Photo of 2016 Titan XD courtesy of Nissan.

Photo of 2016 Titan XD courtesy of Nissan.

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD has been selected by the editors of as the 2016 Truck of the Year, according to Nissan.

In selecting the crew cab Titan XD for the award, the editors praised the latest entry in the full-size truck segment for its "brawny 555 pound-feet of torque" and for hitting a "trucking sweet spot" by offering heavy-duty capabilities without sacrificing the ease-of-use and comfort of a half-ton truck.

The Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel-powered truck went on sale in late December with a starting retail price of $40,290.

"The new Nissan Titan XD offers a comfortable, quiet ride and more confidence than what you'll find in today's half-ton pickup market," said Stephen Elmer of "For the customer who is focused on towing, the Titan XD will deliver, while a number of handy features like the new trailer light check system make the truck a great working companion."

The Titan XD Crew was also selected by the editors of and as the "Best Pickup Truck of 2016." It was also named "Truck of Texas" by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in their annual Texas Truck Rodeo. In addition to the competition’s top award, the Titan XD also won Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas, Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas and Best Powertrain.

The Titan XD is offered in five grade levels: S, SV, SL, PRO-4X and Platinum Reserve. The Titan lineup will eventually include three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrain offerings and five grade levels.

Additional Titan models will begin rolling out this spring to allow Nissan to compete in more than 85% of light truck segments.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet