5.0L Cummins Powered Nissan Titan XD

The Nissan Titan XD concept blew the media away - brawny Cummins turbodiesel, robust Aisin transmission, and a frame that would put some medium duty trucks to shame. But Nissan's honeymoon period has passed and many have been left wondering what the platform has to offer beyond the impression 5.0L Cummins V-8.

Nissan engineers seemingly threw cross-members at the XD's fully boxed ladder bar frame, resulting in a significant increase in heft. Based on the Titan XD's capabilities, the frame is beyond overkill. As a result of the platforms structure and diesel powertrain, certain XD models weigh in at as much, and in some instances more than a Ford F-350. Such weight quickly makes 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque feel like much less.

Moreover, the weight of the XD platform ultimately handicaps its capabilities (and fuel economy) - greater vehicle weight translates into an overall lower cargo rating. At first glance Its 2,400 lb payload and 12,700 lb tow rating is respectable, until putting the figures into perspective. With the weight of a 3/4 or 1 ton, the Cummins powered Titan XD finishes somewhere in the middle of the 1/2 ton market with Ford, GM, and Ram trucks all featuring models which surpass the Titan's ratings if gasoline engine options are to be included. Case in point, the Nissan Titan XD seems lost in translation. Shedding a few pounds and allocating those weight savings into towing and payload numbers may significantly help the confused platform.

5.0L Cummins Nissan Titan XD Specs (2018 MY)


Nissan Motor Company Ltd


305 CID


90 deg V-8

Bore x Stroke:

3.70" x 3.54"


Compacted graphite iron (CGI) engine block, aluminum cylinder heads


High pressure common rail


Holset sequential turbocharger system


310 hp @ 3,200 rpm


555 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Max Payload:

2,420 lbs

Max Tow:

12,760 lbs


Aisin 6 speed automatic

Curb Weight:

6,709 - 7,480 lbs*

Fuel Economy:

N/A - fuel economy not estimated by EPA do to GVWR

Powertrain Warranty:

100,000 miles/5 years

*Based on 2017 model year specification - curb weight for 2018 models not available at time of publishing.