Nissan has taken pride in being able to deliver power and performance in a reliable package without breaking the budget of the average truck shopper. They've managed to do so in the form of the 2021 Nissan Titan XD. The pickup is capable of supplying the cabin space, interior volume, features, performance, and towing capabilities many shoppers want out of a pickup, all while managing to remain competitive with the top brands on the market.
The 2021 Titan XD arrives on the scene in four trim configurations, including the base S, the SV, the PRO-4X, and the Platinum Reserve. All four trims come standard with a crew cab and four-wheel drive, enabling the 2021 Titan XD to be ready to take on all challenges, both on and off the road. The Titan XD is designed on a heavy-duty chassis to give it more towing and payload capacity than the normal Titan, and this has been and continues to be one of the biggest selling points for the truck.
The 2021 Nissan Titan XD is powered by a single powertrain: a 5.6-liter V8 engine. This powerful V8 provides the Titan XD with 413 pound-feet of torque and 400 horsepower, giving you a very powerful truck without having to pay more for an upgraded engine. The standard V8 also enables the truck to achieve the tow and trailering ratings that it's become known for.
The 5.6-liter V8 is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission that was introduced as part of the 2020 model year refresh. The transmission and engine come with a standard four-wheel drive powertrain that includes a switch-operated two-speed transfer case. This is essential for those who need to maximize the traction and torque output of their Titan XD, especially for off-road purposes. The transfer case also works well when the truck needs to gain additional grip or torque in bad weather and treacherous conditions.
Nissan has been proud to tout the electronically controlled variable valve timing of the Titan XD V8, ensuring that drivers are getting the most efficient use out of the powerful engine. The patented Endurance V8 engine is specifically designed to conserve as much fuel as possible during low-speed driving but also provide the maximum amount of performance when called upon.
The mechanical engineering is paired with technological advancements for enhanced performance as well, including four-wheel drive-specific features. Options such as hill descent control, hill start assist, and off-road gauges are all available to help stabilize the performance of the Titan XD. The off-road gauges monitor tire angles, camber, pitch, roll, and vehicle orientation based on an accelerometer and G-force sensors embedded within the vehicle. Nissan went the extra mile so that whether you're towing, trailering, fording through water, climbing up hills, or traversing off-road trails, you have complete situational awareness and all the available data you need to ensure that your travels are stable and safe.
One of the big selling points for the Titan XD is its towing capacity. Nissan has gone through great measures to make sure that potential truck shoppers know just how much the Titan XD can tow, and how it's been specially engineered to withstand the towing loads without issue. The 2021 Titan XD delivers impressive towing and payload figures right out of the gate.
The 5.6-liter V8 enables the Titan XD to achieve a max tow rating of 11,040 pounds when properly equipped with a gooseneck hitch. Even with a standard rear hitch, the maximum towing capacity is still quite impressive at 10,880 pounds. This gives truck enthusiasts the ability to tow with ease using the Titan XD. You also have access to a maximum payload capacity of up to 2,390 pounds. This is far more than you would achieve with any midsize pickup and slightly more than what you get from any other light-duty pickup.
The tow ratings and payload capacities are high across all three trim variations of the 2021 Titan XD. So no matter which one you go with, you're always going to be able to move a large amount of cargo. This also ties back into the Nissan pickup's complete overhaul and redesign during the generation to be able to handle whatever truckers could throw at it.
Compared to the standard Titan, the wheelbase was lengthened to 151.6-inches to help with the increased towing and payload ratings. However, the largest difference is the commercial-grade frame of the Titan XD. A reinforced chassis built on a fully-boxed ladder frame gives superior torsional rigidity. This helped lay the groundwork for the trailering loads that the Titan XD would be capable of handling without bending the frame or damaging the axles.
The rear suspension is reinforced with heavy-duty leaf springs and twin-tube shock absorbers. This means that not only does the 2021 Nissan Titan XD give you a stable and reassuring ride while trailering, but the extra reinforcements means that you also get a smooth ride as well. This makes the truck efficient for a number of different tasks, from off-road enthusiast pursuits to heavy-duty workloads.
Performance and work truck capabilities only tell part of the story when it comes to the 2021 Nissan Titan XD's functionality. There's also an interwoven core of technological safety, usability, and infotainment that emanates throughout the offerings of Nissan's pickup truck. The Titan XD's technology is anchored around Nissan's Safety Shield 360 driver-assist suite, which comes standard across all trims. Other safety features range from expertly designed crumple zones to multiple airbags to an energy-absorbing steering column. All the basic monitoring and child safety systems are also in place, making it perfect not only for work and play but for families too.
With seating for up to six people across two rows (using an optional 40/20/40 front split-bench for the Crew Cab S trim), everyone is given ample room with plenty of passenger volume. But there is also enough tech within the cabin to satisfy everyone's infotainment needs. Relax and enjoy your favorite apps or streaming media via the available NissanConnect 9-inch touchscreen display, which comes complete with GPS and wireless network connectivity, as well as easy access to emergency services.
Take advantage of your smart devices with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, or catch up on the latest news from your favorite stations through SiriusXM satellite radio. With Bluetooth wireless tech, voice recognition makes hands-free, voice-activated services easy to access, from text messaging assistance to streaming audio. You can even enjoy your most cherished tunes with a premium audio system from Fender on select trims.
Enjoy the ride from one destination to the next with a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheeling, or make use of the smart device technology while relaxing in the available leather-appointed embroidered seats. An available memory system for the driver seat, steering wheel, and mirror adjustments also make the Titan XD perfectly up to date when it comes to the latest in technological convenience for a truck that can accomplish both heavy-duty and light-duty tasks. The 8-way power-adjustable driver seat and 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat for the PRO-X and Platinum Reserve trims top out the luxury elements for Nissan's 2021 Titan XD pickup, ensuring that you have a very comfortable ride no matter where you go.