The first iteration of the Nissan Titan XD was a bit of a head-scratcher — offering (and costing) buyers more than a regular Titan, but not matching the three-quarter-ton heavy-duty pickup trucks most other manufacturers offer for those who need more from a half ton. Having driven the second-generation Titan XD, Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman thinks Nissan is doing a better job of making the Titan XD’s case.
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“Nissan has simplified the lineup,” writes Bragman, “eliminated the rarely purchased diesel engine, made 4×4 standard and put together the new XD with a new marketing idea: Don’t think of it as a separate model, but rather as the ultimate towing package for the regular Titan.”
It can be the ultimate towing package because despite sharing engines and looks, underneath the skin of the Titan XD is an entirely different frame from the regular Titan that’s fully boxed and ready to help you haul payload or tow. It also has some sturdier powertrain bits to help with the added strain.
Elsewhere on the pickup front, with the 2020 Chicago Auto Show well underway, there was lots of truck news to be found on the show floor. We’ve got a wrap-up of everything you may have missed, which includes two new special editions for Toyota’s trucks, multiple new versions of the Jeep Gladiator, and some one-off concepts and customs that may pique your interest. There were also a pair of recalls that may be of interest to owners of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, or 2019 and 2020 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks.
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