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What’s the Difference Between the Nissan TITAN and the TITAN XD?

By Product Expert | Posted in Nissan TITAN, Nissan TITAN XD on Friday, December 1st, 2017 at 4:35 pm
Nissan Titan and Nissan TITAN XD side-by-side on airport tarmac empty parking lot near Melbourne fl


As a staple of American automotive culture, pickup trucks echo the rugged work-ethic that helped to build this country. Pickup trucks offer go-anywhere utility that makes them and their drivers up for any challenge.

With interiors that are being constantly-refined, and more focus on technology and driving dynamics than ever before, modern light and medium-duty pickup trucks provide drivers with the perfect work-life balance. It’s business on the outside, and enjoyment on the inside.

When it comes to the light-duty and medium-duty pickup truck segment, the Nissan TITAN lives up to its name. Offering incredible power, a range of configuration options and best-in-class warranty, the TITAN delivers performance and peace of mind.

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Inside, the vehicle is spacious and luxurious, even at the single cab size. A longer King Cab, or maxed-out Crew Cab allows more even passengers to take advantage of the luxurious materials and impressive technology of the Nissan TITAN.

Now There Are Two of Them?

If you’re shopping for a Nissan TITAN, you may be surprised to see two versions available. The first, the highly-capable 2017 Nissan TITAN and the second the 2017 Nissan TITAN XD.

When you compare the two, one of the biggest things that jumps out is the type of engine featured on both pickup trucks. For 2017, the Nissan TITAN features an Endurance® 5.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 engine. This engine delivers 390-horsepower and 394 lb-ft. of torque.

The 2017 Nissan TITAN XD, on the other hand, features an available 5.0L Cummins® V8 Turbo Diesel engine, which delivers 310-horsepower and an incredible 555 lb-ft. of torque.

The Nissan TITAN XD also delivers this peak torque at a much-lower RPM than the Nissan TITAN (1,600 rpm vs 4,000 rpm, respectively), making it ideal for towing and hauling.

Is the Nissan TITAN or Nissan TITAN XD Better for Towing?

The Nissan TITAN XD is, unsurprisingly, the better vehicle for job-site performance. The diesel engine is able to squeeze out almost 200 more lb-ft. of torque, and hit that peak at a much lower engine speed.

Other factors that increase the Nissan TITAN XD’s performance rating are its fully-boxed, full-length ladder-frame which features additional reinforcement. The Nissan TITAN XD also features commercial components including heavy-duty 14” brakes, making towing even safer than ever.

These improvements add up to a staggering difference in capability. The 2017 Nissan TITAN has a tow rating of up to 9,740 lbs., while the heavier-duty 2017 Nissan TITAN XD enjoys a tow rating of up to 12,640 lbs. That’s a difference of almost 30% in favor of the Nissan TITAN XD.

Hauling is also a primary focus of the Nissan TITAN XD, with a payload rating of up to 2,910 lbs., compared to the 2017 Nissan TITAN’s 1,950 lbs.

2017 Nissan Titan driving on dirt furrow off-road performance highlighted in pro4x model

2016 and 2017 Nissan TITAN

2016 and 2017 Nissan Titan shown in yellow against mountain background

2016 and 2017 Nissan TITAN XD

Should I Get a Nissan TITAN or TITAN XD?

Ultimately, the choice is up to you. If you’re looking for the most capable industrial performer in the medium-duty class, it’s hard to beat the 2017 Nissan TITAN XD. On the other hand, if efficiency and a softer ride are big selling points, the 2017 Nissan TITAN is probably the better of the two.

Whichever TITAN model you pick, you’re getting the best-in-class pickup truck warranty of 5 years/100,000 miles bumper-to-bumper coverage, Nissan reliability and an excuse to come check out our Nissan showroom herein Melbourne!

If you have any questions about the Nissan TITAN, Nissan TITAN XD or any other Nissan vehicles, we’d love to help. Be sure to reach out to us today!

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