2016 Nissan Titan Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The Titan will come in three cab styles—Single Cab, King Cab, and Crew Cab—and three overall lengths. XD Crew Cab models ride on a 151.6-inch wheelbase, or roughly 20 inches longer than other Titan trucks.

At first glance, the Titan XD looks smaller than the domestic-brand full-size pickups. Park them closer to one another, however, and Titan looks just as large. In fact, it is about the same width as the other full-size pickups.

Comfortable seats make this a comfortable truck, and this is one of Nissan's best interiors.

And it's taller than most of the other trucks, by 1 to 3 inches. Climbing into the Titan XD takes effort, especially if running boards are not used. Step-in height is a couple of inches higher than that of a Ram 1500, but it feels like a mile. From the driver's seat, the Titan hood seems higher than that of other trucks. Two- and four-wheel-drive Titan XD models are the same height, barring tire differences.

Inside, the Zero Gravity front seats are supportive and comfortable and covered in handsome leather that is pleasing to the touch, in the case of the Titan XD Platinum Reserve. Seats and steering wheel are power-adjustable.

A column shifter is used for the heavy-duty 7-speed automatic, preferable to a space-hogging floor shifter. A rotary dial is used to switch among rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, and low range, if so equipped.

The center console is big enough to hold a laptop. The navigation screen is on the small side but the rearview camera works well. A driver information center appears in the instrument cluster but can initially be challenging to figure out.

The crew cab's back seats are nearly as comfortable as the front, with plenty of head room, leg room, knee room and hip room. A storage compartment under the second row is provided along with a fold-out flat floor for cargo. That flat floor is relatively high for ingress and egress of all but the most athletic of dogs, however.

A utility-track system is available for the bed and bedsides that works very well for securing cargo, complete with movable cleats tie-downs. Also available are watertight locking storage boxes in the bed accessible without removing a cover. The tailgate is damped and lowers easily instead of slamming down with a thud and it closes easily with one hand, thanks to a strut behind the right-rear taillight assembly. Lights mounted low in the bed illuminate the bed contents, even when a cover is installed.

For towing, the Titan XD comes with a built-in gooseneck tow hitch structure that allows converting from receiver hitch to gooseneck in less than three minutes. The gooseneck hitch can be quickly removed as stowed returning the bed to a smooth cargo floor. Gooseneck hitches dramatically reduce trailer sway and improve maneuverability by putting the attachment point for the hitch ahead of the rear axle.

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