As a reminder, the Titan XD model rests between the half-ton and three-quarter-ton models competitively and in most all of its abilities and sizing. It shares many of the same features and amenities as the Titan lineup with the most notable exception being the diesel powertrain offering. Our SV tester features cloth captains chairs up front with a leather steering wheel. Other amenities include 7-inch color display with rear view monitor, Nissan Connect infotainment with navigation, mobile apps, and Siri Eyes Free, trailer brake controller and trailer sway control, trailer light check function, advanced drive-assist display, blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, 120V outlet in center console, and 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. One thing our Monroney window sticker listed was running boards, but our tester did not arrive with these in place and they were seriously missed.
The Nissan Titan XD rides fairly smoothly around town and rarely reminds you of its size and capabilities. Climbing in and out is about the only time we were reminded it was the XD version. The gas engine is powerful and smooth across the powerband and just a little caution is exercised on takeoffs as it will spin a rear tire with too much throttle input. It is quiet enough to carry on conversations without the need for raised voices and the lack of center post on the sides is rarely noticed as Nissan has done a good job of keeping wind and road noise to a minimum.
I do have one criticism about the Titan pickups and that is the lack of remote locking tailgate. Nearly every competitor has this feature and it was missed on the Nissan. Tailgate thefts are rampant so peace of mind comes with a simple feature as the ability to lock the tailgate when you lock your doors. This should be a standard feature across the entire model line on all Titan and Titan XD trucks.
Pricing for the 2017 Nissan Titan XD King Cab begins at $33,560 for base S models. Our SV 2WD tester arrived with a final window sticker of $42,805. On 4×2 trucks, the Cummins powertrain is a $6,050 premium while on 4×4 models it adds $5,050. Fuel economy is not listed for Titan XD models as they are larger than light-duty truck classification and not required. We saw around 12 mpg in town on our tester during the week but never got the truck out on the highway to check those numbers.
For truck buyers needing something a bit bigger than the standard light duty models available yet not needing a three-quarter ton truck, Nissan Titan XD is the only choice on the market. The differences are minimal, sure, but there will be many that see the XD models as the right fit. And with the offering of a King Cab to the lineup, the rollout at Nissan in now complete and they are ready to participate in the truck wars with the Big Three.