To say competition is fierce in the full-size truck segment would really be an understatement. Although Nissan and other Japanese manufacturers pretty much reign supreme around the world when it comes to compact and midsize pickups, the main competition for the full-size 2017 Nissan Titan XD is largely domestic. The Titan was completely redesigned for its second-generation last year, and the XD is the heavy-duty version of this excellent truck.
Although the 2017 Nissan Titan XD is from a Japanese manufacturer the company ownership is about the only thing that isn't American about it, and that includes the way it looks. This second-generation Titan was designed in California, engineered in Michigan and is built in Mississippi, and it's definitely not a pumped-up take on a Japanese midsize or compact truck. This is a model that's aimed at the North American market, and it shows.
The styling of the second-generation Titan XD is considerably more macho than previous Titans. The Titan and Titan XD have different grilles to set them apart from each other, but other than that they do employ the same styling theme. The grille is a large, bold, chrome affair that incorporates active grille shutters to help to reduce aerodynamic drag by 10 percent compared to the old model, which inevitably also assists with that all-important fuel economy. Also, all versions of the Titan sport a two-tone look.
Compared to many domestic rivals, the 2017 Nissan Titan XD has a pretty straightforward trim lineup that's nice and easy to get to grips with. The Titan and Titan XD are essentially the same size, but the XD is built to handle bigger payloads and to be able to tow a whole lot more than the regular Titan.
There are just two cab formats; Single Cab and the Crew Cab. The Titan XD Single Cab is only available in the base S and more generously equipped SV trim, while the Titan XD Crew Cab can be had in S, SV, Pro-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve trims.
The standard engine in every Titan is a 5.6-liter, 32-valve V-8 that produces and impressive 390 horsepower and 394 lb.-ft. of torque. All versions are rear-wheel drive as standard with four-wheel drive as an available option, except for the off-road focused Pro-4X that's four-wheel only. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard with gas versions of the Titan XD, but diesel variants get an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission that's specially designed to handle the additional torque.
Where the 2017 Nissan Titan XD really comes into its own is when it's equipped with that diesel engine option. The diesel is a 5.0-liter V-8 turbo that develops 310 horsepower and a pretty serious 555 lb.-ft. of torque.
Its Crew Cab form the Titan XD therefore has a maximum payload capacity of 2,590 pounds and maximum tow rating of 12,310 pounds. If you don’t need the extra seats offered by the Crew Cab, the Titan XD Single Cab can tow as much as 12,640 pounds and has a maximum payload rating of 2,910 pounds.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.