2020 Nissan Titan XD

2020 Nissan Titan XD Review: Is It Tough Enough?

by Morgan Carter

The Nissan Titan XD has always been marketed as Nissan's answer to the eminently capable heavy-duty trucks on the market, namely the Ford F-250 and Ram 2500. However, a simple look at sales over the past few years shows that US shoppers aren't buying into the con. Yes, the Titan XD certainly looks the part, with rugged handsomeness and an imposing curb presence, and it used to have the output figures, too. But, with the more capable diesel engine dropped from the line-up, the Titan now has to rely on just 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, delivered by the unimpressive V8 gas engine. Compared to the aforementioned heavyweight contenders, this is just laughable. As such, the Titan XD can't haul or tow nearly enough to be considered a competent heavy-duty pickup. It does handle quite well, however, and it delivers a smooth ride. But, is this what buyers in this segment really care about? If you're going to be shelling out $44k, you want a truck that is going to earn its keep!

2020 Nissan Titan XD Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Titan XD?

While it hasn't undergone a full redesign for 2020, the Titan XD has received a mid-life refresh. The top-most trims get new 20-inch alloy designs, with the standard grille receiving a more modern makeover and comes framed by restyled headlights. Every model comes with a more advanced suite of driver-assistance features, including forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, high beam assist, and lane departure warning.The standard infotainment screen has gained an inch over last year's seven-inch setup, while an even larger nine-inch touchscreen is available on the upper trims. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are standard at every level. However, the most significant changes are perhaps the dropping of the previously available diesel engine and rear-wheel drivetrain, and the increase in power output of the V8 gasoline engine to 400 hp. The cab and cargo bed can no longer be customized, either, with only the Crew Cab and standard bed offered this year.

Pros and Cons

  • Spacious and quiet cabin
  • Comfortable Zero Gravity seats
  • Superior ride comfort for an HD truck
  • Good standard safety suite
  • Upscale materials and good build quality
  • Terrible towing capacity for an HD truck
  • NissanConnect infotainment suite is outdated
  • No more available diesel powertrain

2020 Nissan Titan XD Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
S
5.6-liter V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$34,990
SV
5.6-liter V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$39,590
PRO-4X
5.6-liter V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$49,490
SL
5.6-liter V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$54,200
Platinum Reserve
5.6-liter V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$60,080

Nissan Titan XD Truck Exterior

The Nissan Titan XD certainly has a lot of curb appeal and it looks great in photos, with enormous wheel arches housing 17- to 20-inch wheels, suspending the large, chunky pick-up well off the ground. To really match the over-the-top ruggedness of the Titan's exterior, you'll definitely want the equally large wheels. The grille has been redesigned for 2020, but it's still aggressively bold, and comes framed by restyled halogen headlights as standard. Standard fog lights, LED daytime running lights, and LED taillights are available on the upper trims. Unlike in the past, the new Titan XD doesn't offer a variety of cab and bed options, so you'll need to be happy with the larger Crew Cab and standard 6.5-foot cargo bed.

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Dimensions

Few vehicles are bigger than a full-size pickup truck, as evidenced by the gargantuan Titan XD's dimensions. Its length varies between 243.4 - 244.4 inches depending on the trim, although the wheelbase remains 151.6 inches across the range. The width can vary slightly between 79.5 and 80.7 inches, while the truck can stand between 78 and 78.9 inches tall. Similarly, ground clearance can range between 8.7 and 9.5 inches. Depending on the trim, angles of approach and departure can be anywhere between 15.9 - 21.1 degrees and 23.5 - 24.5 degrees, respectively. The lightest of the Titan XD models weighs in at 6,407 pounds, while the heaviest tips the scales at 6,845 lbs.

