Nissan Titan Vs. Nissan Titan XD: Brothers Battle for Pickup Truck Supremacy

By Justin Cupler | December 6th, 2018

The Nissan Titan lineup went through a redesign in 2016, which brought in the all-new Titan XD — a medium-duty pickup designed to split the difference between light- and heavy-duty pickups. The following year, the new-generation base Titan completed the lineup. Shoppers in the Saginaw and Midland areas may wonder which of these near-identical-twin pickups is best for them.

Continue reading to find out whether you need the 2019 Titan or the heavier-duty 2019 Titan XD.

Exterior

The 2019 Nissan Titan and 2019 Nissan Titan XD are still relatively fresh since these new-look pickups debuted just a few years back. Oddly enough, they have very little that separates them in terms of appearance unless you break out the tape measure and take detailed measurements.

These pickups boast a refreshingly simple design language that oozes pickup truck from every pore. Nissan knows buyers want trucks that look like they can actually do the work they are built to do, and the rugged-looking Titan and Titan XD get that job done.

The only separation between the Titan and Titan XD on the surface are their measurements. The smaller of the two is, of course, the 2019 Nissan Titan. It is 228.1 to 228.5 inches long, 79.5 to 80.7 inches wide, and 74.5 to 77.2 inches tall. The Titan rides on a 139.8-inch wheelbase no matter which of its three cab-and-bed formats you choose: Single Cab with an 8-foot bed, King Cab with a 6.5-foot bed, or Crew Cab with a 5.5-foot bed

The Titan XD is slightly larger than the Titan in all measurements. It is 230.5 to 243.6 inches long, 79.5 to 80.7 inches wide, and 77.1 to 78.9 inches tall. The XD rides atop a 139.8- to 151.6-inch wheelbase. Like the Titan, the Titan XD comes in three cab-and-bed formats: Single Cab with 8-foot bed, King Cab with 6.5-foot bed, and Crew Cab with 6.5-foot bed.

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Titan

  • Smaller footprint makes it easier to drive
  • Lower ride height maes getting in and out easier

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Titan XD

  • Larger bed
  • Higher ride height

Interior

Like their exteriors, the 2019 Titan and Titan XD share a cabin, so it’s quite difficult to differentiate one from the other. Like the body, the Titan and Titan XD cabins are 100 percent pickup truck as they feature upright instrument panels with minimal fluff mixed in, chunky steering wheels, huge center consoles for storage, and more.

There are some luxury bits when you move into the Pro-4X and Platinum Reserve models, like high-end leather, upgraded audio systems, heated and cooled seats, open-pore wood trim, and more, but all the lower-trimmed Titan and Titan XD models are pretty simple — and that’s a good thing. Both models come standard with a new 7-inch infotainment system that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, allowing you to connect your cellphone and use it as a navigation system or media player.

Inside, the 2019 Nissan Titan and Titan XD share identical seating measurements. In their single-cab setups, these pickups have seating for up to three in their 40/20/40 bench seats and 41 inches of headroom, 63.3 inches of shoulder room, 60.8 inches of hip room, and 41.8 inches of legroom.

Need rear seats? The Titan and Titan XD King Cab models are the entry points for small rear seats. Their front seats offer 40.9 inches of headroom, 63.3 inches of shoulder room, 60.8 inches of hip room, and 41.8 inches of legroom. Rear-seat riders have 38.7 inches of headroom, 64.6 inches of shoulder room, 59.4 inches of hip room, and 24.8 inches of legroom.

For buyers who plan to use the rear seats frequently, the Titan and Titan XD Crew Cab are better picks. Their front seats have the same space as the other two cab options, but the rear seats offer 40.4 inches of headroom, 63.6 inches of shoulder room, 60.3 inches of hip room, and 38.5 inches of legroom.

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Titan

  • More comfort thanks to softer ride

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Titan XD

  • N/A

Performance

The 2019 Nissan Titan and Titan XD share a base powertrain, which is a 5.6-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs to a standard seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive is available.

Where these models split is the Titan XD’s optional 5.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 engine. This engine is not available in the base Titan, and it injects 310 horsepower and and healthy 555 pound-feet of torque. This juice heads through a six-speed automatic transmission and out to the rear wheels. Four-wheel drive is optional.

