• 2017 Nissan Titan or Titan XD: Pro and Cons Between the Latest Nissan Full-Sizers (Video)

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    2017 Nissan Titan vs. Titan XD: Pros and Cons

    Which Nissan Titan is best for you? We get many questions about the latest 2017 Nissan Titans on a weekly basis. Here is our most recent take on the subject. The examples you see here are: 2017 Nissan Titan XD crew cab PRO-4X Diesel and a 2017 Nissan Titan crew cab PRO-4X gasoline V8.

    Nissan Titan XD

    These trucks may look the same, but there are many important differences that set them apart. First, the XD and the half-ton Titans are built on distinct frames. The XD has a heavier and stronger frame for carrying heftier loads and towing larger weights. The Titan XD is also the only truck in the Nissan arsenal that is available with the 5.0L Cummins turbo-diesel. The engine is rated at a 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque and backed up by a 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission.

    The XD crew cab diesel is rated at approximately 2,030 lbs of payload and 12,030 lbs of maximum towing. This is approximately 400 lbs more payload and 2,700 lbs more towing capability than a Titan “half-ton”.

    We have shown the Titan XD diesel to get better fuel economy than it’s 5.6L gasoline V8 counterpart, especially under load. However, this does come at a price. The Cummins engine/ Aisin transmission add $5,000 to the price of an XD. Also, the Titan XD is approximately $2,000 more expensive than a corresponding Titan light duty.

    Nissan Titan

    If you are looking for a quick truck with great V8 sound, the Titan half-ton with the 5.6L gas V8 is it. The engine is rated at 390 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque and backed up by a 7-speed automatic transmission. If you look at a gas-powered crew cab 4×4 XD versus a gas Titan crew cab 4×4, the XD truck is nearly 900 lbs heavier. You cannot deny the extra heft. The lighter Titan is much quicker at 0-60 MPH acceleration. We tested it at under 8.0 seconds at about a mile above sea level.

    The 2017 Titan starts at a $29,580. The 2017 Titan XD begins at $31,590.

    Nissan did say that a new V6 is coming to the Titan lineup, but there have been no recent mention on the timing for this.

    Titan King Cab Pricing

    Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the 2017 Nissan TITAN King Cab:

    TITAN S King Cab 4×2 $32,550
    TITAN SV King Cab 4×2 $35,930
    TITAN S King Cab 4×4 $35,580
    TITAN SV King Cab 4×4 $38,960
    TITAN PRO-4X King Cab 4×4 $43,290

    Titan XD King Cab Pricing

    2017 Nissan TITAN XD King Cab 5.6-liter Endurance® V8:

    TITAN XD S King Cab 4×2 $33,560
    TITAN XD SV King Cab 4×2 $37,960
    TITAN XD S King Cab 4×4 $36,590
    TITAN XD SV King Cab 4×4 $40,990
    TITAN XD PRO-4X King Cab 4×4 $45,440

    Titan XD King Cab Diesel Pricing

    2017 Nissan TITAN XD King Cab Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel:

    TITAN XD S King Cab 4×2 $40,110
    TITAN XD SV King Cab 4×2 $44,010
    TITAN XD S King Cab 4×4 $43,640
    TITAN XD SV King Cab 4×4 $46,540
    TITAN XD PRO-4X King Cab 4×4 $50,490

    Here is a recording of a live video we did this week.

    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    44 thoughts on “2017 Nissan Titan or Titan XD: Pro and Cons Between the Latest Nissan Full-Sizers (Video)

    1. That extra 900lb is not to be denied. That’s weight you feel at every stop. Even if we leave the diesel discussion for another day, the XD gasser is a tough choice over the regular XD and especially the half-tons from GM and Ford configured for maximum payload and towing. Even a regular F150 with max-tow has the same payload.
      That’s actually a comparison I’d love to see- a Gas XD against a max-tow 5.3 GM and V8 F150. They have very close tow/payload numbers. Does the extra meat in the Nissan help enough when hauling to make it worth the extra heft every day.

