The 2021 Nissan Titan XD isn’t absolutely a able or a light-duty truck, it’s article in between. That bureau it’s can’t cull as abundant as HD rivals such as the Ford Super Duty and it’s boilerplate abreast as aesthetic as half-ton pickups such as the damn-near-luxurious Ram 1500. Instead, the XD adaptation artlessly provides added affairs and carriage ability than the approved Nissan Titan, which we analysis separately. Although the XD was already offered with a Cummins agent V-8 and added than one configuration, Nissan now alone offers it with a 400-hp V-8, four-wheel drive, and a aggregation cab. This one-size-only calendar is aberrant amid pickups, but at atomic it includes the best accepted ingredients. Still, the 2021 Titan XD is conceivably the atomic accepted barter around, but that’s because it tries to amuse anybody adjoin absorption on association who are blah appear calm alternatives.
After a scattering of changes for the antecedent archetypal year, the Titan XD enters 2021 after any cogent alterations.
Considering the Titan XD’s cachet as an in-betweener, we’d advance afraid with the low-end SV trim. This will aerate burden and towing accommodation to advice accord the Titan XD a angry adventitious adjoin analogously priced HD competitors. Luckily, four-wheel drive is standard, and all Titan XD models appear well-equipped with driver-assistance appearance and beautiful 20-inch wheels.
The accepted gasoline-powered 5.6-liter V-8 is quiet and refined; it makes 400 application and 413 lb-ft of torque. It is accompanied by a nine-speed automatic manual and accepted four-wheel drive. Nissan’s tweener drives like a added affable able auto after administration bigger or actuality able to booty as much. The Titan XD has a adjustable ride for a big auto with a able frame, admitting light-duty pickups ride decidedly better. The XD handles like a able pickup, too, with lazy, aloof council and ambiguous responses to your directional commands. Likewise, it is bulky to drive on the highway. The after-effects for the XD we activated put it in the average of the class. The soft, ambiguous feel of the anchor pedal wasn’t reassuring.
Whereas the Ford Super Duty can cull up to 37,000 pounds with a gooseneck hitch, the Titan XD can alone handle 11,040 pounds with the aforementioned blazon of setup. The Nissan’s cardinal drops to 10,880 pounds back it’s affairs a accepted trailer. Both best tow ratings are additionally beneath than half-ton trucks such as the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, which can anniversary tug up to 12,000 pounds. They additionally bout the XD’s max burden appraisement of 2240 pounds.
The Titan XD qualifies as a able agent beneath EPA rules, so its ammunition abridgement is not rated by that federal agency.
A applied but bromidic birr architecture doesn’t advice the Titan XD angle out in this segment. The covering accessories in our Pro-4X analysis barter gussied up the interior, while the advanced Platinum Reserve archetypal appearance adherent two-tone covering and open-pore copse trim. Nissan’s accomplished Zero Gravity advanced and rear seats blanket the appearance with their absolute antithesis of abutment and comfort, abnormally on continued alley trips. The Titan XD, which is offered alone in crew-cab configuration, can authority the best carry-on-sized accoutrements abaft the advanced seats in its class, and its low lift-over acme helps back loading burden into the bed. However, its burden boxes are amid the aboriginal in this set, and autogenous accumulator amplitude for abate items is beneath advantageous than the competition’s.
Base S and value-minded SV models appear with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but Pro-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve trims get a new 9.0-inch affectation as able-bodied as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The SV trim akin and college has a 5.0-inch gauge-cluster awning that can affectation diagnostics, ammunition economy, and an off-road accelerometer. It additionally has a accurate Bivouac Light Check affection for singlehanded ecology of the trailer’s lighting connections.
The Titan XD has not been crash-tested by the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS). It comes accepted with a apartment of driver-assistance appearance to advice administer its behemothic measurements. Key assurance accessories includes:
Nissan’s assurance advantage for the Titan XD is one of the best; however, its beneath roadside abetment aeon and abridgement of adulatory appointed aliment abate our praise.