2016 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve: Review

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Select is the battering ram the Japanese brand hopes will crack open a full-size truck market long denied to them in Canada. After nearly a decade of neglecting the original Titan pickup, the Nissan Titan XD antes up with a task-focused design that splits the difference between traditional light-duty and heavy-duty truck segments. The end result is a big and burly bruiser that counts its available turbodiesel power and its towing prowess as primary assets.

Apart from the compact SUV class, you won't find a more cut-throat group of competitors than full-size pickups, which means the Titan XD has its work cut out for it when trying to attract new buyers. With outstanding offerings on offer from Ford (the F-150), Ram (the 1500, especially the EcoDiesel), and GM (the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra), Nissan will be working overtime to highlight the near-HD nature of its new XD model in order to stand out.

 

Pros

  • The twin Cummins badges on the 2016 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Select's front fenders speak volumes. The most respected name in consumer diesel design, Cummins has gifted the Titan XD with a 5.0-litre V8 engine that generates 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. These numbers cast shade on the 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of twist produced by the previously-mentioned Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which is the only other turbodiesel engine available outside the HD market.
  • As expected, towing is excellent: the base Nissan Titan XD can tug 5,597 kilos (12,314 lbs) in base configuration, which places it at the forefront of non-HD trucks. You also get 950 kilos (2,091 lbs) of hauling capability in the cargo bed.
  • The cabin is enormous. Four-door crew cab versions of the Nissan Titan XD provide copious amounts of passenger space and internal cargo storage, making them very useful workhorses even when you're not towing.
  • Unlike most true HD trucks, the Nissan Titan XD doesn't ask you to grin and bear a rattle-filled ride over rough pavement. There's a bit of crash bang to be had, as with any truck, but careful suspension tuning and chassis development keeps the Titan XD Platinum Select from feeling as harsh as its 2500 and F-250 rivals.

 

Cons

  • The truck is extremely heavy, and options only add extra mass - so much so that by the time you step up to a 4x4 version of the luxurious Platinum Select model you've lopped over 680 kilograms (1,500 lbs) from the Nissan Titan XD's tow rating and 273 kilograms (600 lbs) from its in-bed cargo capacity. This repositions the XD alongside lighter, more affordable pickups in terms of outright utility, and underscores the compromises associated with outfitting a heavy-duty type chassis to a truck that's designed for daily use.
  • The Platinum Select model doesn't quite meet expectations when compared against high end trucks from Ford and Ram. The interior is nice, and the features list is decent, but it doesn't feel like a $76,000 truck, which will make it more difficult for the Titan XD to peel away customers from its rivals.
  • The diesel engine is currently the only one available, and it tacks on a hefty $7,000 or so upcharge over the gas version (which will appear later in the year). You can also currently only order a 4-door, long-bed version of the truck, which makes it a behemoth that some urban dwellers will no doubt find daunting when dealing with heavy traffic and tight city streets.

 

2016 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Select

 

ENGINE

5.0-litre turbodiesel V8

OUTPUT

310 hp / 555 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION

6-speed automatic

0-100 KMH

N/A

TOP SPEED

N/A

FUEL ECONOMY

N/A (20 l/100 km observed)

WEIGHT

3,399 kilograms (7,478 lbs)

SEATING CAPACITY

6

CARGO CAPACITY

669 kilograms (1,470 lbs)

BASE PRICE

$76,795

AS-TESTED PRICE

$76,795

 

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