Since its introduction in 2003, the Nissan Titan has been popular as a full-size light-duty pickup truck. With the beefed up XD model, it’s now more of an in-betweener. It’s no longer a light duty truck, but it’s also not a heavy-duty one either. As a result, we expect the Titan to appeal to a very specific subset of buyers. Still, with its proven V8, luxurious cabin, compliant ride and 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, the 2022 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve has a lot to like. If you’re looking for an interesting alternative in the full-size truck segment, but don’t need top-tier capability, this could be right for you.

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Price and Value 

The aging Titan XD is available in a wide range of trims, from the basic S work truck to the Platinum Reserve we tested. The MSRP range for the four-wheel drive 2022 Nissan Titan XD is $46,380-$63,840. It is available in four trim levels, with a suite of standard features including a 5.6-liter V8 engine, Safety Shield 360 and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Some of the significant differences in trim levels are noted below. 

 

  • S: $46,380
    • NissanConnect 8-inch touchscreen
    • 7-inch advanced drive-assist display
    • Black front grille, bumpers and door handles

  • SV: $50,160
    • 18-inch dark-finished aluminum-alloy wheels 
    • Heated extendable tow mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
    • Trailer brake controller

 

  • PRO-4X: $55,970
    • NissanConnect 9-inch touchscreen
    • Electronic locking rear differential
    • Hill descent control

 

  • Platinum Reserve (our tester): $63,840
    • 20-inch dark-painted machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels
    • Premium leather-appointed seats with Platinum Reserve logo
    • Gooseneck ball and anchor kit

 

The Titan doesn’t come cheap these days — our Platinum Reserve tester priced out at $68,735. That’s big money, but at least you get legitimate towing capability, driver assistance features and luxurious interior appointments. However, if you don’t care about those niceties, your money might be better spent on one of the lower trims, which carry the same towing and payload ratings. 

The warranty for the Titan XD is one of the best in the industry, with five years or 100,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage.

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Performance 

This tweener of a truck puts its performance, well, somewhere in-between where you might expect. The old-school V8 is a welcome addition, but serious tow-folk might wish for more power. The Platinum Reserve trim keeps you nicely coddled, but it does little to boost this aging truck’s performance.

Engine 

There is only one engine offered in the Titan XD: a 5.6-liter naturally aspirated V8 producing 400 horsepower and 413-pound feet of torque. Decent, but not terribly impressive power numbers in a world of 1,000 pound-feet of torque truck engines. The engine is smooth and refined, however, and has the deep sound often missing in modern trucks. 

Fuel Efficiency 

As you might expect from a heavy-duty framed truck with an old V8, gas mileage is not anything to write home about, nor has the Environmental Protection Agency bothered rating it as of this writing. In our week of testing, we averaged just over 14 mpg.

Drivetrain 

The big V8 is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which does a nice job at finding the right gear for the circumstance. The Titan XD drives more like a heavy-duty pickup than a light-duty truck, with steering that is surprisingly loose and vague — disconcerting during rush hour traffic. The ride is nice and compliant, belying its heavy and stiff frame. We didn’t get a chance to test its off-road capabilities, but four-wheel drive is standard on all Titan XDs.

Acceleration and Handling 

Acceleration is strong and smooth from the 5.6-liter V8. Car and Driver clocked the regular Titan from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds. Handling this behemoth takes mindful effort, and parking is a challenge in most parking lots. 

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Braking 

In addition to a beefed-up frame, chassis and suspension bits, the Titan XD receives larger brakes. However, that extra braking power is undermined by a vague and squishy brake pedal. Safety features like rear automatic braking and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection are included in the Platinum Reserve.

Interior Comfort and Convenience

The Titan XD might be old, but it is comfortable. The seats, especially. The rest of the interior is on the plainer side, despite Nissan slapping the Platinum Reserve trim’s badging throughout the cabin. The panoramic sunroof was a highlight, offering large, open views of the sky. Legroom is spacious up front and in the rear, and cubbies and cupholders are plentiful. We can see it being a nice place for a road trip as you tow a trailer to your camping spot.

Seats

The designer of Nissan’s zero gravity seats deserves a raise. They strike the perfect balance of soft and firm and are very supportive. We love them. The leather in the Platinum Reserve trim felt nice, and the heated functionality felt heavenly on cold mornings. The ventilated functionality could stand for a power boost, however, as it only felt chilled in the cool of the morning hours. Rear passengers will also appreciate the heated bench seat. 

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Climate Control 

It doesn’t get much easier to operate than the Titan XD’s dual-zone automatic HVAC controls. With physical buttons and knobs, you’re never lost. The cabin heats up a lot on hot days, but the air conditioning cools it down fairly quickly. 