While the engine difference is obvious, there are even more differences once you get deeper under the skin. The 2019 Nissan Titan XD rides on an upgraded platform compared to the base Titan, which is what allows it to split the difference between a light- and medium-duty pickup. The Titan XD’s platform features additional reinforcement to increase stiffness and reduce lateral bending. It also boasts a more rugged suspension system, larger brakes, different wheels, and LT-rated tires. All this comes together to boost its towing and payload capacities.

The 2019 Nissan Titan is no slouch with its 9,380-pound towing capacity with rear-wheel drive. The extra heft of the Titan XD and its diesel engine pushes its towing capacity up to 12,830 pounds via the gooseneck or 12,710 pounds with a conventional hitch. With the gasoline engine, the Titan XD can tow up to 11,780 pounds.

Payload — the amount of total weight the truck’s chassis can support — also plays a big role in light- and medium-duty pickups. The 2019 Nissan Titan can haul a respectable 1,620 pounds of payload, but the Titan XD crushes it with up to 2,990 pounds with the gasoline engine.

The EPA doesn’t yet test medium-duty pickups for fuel economy, so we cannot compare these models’ fuel efficiency. For reference, the 2019 Nissan Titan gets up to 15 mpg city, 21 highway, and 18 combined.

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Titan

  • Base power matches XD model
  • Smaller and nimbler
  • Smoother ride

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Titan XD

  • Tows up to 12,830 pounds
  • Almost double the payload capacity

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Nissan Titan comes in five trims: S, SV, Pro-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve. Starting prices for these trims range from $30,030 to $56,800.

The 2019 Nissan Titan XD has the same five trim levels, but their starting prices range from $32,290 to $55,280.

2019 Nissan Titan Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $30,030

  • 5.6-liter V-8 engine
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Urethane tilt-and-telescope steering wheel
  • 18-inch styled steel wheels
  • 13.8-inch front disc brakes
  • 13.6-inch rear disc brakes
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Halogen headlights
  • Four fixed in-bed cargo tie-downs
  • Folding mirrors
  • Black-painted front bumper
  • Cloth seating with vinyl bolsters
  • 40/20/20 split-folding front bench seat
  • Black inside door handles
  • 7-inch color touchscreen
  • NissanConnect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Hands-free text messaging
  • Four-speaker audio system with MP3 playback
  • USB port
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Power windows with one-touch up and down
  • Manual-sliding rear window
  • Keyless entry
  • Manual climate control
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Rearview camera

SV: $33,610

  • All S features, plus
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Oil pan and fuel tank skid plates
  • Trailer sway control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Body-color grille surround
  • Gloss-metallic-black mesh grille insert
  • Chrome outside door handles
  • Chrome front bumper
  • Front spoiler
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • Fine-Vision instruments
  • Front overhead console w/sunglass holder, map lamp, microphone

Pro-4X: $43,990

  • All SV features, plus
  • King Cab body
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Electronic locking differential
  • Bilstein monotube coil-over shocks
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 18-inch machined over painted finish aluminum wheels
  • LED low-beam headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Halogen fog lights
  • Spray-in bed liner
  • Lower radiator skid plate
  • Transfer case skid plate
  • Front tow hooks
  • High-gloss gray painted bumpers
  • Front bucket seats
  • Cloth seating with embroidered bolsters
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Chrome inside door handles and locks
  • Nissan voice recognition
  • Rear climate-control vents
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Front center console with a 12-volt outlet
  • 110-volt rear power outlet
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

SL: $47,780

  • All SV features, plus
  • Crew Cab body
  • 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Footwell lights
  • Utili-track® Channel System
  • Four movable aluminum in-bed cleats
  • 110-volt in-bed power outlet
  • Cargo bed lights
  • LED lights under bed rails
  • Fixed aluminum running boards
  • Chrome outside mirrors
  • Built-in four- and seven-pin trailer connector
  • Receiver hitch
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
  • Puddle lights
  • Leather seating
  • Heated front bucket seats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Fender 12-speaker audio system with subwoofer
  • Fender-branded speakers
  • Navigation
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Remote ignition
  • Rear climate control vents
  • Front center console with a 12-volt power outlet
  • Two illuminated rear USB charging ports
  • 110-volt rear power outlet
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Front and rear parking sonars
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Platinum Reserve: $53,710

