2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab

#30
in Midsize pickup trucks
2018 MODEL
$32,290 - $39,220 See Inventory Prices

Detailed Review

The road to the top ain’t an easy one and with Nissan wanting a shot at the title the underdog(Titan XD) has few tricks that shall surprise the champions.

Packed with the paanche, pizzazz and the punch of champion this rather pacifist looking truck comes to life when asked to do its job. Endowed with a 5L V8 this truck manages to churn out 394 lbs-ft of torque whilst having 390 ponies at its disposal.

With the top three pickup makers having had a foothold in the market for decades. It’ll be hard for this deal gone bad with RAM to rise to the occasion and take a leading role.

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Pros

High Towing Capacity

Unique Cargo Bed Accessories

Excellent Passenger Space

Good Ride Quality

Cons

Low MPG Figures

Average Towing Capacity

What's New?

20” Black Wheels

Body Colored Front Grill

Black Door Handles

Black Step Rails on the diesel SL and SV 4X4 variants.


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Styles

 2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab in Brilliant Silver color  2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab in Cayenne Red color  2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab in Deep Blue Pearl color  2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab in Gun Metallic color  2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab in Java Metallic color
Brilliant Silver

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Ratings

Exterior

5.4

Engine

5.4

Fuel Economy

7.0

Driving

8.4

Interior

5.9

Features

6.3

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab S 5.6

S 5.6

power
390 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$32,290 - $35,320


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.6L 8cyl 7A) Starting at $35,320 MSRP (15/18/21) 390 hp @ 5800 rpm, 5.6 L, V8, regular unleaded
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7-speed automatic four wheel drive 3
S 2dr Regular Cab LB (5.6L 8cyl 7A) Starting at $32,290 MSRP (15/18/21) 390 hp @ 5800 rpm, 5.6 L, V8, regular unleaded
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7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 3

 2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab SV 5.6

SV 5.6

power
390 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$36,190 - $39,220


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (5.6L 8cyl 7A) Starting at $39,220 MSRP (15/18/21) 390 hp @ 5800 rpm, 5.6 L, V8, regular unleaded
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7-speed automatic four wheel drive 3
SV 2dr Regular Cab LB (5.6L 8cyl 7A) Starting at $36,190 MSRP (15/18/21) 390 hp @ 5800 rpm, 5.6 L, V8, regular unleaded
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7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 3

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 25, 2018

6.6

Overall Rating


5.4/10
Exterior

 

5.4/10
Engine

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.9/10
Interior

 

6.3/10
Features

 
 
 
 

The 2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab aims to carve out a name for itself in the Ultra-Competitive Truck Market. It is a passive looking truck and can manage to tow what most Half Ton Trucks can’t. There are 2 Engines on Offer namely a 5.0L V8 Cummins Diesel and a 5.6L V8 Gas Engine and this is going to be our area of interest for today’s review.

2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab Exterior

5.4/10
“Save the blocky bodies and bulging behinds for its heavy-duty rivals—the Titan XD has a more subdued, more streamlined appearance that’s highlighted by a pair of praying-mantis-like headlights” –Caranddriver.com

Design and Dimensions

Nissan has drastically changed the design of the current generation Titan XD from the 1st Generation and has made it look similar in lines to its current rivals. This certainly helps it draw eyeballs among the masses but some people do tend to confuse it with the F-150. The overall design seems to have been designed to improve the aerodynamics of the Truck while maintaining the right proportions.

Exterior Features include

  • Unique design 18” wheels
  • Skid Plates
  • LED Headlamps with DRL’s
  • Off Road Shock Absorbers
  • Integrated Gooseneck Hitch
  • Extendable Tow Mirrors

Model

Nissan Titan (Single Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Single)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Single Cab)

Ram 1500

(Single Cab)

curb weight(lbs)

5250

4913

5247

NA

Length(in)

242.7

243.7

239.6

237.9

Width(in)

79.5

79.9

80.0

79.4

Height(in)

78

77.3

73.7

76.8

Ground clearance(in)

8.1

9.3

8.5

NA

Wheelbase(in)

151.6

156.8

153.0

149.5

The overall dimensions aren’t the biggest in the class and the Nissan has a disadvantage in this aspect. The Nissan is the lengthiest in its segment but it also is the heaviest and this goes against its favor as this translates in lower fuel economies.

