The idea behind the 2022 Nissan Titan XD, which is a sort-of-heavy-duty pickup truck, is much better in theory than in practice. Essentially a beefed-up version of the regular half-ton Titan, the XD has a higher tow rating and payload capacity.
It also has a smoother ride than heavy-duty alternatives such as the Ford Super Duty, the Chevrolet Silverado HD, and the GMC Sierra HD.
The biggest problem with the tweener Titan is that its capabilities are eclipsed by smaller full-size trucks such as the Ford F-150, the Ram 1500, and others that also have a better ride-and-handling balance as well as more configuration options.
Considering the 2022 Nissan Titan XD‘s status as an in-betweener, we’d suggest sticking with the low-end SV trim. This will maximize payload and towing capacity to help give the Titan XD a fighting chance against similarly priced HD competitors.
Luckily, four-wheel drive is standard, and all Titan XD models come well-equipped with driver-assistance features and stylish 20-inch wheels.
ENGINE AND IMPLEMENTATION
The standard gasoline-powered 5.6-liter V-8 is quiet and refined. It makes 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. It is accompanied by a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive. Nissan’s tweener drives like a more civilized heavy-duty pickup without handling better or being able to haul as much.
The 2022 Nissan Titan XD has a compliant ride for a big pickup with a heavy-duty frame, though light-duty pickups ride significantly better. The XD handles like a heavy-duty pickup, too, with lazy, uncommunicative steering and vague responses to your directional commands.
Likewise, it is unwieldy to drive on the highway. The results for the XD we tested it and put it in the middle of the class. The soft, vague feel of the brake pedal wasn’t reassuring.
ENERGY AND REAL-WORLD MPG
The 2022 Nissan Titan XD qualifies as a heavy-duty vehicle under EPA rules, so its fuel economy is not rated by that federal agency.
INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH
A practical but uninspired dash design doesn’t help the 2022 Nissan Titan XD stand out in this segment. The leather appointments in our Pro-4X test truck gussied up the interior, while the topmost Platinum Reserve model features fancier two-tone leather and open-pore wood trim.
Nissan’s excellent Zero Gravity front and rear seats stole the show with their perfect balance of support and comfort, especially on long road trips. The Titan XD, which is offered solely in crew-cab configuration, can hold the most carry-on-sized suitcases behind the front seats in its class, and its low lift-over height helps when loading cargo into the bed.
However, its cargo boxes are among the smallest in this set, and interior storage space for smaller items is less useful than the competition.
IN-VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT AND INTERCONNECTIONS
Base S and value-minded SV models come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but Pro-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve trim to get a new 9.0-inch display as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The SV trim level and higher has a 5.0-inch gauge-cluster screen that can display diagnostics, fuel economy, and an off-road accelerometer. It also has a neat Trailer Light Check feature for singlehanded monitoring of the trailer’s lighting connections.
PROTECTION AND DRIVER-ASSISTANCE ASPECTS
|Transmission||9-speed shiftable automatic|
|Drive Type||Four wheel drive|
|Combined MPG||18 mpg|
|Basic Warranty||5 yr./ 100,000 mi.|
|Fuel & MPG|
|Combined MPG||18 mpg|
|EPA Mileage Est. (Cty/Hwy)||15/21 mpg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||26.0 gal.|
|Fuel Type||Regular unleaded|
|Range In Miles (Cty/Hwy)||390.0/546.0 mi.|
|Base Engine Size||5.6 l|
|Base Engine Type||Gas|
|Cam Type||Double overhead cam (dohc)|
|Horsepower||400 hp @ 5,800 rpm|
|Torque||413 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm|
|Angle Of Approach||15.9 degrees|
|Angle Of Departure||27.5 degrees|
|Curb Weight||6,407 lbs.|
|EPA Interior Volume||119.7 cu.ft.|
|Gross Weight||8,800 lbs.|
|Ground Clearance||8.2 in.|
|Maximum Payload||2,240 lbs.|
|Maximum Towing Capacity||10,880 lbs.|
|Overall Width Without Mirrors||79.5 in.|
|Turning Circle||53.8 ft.|
|Wheel Base||151.6 in.|
|Basic||5 yr./ 100,000 mi.|
|Drivetrain||5 yr./ 100,000 mi.|
|Roadside||5 yr./ 100,000 mi.|
|Rust||5 yr./ unlimited mi.|