Nissan is known as one of the most reliable Japanese automakers in the world, but they aren’t often known for their raw power. That’s a shame, because Nissan models definitely pull their own weight and then some. Here are the five models with the strongest towing capacity and overall powertrains in Nissan’s lineup.
In an age where true off-road SUVs are starting to disappear or compromise, Nissan’s Xterra fills a much-needed role. This rugged SUV is no crossover and is build from a solid truck frame with capable foul-wheel drive. The 2015 Xterra can tow up to 5,000 lbs, using a 4.0-liter V6 with 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. If Jeeps have too much wind resistance for you, the Xterra has the same capabilities but with a quieter, more enjoyable performance on the highway.
Like the XTerra, the Pathfinder can tow up to 5,000 lbs, thanks to a 3.5-liter V6 with 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. However, the Pathfinder took a smoother, more comfortable role than the Xterra. This roomy and safe crossover makes for a great three-row family car, with the power to tow double jet skis, heavy trailers, and much more. The Pathfinder comes with cool convenience/safety features like Around View monitors, which use sensors and cameras to create a complete depiction of the immediate area around your Pathfinder.
If you’re interested in a van for commercial or personal use, Nissan’s NV work vans come in two varieties: Passenger and Cargo. Both are strong and reliable, with tons of customization options. There are base NV, 1500, 2500, and 3500 varieties with respectively stronger engines. Both Passenger and Cargo vans can tow a bare minimum of 2,000 lbs. With the ideal equipment combinations, the NV Passenger can tow up to 8,700, and the NV Cargo can tow up to 9,500.
If you’re not a fan of the most recent trends in the automobile market, the Armada may have just what you need. This full-size SUV takes inspiration from the first generation Nissan Titan and has a towing capacity of up to 9,000 lbs, from a 5.6-liter V8 with 317 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque. Compared to its competition, its towing power is ridiculous, and that’s good, because sometimes it’s just what people need.
The Nissan Titan is also a bit old-school, but a new model has arisen. The Nissan Titan XD is a diesel offshoot of the Titan with a max towing capacity of 12,310 lbs (and 10,610 minimum). The secret is its 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel (a style of engine that continues to grow in popularity) with 310 horsepower and a godly 555 pound-feet of torque. If you want to work alongside 18-wheelers, this is how you do it.
Nissan is a no-nonsense automaker with tough, capable vehicles. Whether you’re a parent who likes to hit the wild roads when camping, or a hands-on worker with enough strength to get the job done, we have something for you. Visit us soon to try any models that seem like the right fit.