Nissan Titan XD Category Comparison

Titan XD vs 1/2 ton & 3/4 Ton Competition

Is the Nissan Titan XD a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton pickup? That seems to be a common question regarding the pickup's classification. One might suggest that the Cummins equipped Titan XD bridges a gap between the two categories. Others may consider the XD lost in limbo between the two markets. We've been referring to it as a heavy 1/2 ton - primarily because it weighs in at over 7,000 lbs, but fails to meet the capabilities of 3/4 ton pickup models. Despite this, the Nissan Titan XD is technically classified as a class 2B vehicle as a result of its GVWR. Class 2B, which encompasses vehicles with a GVWR between 8,501 and 10,000 lbs, includes 3/4 pickups such as the Ford F-250, Ram 2500, Silverado 2500, and Sierra 2500. A closer look at the comparisons between the Nissan Titan XD and its competition identifies the pickups clear advantages and disadvantages in both the 1/2 and 3/4 ton categories.

For the purpose of this comparison, and for the sake of identifying the Titan XD's true place in the market, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has been omitted to focus on each respective pickup line's most capable offering. While the EcoDiesel is an impressive option from Ram, EcoDiesel equipped trucks do not carry the Ram 1500's maximum tow and payload ratings. To see how the 3.0L EcoDiesel and 5.0L Cummins compare, see Ram 1500 EcoDiesel vs Nissan Titan XD.

 

Nissan Titan XD vs Competing 1/2 Tons

 

2016 Nissan Titan XD

2016 Ram 1500

2016 Ford F-150

2016 Chevrolet Silverado,
GMC Sierra 1500

Engine[1]:

Cummins 5.0L Turbodiesel V-8

Chrysler 5.7L Hemi VVT V-8

Ford 3.5L EcoBoost V-6

GM 6.2L EcoTec3 L86 V-8

Transmission:

6 speed automatic

6 speed automatic

6 speed automatic

6 speed automatic

Displacement:

305 cid, 5.0 liters

346 cid, 5.7 liters

213 cid, 3.5 liters

376 cid, 6.2 liters

Bore:

3.701 in

3.92 in

3.64 in

4.060 in

Stroke:

3.543 in

3.58 in

3.45 in

3.62 in

Injection System:

High pressure common rail

Multi-port fuel injection w/ cylinder deactivation

Direct injection

Direct injection

Aspiration:

Two stage Holset turbocharger, intercooled

Naturally aspirated

Twin turbocharged, intercooled

Naturally aspirated

Horsepower:

310 hp @ 3,200 rpm

395 hp @ 5,600 rpm

365 hp @ 5,000 rpm

420 hp @ 5,600 rpm

Torque:

555 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

410 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm

420 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

460 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

Fuel Economy:

N/A[2]

14 city/20 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

Curb Weight:

6,709 - 7,480 lbs

4,900 - 5,445 lbs

4,420 - 5,009 lbs

5,154 - 5,602 lbs

GVWR:

up to 8,992 lbs

up to 6,900 lbs

up to 7,850 lbs

up to 7,600 lbs

GCWR:

up to 19,455 lbs

up to 15,950 lbs

up to 17,100 lbs

up to 17,700 lbs

Payload:

up to 2,091 lbs

up to 1,800 lbs

up to 3,240 lbs

up to 2,140 lbs

Max Trailer Tow:

up to 12,314 lbs

up to 10,640 lbs

up to 12,200 lbs

up to 12,000 lbs

 

 

Nissan Titan XD vs Ram 1500 Hemi

Nissan Titan XD vs Ford F-150

Nissan Titan XD vs Chevrolet/GMC 1500

Displacement:

13% < Ram 1500

36% > Ford F-150

21% < GM 1500

Horsepower:

24% < Ram 1500

16% < Ford F-150

30% < GM 1500

Torque:

30% > Ram 1500

28% > Ford F-150

19% > GM 1500

Max Curb Weight:

32% > Ram 1500

40% > Ford F-150

29% > GM 1500

Max GVWR:

26% > Ram 1500

14% > Ford F-150

17% > GM 1500

Max GCWR:

20% > Ram 1500

13% > Ford F-150

9% > GM 1500

Max Payload:

15% > Ram 1500

43% < Ford F-150

2% < GM 1500

Max Trailer Tow:

15% > Ram 1500

1% > Ford F-150

3% > GM 1500

 

What is typically referred to as the "1/2 ton" category encompasses class 2A fullsize pickups, which have a GVWR between 6,001 and 8,500 lbs. The Nissan Titan XD features a GVWR between 8,800 and 8,992 lbs and is therefore, for all intents and purposes, not a 1/2 ton pickup. While this seems like a cut-and-dry way to settle any disputes regarding the pickup's classification, it's compromising that the Titan's maximum tow rating only edges the nearest 1/2 ton competitor by 1%, while it loses by up to 43% to the categories' maximum payload. The Ford F-150, specifically, displays similar capabilities as the more powerful Titan XD, and yet does so at 40% the curb weight.

Despite holding a significant margin in the 1/2 ton category with respect to the Cummins impressive torque figures, it becomes quite clear that the Nissan Titan XD's worst enemy is its heft. The platforms high curb weight handicaps its maximum payload and towing capabilities. On the contrary, one might argue that the pickups relatively heavy weight and greater engine torque grant the Nissan Titan XD superior handling, fuel economy, and performance while towing.