  • All Limited features, plus
  • 20-inch dark-clad-finish wheels
  • Trailer-brake controller
  • Trailer-light-function test
  • Dark-chrome tailgate finisher
  • Dark-chrome outside mirrors
  • Leather seating with “Platinum Reserve” debossing
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench
  • Open-pore wood finishers
  • Aluminum door-sill plates
  • Wood-and-leather steering wheel
  • 360-degree camera

2019 Nissan Titan XD Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $32,290

  • 5.6-liter V-8 engine
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • 17-inch styled steel wheels
  • LT-rated tires
  • 14.2-inch front disc brakes
  • 14.4-inch rear disc brakes
  • Halogen headlights
  • Four fixed cargo tie-down hooks
  • Removable, lockable, damped tailgate
  • Aluminum step rails
  • Folding outside mirrors
  • Black mirrors
  • Cloth seating with vinyl bolsters
  • 40/20/40 split front bench seat
  • Black inside door handles
  • 7-inch color touchscreen
  • NissanConnect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Hands-free text messaging
  • Four-speaker audio system with MP3 playback
  • USB data port
  • SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down operation
  • Manual-sliding rear window
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rearview camera

SV: $36,190

  • All S features, plus
  • Front tow hooks
  • Integrated gooseneck hitch
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Heated power mirrors
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Cloth seating
  • Chrome inside door handles with black locks
  • Fine-vision instruments

Pro-4X: $48,380

  • All SV features, plus
  • King Cab body, plus
  • Bilstein monotube coil-over shocks
  • Four-wheel drive
  • 18-inch dark machine-finished aluminum wheels
  • Lower radiator skid plate with powder-coated silver paint
  • Front tow hooks
  • Transfer case skid plate
  • LED low-beam headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Spray-in bed liner
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Front bucket seats
  • Cloth with embroidered vinyl bolster
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • NissanConnect with Navigation
  • Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear climate control vents
  • Front center console with two 12-volt power outlets
  • Two illuminated rear USB charge ports
  • Front overhead console w/sunglass holder, map lamp, microphone
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

SL: $49,910

  • All SV features, plus
  • Crew Cab body
  • 20-inch machine-finish wheels
  • Utili-track® Channel System
  • Spray-in bed liner
  • Four movable bed cleats
  • 110-volt in-bed power port
  • Cargo bed lights
  • Under-bed-rail LED lights
  • Built-in four- and seven-pin trailer connectors
  • Receiver hitch
  • Footwell lights
  • Fixed aluminum running boards
  • Chrome mirrors
  • Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
  • Puddle lights
  • Leather seating
  • Heated bucket front seats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger seat
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • NissanConnect with Navigation
  • NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM
  • 12-speaker Fender audio system
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering
  • Remote ignition
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear climate control vents
  • Front center console with two 12-volt power ports
  • Two illuminated rear USB charging ports
  • 110-volt rear power outlet
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Front and rear parking sonar
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Platinum Reserve: $55,280

  • All SL features, plus
  • 20-inch Dark-Sputter-finish alloy wheels
  • Dark-chrome tailgate finisher
  • Dark-chrome running boards
  • Dark-chrome mirrors
  • Integrated gooseneck hitch
  • Trailer-brake controller
  • Trailer light-function test
  • Extendable split towing mirrors
  • Debossed leather seating
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Open-pore wood trim
  • Aluminum door-sill plates
  • 360-degree camera

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan Titan?

The Nissan Titan is the truck for you if you’re more concerned about saving money than hauling capabilities,

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan Titan XD?

Hauling big loads on the regular but don’t want a heavy-duty pickup? The 2019 Nissan Titan XD is the right pickup for you. It offers everything the standard Titan does and adds a significant towing and hauling boost without growing to gargantuan sizes.

The 2019 Nissan Titan and 2019 Nissan Titan XD give our Saginaw area pickup shoppers two pickups with distinct personalities. Find out which one is right for you at Garber Nissan Hyundai showrooms serving Saginaw, Midland and Bay City by test driving them both today. If you can’t make it in, you can also check out our online inventory to see which models we have in stock and if they will fit your needs.