2019 Ram HD vs. 2019 Nissan Titan XD

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Ram HD offers optional crash mitigation brakes, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Titan XD doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Ram HD offers optional Reverse Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Titan XD doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Ram HD and the Titan XD 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 four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Ram dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the HD’s warranty.

Reliability

The Ram HD’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

In the Ram HD, the optional 6.7 turbo diesel has a gear driven camshaft to prevent engine damage from a broken camshaft belt or chain. Gears don’t exert side forces against the camshaft that can wear the cam bearings. The engine in the Nissan all use chain or belt driven camshafts.

The Ram HD has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the Titan XD 4x4’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ram HD offers larger standard and optional batteries than the Titan XD:

 

HD

Titan XD

Standard Battery

730 amps

710 amps

Optional Battery

1460 amps

1100 amps

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ram vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ram 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

Engine

The Ram HD’s 6.4 V8 produces 20 more horsepower (410 vs. 390) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (429 vs. 394) than the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

The Ram HD 2500’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel produces 60 more horsepower (370 vs. 310) and 295 lbs.-ft. more torque (850 vs. 555) than the Titan XD’s 5.0 turbo V8 diesel. The Ram HD 3500’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel produces 90 more horsepower (400 vs. 310) and 445 lbs.-ft. more torque (1000 vs. 555) than the Titan XD’s 5.0 turbo V8 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ram HD Gas’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Titan XD doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Ram HD has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Ram HD, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Titan XD.

Tires and Wheels

The Ram HD’s wheels have 8 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Nissan Titan XD only has 6 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The Ram HD Power Wagon has an active front sway bar, which helps keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnects at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Titan XD doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Ram HD 2500 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ram HD Regular Cab’s wheelbase is .2 inches longer than on the Titan XD Single Cab (140 inches vs. 139.8 inches). The Ram HD 2500 Long Box Crew Cab’s wheelbase is 17.4 inches longer than on the Titan XD Crew Cab (169 feet vs. 151.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Ram HD is .7 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Titan XD.

For better maneuverability, the Ram HD 2500 Long Box Regular Cab’s turning circle is 8.4 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (45.4 feet vs. 53.8 feet). The Ram HD 2500 Long Box Crew Cab’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (53.5 feet vs. 53.8 feet).

Chassis

The Ram HD 2500 Short Box Crew Cab is 3.9 inches shorter than the Titan XD Crew Cab, making the Ram HD easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Ram HD offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Titan XD doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Ram HD Crew Cab has 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Titan XD Crew Cab (124.6 vs. 119.7).

The Ram HD Regular Cab has 2.1 inches more front hip room and 2.6 inches more front shoulder room than the Titan XD Single Cab.

The Ram HD Crew Cab has 2.1 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear legroom, 2.4 inches more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Titan XD Crew Cab.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Ram HD Mega Cab’s available rear seats recline. The Titan XD’s optional rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Ram HD’s cargo box is larger than the Titan XD’s in almost every dimension:

 

Ram HD Regular Cab

Ram HD Crew Cab

Titan XD Crew Cab

Titan XD King Cab

Length (short/long)

98.3”

76.3”/98.3”

78.7”

78.7”

Max Width

66.4”

66.4”

63.8”

63.8”

Min Width

51”

51”

50”

50”

Height

20.2”

20.1”

20.8”

20.8”

Payload and Towing

The Ram HD’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Titan XD’s (13660 vs. 11070 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Titan XD Single Cab is only 12830 pounds. The Ram HD 3500 Long Box Regular Cab offers up to a 35100 lbs. towing capacity.

The Ram HD has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Titan XD (3190 vs. 2470 lbs.).

The Ram HD has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Titan XD (7680 vs. 2990 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Ram HD and the Titan XD have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Ram HD is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Titan XD prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Ram HD has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Titan XD only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ram HD detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Titan XD doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ram HD Limited/Laramie Longhorn has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Titan XD doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Ram HD has standard power remote mirrors. The Titan XD S doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Ram HD’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Titan XD and aren’t offered on the Titan XD S.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Ram HD offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Titan XD doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

The Ram Pickup outsold the Nissan Titan by almost 11 to one during 2018.

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