2019 Nissan Titan XD vs. 2019 Ram HD

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Titan XD Crew Cab/King Cab are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 Ram HD.

Both the Titan XD and the Ram HD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 HD’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.

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 Ram HD.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan XD has a 200-amp alternator. The Ram HD’s standard 180-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 12 places higher in reliability than Ram.

Suspension and Handling

The Nissan Titan XD’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Ram HD’s solid front axle, which allows the Titan XD’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

The Titan XD has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Ram HD doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Titan XD Crew Cab’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Ram HD 2500 Short Box Crew Cab (151.6 inches vs. 149 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Titan XD Single Cab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram HD 3500 Long Box Crew Cab (8 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Titan XD to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Titan XD PRO-4X Crew Cab’s minimum ground clearance is .3 inch higher than on the Ram HD 2500 Long Box Regular Cab (8.8 vs. 8.5 inches).

Chassis

The Nissan Titan XD may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Ram HD.

The Titan XD is 9.9 inches narrower on average than the Ram HD, making the Titan XD easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The Titan XD Single Cab has 1.2 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more front legroom than the Ram HD Regular Cab.

The Titan XD Crew Cab has .1 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Ram HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity

The Titan XD Crew Cab has a larger cargo box than the Ram HD Crew Cab shortbed (59.6 vs. 57.5 cubic feet).

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 costs extra on the Ram HD.

The Titan XD has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Ram HD doesn’t offer stake post holes.

Ergonomics

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 Ram HD’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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