2016 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X: Welcome to the “Big Boys Club”

16 Jun 2016 | 911 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds Nissan's Titan has been out there battling in the truck market for quite some time. But this time around, Titan's bringing game with them: A bigger, more imposing truck that looks t0 be no pushover. A new 310 horsepower 5.0 liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine that has a two-stage turbo system. A host of equipment, options and features that will make it eminently a much tougher  competitor than ever before.   And plenty of clout appearance wise among other trucks, especially the leader of the pack, Ford's F-150 Series. There are lots of things to like about the Titan. The ride was plenty comfortable, and not quite as jiggly and harsh on poor roads or over potholes.  The interior was very nice with an upgrade in interior quality, though still not yet competitive with the other brands on that score. But it was definitely an improvement on other trucks we have driven. Price as tested was $58,285, with base price of about $50,970. For that money you get as standard equipment: Front fog lamps, two tone paint on bodyside and over fender, body color grille surround with mesh grille and gloss metallic black paint,, KAD high gloss gray front lower fscia and rear bumpers, bedside decal, alloy wheeloes, all terrain off road tires, bilstein off-road shock absorbers, electronic ;locking rear differential, lower radiator skid plant with powder coated silberpaint, front tow hooks, LED projector headmlamps with LED signature and Haogen Hi-Beam, intelligent Key with door handle requires switch. Other standard equipment include s a big c4enter comnsole box, configurable front center console, 11nV power outlet on back of console; 12V power outlet inside console box; Follow Me Home Function; trailer harness, flat floor function with tire down hoolks and storagebox with removabledivider and okcable lid, receivedr hitch and hitch member, front driver wand passengers captain's seats, driver eight-wway power sweat,m driver power luiumbar support; stain resistant seat covering with vihnyl bolster and "Pro-4X" embroidery; rear A/C valvent; leather steering wheel with constrasteed stitching;contrasted stitchjing for center conso;le lid, armrest anid instrument panel; dualzone A/C; metallikc in mold film IP finishers; tow mirrors, trailer btrake controller, proximity activation puaddle lamps, LED sigjnatuire hjeadmlamps, trailer light function check on key fo b, and intgegrated goose neck hitch. Optional eqmpl.ment includeds Pro4X Utility and Audio package, with parkikng sensors front and rear, ugtilitrack System with four tiue down cleats; tailgate area illumnination, 11pov otlet in bed; LED Under rail bed lighting; power slides on rear window/defogger;l [re,oi, aidop wotj 12 s[ealers. Rpockford Flosgate Branding and amplifier along with undersat subwoofer and center channel speaker and front and rear tweeters. a convenience package with leatether seats with contrasting stitich and pro-4x embroidery, four way power saets and heated steering wheel, heated eatr steers; power tilt'telescopoing wheels, MNissanConeect Servicews with navigation, mobile apps and servces and remote engine start; a luxury package and a host of other optinos. .Just looking at the Titan, you can tell who Nissan's targeting with this one: Ford.  I don't mean to be rude or mean but just observant: The Titan looks like the Ford F-150. A lot like the F-150. Maybe too much like the F-150. If Nissan's trying to establish its presence in the truck buyer's mind, this particular truck won't do it. I looked at the grille. Thought F-150. Looked at the sides. Handsome as it is, still F-150. Placement of badges and other bright work: You guessed it.  Ford-like. Biggest problem? No running boards with this model to help you get into the truck. I am pretty sure either Nissan or an aftermarket manufacturer can help you get a set, and I highly recommend you don't get one of the Titans without them. I just about tore my jeans trying to raise my legs high enough to get into this truck even with the assist handle located on the inside of the truck, it still was a you-know-what to get into it. It gave my kids a fit, especially my ten year old who was furious that I had to lift him like a toddler to get him inside.  That's not cool, Nissan! The diesel engine also feels sluggish on the highway, especially when you are trying to pass some slowpoke up.    But the biggest issue by far and away was the maneuverability issue. This a huge,, huge, truck that feels like it, especially when parking it.   Parallel parking  was a big chore; the  turning circle for this truck was pretty big too, and passing someone coming in the opposite direction made my skin crawl.  We also had trouble with the exhaust fluid system; make sure you get gasoline as quckly as possible when you hit 10 percent.  We did not, and the truck just quit as though it was out of gas. Our dealer said we had to reset the exhaust fluid system before we drove much further and I didn''t do it.featu7re and done a couple of And I had to hunt for as far away a spot on the shopping mall lot as I could because the truck was impossible to park Unimpressive diesel acceleration when passing; large turning circle demands ample maneuvering room; tiny diesel exhaust fluid tank requires more frequent attention; modest 26-gallon fuel tank with no upgrade available; alternative cab and bed configurations still months away.  

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