13. Nissan Titan XD
When Nissan originally entered the pickup truck market, their offering was reliable, cheap, and practical. As with most Japanese pickup trucks, these smaller models were quite popular for those of us who don’t quite need a full-size pickup truck. But nowadays, trucks are bigger than ever, and the Titan that was introduced in 2004 failed to find a niche in the marketplace. Nevertheless, not one to admit defeat, Nissan has come back with an even bigger Titan XD. It’s a mix in between heavy-duty and light-duty offerings.
The problem with the Titan XD lays in the product itself. You don’t quite know what you’re getting with this truck. It has a diesel in addition to a heavy-duty drivetrain. But you cannot get the XD in a dual configuration. And this is where the challenge comes in because most pickup truck consumers aren’t going to know where exactly this truck fits in. The Titan XD has a completely reconfigured interior, but the truck is not available in an extended cab configuration. You can only get an XD as a quad cab or a single cab.
The Titan is available in five different configurations, but most shoppers will opt for the mid-range Pro-4X. Unfortunately, the Titan just doesn’t offer enough versatility to compete with the big boys of the truck world. You’d be better off shopping offerings from Toyota or GM before you settle for the Titan. This truck just doesn’t offer enough of what truck buyers in this price range are going to be looking for.