  • Length 242.7 in
  • Wheelbase 151.6 in
  • Height 78.0 in
  • Max Width 79.5 in

2020 Nissan Titan XD Exterior Colors

  • Red Alert
  • Glacier White
  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Gun Metallic
  • Super Black
  • Deep Blue Pearl Metallic
  • Baja Storm
  • Cardinal Red Metallic
  • Pearl White

Titan XD Performance

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Engine and Transmission

For 2020, the only engine available under the hood of the Titan XD is the 5.6-liter DOHC V8 gasoline engine. Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, this engine directs 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft to all four wheels. Both the previously available diesel engine and rear-wheel drivetrain are no longer offered. While the Pro-4X sub-trim is the more capable off-roader, thanks to its unique suspension and rear differential, every trim comes with a two-speed transfer case. Such hefty workhorse trucks aren't built for quickness, but the Titan XD still manages to cut a jig with a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 7.4 - 7.9 seconds, according to independent test drives.

The loss of the diesel engine is quite noticeable when it comes to towing capacity, though, reducing the Nissan's maximum towing capacity to 10,880 lbs (or 11,040 with a gooseneck hitch), even further below the 19,70-odd lbs and 24,200 lbs that the Ram 2500 and Ford F-250 can handle. When you take gooseneck towing into consideration, the Titan XD falls even further behind the competition, with the Ford-250 Super Duty blowing away the competition with a maximum capacity of 37,000 lbs.

  • Engine
    5.6-liter V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Titan XD has plenty of power thanks to its potent V8 engine, but its extreme bulk restricts it from really exhibiting athletic performance. It isn't genuinely slow, though, accelerating up to 60 mph in under eight seconds when unladen, but it can feel that way, especially when towing its six-ton loads. On the highway, the aggressive styling of the rugged truck can be misleading; reaching top speeds, merging, and passing will be a lesson in patience. Luckily, the brakes are powerful, managing to bring the hefty pickup to a stop from 60 mph without too much difficulty.

The steering is almost as heavy as the truck itself, and it's just as uncommunicative. On the plus side, inputs are well-received and responded to. This helps tame the giant beast and make it behave itself on the road. And it certainly feels pretty tame, thanks to its remarkably smooth ride quality, which sets the Titan apart from rival pickups that seem to advertise their more rugged qualities through their lack of refinement. But light-duty trucks are still smoother than the Nissan heavy-duty truck, and some can almost match the XD's rather uninspiring hauling figures.

Overall, the Titan XD is a comfortable daily driver, more than a niche heavy hauler. But, the fact that it tries to do both equally well only serves to hamper its ability at doing either with a superior degree of success. If you want a jack of all trades and a master of none, then it seems Nissan might have the answer for you.

Titan XD Gas Mileage

Weighing in at nearly three tons and powered by a potent V8 engine, the Titan XD certainly can't boast very impressive fuel economy figures. Heavy-duty vehicles like this are seldom, if ever, rated by the EPA for their efficiency, so we have to rely on real-world reports from owners. Based on these reports, we can estimate that the combined mileage of the Titan XD is somewhere in the region of between 12 and 14 mpg. This is on par with similarly powered heavy-duty rivals like the Ford F-250. The Nissan uses its 26-gallon fuel tank to cover up to 364 miles between gas station visits, but at least the reliance on regular gasoline reduces the cost of ownership a bit.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    26.0 Gallons
* 2020 Nissan Titan XD 4x4 Crew Cab S

Titan XD Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

Since the Crew Cab is now the standard, and only, configuration available, the Titan XD can accommodate six passengers with the front seat bench installed on the two lower trim levels, and five passengers with the individual front chairs on the upper three sub-trims. Regardless of the types of seats, both rows offer plenty of head- and legroom for even full-size adults. Adding the optional moonroof to the top two trims does cost you a few inches of headroom, but there is still enough for even taller passengers to feel comfortable. The seats are very comfortable at every trim level, although the standard cloth is upgraded to leather from the SL upwards. Similarly, the lower-tier trims come with manual front seats, while the upper trims get an eight-way power driver's seat with available heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and driver-seat memory. The impressive height of the truck gives drivers excellent forward visibility, but getting in and out can be a little difficult.

  • Seating capacity
    6-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.8 in
  • Front Head Room 41.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.5 in
  • Rear Head Room 40.4 in

Titan XD Trunk and Cargo Space

Since the 2020 Titan XD is only available with the Crew Cab, the only bed length offered is the standard 6.5-foot bed. While no cubic area is provided by the manufacturer, the bed measures 78.7 inches long with a standard depth of 20.8 inches and a maximum width of 63.8 inches. With the available size of the bed and the overall strength of the chassis, the XD is able to carry payloads of up to 2,240 lbs, which is almost shameful compared to rivals like the Ford F-250, that boast class-leading payloads of more than double that. On top of this embarrassment, the Nissan can't tow nearly as much as competing heavy-duty trucks like the F-250 and Ram 2500, maxing out at a mere 10,880 lbs conventional towing weight.

