“Hopping in the cabin using the step bar and A-pillar handle, we notice this pickup feels high off the ground, though Nissan notes that, like all of its other specs, the Titan's floor height falls between most ½- and ¾-ton trucks. There’s a tiny shudder on ignition, but very little clickity-clack from under the hood. And the diesel smell is long gone.
Before we take off, Nissan drops about 500 pounds of payload in the bed for our first jaunt on the smooth Arizona roads to Fort McDowell Adventures where we base our off-road routes. The Cummins doesn’t whine a bit about pulling the load, nor do the 14-plus-inch brake rotors mind stopping everything. The cargo was blocking most of our rear view, but if it hadn't been for that we probably wouldn’t have noticed the weight at all. Shifts from the six-speed are smooth no matter the rpm. In typical diesel fashion the power does take a few seconds to really come on, but there's no annoying wheelhop or bounce to speak of, even when unloaded.” -- AutoWeek