It has been 9 months and over 6,500 miles and, alas, it is time for me to half methods with the Cummins-powered 2016 Titan XD that is been a giant a part of my life. An enormous a part of my life as a result of it’s, in fact, a giant truck, nevertheless it wound up becoming into my way of life an entire lot higher than I believed it’d.
First I used the factor as a tow automobile: It introduced residencefrom the wilds of Northern New Hampshire then hauled a 2004 Subaru WRX STI and a heavy trailer up and down the White Mountains with out criticism. In fact, that mixture, someplace round 6,000 kilos, is about half the Titan’s most towing capability.
It was additionally blissful to convey residence huge quantities of mulch and topsoil, two cubic-yards at a time. The flip-down step that mounts beneath the bumper made it straightforward to climb up into the mattress to assist with the shoveling.
The XD additionally stunned me by proving to be a. No, massive vehicles do not usually supply the smoothest of rides and the Titan is certainly a bit harsh and loud on the freeway, however that is offset by the spacious, snug cabin and ridiculously highly effective sound system.
And, in fact, it was a powerhouse within the winter, a freight prepare blasting via the worst snowbanks my native municipality kindly deposited on the finish of my driveway. Cleansing the factor off after a heavy blizzard, although, does take a while — and a stepladder.
As my time with the Titan XD started to wind down, it went into chore mode, hauling residence load after load of gravel, mulch, topsoil and lumber, sufficient runs to make me assume that maybe I ought to add a truck to my private fleet. That is one thing I by no means would have thought-about earlier than.
All this it hauled with out reservation or criticism, the one downside being an issue disconnecting the wiring harness to take away the tailgate. In case you get a mannequin with the electrical tailgate lock, be ready for a problem each time you need to pull that off.
And so the Cummins-powered Nissan Titan XD leaves me, having burned roughly 350 gallons of diesel, delivering a mean of 16.9 miles per gallon. However, we’re not accomplished testing this truck but. It is headed west to spend a number of months residing with our workforce in Detroit, the place I’ve little doubt its chore duties will proceed.