2020 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2020 Nissan Titan XD

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Safety

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Both the Silverado 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Silverado the rating of “Top Pick” for 2016, a rating granted to only 187 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Titan XD has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Silverado’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’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Silverado 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 has a standard 730-amp battery (730 optional and 850 Diesel). The Titan XD’s 710-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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

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The Silverado LTZ/High Country’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 20 more horsepower (420 vs. 400) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 413) than the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

The Silverado’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 413) than the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Silverado’s fuel efficiency. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Silverado LT/RST/LTZ/High Country/WT 2.7-liter’s 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 Silverado Regular Cab’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Titan XD (28 vs. 26 gallons).

The Silverado 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

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A ten-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Silverado, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a nine-speed automatic is available for the Titan XD.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Silverado stops much shorter than the Titan XD:

Silverado

Titan XD

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

192 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Silverado has larger standard tires than the Titan XD (255/70R17 vs. 245/75R17).

The Silverado’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. The Silverado’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Titan XD’s optional 60 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Silverado offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Titan XD’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For much better steering response and tighter handling the Silverado has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Titan XD.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Silverado Standard Bed Crew Cab’s wheelbase is 5.4 inches longer than on the Titan XD (157 inches vs. 151.6 inches).

The Silverado 1500 Standard Bed RST Double Cab 4x4 handles at .81 G’s, while the Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Silverado Short Bed High Country Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Titan XD PRO-4X Crew Cab (27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Silverado 1500 Long Bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 9.2 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (44.6 feet vs. 53.8 feet). The Silverado Standard Bed Crew Cab’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (49.5 feet vs. 53.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Silverado Short Bed Crew Cab Lifted has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Titan XD Crew Cab SL/Platinum (10.9 vs. 9.1 inches), allowing the Silverado to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Silverado may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1250 to 1850 pounds less than the Nissan Titan XD.

The Silverado 1500 Long Bed Regular Cab is 1 foot, 1.9 inches shorter than the Titan XD Crew Cab, making the Silverado easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the Silverado Crew Cab is 1 inches lower than the Titan XD Crew Cab (22.9” vs. 23.9”). The Silverado Crew Cab’s rear step up height is 1.7 inches lower than the Titan XD Crew Cab’s (24” vs. 25.7”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Silverado Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Titan XD Crew Cab shortbed (62.9 vs. 59.6 cubic feet).

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

Silverado Double Cab

Silverado Regular Cab

Titan XD

Length (short/long)

79.4”

98.2”

78.7”

Max Width

71.4”

71.4”

63.8”

Min Width

50.63”

50.63”

50”

Height

22.4”

22.4”

20.8”

The Chevrolet Silverado 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 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.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Titan XD is limited to 11000 pounds. The Silverado 1500 Standard Bed Double Cab 4x4 offers up to a 13400 lbs. towing capacity.

The Silverado 4WD can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Silverado can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Titan XD can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Silverado 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’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 and the Titan XD have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Silverado 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’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 standard on the Silverado LT Convenience Package/RST/LT Trail Boss/LTZ/High Country 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.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Silverado has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Titan XD S doesn’t offer rear vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Convenience Package/High Country has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Titan XD doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Chevrolet Silverado comes in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab bodystyles; the Nissan Titan XD isn’t available as a regular cab or extended cab.

The Silverado is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Silverado owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Silverado will cost $420 to $3470 less than the Titan XD over a five-year period.

The Silverado will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Silverado will retain 55.2% to 63.98% of its original price after five years, while the Titan XD only retains 45.25% to 53.13%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Silverado will be $16013 to $16404 less than for the Nissan Titan XD.

Recommendations

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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 over fifteen to one during the 2019 model year.

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