 

Nissan Titan XD vs Competing 3/4 Tons

 

2016 Nissan Titan XD

2016 Ram 2500

2016 Ford F-250

2016 Chevrolet Silverado,
GMC Sierra 2500

Engine[3]:

Cummins 5.0L Turbodiesel V-8

Cummins 6.7L Cummins Turbodiesel I-6

Power Stroke 6.7L Turbodiesel V-8

Duramax 6.6L LML Turbodiesel V-8

Transmission:

6 speed automatic

6 speed automatic

6 speed automatic

6 speed automatic

Displacement:

305 cid, 5.0 liters

408 cid, 6.7 liters

409 cid, 6.7 liters

403 cid, 6.6 liters

Bore:

3.701 in

4.21 in

3.90 in

4.06 in

Stroke:

3.543 in

4.88 in

4.25 in

3.90 in

Injection System:

High pressure common rail

High pressure common rail

High pressure common rail

High pressure common rail

Aspiration:

Two stage Holset turbocharger, intercooled

Variable geometry turbocharger

Variable geometry turbocharger

Variable geometry turbocharger

Horsepower:

310 hp @ 3,200 rpm

370 hp @ 2,800 rpm

440 hp @ 2,800 rpm

397 hp @ 3,000 rpm

Torque:

555 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

800 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm

860 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

765 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Fuel Economy:

N/A[2]

N/A[2]

N/A[2]

N/A[2]

Curb Weight:

6,709 - 7,480 lbs

6,842 - 8,038 lbs

6,589 - 7,668 lbs

6,721 - 7,852 lbs

GVWR:

up to 8,992

up to 10,000 lbs

up to 10,000 lbs

up to 10,000 lbs

GCWR:

up to 19,455 lbs

up to 25,300 lbs

up to 23,500 lbs

up to 25,100 lbs

Payload:

up to 2,091 lbs

up to 3,160 lbs

up to 3,115 lbs

up to 3,275 lbs

Max Trailer Tow:

up to 12,314 lbs

up to 17,980 lbs

up to 16,300 lbs

up to 18,000 lbs

 

 

Nissan Titan XD vs Ram 2500

Nissan Titan XD vs Ford F-250

Nissan Titan XD vs Chevrolet/GMC 2500

Displacement:

29% < Ram 2500

29% < Ford F-250

28% < GM 2500

Horsepower:

18% < Ram 2500

35% < Ford F-250

25% < GM 2500

Torque:

36% < Ram 2500

43% < Ford F-250

32% < GM 2500

Max Curb Weight:

7% < Ram 2500

3% < Ford F-250

5% < GM 2500

Max GVWR:

11% < Ram 2500

11% < Ford F-250

11% < GM 2500

Max GCWR:

26% < Ram 2500

19% < Ford F-250

25% < GM 2500

Max Payload:

41% < Ram 2500

39% < Ford F-250

44% < GM 2500

Max Trailer Tow:

37% < Ram 2500

28% < Ford F-250

38% < GM 2500

 

As previously stated, the Nissan Titan XD is technically classified as a class 2B vehicle, which encompasses what the industry calls "3/4 ton" pickups. However, it is notable that the Titan XD comes in at the lower end of the classification's weight range, which includes all vehicles with a GVWR between 8,501 and 10,000 lbs. The Nissan Titan XD does not compete well in the 3/4 ton category, falling short in all capability aspects while weighing within 7% of the heaviest competitor and 3% of the lightest.

The Nissan Titan XD's physical characteristics and engine/transmission combination suggest the makings of a solid 3/4 ton pickup. However, the XD's capabilities fail to edge the 1/2 ton category, let alone become a player in the 3/4 ton sector. Regardless of the Titan's identity crisis, we commend Nissan for bringing this Cummins powered behemoth to the U.S. market - after all, there's always room for improvement.

 

Where the Nissan Titan XD shines...

• Diesel engine yields improved fuel economy over comparable gas engine under severe tow conditions.

• Heavy curb weight tends to improve handling while towing, displaying favorable command over heavy trailers.

• 5.0L Cummins Turbodiesel yields excellent torque, power characteristics.

• Solid platform, fully boxed ladder frame.

• Two stage Holset turbocharger yields quick throttle response, great all-around turbocharger performance.

Where the Nissan Titan XD falls short...

• Relatively low trailer tow and payload capacities for a pickup with a comparable curb weight.

• Titan XD platform does not compete well in either the 1/2 ton nor 3/4 ton categories with respect to payload and trailer tow capabilities.

• Hefty curb weight restricts fuel economy potential of Cummins Turbodiesel.

Sources: nissanusa.com, ramtrucks.com, ford.com, chevrolet.com

[1] Engine chosen for comparisons purposes corresponds to brands maximum available payload and towing capabilities. Specifications for trucks equipped with optional engines omitted for comparison purposes. Truck specifications may vary by configuration, trim level, and available options.
[2] EPA does not require automakers to publish fuel economy ratings for vehicles with a GVWR greater than 8,500 lbs.
[3] 3/4 ton category comparison includes diesel engine equipped trucks only. All specifications for gasoline equipped 3/4 ton pickups have been omitted.