2019 Nissan Titan XD vs. 2019 GMC Sierra Limited

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Limited only offers a rear monitor.

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 Limited doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Titan XD and the Sierra Limited 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 four-wheel drive, 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 Limited’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 Limited’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 Limited.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan XD has a standard 200-amp alternator. The Sierra Limited’s 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 35 more horsepower (390 vs. 355) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 383) than the Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8.

The Titan XD’s 5.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 172 lbs.-ft. more torque (555 vs. 383) than the Sierra Limited’s 5.3 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 Limited.

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 Limited 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 Limited:

 

Titan XD

Sierra Limited

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13.6 inches

The Titan XD stops much shorter than the Sierra Limited:

 

Titan XD

Sierra Limited

 

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

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 Limited’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .75 G’s, while the Sierra Limited 1500 Standard Box SLE Regular Cab 4x4 pulls only .74 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 Limited 1500 Short Box Denali Crew Cab 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 30 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis

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 Limited uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Payload and Towing

The Titan XD’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sierra Limited’s (11070 vs. 9200 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the GMC Sierra Limited 1500 Double Cab is only 9400 pounds. The Titan XD Single Cab offers up to a 12830 lbs. towing capacity.

The Titan XD has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Sierra Limited:

 

Titan XD

Sierra Limited

Extended Cab

2690 lbs.

1860 lbs.

Crew Cab

2550 lbs.

n/a

Regular Cab 4x4

2890 lbs.

n/a

Extended Cab 4x4

2590 lbs.

1810 lbs.

Crew Cab 4x4

2470 lbs.

n/a

The Titan XD has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Sierra Limited (2990 vs. 1860 lbs.).

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Titan XD (except S/SV), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Titan XD (except S/SV)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Limited’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 Limited 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 Limited 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 Limited’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.

When the Titan XD with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Sierra Limited’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Titan XD’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Both the Titan XD and the Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Titan XD (except S/SV/SL) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Titan XD’s optional (except S/SV/SL) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Titan XD has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Titan XD and the Sierra Limited 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 Limited doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Titan XD owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Titan XD with a number “8” insurance rate while the Sierra Limited is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Titan XD is less expensive to operate than the Sierra Limited because it costs $162 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Titan XD than the Sierra Limited, including $187 less for a water pump, $126 less for a muffler, $112 less for front brake pads, $107 less for a fuel pump and $11 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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 Sierra Limited isn’t in the top three.

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