque.

The 3.0 diesel in the ram certainly holds the FE crown, no argument there, but it is packaged in a truck that has real world payload and towing similar to a minivan, but with a pickup bed.

No real increase in MPG over a real 3/4 ton. No real difference in price over a real 3/4 ton. A lot less towing/hauling/HP/Torque than a real 3/4 ton. Its almost like buying a gas mid sized truck over a V6 full size half ton... Spend almost the same to get almost the same mileage and much less truck. But look good doing it. Only a small group that doesn't value their money or just wants to be different will be going this route. Think disgruntled previous 3/4 ton diesel owners that can shoehorn this into their use, got the money to burn, and just wanna be different. Its not a big crowd but hey a few people bought the Pontiac Aztec too. I don't think Fiat is worried and honestly think the smaller displacement ED is a smarter option for the half ton crowed with its real improvement in mileage and ability to competently handle moderate tasks. What would be nice would be to see this engine available in something that offered a real price advantage over the bigger boys.

Nissan, shave 800lbs off this truck and you will have a competitive player. Till then, this is the chubby chick hanging out along the wall at the dance.

Big Al from Oz;
Clearly you know nothing about right hand drive conversions.
You said to interchange the dash with a Nissan Patrol, really??
Laughable...

I absolutely love love love this truck and it was very much well worth the money spent on it. It has provided a lot of use and the big and slick look that literally everyone loves. Well done Nissan, You've outdone yourself again.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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