2016 Nissan Titan XD - SL 5.0L turbo diesel

Summary:

Excellent lighter duty truck for towing and commuting

Faults:

Nissan has had recalls on the truck for:

- Fuel tank vent hose

- Turbo cooling line

A reflash of ECM and TCM have also been done. The transmission was rough shifting and the timing seemed off consistently for the first 15,000 miles or so.

Nissan dealerships are very inexperienced with the diesel engines and often only have one diesel technician. This can make scheduling appointments challenging.

General Comments:

I use the truck for a 70 mile round trip to and from work and I tow a 28 ft ~7,000 pound camper all over the country. When towing, it is my opinion it maintains confidence and stability as well as the 1 ton trucks that I have driven with similar trailers in the past. Because of the diesel, the responsiveness on the highway with the trailer is great, and even in north Carolina and Tennessee, the truck maintains speed on the hills using only 5th and 6th gear. The ride back and fourth to work is quite comfortable and quiet for a full size truck, and the height at which you sit is great for headlight glare, visibility, etc.

The truck handles how I would expect a 7,500 pound truck to in the snow and ice. Needs plenty of stopping distance, but is not pulled around by ruts in the snow. The traction control is quick and the 4 wheel drive has only been needed in 4"+ snow falls so far. I am anticipating some improvement once I replace the OEM tires.

Fuel economy in the winter time drops by roughly 2.5 MPG (likely because of the cold temperatures in NW Indiana, the winter diesel mixes, and using the remote start). I average about 17 in the winter, and 19.5 in the summer (mostly highway). The truck averages 11 MPG towing the trailer at 70 mph down the highway.

The more broken in the truck gets, the smoother the transmission and engine get to the point where now it is very smooth and steady unless you mash the pedal down. Then the shifts get rough again. The first 15,000 miles or so it shifted like a dump truck, and engine revs were sometimes out of sync with the trans. That does not occur any more now that I am at 23,000 miles.

I think that Nissan drastically underestimated the payload capacities of the truck. I have had 1,500 pounds of rock in the bed at one time, but still had 2" of suspension left. The rating on the Diesel SL is only about 1,600 pounds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2017

2nd Jul 2017, 03:03

Great review - please keep us in the loop in the future :)

2010 Nissan Titan SE 5.6L

Summary:

Very roomy and capable truck

Faults:

Almost two years of ownership without a single problem.

General Comments:

Truck has plenty of power for those mini red light challenges. Even with the heft of this truck, the acceleration is impressive.

I recently picked up a motorcycle that fit perfectly in the 7ft. box and brought it home - a 1,800 mile round trip. The bike weighed 500lbs., made the truck ride better with the weight in the back, and I averaged 22 miles per imperial gallon - acceleration was affected very little, all that torque did the trick.

Around town, yes the mileage is dismal - 14 miles per imperial gallon - but that was expected with such a large truck.

The full size rear doors (Crew Cab) was what sold the truck. With two kids to haul around on occasion or the odd 300 mile trip out of town, there is plenty of room. Other trucks in the running were the Toyota Tundra and Dodge Ram.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2012

2008 Nissan Titan Pro 4X 4x4 5.6 V8

Summary:

Beastly, comfortable, smooth rider that must stop and flirt with every gas station along the way :-)

Faults:

Not a whole lot. A couple seal leaks that were repaired by the dealer. The worst problem with the truck was wind noise coming from the driver's side door.

General Comments:

Nice, solid, reliable, comfortable crew cab truck. A lot of room in the back seat, and plenty of power to pull a house off the foundation!

These vehicles are thirsty though. I averaged 12.2 miles per gallon, which was terrible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2012