In a full-size pickup class, there’s a clear division between light duty trucks and heavy-duty pickups. However, there is one truck that can effectively stands between the two: the 2018 Nissan Titan XD.
The 2018 Nissan Titan XD is in a unique space, it is able to tow more and carry a heavier load than a half-ton truck like the Ford F-150 or the regular Titan, but as much as a heavy-duty trucks. No matter how you look at it, the 2018 Titan XD is high capable trucks sold in a variety of trims, from the base S work trucks to the luxurious Platinum Reserve. Those who enjoy crossing the wilderness should consider the Pro-4X trim, an off-road oriented model available with diesel engines.
While it does not have a great tow rating like any other heavy-duty truck, the 2018 Nissan Titan XD is worth considering if you do not need to pull heavy equipment on a daily basis.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Nissan Titan XD is a full-size pickup truck that stands between the light-duty and heavy-duty versions of its competitors. Its sold in five trims levels: S, SV, Pro-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve. Every 2018 Nissan Titan XD are available with a crew cab with a 6.5-foot bed. The work-oriented S and SV trims are also available with a single cab and an 8-foot bed. The King Cab is offered with the 6.5-foot bed in S, SV and Pro-4X trims.
Standard equipment for the base S includes remote locking and unlocking, a black grille and bumpers, 17-inch steel wheels, power windows and locks, a lockable tailgate, a rearview camera, cruise control, air conditioning, a bench front seat, cloth-and-vinyl upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth, a 5-inch central display screen with a USB port and a four-speaker audio system. The crew-cab and king cab models get a six-speaker audio system.
The 2018 Nissan Titan XD SV adds chrome exterior trim, a trailer brake controller, a receiver hitch with a 4/7-pin wiring harness connector, power-adjustable and heated mirrors, upgraded instrumentation, an overhead console, cloth upholstery, carpeted floors and satellite radio. Four-wheel-drive models add front tow hooks.
The off-road-oriented Pro-4X model come standard with four-wheel drive, all-terrain tires, 18-inch alloy wheels, a Bilstein shocks, two-speed transfer case, hill descent control, skid plates and a lockable rear differential. It also gets blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry and ignition, foglights, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, a spray-in bed liner, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, unique cloth upholstery, dual front captain chairs with adjustable lumbar support, rear air vents, storage space under the rear seats, NissanConnect mobile app integration, a 7-inch touchscreen, navigation, a 120-volt outlet and Siri Eyes Free.
The 2018 Nissan Titan XD SL lose the Pro-4X off-road equipment but get 20-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, running boards, LED bed lighting, a 120-volt power outlet in the bed, a cargo-management rail system, auto-dimming mirrors, a power-sliding rear window, remote ignition, heated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery, NissanConnect emergency telematics and a 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with expanded entertainment apps.
The Platinum Reserve trim adds a surround-view camera system, chrome trim, a heated steering wheel, premium leather upholstery, cooled front seats, wood trim and heated rear seats.
Some features are available as an option. The Platinum Reserve is eligible for a dual-screen rear entertainment system with two wireless headphones. The Chrome and Texas Titan packages add a variety of cosmetic enhancements to The SV and SL trims as well as the new Midnight Edition package, which adds black exterior and interior styling elements.
The 2018 Nissan Titan XD is powered by either a standard 5.6-liter gasoline V8 engine that produces 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque or a turbocharged 5.0-liter diesel V8 engine good for 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is standard and four-wheel drive available as an option. The Pro-4X only available with a four-wheel-drive. The gasoline V8 engine is backed by a seven-speed automatic transmission, while diesel-powered come with a six-speed automatic.
In performance testing, the 2018 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve with 4WD and diesel engine accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds, which can only be described as disappointing. But torque and towing are what the XD diesel is all about. The 3.92 to 1 axle ratio is the sole offering, so the hitch is all you need for heavy towing. The S 4×2 with towing capacity up to 12,314 pounds and 2,091 pounds of payload, while the Platinum Reserve 4WD can tow 10,610 pounds or haul 1,470 pounds. The Pro-4X can tow 11,784 pounds or haul 1,733 pounds.
The gasoline engine is acceptably peppy and has a responsive transmission. In track testing, 2018 Nissan Titan XD 4WD hit 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. Not only does this engine enjoy an 80-hp advantage, its all-aluminum construction gain weight reduction and another benefit: additional payload capacity. It can carry up to 2,594 pounds, or about 500 pounds more than the diesel. But since its lower torque output, the gasoline V8 still can’t tow as much as the diesel. The gasoline S 4×2 has 11,270 pounds towing capacity, which is about 1,000 pounds fewer than the diesel version.
Fuel economy is a major diesel selling point, but it’s hard to know how much profit it has over gasoline engines, because like all other heavy-duty trucks, the 2018 Nissan Titan XD is not included in fuel economy testing.
No matter which engine you choose, driving range particularly when towing is limited by the standard 26-gallon fuel tank. And the diesel’s small 4.5-gallon diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank may well need topping-up during a long road trip.
Release Dates and Price
The 2018 Nissan Titan XD is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab, Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and Ram 2500 Crew Cab. Official pricing will start from $36,790 range to $63,360.