2019 Nissan Titan XD vs. 2019 GMC Sierra HD

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Sierra 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 Sierra 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 Sierra HD doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Titan XD and the Sierra 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.

Warranty

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 Sierra 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 Sierra HD’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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 Sierra HD.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan XD has a 200-amp alternator. The Sierra HD’s standard 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 18th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 11 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine

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 Sierra HD’s 6.0 V8.

Transmission and Drivetrain

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 Sierra 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 Sierra HD doesn’t offer a true four-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Titan XD’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sierra HD:

 

Titan XD

Sierra HD

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.98 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13.98 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

14.17 inches

The Titan XD stops much shorter than the Sierra HD:

 

Titan XD

Sierra HD

 

70 to 0 MPH

192 feet

217 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

154 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Titan XD PRO-4X’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sierra HD (275/65R18 vs. 265/70R17).

Suspension and Handling

The Titan XD has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Titan XD flat and controlled during cornering. The Sierra 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 Sierra 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 Sierra 3500 Long Box Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .70 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 1.8 seconds quicker than the Sierra 3500 Long Box Crew Cab 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 30 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis

The Nissan Titan XD may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 pounds less than the GMC Sierra HD.

The Titan XD is 8.2 inches narrower on average than the Sierra 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 Sierra HD uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

The Titan XD King Cab has .1 inches more front hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sierra HD Double Cab.

The Titan XD Crew Cab has .1 inches more front hip room and .1 inches more rear hip room than the Sierra HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity

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 Sierra HD Base Crew Cab.

Ergonomics

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 Sierra 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 Sierra 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 GMC Sierra 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 Sierra 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 Sierra 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 Sierra HD doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

The Nissan Titan XD comes in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab bodystyles; the GMC Sierra HD isn’t available as a regular cab.

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