      1. I’ve towed the same ~8,000 lbs with a new Titan XD gas and a 2013 F 150 5.0. The Titan XD towed the weight much better than the F 150.

        The XD is a 3/4 ton in disguise, it tows just like any other 3/4 ton I’ve driven. I’d love to test the Nissan right at the 10-11k limit.

    2. These Titans are not the worst looking truck on the market (that honor is a toss-up between the Tundra and the Silverado), but the XD seems to make no sense. Diesel or gas, they just don’t seem to offer anything that makes them worth their while. These “XD” trucks seem to offer limited payload and towing. The diesel tows a respectable number but it does so quite slowly. The F-150 can tow a similar number much better, at least in terms of pulling the load up the hill.

      1. And it wouldn’t be so bad if they were priced lower but they are as expensive if not more expensive than similar ford chevy and ram.

        1. There are massive incentives you’re not taking into account. I picked up a XD single cab S trim 4X4 with the bedliner for 31k out the door. That’s $6500 off sticker. The Fords and GMs were minimum 3-4k more will less options.

      2. Troverman – – –

        T: “…but the XD seems to make no sense.”

        Yeah. Agree. This is a problem. The XD “Tweener” idea is neither fish nor fowl. Can’t compete at the “low” end (half-tons) because its too slow, heavy, payload limed, and fuel inefficient; can’t compete at the “high” end (three-quarter tons) because its ground clearance, payload, and towing numbers don’t stack up well against the 250/2500 offerings from Detroit.

        If you build a sail canoe, you may neither a good sailboat not a good canoe…(^_^)…

        (This has nothing to do with the fact that both are well-made comfortable trucks. I have a Frontier and can vouch for Nissan’s virtues in that category.)


        1. CORRECTION – – –

          1) “limed” should be “limited” in half-ton clause;
          2) “not” should be “nor” in the canoe analogy.

          Sleepy this morning. Sorry, guys…


    3. Is it me or are the recent articles discussing the Titan “marketing centric”?

      Anyway, I’d buy the lighter Titan as it would suit my needs.

      @TFLTruck: How about a super ike battle between the ’18 Titan and ’18 Tundra?

        1. That would be awesome Andre! Maybe off-road mashup as well as super Ike. Maybe get a regular TRD Off-road Tundra instead of TRD PRO if possible to match Pro-4x Titan.

    4. I wanted VERY badly to like them. The problem is that even the DIESEL version of the XD pulls less than the GAS Chevy 2500 with the old 6.0. At that point, I just can’t justify the XDs existence, unless it was cheap, and for most of its time one the market Nissan has been unwilling to put any cash on the hood, so it isn’t cheap.

    5. I cant say enough good things about my XD diesel. This truck is very underrated by Nissan dont kid yourself. For the nay sayers that know it all going off of numbers, drive and tow with it first before commenting.

      1. Compared to the benchmark F150, the Titan XD has 30-40% more ass to keep a trailer in line. that will never show up any review dragrace up a mountain.
        What it WILL give you is stability and control.

        1. This is what seperates the readers from the many bias or ignorant journalists that write about trucks; the few people that still have brain cells left in their head after reading the articles. TFL excempt, plus they have a Truck Nuts Book. The heavier Truck will be more stable pulling from a ball hitch. It would matter but not as much if you pull from a fifth wheel hitch set up in the bed of the truck. This loads the truck down nice and evenly and puts the pivot point between the wheels.

      2. I agree I use my platinum xd for everything it pulls my 26 cobalt my enclosed car trailer..etc thus is a very good truck. .I have had them all

    6. I think Nissan and Cummins made the right choice for output. I was recently pulling 8000lbs with a Silverado 2500 HD, 365hp Duramax. Honestly, I feel it has too much power. I prefer to feel my engine working, I like to feel the load behind me. When a loaded truck accelerates that hard it makes it easy to get over confident with the weight you’re pulling.

