2016 Nissan Titan XD Diesel Pickup Test Drive Review

2016 Nissan Titan XD Diesel Pickup Test Drive Review
- Nissan Titan XD is an accomplished companion, 120 cubic feet of interior space, six tons of towing capacity, remote starter, heated seats, steering wheel, single-digit fuel economy, Aisin automatic transmission,

- stop and go accelerator inputs despite having yet another software update performed by the dealer under warranty

- 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 is unpleasantly noisy, 310 horsepower, 555 lb-ft of torque, combined with the clumsy gearbox, lack of side steps, the poor resolution of the rearview camera, generally unfazed by the modest load about 3500 pounds

- XD pickup giant side mirrors are particularly helpful for maneuvering in traffic

- Zero Gravity front seats are all-day supportive

- immense size, both real and perceived from the driver’s seat, combines with its lackluster performance to make it cumbersome around town

- general lack of refinement in the truck’s cabin

- thoroughly high tech, with an iron block, aluminum cylinder heads with composite valve covers, dual overhead camshafts, a 16.3:1 compression ratio, Cummins’ M2 sequential-turbocharger setup for minimizing lag

- dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and start, a rearview camera, a 5.0-inch color information display in the cluster, a 7.0-inch central touchscreen with navigation, satellite radio, USB and Bluetooth connectivity

- $3310 Pro-4X Convenience package includes a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery with contrast stitching and Pro-4X embroidery, remote start, power for the tilting and telescoping steering column

- $1100 Pro-4X Utility and Audio package Rockford Fosgate audio with 12 speakers, a power sliding rear window, front and rear parking sensors, Nissan’s Utili-Track tie-down system, LED bed and tailgate lighting, a 110-volt outlet in the bed

- $345 electronic tailgate lock, $235 splash guards

- leisurely acceleration to 60 mph 9.4 seconds, quarter-mile 17.3 at 82 mph, make it one of the slowest full-size trucks, 204 feet to stop from 70 mph, 0.66 g of lateral grip

- slightly more noise at idle and full throttle 48 and 74 decibels, respectively

- we remain uncertain of the true value of the Nissan Titan XD’s mid-level position in the pickup world

Starting Price $52,165
Vehicle Type 4 door pickup, front engine, rear /4 wheel drive
Engine sequentially turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 32-valve diesel V-8, direct fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 310 hp @ 3200 rpm
Torque 555 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
Displacement 305 cu in, 4997 cc
Wheelbase 151.6 in
Length 243.6 in
Width 80.7 in
Height 78.4 in
Curb weight 7280 lb
Passenger volume 120 cu ft
0-60 mph 9.4 sec
0-100 mph 28.9 sec
Top speed 104 mph
Rolling start (5-60 mph) 10.1 sec
Top gear(30-50 mph) 5.3 sec
Top gear(50-70 mph) 7.0 sec
Braking (70-0 mph) 204 ft
C/D observed 15 mpg