Cargo Space and Cabin Storage 

The Titan XD is only offered in a crew cab, which lends itself nicely to carrying cargo in the cabin. Car and Driver found the Titan XD to hold more carry-on luggage behind its seats than all other trucks in its class. There are several cubbies and compartments for storage, including a large center console bin. 

Infotainment System 

The 2022 Platinum Reserve includes an optional 9-inch touchscreen. It looks nice and responds fairly quickly to inputs. It produces great sound through the optional 12-speaker Fender premium audio system. The system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Exterior Appearance and Functionality 

Aesthetically there is little to distinguish a standard Titan from the XD. Sharp-eyed observers will notice 6-lug wheels, a beefier frame and upgraded suspension. The Titan XD has an imposing presence, but it is undermined by the abundance of chintzy chrome trim pieces, unnecessary side marker lights and difficult to access bed boxes. Our tester looked sharp in its Cardinal Red Tricoat paint. Other eye-catching colors include Deep Blue Pearl, Gun Metallic and several dual-tone paint selections.

Bed 

A 6.5-foot bed is the only size available on the 2022 Titan XD. The Platinum Reserve includes an integrated gooseneck hitch with ball and anchor kit, but we wonder how useful it will be with the truck’s relatively low tow rating. Our tester also included optional boxes on the sides of the bed that were difficult to reach from anywhere but inside the bed — not ideal. Cargo rails were also included.

Towing Capacity and Payload

Towing capacity and payload are the big selling points of the Titan XD. It can handle 11,040 pounds when utilizing the gooseneck setup (not available on the S trim), and 10,880 pounds when using a conventional hitch and trailer. The XD's max payload rating is 2,430 pounds, which is plenty for a hefty load from Home Depot.

Wheels 

The 2022 Platinum Reserve comes with 20-inch dark-clad wheels wearing 265/60 R20 tires. Despite the large wheel and tire setup, road noise was low. 

Lights and Turn Signals 

Nissan’s new headlight style has extended to the Titan and it looks sharp. The LED front headlamps, daytime running lights, LED taillights and LED fog lights all look great and provide a good amount of light. Our tester also included automatic high beams, proximity headlamp and puddle lamp activation. The Off-Road Protection package includes side and front grille marker lights, as well. These are more for looks than anything, as the Titan XD is not wide enough to legally require side marker lights. 

Cameras and Side Mirrors 

Surprisingly, the Titan XD only comes standard with a rearview camera. Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor is optional. The telescoping side mirrors (chrome in the Platinum Reserve) provide ample views of the truck’s side and rear.

Front and Rear Windshield 

Visibility is excellent in the Titan XD, with large windows comprising the greenhouse area. We were not able to test the defrost features, but we are sure they warm up quickly. 

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Safety 

The Nissan Titan XD feels inherently safe due to its size. Nissan’s standard Safety Shield 360 suite of driver assistance and safety technology only adds to the confidence you’ll feel in this behemoth. It has not been subjected to government testing as of this writing, but between its safety technologies and eight airbags, we’re sure the Titan XD will protect you should an accident occur. 

Features 

Our tester was equipped with several standard safety features. Some of these include:

 

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection 
  • Rear automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning with haptic warning
  • High beam assist
  • Blind spot warning
  • Rear cross traffic alert

 

Awards and Ratings 

The 2022 Nissan Titan XD has not been evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as of this writing. The Titan XD has not won any significant awards in the past few years. 

Final Impression 

The 2022 Nissan Titan XD is sandwiched between two worlds that often feels at odds with itself. Its beefed-up frame, ride and handling suggest it's a heavy-duty truck. But its size and comparatively low towing and payload ratings suggest it belongs in the light-duty pickup segment. But, the buyer who is specifically looking for what the Titan XD offers — complete with a very attractive factory warranty — will find a lot to like here. 

Given the lower trim models offer the same drivetrain and capabilities, we would recommend the S or SV trim. The features of the Platinum Reserve are nice, but we’re not sure it’s enough to justify its near $69,000 price tag. 

FAQs 

How much can a Nissan Titan XD tow? 

The Titan XD can tow up to 11,040 pounds when utilizing a gooseneck hitch and trailer. The Titan’s tow rating drops to 10,880 pounds when using a conventional hitch and trailer.

What is the difference between the Nissan Titan and Titan XD? 

The regular Titan and the Titan XD share many similarities but are different in some key ways. The XD’s main differences include:

 

  • A 6.5-foot standard bed 
  • An 11.8-inch longer wheelbase and 15.2-inch longer overall length 
  • Standard four-wheel drive
  • Shorter 4:08:1 final drive ratio
  • Increased payload and towing capacity
  • Commercial-grade frame and chassis components

 

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