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Nissan Titan XD
The Nissan TITAN XD stakes out a unique position between traditional heavy-duty and light-duty pickups. It features an extended 151.6-inch wheelbase – about 20 inches longer than TITAN models. But its differences don’t stop with just the length of it. To handle the Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel and Endurance® V8 gas engines, as well as the truck’s expanded towing and payload potential, TITAN XD utilizes a proven chassis design from Nissan Commercial Vehicles. Its fully boxed, full-length ladder frame is extensively reinforced and strengthened with added stiffness, vertical and lateral bending, and torsional rigidity. Our tester had the Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel. Like the TITAN XD itself, this engine fills a space between more expensive big bore diesels and less capable smaller displacement diesels. And more than just power and torque, the engine is refined, starts fast and is responsive and quiet. It is also lightweight and offers clean emissions.
Now in its third year, the 2019 TITAN XD lineup includes the two engine choices, Crew Cab, King Cab and Single Cab body styles, two bed lengths, 4×4 or 4×2 drivelines and up to five well-equipped grade levels. Besides all the various configurations now available, this year’s enhancements include creature comforts such as a new 485-watt, 9-channel amplifier Fender® Premium Audio System and all the latest technology to assure that the city-driving truck driver is just as happy in their TITAN XD as the one that pushes it to the extremes on the jobsite or off-road. All 2019 TITAN XD models are covered by a bumper-to-bumper warranty of 5-years/100,000-miles, whichever comes first.
Can’t decide between a Full Size or Heavy Duty pickup? The Nissan TITAN XD may be your “just right” option.
With the same capable engine as the TITAN, Nissan’s Armada delivers class-leading towing capacity.
Nissan’s Armada may be the answer for buyers seeking an SUV that’s more than just big with a lot of bling-bling features. While Armada is intended primarily for family adventures in North America, Armada owners will benefit from its underpinnings as a strong, durable and authentic full-size SUV with ruggedness to spare. Armada features 8-passenger seating while sporting the TITAN’s 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 engine with best-in-class standard 390 horsepower and standard towing capacity of 8,500 pounds for both 4WD and 2WD models when properly equipped.
Toyota Sequoia is a competing SUV workhorse to consider with an impressive reliability record and 10 inches of ground clearance. The TRD Sport variant that we test drove will also check the boxes for those that relish those hot black-on-black exteriors. TRD Sport is equipped with a TRD sport-tuned suspension that includes Bilstein® shocks and has beefier front and rear anti-sway bars. The handsome big boy has 20-inch alloy wheels with a black-accent finish and gloss-black grille with chrome surround framing its LED headlights. Sequoia is forged on a fully boxed frame for durability and independent rear suspension. Sequoia’s standard engine is an all-aluminum 5.7L V8, borrowed from the Tundra, that puts out 381 hp and 401 lb.-ft. of torque, rated for towing up to 7,400 pounds.
Toyota’s Sequoia TRD Sport checks off lots of boxes: sporty looks, 8-passenger seating and Tundra engine performance. The 2020 Sequoia is available in a TRD Pro trim offering even more.