      I would love to buy the ISV Titan XD as my firewood hauler.

      1. it’s not a common problem, but you could have that reprogrammed to give you as little power and torque as suits you.

    7. I think Andre answered his question throughout the video and covered everything. The reason I did not get the Titan is the low approach angle and there was wind noise that the salesman could not get rid of at 80km/hr on the passenger side. The power was excellent and it sounded great and the looks are ok, and they were burning my trade in at 32 when Black book rated my Tacoma trade in at 34.5 grand and tried to tell me I was still getting a deal because of the knocked down price everyone else was getting, sorry but that’s my 2500 dollars and not Nissan’s. All these trucks need 4 wheel steering regardless. Anyone offered that and that would be my all in right there. Nothing else would really matter. And where did ride control go. I want a nice luxuriess 90’s Crown Vic boat like ride when I am in town. Impresses the women? Then I want the ride stiffened for the highway and heavy loads. Its not like we don’t have this technology, ridiculous.

      Bollinger is releasing their all electric truck in 37 days, hopefully that will bring some real advancements. The only interesting advancement since 2002 has been Eco boost motors from Ford. Other than that trucks are pretty much all the same and boring, although Ram did get the air suspension for ride height control and load levelling figured out.

      1. You should have sold the Tacoma outright and come in with cash in hand. Dealer will always try to make money some way; trade, sticker, or financing. They will always try and get a fair profit. When you come with cash, it simplifies the discussion.

        1. That would mean I have to buy the Tacoma outright from my lease. Another 20 grand that I would pay 13% tax on. Tacomas exactly like mine with the same miles are listed for 37-38 grand so even if he gave me 34, he still would of made 3 grand from my truck. Thats more than enough profit but they wanted to be pigs and gouge the resale from a Tacoma owner like Im stupid

          Also I only owed 28 on it so I already paid 13% tax on 6 grand if he gave me 34 grand. This means I had a net worth of 6 grand that I should not have to pay tax on the Titan but they would not agree to that either.

          But that is what I might do. I can buy it outright and pay the 13% tax on 20 grand 2600 dollars and than use my full trade in value as tax free on the next buy or sell it for 37 grand. Dealers up here make huge profits because with a dealers licence they dont pay tax when they buy and sell and they know the buyer is screwed to lose 13% taxes if he doesnt trade. This is why they get away with low balls which is why they were being pigs not to offer at least 34 instead of 32. They could have sold it for 37 and made a sale on a new Titan.

    8. I currently owned an XD GAS , put 2000lbs on the pin and you will understand , the XD Pro4X gas crew have a payload of 2200-2300lbs , exactly the same territory than a crew 2500 gas ( real door sticker ) , the truck weight around 6.5k , now try hauling a load of 10k with an F-150 and 5.0 for thousand miles and try the samething with an XD , a light truck with heavy load is simply not cool , my brother owned a Ram 2500 hemi crew TRX4 and the XD play exactly in the same territory , similar weight and similar payload

      1. My 2013 King Ranch F250 Supercrew 6.2 has a 2715lb payload per the door sticker so it’s not quite exactly the same territory. I’m sure the XD has better unloaded manners though.

      2. I have Chevy Crew 2500, 4×4, 6.0, I weighed it at 6200 pounds, 3000 pounds cargo with the gvw of 9200. I drove the Nissan Cummins, and while I liked it, my 2500 is more truck in most ways, at same or less money. And I have all true 3/4 ton running gear. Oh, and the Cummins 5.0 is basically same power as a 1st generation Duramax.

        1. Forget the cummins compare apple with apple , the 5.6 will probably give a good run to the 6.0 , which trim with your chevy crew ? I didn’t check the S,or SV but they weight less than pro4X so the payload will probably be around 2500lbs crew

        2. What year/trim year is that 2500? My 2013 f150 Supercrew 5.0 fx4 weighed 6200 with me and a bed cover with minimal cargo in the cab. It only had about 1300 lbs payload with a gvwr of 7200. I’m not calling you out, but that’s impressive payload for a 3/4 ton crew 4×4.

