WITH THE BIG THREE all doubling down on the six-cylinder lightduty diesel pickup, the ’19 Nissan Titan XD remains in a segment of one. The Nissan splits the difference between the trio of similarly sized trucks with engines that err on the side of efficiency, without straying into the territory of the heavy-duty pickups and their 900-plus lb-ft of torque.
The Titan XD is available with a Cummins 5.0L turbodiesel V-8 engine that makes 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm. That’s off-the-line torque right there. The Titan XD can pull up to 12,640 pounds of traditional trailer or 12,760 pounds on a loaded gooseneck hauler.
The Titan XD is available in three body styles: regular cab, King Cab, and crew cab. Truck Trend lived with a Titan XD crew cab for 13 months and found it to be a willing companion for towing, hauling, and general road-tripping. The staff put more than 23,000 miles on the truck, a testament to how good it was to drive, and saw an average of 15 mpg, which dropped to a reasonable 12 mpg while towing. Editors note that over those 23,000 hard miles the Titan didn’t develop any squeaks or rattles, and the chassis remained tight and quiet.
Pricing for 2019 has not been confirmed, but it’s not expected to change much from 2018, which started at $38,985 for regular cab models.