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2018 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Test Drive Review

Since the second-generation Nissan Titan debuted for the 2016 model year, we’ve driven five different examples of Nissan’s full-size pickup truck from the well-equipped Titan SL to the luxurious Titan XD Platinum Reserve. This 2018 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X Crew Cab Diesel makes it an even half dozen. Keep reading to find out how the Titan XD is doing in its third model year on the market.

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2018 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Exterior

Love it or hate it, the 2018 Nissan Titan XD is already menacing-looking beast from a design standpoint, and the PRO-4X makes it even meaner. The dark wheels, fender flares and body-color grille give this truck a sinister look in Magnetic Black, but the PRO-4X looks arguably better with the available with two-tone paint job. The PRO-4X trim is only offered in Crew Cab with a 6.5-foot bed and, of course, 4×4 is required.

As cool as the new Titan XD looks, the cargo bed might be its biggest stand-out feature. In addition to the standard spray-in bedliner on the PRO-4X, this tester also included the dry, lockable Titan Boxes as part of the Premium Package. This truck was also equipped with the $1,445 PRO-4X Utility Package, which brought Nissan’s Utili-track Channel System with four tie-down cleats, LED under-rail bed lighting, additional LED lights to illuminate the trailer hitch area, an electronic tailgate lock and the rear bumper step assist.

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2018 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Interior

As we’ve seen in our previous time with the new Titan, Nissan has got the interior figured out quite well. The 2018 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X comes standard with a cloth interior, but this tester had a more luxurious feel thanks to the $3,545 PRO-4X Convenience Package added black leather seats with embroidered PRO-4X logo and contrast stitching, heated front and rear (outboard) seats, heated steering wheel, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, NissanConnect Services and a remote engine starter. The aforementioned Premium Package (a $1,545 option) also includes heated and cooled front seats, and Intelligent Around View Monitor.

Although not as upscale as the range-topping Platinum Reserve trim level, this optioned-up PRO-4X model still delivers a luxurious and practical interior with a combination of excellent cabin materials and an ergonomic layout. Whether it’s being used for business or pleasure, all of the buttons and controls are within easy reach and simple to operate even if you’re wearing gloves. The PRO-4X carpeted floor mats with the PRO-4X logo and stitched accent on top of the instrument panel, and for an added touch, the Utility Package also includes a 12-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, power sliding back window with defroster and a 120-volt AC power outlet.

Whether you choose the work-ready Titan XD S or the fully loaded Titan XD Platinum Reserve, this Crew Cab body has no problem accommodating passengers and their gear. The PRO-4X is only available with front bucket seats leaving plenty of room for five passengers. With a full load of passengers, there is also plenty of secure, lockable storage space found under the rear seats, but if bulkier items need to be hauled, the seats can fold out of the way to open up a flat-load floor.

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2018 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Powertrain

If you want to get the most out of the 2018 Nissan Titan XD, opt for the 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 Turbo Diesel. Not to knock the standard 5.6-liter gas V-8, but the diesel’s 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque is well worth the extra money. Not to mention that chrome “C” on the fender gives this truck instant bragging rights. This engine is smooth, powerful and quiet, and the six-speed automatic pairs well with the diesel. Trucks like the Titan XD are not rated by the EPA for fuel economy, but this barely-broken-in tester had less than 1,000 miles and returned close to 16 mpg in mixed driving (including some off-road driving). I wasn’t able to test out the towing abilities of this truck, but the XD Crew Cab 4×4 has a towing capacity of 12,030 pounds, which should be more than enough for casual truck owners.

The PRO-4X package is Nissan’s equivalent to GM’s Z71 package and Ford’s FX4, and it has been tuned for the trail with Bilstein shocks, electronic locking rear differential, hill descent control, added skid plates and all-terrain off-road tires; Nissan even left off the running boards for added ground clearance, although this made it a bit harder for shorter passengers to get in to the cab. Oddly, the PRO-4X doesn’t even have the best off-road dimensions (that distinction goes to the SL and Platinum Reserve trims with better ground clearance and approach angles), but this truck had no problems going through or over challenging terrain.

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2018 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Safety

The 2018 Nissan Titan XD has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but don’t think Nissan skimps on this truck’s safety. For starters, the XD comes standard with driver and front passenger, front and rear curtain and front side-impact airbags, while the PRO-4X adds standard Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Trailer Sway Control. This tester also had Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor, front and rear parking sonar sensors and an automatic reverse tilt-down feature on the door mirrors.

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2018 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Overall

The 2018 Nissan Titan XD (along with the standard Titan) is perhaps the best full-size pickup truck ever built by an automaker other than Ford, GM or Chrysler. That being said, the Titan XD PRO-4X still has a lot to prove as it is neither the best at towing or off-roading. While it won’t do much to sway brand-faithful truck guys and gals, the Titan XD is aimed more toward first-time truck buyers.

The 2018 Nissan Titan XD has a starting price of $32,040*, but if you want the PRO-4X, this well-equipped, off-road trim starts at $53,380*. Checking all the boxes will give you the truck used for this test drive review with an as-tested $61,210. That would make it the second most-expensive Titan we’ve tested to date, which is a lot to pay for a truck that still seems to be figuring out its role in the truck world. It might be an especially tough sell for Nissan with an all-new Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ram 1500 coming out this year.

Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Nissan dealership and test drive the 2018 Nissan Titan XD today!

*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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