The Nissan Titan has long been an underdog in the full-size pickup market amid the fierce competition, particularly from Ford and Chevrolet. Now, with the release of the Nissan Titan XD, that’s all about to change. The new kid on the block, the Nissan Titan XD is designed to fit between the light and heavy duty pickup trucks that Ford and Chevrolet currently offer. Featuring a complete redesign, the Titan XD is packing some serious firepower for the latest model year. Discover more about the Nissan Titan XD, the Chevy Silverado 1500, and the Ford F-150.
The Ford F-150 kicks things off with a 5.0-liter V8 engine, the largest available in the light duty pickup. Offering up to 385 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, it’s a force to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers a 6.2-liter V8 engine that offers 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The Nissan Titan XD is perfectly capable of competing, offering a 5.6-liter V8 that pumps out 390 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque.
That’s not all the Titan XD has to offer. The “every duty” pickup is out to do some reckoning of its own with a 5.0-liter Cummins diesel V8 engine. That mighty power source puts out an even more impressive 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. Neither Chevrolet nor Ford offer a diesel engine for their light duty pickups.
While the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers a class-leading 11,900-lbs. towing capacity when properly equipped, the Nissan Titan XD can best it. When equipped with the diesel engine, the Titan XD offers a maximum towing capacity of 12,300 lbs. The Ford F-150 fails to come close to competing, offering just 8,900-lbs. towing capacity.
As for heading off-road, the Nissan Titan XD features the PRO-4X trim. From its excellent ground clearance to its innovative four-wheel drive system, the Titan XD is just as capable off-road as it is on pavement. Featuring both Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control, safety is a top priority in the Titan XD. In comparison, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers a Z71 Off-Road package that adds several features, like a tuned suspension. Meanwhile, The Ford F-150 Raptor is just as dedicated to off-roading as the Titan XD.
Inside, the Nissan Titan XD is more detail- and comfort-oriented than any other pickup within its price range. Featuring standard Push Button Start and Nissan Intelligent Key®, getting behind the wheel is worry-free. Combined with the available Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control, the Titan XD optimizes comfort no matter the season. Neither the Silverado 1500 nor F-150 offer that kind of driver-oriented comfort.
Each pickup has its own infotainment system. Powered by SiriusXM®, the Titan XD packs Nissan Connect Services provides a selection of plans that range from remote engine start via your phone to calling for assistance in the event of an accident. The Silverado 1500 features OnStar which offers must of the same services. The F-150 offers the SYNC infotainment system that only provides a handful of comparable features.
When it comes to price alone, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD starts at $35,290. The Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 don’t stand a chance when comparably equipped with a V8 engine.
The Silverado 1500 starts at just over $45,000 while the Ford F-150 comes in at a jaw dropping $55,940.
In addition to leaving the mass-market pickups in its dust, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD has also picked up a slew of awards. Among them are Best Pickup Truck of 2016 from Cars.com, Motorweek’s Best Pickup Truck, and Autobytel’s 2016 Truck of the Year. Other standout awards include AutoGuide.com’s Truck of the Year as well as the 2015 Truck of Texas from the Texas Auto Writers Association.