I come from a family that’s always had a truck in the driveway. I was driving trucks on our farm before I was street legal. And when I did get my license, I towed our camper and Dad’s boats. I still own a pickup because Texas girls drive trucks – it’s what we do. So I was looking forward to driving the 2017 Nissan Titan XD with the Cummins diesel engine.
This truck is a workhorse that’s made to haul a heavy payload or tow something big. Don’t haul air in this truck. This is Nissan’s answer to the customer who has outgrown a light-duty pickup, but is hesitant to jump into a much larger heavy duty. The Titan XD rides more comfortably when it’s hauling a full load in the bed. We hauled a couple of sofas from the resale shop and the difference was significant.
The Titan XD King Cab has a second row but it’s not the full size back seat that you find in the Crew Cab. And I’ve always enjoyed the comfort of the smaller interior space that a truck’s cab affords you. It’s nice to be able to reach most things you might need while on the road. My father went so far as to attach a paper towel holder above and slightly behind the driver’s seat. Obviously we spilled more than our fair share while in his truck. So when I got into Nissan’s Titan XD Diesel King Cab I expected to have all those senses swamp me.
Gone are the days when you can feel the difference of a diesel engine from a gasoline engine. Since it’s sporting a 5.0 liter Cummins Diesel V8 engine, it can handle a payload of close to 2,500 pounds and tow a little over 11,000 pounds, all with the proper equipment of course.
It’s offered in three body configurations to satisfy the needs of any customer. The King Cab that I drove has clam-shell rear doors that swing out 172 degrees to allow for total access to the rear seat. Nissan cleverly offers a rear seat delete option that allows owners to use the space behind the driver’s seat for storage instead of passengers.
And just so you know, this is an entirely American-made truck. The design is straight out of La Jolla, California and the truck is built at a Nissan plant in Tennessee.