Nissan Titan Pro-4X.
The first version of
the new generation of Nissan’s full-size Titan pickup arrived for
2016, much bigger and bolder than its predecessor – and sporting a
whopper of a Cummins diesel engine, a first for the Titan.
A few months later, a
smaller, lighter version of the new Titan arrived, with a choice of
V-6 or V-8 gasoline engines, using a different chassis that’s 14.7
inches shorter than that of the XD. Both the XD and the smaller
Titan half-ton (1500) models come in three configurations: Single
Cab, King Cab and Crew Cab.
Now for 2019, the
beefy XD – the only heavy-duty pickup offered by a non-Detroit
automaker — has a starting price of $32,890 (plus $1,395 freight)
for the base Single Cab model with rear-wheel drive and a 5.6-liter
gasoline V-8 engine, or $38,520 for the same model with the
5.0-liter Cummins diesel.
King Cab models start
at $34,890 with the gas V-8 or $41,540 with the diesel, while Crew
Cab versions begin at $38,170 with the gas engine or $43,510 with
the diesel. Four-wheel drive is available at all levels, but is
standard on the Pro-4X off-road version, which we tested for this
report. The Pro-4X is available in King and Crew cab only.
The Pro-4X line
begins at $47,110 for the King Cab gasoline model or $52,249 with
the diesel, while Crew Cab gasoline models start at $49,390 and
diesels at $54,730.
The 2019 Titan XD
tops out at $65,310 for the fanciest and best-equipped version, the
Platinum four-wheel drive with the diesel.
Platinum models come
with lots of bling, including a premium leather interior with
contrast stitching; and exterior chrome to give it an upscale look
similar to the Ford F-series King Ranch, Chevrolet Silverado High
Country and GMC Sierra Denali models.
New for 2019 in the
XD is a seven-inch touch-screen audio/IT display with NissanConnect,
featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard on all models,
Nissan says. Payload has been increased to a maximum of 2,990 pounds
Also new is a Fender
Premium Audio System, which is included on Crew Cab SL and Platinum
trim levels and optional on the Pro-4X Crew Cab and King Cab. The
system has a 485-watt, nine-channel amplifier, and 12 speakers. It
was included on our tester as part of the Pro-4X Utility Package
($1,445), which also brought the Utili-track cargo tiedown system,
front and rear sonar parking aids, tailgate-area lighting,
power-sliding rear window with defroster, electronic-locking
tailgate, rear utility bed step, and under-rail LED cargo-bed
Other XD changes for
2019 include the Rear Door Alert system, which reminds drivers to
check the back seat after the vehicle is parked, now standard on all
King Cab and Crew Cab models; an additional USB media port (two
total); two illuminated USB-A charge ports added to Pro-4X, SL and
Platinum grades; a new body-color outer grille with gloss metallic
black inner trim for the SV model (replaces the previous chrome
grille trim) and an optional gooseneck trailer hitch system ($280,
included on our tester).
There is also a
larger DEF tank for the diesel engine, along with two new exterior
paint colors: Midnight Pine Metallic (included on our tester) and
Moab Sunset Metallic. Our tester also had the Monochrome Paint
Package (no extra charge), which added body-color bumpers and
over-fenders. Our vehicle’s interior was black.
As for the diesel
engine, it’s a Cummins 5.0-liter turbocharged V-8, which packs 310
horsepower and a quite impressive 555 foot-pounds of torque. That
gives the Titan XD a maximum trailer-towing weight of 12,200 pounds
with rear-wheel drive, or 11,170 pounds with the four-wheel drive of
our Pro-4X tester.
The XD is 18.2 inches
longer than the previous-generation Titan Crew Cab, and about 1,800
Nissan says the XD is
somewhere between the standard light-duty (half-ton) pickup class
– such as the Silverado 1500 and F-150 – and the heavy-duty
models (three-quarter-ton) such as the F-250/350, Ram 2500/3500 and
But Nissan believes
that having two sizes of big pickups, even if the bigger one isn’t
quite in the HD class, will allow it to reach 85 percent of the
pickup consumer market. Toyota does not yet have such a two-model
strategy for its full-size Tundra.
Driving this behemoth
around felt like I was in one of the Silverado or F-series heavy
duty trucks. Ram’s 1500 has been bigger than the others in the
light-duty segment for some time, so the Titan XD feels more like a
Ram 1500 than it does a Silverado 1500 or F-150.
