2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD vs. 2019 Nissan Titan XD

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Silverado HD LTZ/High Country offers optional Automatic Emergency Braking, 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.

The Silverado HD LTZ/High Country’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Silverado HD and the Titan XD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, 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

The Silverado HD’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Titan XD’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Silverado HD’s warranty.

Reliability

The Chevrolet Silverado 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 Chevrolet Silverado HD, the optional 6.6 turbo V8 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 Silverado HD has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

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

Silverado HD

Titan XD

Standard Battery

720 amps

710 amps

Optional Battery

1460 amps

1100 amps

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 7th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

Engine

The Silverado HD’s 6.6 V8 produces 11 more horsepower (401 vs. 390) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (464 vs. 394) than the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

The Silverado HD’s 6.6 turbo V8 diesel produces 135 more horsepower (445 vs. 310) and 355 lbs.-ft. more torque (910 vs. 555) than the Titan XD’s 5.0 turbo V8 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Silverado HD Diesel Regular Cab’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Titan XD (28 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Silverado HD’s standard fuel tank has 10 gallons more fuel capacity than the Titan XD (36 vs. 26 gallons).

The Silverado 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

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Silverado HD Diesel, 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 Silverado HD’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Titan XD’s standard 75 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Silverado HD LTZ/High Country’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Titan XD doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Silverado HD’s wheelbase is longer than on the Titan XD:

Silverado HD

Titan XD

Extended Cab Standard Bed

149.4 inches

139.8 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

162.5 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed

158.9 inches

151.6 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed

172 inches

n/a

For better maneuverability, the Silverado 2500HD Regular Cab’s turning circle is 6.9 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (46.9 feet vs. 53.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Silverado 2500HD Standard Bed Crew Cab has a 2.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Titan XD Single Cab (10.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Silverado HD to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the Silverado HD offers available electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Titan XD doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Silverado HD Regular Cab has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room and 2.8 inches more front shoulder room than the Titan XD Single Cab.

The Silverado HD Double Cab has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 10.4 inches more rear legroom, .8 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Titan XD King Cab.

The Silverado HD Crew Cab has 2 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 4.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Titan XD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity

The Silverado HD Regular Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Titan XD Single Cab (83.5 vs. 74.8 cubic feet).

The Silverado HD Double Cab Standard Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Titan XD King Cab (69.5 vs. 59.6 cubic feet). The Silverado HD Double Cab Long Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Titan XD King Cab (83.5 vs. 59.6 cubic feet).

The Silverado HD Crew Cab Standard Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Titan XD Crew Cab (69.5 vs. 59.6 cubic feet). The Silverado HD Crew Cab Long Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Titan XD Crew Cab (83.5 vs. 59.6 cubic feet).

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

Silverado HD Standard

Silverado HD Long

Titan XD

Titan XD Single Cab

Length

82.3”

96”

78.7”

98.5”

Max Width

71.4”

71.4”

63.8”

63.8”

Min Width

51.9”

51.9”

50”

50”

Height

21”

21”

20.8”

20.8”

The Chevrolet Silverado HD has a standard CornerStep, which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. A rear cargo step is only available on the Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X/Platinum Reserve/SV Regular Cab for extra cost.

The Silverado HD has an all welded cargo box to eliminate possible corrosion spots and to provide better chassis stiffness. The cargo box in the Titan XD is bolted through the bed to the frame with large bolts. These bolts are a prime area for corrosion to start as the normal flexing of the truck’s chassis causes them to eat through the finish; they can also snag cargo as it slides in and out.

Payload and Towing

The Silverado HD’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Titan XD’s (16400 vs. 11070 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Titan XD Single Cab is only 12830 pounds. The Silverado 3500HD Regular Cab offers up to a 35500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Silverado HD has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Titan XD (3576 vs. 2470 lbs.).

The Silverado HD has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Titan XD (7145 vs. 2990 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Silverado HD LTZ/High Country offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Silverado HD’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Titan XD’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows available on both the Silverado HD and the Titan XD have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Silverado 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 Silverado HD’s basic available front and rear power windows all lower 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 Titan XD’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

Keyless Open and Start optional on the Silverado HD (except Work Truck/Custom) allows you to unlock the doors, tailgate and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading cargo, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Nissan Titan XD’s available Intelligent Key doesn’t unlock the tailgate.

The Silverado 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. 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 Silverado HD LTZ/High Country detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Titan XD doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Recommendations

Motor Trend selected the Silverado as their 2011 Truck of the Year. The Titan XD has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Silverado as the 2014 North American Truck of the Year. The Titan XD has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Silverado outsold the Nissan Titan by almost 12 to one during 2018.

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