These details are likely be the biggest challenges for salespeople dealing with smart truck shoppers: The XD has capabilities similar to half-ton pickups, it rides rougher, it doesn't have the power or strength of current three-quarter-ton diesel options and it's more expensive. That's going to be a tricky sale pitch.
These are the reasons I pulled the trigger and ordered one along with having been so pleased with my Gen 1. Outrunning another truck with mine while towing is not really something I care about. The factors listed above are to me whats most important when buying a truck you are going to tow with often. Just my opinion.This pretty much sums it up:
- Best stopping distance while loaded
- Best mpg while pulling
- When it came to towing comfort, the Nissan Titan XD was head and shoulders above the rest
- When carrying a heavy load, the Nissan crushed its competition. While the F-150 and Ram had difficulty running our drive routes and other tests in a confident, controlled manner with 1,750 pounds in the bed, the Nissan felt composed and stable.
-When it came to towing comfort, the Nissan Titan XD was head and shoulders above the rest, due in large part to its transmission software tuning. Our judges found the grade braking and transmission shifts in the Aisin transmission to be standout features; the exceptionally smart and efficient Aisin held gears properly under load when accelerating from a stop and when braking. The smart grade-shifting and quick downshifts were a huge advantage over the competition.
- If you're looking for luxury comfort and a car-like ride, the Titan XD won't be a good choice.
This is pretty much along the line of most of the discussions here so far, and confirming the opinion I had made of the truck so far without having tested it on the road.