It seems that Nissan is stuck in the slow lane when it comes to pickup trucks. Debuting back in 2003, we hardly even remember the original Titan. And the compact Frontier truck has seemingly been around since the days of Davey Crockett.
For 2016, Nissan finally introduced an all-new Titan, with both a regular half-ton size and XD, for “extra duty.” This new nomenclature describes a Titan engineered to slot between popular half-ton trucks and the commercial-grade, heavy-duty three-quarter ton variants of its domestic rivals.
The end result is mixed. Indeed, the Titan XD is less pricey and is slightly kinder and gentler to drive than 2500HD pickups from Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, and Ram. But in terms of towing and hauling capability, it’s actually closer to light duty pickup trucks. Sure, the Nissan's tow rating beats half-ton trucks by about 2,000 pounds, but its payload rating is merely on par with those lesser beasts of burden. Heavy-duty trucks tow thousands of pounds more and can haul several hundred more pounds of payload.