With the larger interior, there is a fair amount of small-item storage. Around the cabin, eight cupholders and eight bottle holders come standard. However, the glove compartment and door pockets aren't as large as we'd expect, but the center armrest cubby is quite spacious. An overhead storage bin comes standard on every trim level, too.

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Titan XD Infotainment and Features

Features

While not a luxury vehicle by any stretch of the imagination, the Nissan Titan XD does still boast an extensive spec sheet. The base S model comes with cloth upholstery, basic air conditioning, manual front seats, and a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering column. Cruise control, remote keyless entry, push-button start, and a 12-volt power outlet round out the standard conveniences, while a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision avoidance, and a driver alertness system comprise the safety suite. The SV adds a seven-inch driver information display, trailer sway control, trailer brake control, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert. The front bench is replaced with captain's chairs on the Pro-4X and u[, with eight directions of power-adjustability on the driver's seat. An auto-dimming rearview mirror is added, along with dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, and front parking sensors. The standard cloth upholstery is upgraded to leather when you step into the SL, while the passenger seat gains four-way power adjustability, the driver's seat gets memory functions, and both gain heating. A surround-view camera rounds out the safety suite. The top-tier Platinum Reserve gets upgraded to premium leather upholstery and adds ventilation to the front seats.

Infotainment

While it comes with all the basics, the NissanConnect infotainment suite on the XD is not as up-to-date as what many rivals offer. The touchscreen has been enlarged to eight inches for 2020, and a Wi-Fi hotspot now complements the already standard Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Six speakers comprise the standard sound system. The suite is only upgraded again on the mid-tier Pro-4X, which sees the installation of a larger nine-inch touchscreen programmed with navigation functions and SiriusXM. The sound system is also upgraded to a 12-speaker Fender set-up. Two USB ports are present up front, with another two available to rear passengers. A rear-seat entertainment system can also be installed on any trim save for the base S model.

Nissan Titan XD Problems and Reliability

There may be no official dependability rating for the Nissan Titan XD truck, but it has been subject to a number of recalls over the last few years that raise some doubts about its overall reliability. The most recent of these recalls were issued in 2019, for reasons that included no image being displayed on the back-up camera, and the possibility that the alternator harness may suffer from an electrical short during operation. However, Nissan does offer a respectable warranty plan on new purchases, which includes a 100,000-mile/five-year bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranty, covering the drivetrain, too. The roadside assistance plan is less impressive, though, as it is only valid for 36,000 miles/36 months, and there is no standard scheduled maintenance plan.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

Nissan Titan XD Pickup Truck Safety

Like most heavy-duty pickups, the Nissan Titan XD has not been subject to review for safety by either of the USA's major testing agencies. The slightly smaller and lighter Titan, on which the XD is largely based, received relatively good ratings of four stars from the NHTSA, and an overall score of Good from the IIHS, although neither authority extensively tested the pickup. The truck comes standard with ABS, stability and traction control, along with a respectable eight airbags: dual front, front knee, front side, and side curtain. The safety suite comprises lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision avoidance, pedestrian detection, traffic sign recognition, and a driver alertness system. Available safety features include rear cross-traffic alert, front parking sensors, and rain-sensing wipers, which come standard on the higher trims.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Nissan Titan XD a good car?

Determining the value of the Nissan Titan XD can be a little tricky. This is because it tries to fit into a category that it's not quite suited to. The pickup markets itself as a heavy-duty truck, but it's not much more capable than a lightweight model. However, it does handle better than its heavyweight contemporaries. This lack of a defined identity makes the Nissan hard to compare with other trucks, but we don't think it would match up well even if it could.

Like many that try to do too many things, the Titan XD fails to do anything particularly well. This means it's a mediocre performer in just about every regard. It can haul a little more than a light-duty pickup, but considerably less than true heavy-duty trucks like the Ford F-250 or Ram 2500. Conversely, it handles far better than its more rugged rivals, with a smoother ride quality, too. However, light-duty trucks are more nimble and comfortable.

This might be acceptable if Nissan asked you to pay less than you would for a genuine heavy-duty contender. But, with an almost identical price tag to much more capable rivals, the Titan XD just doesn't live up to expectations. If you want a semi-capable but comfortable daily driver, look to the cheaper, lightweight segment. But, if you want a rugged pickup that can tow a small mountain without breaking a sweat, then you need to be aiming higher than what the Nissan Titan XD can offer.

🚘What’s the Price of the 2020 Nissan Titan XD?

While it may not be as impressive as some of its more capable rivals, the Nissan Titan XD's price is no more affordable, and there is enough standard equipment to justify just how much you'd spend. $44,580 isn't overly pricey for a moderately competent pickup with superior ride quality and a number of standard features. The SV is a modest step up from the base model, costing an extra $3,710. The Pro-4X is the most capable off-roader with Bilstein shocks and a rear-locking differential, all of which push the price up to $53,980. The penultimate, once again, bumps the price up quite a bit to $58,490 for the SL, while the top-tier Platinum Reserve breaks the $60k mark at $61,690. However, there are a number of available packages across the range to customize your purchase, which can conceivably add up to $10k to your bill. These prices don't include tax, registration, licensing, or Nissan's $1,595 destination charge.

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🚗What Nissan Titan XD Model Should I Buy?

Where once you could customize your purchase to suit a specific need, such as higher towing capacity or a larger cargo bed, the only thing differentiating the models now is their list of features. For most functions, the base-level S or slightly better-appointed SV should satisfy most buyers. However, those who value luxury over sheer practicality, and who don't mind the much higher price tag, will be willing to shell out for the leather-appointed SL or Platinum Reserve with their heated seats, captain's chairs, and power front seats. But, if you want the most capable off-roader in the range, then there really is no choice other than the Pro-4X, which comes with a Bilstein off-road suspension and a rear-locking differential that work alongside the four-wheel drivetrain to optimize handling and confidence.

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2020 Nissan Titan XD Comparisons

Nissan Titan CarBuzz
Toyota Tundra Toyota
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Nissan Titan XD400 hpTBC$44,580
Nissan Titan 400 hp16/22 mpg$36,190
Toyota Tundra 381 hp13/17 mpg$33,575

2020 Nissan Titan XD vs Nissan Titan

The Titan is the lighter-duty variant of the so-called heavy-duty Titan XD, but it's actually not that much weaker than the XD at all. The cheaper, lightweight pickup can pull loads just under 2,000 lbs less than its big brother. As a true light-duty truck, the Titan also delivers a smoother ride and better handling dynamics. In terms of features, though, both trucks barely differ at all. Both trucks get the same V8 engine, and now that the XD no longer offers the diesel engine, it can't boast better power or fuel economy, either. As a cheaper, near-equal to the XD, the standard Titan is the more sensible choice here. Yes, the Titan XD will appeal to those who value towing capacity above all else, but if that's your primary concern, then why are you looking at Nissan's offering at all, when rivals like Ford and Ram have much more competent entries?

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2020 Nissan Titan XD vs Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra isn't a direct rival to the Titan XD, falling into the lightweight category where the XD rests at the very low-end of the heavyweight sector. Nevertheless, the Tundra has almost as much power under the hood as the XD, with its V8 putting out 381 hp and 401 lb-ft, but it has access to a rear-wheel drivetrain, too. With this in mind, it's not surprising that the Tundra can tow almost as much as the XD, maxing out at 10,200 lbs. In 2020, the Tundra finally offers full smartphone integration across the range, so it competes even better with modern rivals. While it may not get any better fuel economy than the Titan XD, the Toyota Tundra is significantly cheaper, at a starting MSRP of $33,575. Still, the Titan XD is far more pleasant inside the cabin, with better materials and a more spacious cabin. If you want an affordable but still capable workhorse, the Tundra is the better choice here, but the Titan XD is far more pleasant to spend time in, with similar capabilities.

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