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2018 Nissan TITAN XD Crew Cab KBB Expert Review

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By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor

The 2018 Nissan Titan XD offers more power and towing ability than the standard Titan pickup, thanks in part to its more robust frame and available 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine. Straddling the line between a half-ton and 3-quarter-ton pickup, the Titan XD displays a rugged but somewhat cliché exterior, features a number of utility conveniences and is equipped with a great set of “zero-gravity” front seats. Unfortunately, the Titan XD’s advantages end there. A Ford F-150 can still tow more weight, as can a 3-quarter-ton F-250, Ram 2500 or Chevy Silverado 2500 that all have similar pricing. However, for Ram and Chevy half-ton buyers looking to pull a bit more than those trucks allow, the XD might be a viable alternative.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking to tow more than most half-ton pickups can manage, and you like the idea of a more robust frame and optional Cummins diesel engine, the 2018 Nissan Titan XD may be just the truck you’ve been waiting for. An upscale interior and respectable driving dynamics sweeten the deal.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You’ll find most half-ton pickups deliver a better ride and fuel economy than the Titan XD. The extra $6,000 premium for the diesel doesn’t really pay off when you compare it to the gasoline V8’s towing and fuel economy.

What's New for 2018

For 2018, the Titan XD gains a new Midnight Edition Package adding unique 20-inch black wheels, a body-colored front grille, black door handles and mirror caps, black step rails, body- colored bumpers and black interior trim. The package is available on the diesel SL and SV Crew Cab 4x4 models.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Put away any old notions that big diesel trucks drive like, well, big diesel trucks. The 2018 Titan XD is far from uncomfortable or unwieldy, and its quiet operation will take many by surprise. Even with the window down, you’ll be hard-pressed to hear the diesel engine. Inside, the Titan XD is downright luxurious, on par with the nicest Ford King Ranch or Ram Laramie Longhorn. From its zero-gravity heated and quilted leather seats to the 360-degree Around View monitor, the Titan can pamper as well as it performs. The Titan is a big truck and you’ll notice it upon first climbing behind the wheel. However, like driving any big truck, you quickly get used to it. The Cummins turbodiesel V8 offers plenty of power for accelerating and towing, although its forward progression is more linear than rocket-like. During our test, we had no issues pulling a 9,500-pound trailer or hauling significant payloads.

Favorite Features

Cummins builds some of the best diesel engines in the world, and the 5.0-liter turbodiesel V8 in the Titan XD is no exception. With 555 lb-ft of torque, the Titan XD feels locomotive-like in its ability to tow and haul, and it gets slightly better fuel economy than its gasoline V8 counterpart.

Nissan’s Around View monitor provides a 360-degree view of the area outside the truck. This feature is not only helpful when parking, but can be useful in the wilderness by showing low obstacles in the Titan’s path or when hooking up a trailer without the assistance of a spotter.

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