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Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Titan XD. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Silverado HD.
The Titan XD (except S/SV/SL) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Silverado HD only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
To help make backing safer, the Titan XD (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Silverado HD doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Titan XD and the Silverado HD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights and blind spot warning systems.
The Titan XD comes with a full 5-year/100,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Silverado HD’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.
The Titan XD’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado HD’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Titan XD has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Silverado HD.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan XD has a 200-amp alternator. The Silverado HD’s standard 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 9 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.
The Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 30 more horsepower (390 vs. 360) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 380) than the Silverado HD’s 6.0 V8.
A seven-speed automatic is standard on the Nissan Titan XD, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Silverado HD.
The Titan XD has Brake Limited Slip Differential, a true four-wheel-drive system, which uses a four wheel traction control system to redirect engine power to the axle and wheel that still has traction to keep the Titan XD moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The Silverado HD doesn’t offer a true four-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.
For better stopping power the Titan XD’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Silverado HD:
The Titan XD stops much shorter than the Silverado HD:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Titan XD PRO-4X’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Silverado HD (275/65R18 vs. 265/70R17).
The Titan XD has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Titan XD flat and controlled during cornering. The Silverado HD’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The front suspension of the Titan XD uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Silverado HD, which uses torsion bars in front. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.
The Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .75 G’s, while the Silverado 3500 Long Box LTZ Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Silverado 2500 Standard Box LTZ Crew Cab 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 29.5 seconds @ .55 average G’s).
The Nissan Titan XD may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 pounds less than the Chevrolet Silverado HD.
The Titan XD is 8.2 inches narrower on average than the Silverado HD, making the Titan XD easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Titan XD Gas (except Diesel) has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Silverado HD uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
The Titan XD King Cab has .1 inches more front hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado HD Double Cab.
The Titan XD Crew Cab has .1 inches more front hip room and .1 inches more rear hip room than the Silverado HD Crew Cab.
The Nissan Titan XD has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist isn’t available on the Silverado HD Crew Cab Work Truck.
The Titan XD’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Silverado HD’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.
If the front windows are left open on the Titan XD the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Silverado HD can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Intelligent Key optional on the Titan XD allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Silverado HD doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
The Titan XD’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Silverado HD’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Titan XD’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.
Both the Titan XD and the Silverado HD offer available heated front seats. The Titan XD also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Silverado HD.
Both the Titan XD and the Silverado HD offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Titan XD PRO4-X/SL/Platinum has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Silverado HD doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
The Nissan Titan XD comes in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab bodystyles; the Chevrolet Silverado HD isn’t available as a regular cab.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Titan XD second among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Silverado HD was rated third in its category.
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