Nissan is getting back into the full-size truck business, and going about it in a sly way.
Rather than go head to head with market leaders Ford, Chevy, Dodge and Toyota, and do battle for a slice of the traditional half-ton or three-quarter-ton truck customers, Nissan has invented its own niche.
The 2016 Nissan Titan XD, the company says, "is in the Goldilocks zone" — just right for enough people to make a new truck segment make sense. It is bigger and more powerful than the light-duty everyday pickups, but smaller and more fuel efficient than the heavy-duty work trucks.
The new truck is burly. Twenty feet long, it's powered by a massive 5-liter V8...