2018 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X King Cab 4x4 V8 Turbo Diesel Ride/Drive
Nissan got back into the truck game in 2016 with an all-new Titan – surprising the industry by first introducing a truck that was more than a light duty but not quite a heavy duty. Unique in the pickup truck category – it is in a segment of its own.
They called it the Titan XD. It was not only bigger but also seriously more powerful than a light-duty – powered by an awesome Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel power plant mated to a heavy-duty Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission. Most importantly it was less expensive than a traditional heavy-duty pickup.
The strategy resonated with consumers and the Titan XD sold fairly well. A year or so later a traditional light-duty Titan powered by a new 5.6L V8 gasoline engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission (added also to the XD line), was introduced to considerable acclaim.
Titan XD has continued to offer much of the effortless towing and hauling of the larger, more expensive heavy-duty trucks – including an available maximum towing capacity of 12,160 pounds and maximum payload capacity of 2,080 pounds (when properly equipped) – with fuel-efficiency and affordability closer to a half-ton pickup similarly equipped.
For 2018, the Nissan XD lineup includes Crew Cab, King Cab and Single Cab body styles, two bed lengths and choice of the powerful Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel or the all-new Nissan 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine with 4x4 or 4x2 drivelines in up to five well-equipped grade levels.
Though the Titan XD has not set the segment on fire, it has developed a core following of serious truck owners who see it for what it is – an every-duty truck that does heavy duty work with light duty efficiency and economy.
2018 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X King Cab 4x4
We recently borrowed a 2018 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X King Cab 4x4 powered by the 310 horsepower Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel to run down to the Rockport/Fulton area of Texas to visit with local officials on the status of their recovery from Hurricane Harvey that hit them in August 2017.
Our SolarFlare Yellow King Cab delivered its whopping 555 lb.-ft. of torque to the road through an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission to its Shift-on-the-Fly 4WD and 2-speed transfer case.
Riding exceptionally smooth and quiet along the interstate, our XD rolled on 18-inch aluminum-alloy dark machined finish wheels mounted with General LT275/65R18 All Terrain tires. The Bilstein shock equipped suspension featured double-wishbone with stabilizer bar up front and multi-leaf with solid axle and stabilizer bar rear.
Also included were Electronic Locking Rear Differential, Active Limited Slip 14.17-/14.37-inch vented disc ABS brakes, engine speed Power Variable Assist Steering, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control.
Some of the other standard features included automatic LED headlights and fog lights, folding mirrors with puddle lamps, rain sensing wipers, factory-applied spray-on bedliner, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Vehicle Dynamic Control, RearView Monitor and Blind Spot Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
In addition, for going off the road, the PRO-4X has a 38.9:1 Crawl Ratio (1st gear), front tow hooks, ground clearance of 8.7-/9.1-inches front and rear with Approach/Departure/Breakover angles of 22.8/23.0/21.7 degrees respectively.
The uniquely styled Black interior of the Titan XD PRO-4x was large, comfortable and exceptionally functional. Features included Dual Front Captain’s Chairs with 8-way power adjust for the driver, Deep Storage (holds a laptop) Center Console with 12V and 120V power points, 60/40 rear flip-up rear seat with flat floor under-seat storage, 7-inch color touch screen infotainment display, Advanced Driver Assist Display in the IP and Dual Zone Climate Control system with filter plus rear AC vents.
Also included was NissanConnect with Navigation and mobile apps, iPod connectivity, voice recognition, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, PRO-4X custom mats and more.
Already very well equipped, the PRO-4X level packages included:
- PRO-4X Utility set up the cargo bed with a Power Slide Rear Window, Utili-track Channel Tie Down System, tailgate illumination, LED under bed rail lighting, Electronic Locking Tailgate, Bed Step, 120-volt power outlet and Front and Rear Sonar. Also included was the Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio featuring 12-speakers, amplifier and under seat subwoofer.
- PRO-4X Convenience featured the PRO-4X embossed Leather Appointed Seating with contrast stitching, Heated Front Seating, 4-way Power Passenger Seating, Remote Engine Start, Auto-Dimming Mirrors, NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM and more.
- Premium added Ventilated Drive and Passenger Seats, Intelligent Around View Monitor system, Reverse Auto-Tilt on the side mirrors and the removable watertight Titan Boxes in the bed.
Towing with XD
With its built-in tow package and integrated gooseneck hitch, the Titan XD can tow traditional rear bumper or gooseneck. For our 4x4, tow capacity was 12,160 pounds bumper or gooseneck. Our Titan XD PRO-4X came with heated power-extendable side mirrors for towing.
Other features supporting towing included an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation – including checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights.
In addition, to assist trailer hook-ups, our Titan XD came with RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides and available Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM).
The test 2018 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X King Cab 4x4 had a base MSRP of $50,940. Adding the PRO-4X Utility, PRO-4X Convenience and Premium Packages plus the SolarFlare Yellow exterior and delivery – this Titan XD PRO-4X priced at $58,915.
America’s Best Truck Warranty
The Nissan Titan XD is covered by what they say is “America’s Best Truck Warranty” that features a full 5-year/100,000-mile bumper to bumper coverage including basic and powertrain coverage for all models, diesel and gasoline.
Visit https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/trucks/titan-xd.html to learn more about the full 2018 Titan XD truck lineup.
Regular Titan Trucks
If the Titan XD is more truck than you want or need, take a look at the slightly smaller half-ton Titan. Powered by the new 5.6L Endurance V8 engine producing 390 horsepower and 394 lb.-ft. torque, the half-ton Titan readily goes head to head with similarly equipped competitor half-tons.
Read our recent story/review of the half-ton 2018 Nissan Titan V8 4x4 Crew Cab Texas Edition on inwheeltime.com here: http://www.inwheeltime.com/2018-nissan-titan-v8-4x4-crew-cab-texas-edition-makes-grade-hill-country/
A NOTE ON ROCKPORT/FULTON
They are doing pretty well – considering the severity of that storm, Hurricane Harvey – they are now welcoming visitors (while they rebuild) to enjoy the beaches, fishing and birding along the Coastal Bend area of Texas. There is still much to be done – it will take years and continuing financial support from visitors will be vital to their success.
Give Rockport/Fulton (http://www.rockport-fulton.org/) a look for your travels this summer.