The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is a puzzling truck. Let me explain. I’ve been driving trucks since I was a teenager, learning the joys of parking a battleship in an urban environment after my transition from country mouse to city mouse for college. In the intervening years I’ve seen the full-size pickup market blossom into the behemoth-laden bastion of Big Three profits that it’s become today, with ultra-luxury trucks now as common as BMW and Lexus sedans at country clubs across the nation.
For much of this renaissance, Nissan has found itself on the outside looking in. The original Titan was a good truck released roughly 10 years ago and then abandoned by the mothership. This forced it to do battle with a gang of bruisers from Ford, GMC, Chevrolet, and Ram that were engaged in a relentless game of one-upmanship that left the Japanese interloper in the dust.
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