The 2024 Nissan Titan XD aims to combine the comfort of a half-ton pickup with the strength of a heavy-duty vehicle. It’s a noble idea, but sadly the finished truck is so degraded that it’s largely useless. Of course, the larger XD model rides better than heavy-duty competitors and can tow more than the normal Titan. However, most half-ton trucks ride more comfortably and some can pull more than others. Additionally, the Titan XD doesn’t provide several cab-and-bed arrangements; each model comes standard with a crew cab and a 6.5-foot bed. All heavy-duty trucks can be had with a diesel engine, but the Nissan only offers a 400 horsepower gas-fed V-8. The XD does have several nice standard features, and its front seats are among the most comfortable in the business, if you’re seeking for a silver lining. Unfortunately, that won’t be enough to turn them away from domestic HD models. The Titan XD’s tweener position and constrained features are ultimately to blame for its lack of appeal.

What has changed for 2024?

The Titan XD series loses the entry-level S trim for 2024, making the SV the new starting point. The least costly Titan XD now costs about $4000 more than it did previously as a result of that modification, which also raises the base price. This will also be the last model year for the Titan XD and its half-ton sibling because the business intends to stop manufacturing both of them and switch to manufacturing EV sedans at the Mississippi facility where the Titans have been put together.

Given the Titan XD’s position as an intermediary, we advise staying with the base SV trim. The Titan XD will have increased payload and towing capacity, giving it a better opportunity to compete against similarly priced HD rivals. Fortunately, all Titan XD models come well-equipped with driver-assistance systems and fashionable 20-inch wheels, and four-wheel drive is a standard feature.

Performance – Engine, Transmission, and Other

The 5.6-liter V-8 engine that runs on petrol as standard is smooth and silent. It has a nine-speed automatic gearbox, standard four-wheel drive, and 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Nissan’s tweener has the driving manners of a more refined heavy-duty pickup but lacks the handling and towing capacity. Despite having a heavy-duty chassis and a large pickup, the XD rides reasonably well compared to light-duty pickups. The XD also drives like a heavy-duty pickup, with sluggish, uncommunicative steering and ambiguous reactions to steering directions that make it difficult to manoeuvre on the highway. The XD we tested performed around in the middle of the pack in our tests. The brake pedal’s soft, hazy sensation wasn’t comforting.

Capacity for Towing and Payload

The Titan XD can only tow 11,050 pounds with the same type of setup as the Ford Super Duty, which can tow up to 40,000 pounds. The Nissan’s weight decreases to 10,900 pounds while towing a standard trailer. Additionally, all maximum towing capacities are less than those of half-ton trucks like the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, which can haul a combined 13,200 pounds each. They also match the 2260 pound maximum cargo capacity of the XD.

Fuel efficiency and actual MPG

According to EPA regulations, the Titan XD is a heavy-duty vehicle, hence that body of government does not rank the Titan XD’s fuel efficiency.

Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior

The Titan XD struggles to stand out in this market due to its useful but uninspiring dash design. The inside of our Pro-4X long-term test truck, a diesel variant that has since been discontinued, was glammed up with leather appointments, while the Platinum Reserve model at the top has nicer two-tone leather and open-pore wood trim. With the ideal blend of support and comfort, Nissan’s superb Zero Gravity front and rear seats steal the show, especially on long drives. The Titan XD, which is only available in crew-cab form, has the lowest lift-over height in its class and can accommodate the most carry-on-sized luggage behind the front seats. Its cargo bins, however, are some of the smallest in this group, and its interior storage space for smaller objects is less practical than that of the rivals.

Connectivity and Information

While the Pro-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve trims get a new 9.0-inch display as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot, the value-oriented SV models still have an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Every Titan XD has a 7.0-inch gauge-cluster screen with an off-road accelerometer, diagnostics, and fuel economy displays. Additionally, it offers a handy Trailer Light Check capability for independent monitoring of the lighting connections on the trailer.