Cargo Capacity

The Titan XD Single Cab’s standard 5.5ft bed has adequate space for most utilities. This won’t be good enough and will spoil the expectations for most consumers who are looking to place big Logs of Wood or Long Asbestos Sheets on the Deck as the deck would fall too short. The Bed does have excellent Bed Lighting and there are innumerable numbers of Cargo Tie down options in the bed itself which add to the utility aspect of the bed.

Models

Nissan Titan (Single Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Single)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Single Cab)

Ram 1500

(Single Cab)

Width (inch)

63.8

52.8

55.0

51.0

Length (inch)

68.4

65.8

71.2

74.5

Payload Capacity

Considering the lack of Bed options in the Titan XD Single Cab and the small bed length, the Payload Capacity is great as compared to the segment rivals. The deck itself, however, can be outfitted with watertight boxes that are both lockable and drainable and can be used to store Hammers, Chainsaws and other heavy machine tools. They can be used to store Ice and hence can be made to act as Coolers.

Model

Nissan Titan (Single Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Single)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Single Cab)

Ram 1500

(Single Cab)

capacity (lbs)

2300

1751

1840

1820

With an edge over the others in the payload capacity, the Nissan offers loading capacities that are comparable to a weight class above it. A heavy hitting underdog that rivals the champion should not be taken lightly.

2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab Engine

5.4/10
Unlike the variety of powertrains available on light-duty rivals, the Titan makes do with a single engine and transmission combo. It lacks the impressive acceleration of its competitors’ most powerful engines, but it’s quick when compared with similar-size V-8s –Caranddriver.com

Engine and Transmission

There is only one Engine option available to customers in the 2018 Nissan Titan XD unlike the Rivals. The Endurance 5.6L DOHC 32 Valve Direct Injection V8 motor with Variable Valve Event and Lift delivers 390 HP and 394 lbs-ft of Torque. The Engine has been in use for a while now and has been a potent performer while Cruising on the Highways or riding on the cities. It offers good overtaking abilities and doesn’t run out of breath when overtaking Vehicles on Highways or Cities at normal altitudes or higher altitudes with/without a Trailer hitched behind the Truck.

Models

Nissan Titan

Ford F150 XL

Chevy Silverado 1500

Ram 1500

MSRP

$35,680

$37,998

$36,137

$33,302

Engine

5.6-L V8

5.0L V8

5.3L V8

5.7 V8

Transmission

7-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

390hp

395hp

355hp

395hp

Torque

394 lbs-ft

400lbs-ft

383lbs-ft

410lbs-ft

Transmission duties are Handled by a 7 Speed Automatic Transmission which changes gears without much hesitation. The downshifts however may not be the slickest at times and upshifting may require the driver to lift of the gas in some instances. The column mounted Gear Shifting column allows for manual control of changing gears if the driver wants to.

Acceleration

The V8 motor in the Nissan delivers crisp acceleration and the overall throttle response is better than the competition. The Engine has a free revving nature to it and feels energetic and eager to perform overtaking maneuvers.

Models

Nissan Titan

Ford 150

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Ram 1500

0-60 MPH

6.9s

6.1s

6.7s

6.3s

Quarter mile

15.4s

14.7s

15.1s

15s

Engine

5.6-L V8

5.0L V8

5.3L V8

5.7 V8

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.8

9.8

9.3

10.4

Curb weight(lbs)

5521

4529

5036

4945

Brake and Handling

You won’t be disappointed with the Ventilated, Hydraulically boosted brakes of the Nissan Titan XD. The Brakes offer good stopping power irrespective of a Trailer attached or not. The pedals are responsive in most situations but may feel soft on certain occasions. They offer good consistency at all speeds and don’t let the trailer get unstable or sway away during hard braking.

Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling in the Nissan Titan XD is a bit of a mixed bag. While the Nissan has great manners on the Highways, City Roads and Over Smooth surfaces, it loses some of this over undulating surfaces or off road. It’s not in any way Uncomfortable or bad but the Stiffened suspension tend to prefer to stay on Road.

Model

Nissan Titan (Single Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Single)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Single Cab)

Ram 1500

(Single Cab)

Brake Front(in)

13.7

13.8

13.0

13.2

Brake Rear(in)

13.5

13.7

13.6

13.8

Curb weight(lbs)

5521

4529

5036

4945

60-0 MPH (ft.)

133.8

121

124

123

When The Nissan has a Trailer hitched behind its back, the excellent Trailer Sway Control offers great stability to the Truck and the overall handling of the Truck with a Trailer attached is one of the best in class.

Towing Capacity

The Nissan Titan XD can tow more than what many half ton pickup trucks in the market can. It isn’t class leading due to the lack of Engine options that the rivals but is decent for most uses. The Nissan can tow Small Powerboats, Trailers, Caravans, and other similar sized stuff without many hiccups. The Performance doesn’t take a toll or the engine doesn’t strain as well while crossing Mountains or doing cross country journeys.

Model

Nissan Titan (Single Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Single)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Single Cab)

Ram 1500

(Single Cab)

Drive Train

2WD

2WD

2WD

2WD

Power Train

5.6L

5.0L

5.3L

5.7L

Weight (lbs)

11,600

5500

5500

4510

The unique Gooseneck hooks in the Rear Deck Bed of the Nissan offers easy connectivity options for Trailers that have Heavy Weights on them and is easily one of the most convenient ways of hooking a Trailer in its class.

2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Despite the Single Engine Configuration, the Nissan Titan XD won’t disappoint with its MPG Figures. The tried and tested V8 motor delivers respectable Fuel Economy along with its great performance. The Performance of the Engine both with a Trailer attached and without a Trailer attached is among the best in class and the engine ensures the Fuel Economy figures are consistent in all driving conditions while giving a great driving range.

Model

Nissan Titan (Single Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Single)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Single Cab)

Ram 1500

(Single Cab)

MPG (city)

15

16

16

15

MPG (highway)

21

22

23

22

MPG (combined)

18

18

19

17

Fuel Capacity

26 gallon

26 gallon

26 gallon

26 gallon

2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab Interior

5.9/10
“Most full-size trucks carry their tougher-than-nails persona into the cabin, but Nissan has opted for a much friendlier, almost crossover like interior. Combine that friendly look with a smaller steering wheel and good ergonomics, and the Titan is a truck anyone will want to drive” – Edmunds.com

Seating and Comfort

One of the Strongholds of the Nissan Titan XD Single Cab is its seating and comfort. The Legroom and Headroom may not be class leading but are in no way disappointing. There is enough of the same for most People but taller people will have a squeeze in sitting for long durations.

Model

Nissan Titan (Single Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Single)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Single Cab)

Ram 1500

(Single Cab)

Passenger capacity

6

6

6

6

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

41.0/63.3/41.8

40.8/66.7/43.9

42.8/66.03/45.27

41/66/41

One of the biggest USP’s of the Titan XD is the Zero Gravity Front and Rear outboard Seats. These Seats are extremely comfortable and have to be the best in class. Just one drive in these seats and your mindset about seating comfort will change forever. The Interior design itself isn’t too inspiring but the practicality aspect is top notch. There is an abundance of Cup Holders in the Doors and Side Pockets while there are plenty of nifty storage places under the seats and in the doors that are good enough to keep Chainsaws, Hammers and other similar tools.

