2020 Nissan Titan vs. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LD

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Safety

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The Titan has standard 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 Silverado LD doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Titan has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Titan’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Titan (except S/SV) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Silverado LD only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

To help make backing safer, the Titan’s 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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Titan’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Titan and the Silverado LD 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 all-wheel drive and daytime running lights.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Titan is safer than the Chevrolet Silverado LD:

Titan

Silverado LD

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The Titan comes with a full 5-year/100,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Silverado LD’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.

The Titan’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado LD’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Titan has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Silverado LD.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan has a standard 200-amp alternator. The Silverado LD’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Titan first among large light duty pickups in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Silverado LD isn’t in the top three.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 14 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 45 more horsepower (400 vs. 355) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 383) than the Silverado LD’s 5.3 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Titan RWD gets better city fuel mileage than the Silverado LD RWD 6-speed Auto (16 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/22 hwy).

Transmission and Drivetrain

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Nissan Titan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Silverado LD.

The Titan 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 moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a true four-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Titan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Silverado LD:

Titan

Silverado LD

Front Rotors

13.78 inches

13 inches

The Titan stops shorter than the Silverado LD:

Titan

Silverado LD

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Titan has larger standard tires than the Silverado LD (265/70R18 vs. 255/70R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Titan has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Silverado LD.

Suspension and Handling

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The Titan has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Titan flat and controlled during cornering. The Silverado LD’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For greater off-road capability the Titan PRO-4X King Cab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado LD (9.9 vs. 8.9 inches), allowing the Titan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Titan has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Silverado LD uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Towing

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The Titan’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Silverado LD’s (9210 vs. 9000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Titan (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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Titan (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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Titan’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 Silverado LD’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the front windows are left open on the Titan 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 Silverado LD can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Pushbutton Start standard on the Titan allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (optional Intelligent Key will also allow unlocking the driver’s door without taking your keys out). The Chevrolet Silverado LD doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Titan’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 Silverado LD’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Titan’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

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

When the Titan 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 Silverado LD’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Titan’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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Both the Titan and the Silverado LD offer available heated front seats. The Titan also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Silverado LD.

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

On extremely cold winter days, the Titan’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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Titan and the Silverado LD offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Titan offers optional rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Titan’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Titan (except S/King Cab) has a standard Intelligent 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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Titan is less expensive to operate than the Silverado LD because it costs $164 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Titan than the Silverado LD, including $66 less for a water pump, $130 less for a muffler, $83 less for front brake pads, $89 less for fuel injection and $64 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend selected the Titan as their 2017 Truck of the Year. The Silverado was Truck of the Year in 2011.

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