    9. One thing that sets the XD apart is it’s ability to tow at its max rating with ease unlike the higher GVWR half tons. There’s a lot of people that are pulling 6-11k TTs and fifth wheels that the XD would serve well. It certainly will not replace a F250, Ram 2500, or GM 2500 when the bigger weight capacities are needed so use the right tool for the job.

      1. I doubt the J2807 has any rules set for the ratio of truck weight to towing from a ball hitch. Something they should change and mandate. Allow trucks to be lighter but take away the towing capacity. But this is tricky because when towing from a ball hitch you can add load to the rear of the truck via tongue weight if you have the payload available. But nothing can defy physics when in an emergency stop or a moose maneuver. With the bumps and swing of the trailer load, the tongue weight is going to bounce and throw the truck around like a rag doll unless it has the weight, something J2807 should regulate so trucks dont become 3000Lbs pulling 15,000lb trailers around on a ball hitch. I think the Ford regular cab that weighs around 4000lbs pulling 12,000 is already under regulated. And in texas a cowboy can do 80mph on a freeway with that combination and be legal doing it.

        1. Actually 84 since cops cant make a ticket hold up in court for 4 mph over and win their case. Too much room for error to say his/her speed was 84mph and not 80.

      2. Exactly , I towed a Cougar fiver with it around 9k and its effortless , will doing in 3 weeks , from canada to south carolina ( did it last year ) , the truck feel stable and the ride was smooth , and the rear is 100% stock no helper spring or air , bone stock leaf , drop 2 inch

    10. I would say that Titan xd with 5.6 might be a better deal than 6.0 gm 2500. More hp and tq, more gears and truck that might need more than half ton but less than gm 2500 in towing. This where the Titan xd might shine. The DSL doesn’t make sense in the XD when really comes down to it. A truck with a DSL that strattles the fence between a half ton and 3/4 ton is hard sell.
      Just a thought on it.

    11. Setting aside the whole issue of the XD for a moment, I’ve been a little confused at what Nissan is trying to do with a decision to stay in and compete in this very tough segment of 1/2-ton trucks. From an automotive standpoint, there is nothing with the new Titan that say’s “hey, we’re Nissan and this is what we bring to the table that the others don’t have”. Yes, they updated the ride and the amenities and the power update for its engine size and cylinder arrangement is truly modernized and on par with the others, but it’s old V8 NA technology in the same power/torque range and FE range as the other guys, and that’s okay as one alternative, but where are the choices for those that would prefer, say, a diesel, gas turbo, or even a dual fuel injected V6, cheap base engine with exceptional fuel economy like Ford will offer next year as one of six power train choices. But no, Nissan has come in with a very belated update, with a huge opportunity to make a statement with some revolutionary automotive technologies, but instead offers the least choices for power trains; and just like they did in round one; they’re already behind once they start, and if history repeats itself, they’ll do less than the other guys with respect to keeping it updated and within five years, sales will die. Nissan should either commit 100% or quit, because this will continue to be a do for them in the long run.

      1. They will introduce a new V6 for the titan , just not release yet

        Ram = 5.7 , ( ecodiesel but 800lbs payload worthless if you tow )
        GMC = 5.3,6.2,6.0
        Ford = 5.0 , ecoboost , in fact only Ford are pushing this and to be honest I really love their ecoboost but fuel economy not really , the truck weight less(alu) so fuel economy is better but towing confidence is lower than old F150 generation

      1. If by regular, you mean an I6, then its just too big a motor for this truck. The ISB first where a (healthy) gas V8 fits. The ISB- not so much. Rams have a fire wall designed around it and need to maintain more space between the cross-member and the hood. It also gobbles up a lot of front axle capacity.

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