Ti­tan XD

Diesel Power - - 2019 Diesel Truck And Van Buyerõs Guide -

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.

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