Infotainment System

Nissan has provided its Nissan Connect Infotainment system to the 2018 Nissan Titan XD. It is very responsive to touch inputs and has many Features. These, however, can’t hide the shortcomings of the System. Against its Rivals from Ford and GM, the Infotainment system in the Nissan feels very dated. We miss features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the overall layout of the system doesn’t feel modern. Some features worth mentioning though are

  • 4G Connectivity
  • Multiple USB Port connectivity
  • Bluetooth with navigation System
  • 5” Driver’s Info Display and 7” Multimedia Display
  • Rockford Fosgate Music System
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3 Months Free subscription

2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab Features

6.3/10

The 2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab comes in 2 trims namely the S, SV. The Base variant is the ‘S’ while the Platinum Reserve is the “King of the Hill” in terms of Trims but it is sadly not available on the Single Cab version..

Trims

S

SV

MSRP

$35,930

$38,820

Features

Remote keyless entry with Push Button Ignition


 

Includes S Features Plus

Rear View Monitor

Advanced Drive-Assist Display

Maximum towing capacity

of 11,600 lbs

Sirius Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription

2,500 maximum payload capacity

Chrome exterior trim

Trailer Sway Control

   

Powered Heated outside Rear View Mirrors

Features List

  • Remote Keyless Entry and Keyless Ignition
  • Rear View Monitor
  • Electronic Locking Rear Differential
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3 Months Subscription free
  • Rockford Fosgate Audio System
  • Trailer Brake Control

Trim we would choose

The Trims in the Nissan have been decently filled with features but if we were to suggest one, we would have gone in for the SV Trim. It gives you premium features like advanced drive assist, chrome exteriors and trailer sway control and many more.

2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab Safety

Nissan has continued to offer the same safety spec in the 2018 Titan XD Single Cab as it provided in the 2017 version. This isn’t a bad thing as the 2017 model had decent equipment on board and the 2018 model on sale has that same great Safety Equipment. There is a Motion Detector System that helps drivers cope with the massive sized truck. Some other features include

  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • ABS on all 4 Wheels
  • Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control
  • Front, Side and Overhead Airbags
  • Optional 360 Degree Camera System

2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab Competition

Nissan Titan XD Single Cab vs Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD

Chevrolet has been a favorite among the consumers for its Silverado 1500HD. It’s lighter and wider than the Nissan and offers more engine options for consumers depending on the towing capacity you need. On the other hand, the Nissan offers better reliability and lower maintenance costs and a more powerful Engine as standard. The overall Ergonomics and features are slightly better in the Nissan than the Chevy as well. So, if reliability and dependability is your preference, the Nissan is the clear pick for us.

Nissan Titan XD Single Cab vs Ram 1500 Single Cab

The 1500 Single Cab has been a bestseller for Ram in the small Truck segment due to its versatility, endurance and durability. It has great fuel efficiency, more passenger space and features like Auto Headlamps as standard. On the other hand, the Nissan offers important features like Hill Descent Control, Daytime Running Lamps as standard and offers Higher Torque than the RAM which we feel is important in this segment. So if Utility is the first thing that you need to address with your Truck, The Nissan has its nose ahead than the RAM here.

Nissan Titan XD Single Cab vs. Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is the Segment Benchmark and the Best Seller in the segment for decades. The sales it generates for Ford has allowed the F-150 to itch its name in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most selling pick-up truck in history. We however feel that the Nissan has been overlooked for long in this rivalry here. The Nissan offers great reliability and dependability in terms of the Components used inside the Truck. The Nissan offers class leading warranty in the Titan XD and the Power inside the Nissan is higher than the Ford as well. Overall, we feel that the Nissan does deserve limelight which the Ford has always been sharing till now.

2018 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab Final Verdict

Nissan has come up with the 2018 Titan XD Single Cab to grab a slice of the Pie that has always been held by Ford, GM and RAM. The Nissan despite the single engine configuration is a potent and reliable performer and doesn’t lose breath when driving through highways or cross country with/without a trailer hitched behind it. With a class leading Warranty and a whole lot of other utilitarian features with it, we feel that it’s time people actually take a serious look at the nearest 2018 Nissan Titan XD on sale as we definitely feel it deserves your attention.