As a longtime owner
of the previous-generation Titan four-wheel-drive Crew Cab model, I
can tell you this truck is nothing like the first generation, which
was one of my favorite personal pickups ever, especially for the
off-road exploring that has long been my passion.
shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive with low-range gearing, Hill Start
and Hill Descent assist, an electronic locking rear differential,
and 18-inch alloy wheels with dark paint finish. A full-size spare
tire is included – a must for trail driving.
The Titan XD should
please consumers who crave beefy pickups, and the 5.0-liter Cummins
engine will satisfy most everyone’s power needs. Of course, keep
in mind that this is still not an F-series Super Duty, Ram HD or
Silverado HD, so it doesn’t have quite the trailer-towing
capabilities some of those three-quarter-ton trucks can offer with
shopping center parking lots and downtown parking spaces is more
challenging in the XD than in the previous-generation Titan, and the
turning radius is a bit wider.
But other than having
to negotiate tight parking spots because of its larger size, this
truck was fun to drive, and quite powerful. It can get up to speed
and beyond very quickly.
The engine and the
six-speed Aisin automatic transmission work smoothly together for
the most part, but there were some shifts that seemed slightly out
of sync. And sometimes the diesel engine got a bit noisy inside the
cab – especially when the transmission seemed to hold a bit too
long in a lower gear during hard acceleration. Most people won’t
care about that noise, but my front-seat passenger occasionally
found it annoying.
The interior of this
truck is designed to feel more like that of a luxury sedan, with
very comfortable bucket seats up front, and a quite roomy rear bench
seat that genuinely gave three adults plenty of leg, knee and
headroom. The roof is so high that you can even wear a cowboy hat
while you’re driving the Titan XD, so that’s certainly a plus in
Our tester came with
the Pro-4X Convenience Package ($3,545), which added leather seats
with contrast stitching and Pro-4X embroidery; a four-way
power-adjustable front passenger seat (to go with the standard
eight-way power driver’s seat); heated front and rear seats;
power/heated tilt/telescopic leather steering wheel with contrast
stitching; memory for the driver’s seat, outside mirrors and
steering-wheel position; a compass on the navigation display; remote
engine start; auto-dimming outside mirrors with (annoying) automatic
reverse tilt-down; advanced NissanConnect services; and auto-dimming
rearview mirror with universal garage/gate opener.
A Premium Package
($1,545), on our Titan XD, brought ventilated driver and passenger
seats, Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor, and the Titan
Front and rear are
Nissan’s NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats, designed to be more
ergonomic than standard seats, allowing for a comfortable ride,
especially on long trips.
The large center
console can serve as a mobile workstation. With the new Titan
design, the shifter was moved to the steering column to free up
storage space in the console, which includes two decent cupholders.
We had both a
rearview camera and the Around View monitor showing up in the large
color dash screen that also served the navigation and audio systems.
With a truck this size, the Around View monitor is a great help when
backing up in a crowded parking lot or while trying to line the
vehicle up with a trailer.
No EPA fuel-economy
estimates are available for the Titan XD, as it’s exempt from the
rules because of its size. But we averaged just under 18 mpg during
our weeklong test, which was about two-thirds highway driving.
Total sticker price
for our test vehicle was $62,590, including freight and options.
2019 Nissan Titan XD
Crew Cab Pro-4X Diesel
Five-passenger, four-door, four-wheel-drive, Cummins V-8
turbo-diesel powered, heavy-duty pickup truck.
Highlights: This is
Nissan’s full-size pickup with special off-road features, designed
to compete with Ford F-series Super Duty and GM’s heavy-duty
diesel-powered large trucks. It comes with a powerful Cummins V-8
diesel engine, King or Crew cab body with four doors, and a long
list of standard or optional equipment.
bulkier than the light-duty Titan that it replaced; somewhat noisy
diesel engine, particularly during hard acceleration.
Cummins turbocharged diesel V-8.
Six-speed Aisin automatic.
Length: 243.6 inches.
Curb weight: 7,323
Side air bags: Front
seat-mounted; side-curtain both rows.
capacity: 11,960 pounds.
EPA fuel economy: Not
available – vehicle is exempt.
26.0 gallons/ultra-low-sulfur diesel.
Base price: $54,730,
plus $1,395 freight.
Price as tested:
$62,940, including freight and options (2019 Titan XD Pro-4X Diesel
Chevrolet 2500, GMC Sierra 2500, Ram 2500HD, Ford F-250.
On the Road rating:
9.2 (of a possible 10).
Prices shown are
manufacturer’s suggested retail; actual selling price may vary.