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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 Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited only offers a rear monitor.
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 Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Titan and the Sierra Limited 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 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 Sierra Limited’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.
The Titan’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Sierra Limited’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
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 Sierra Limited.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan has a standard 200-amp alternator. The Sierra Limited’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 Sierra Limited isn’t in the top three.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 11 places higher in reliability than GMC.
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 Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8.
On the EPA test cycle the Titan RWD gets better city fuel mileage than the Sierra Limited RWD (16 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/22 hwy).
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Nissan Titan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Sierra Limited.
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 Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a true four-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.
For better stopping power the Titan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Sierra Limited:
The Titan stops much shorter than the Sierra Limited:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Titan has larger standard tires than the Sierra Limited (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 Sierra Limited.
The Titan has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Titan flat and controlled during cornering. The Sierra Limited’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Sierra Limited 1500 Short Box Denali Crew Cab 4x4 (28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 30 seconds @ .55 average G’s).
For greater off-road capability the Titan PRO-4X King Cab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sierra Limited (9.9 vs. 9.1 inches), allowing the Titan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
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 Sierra Limited uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
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 Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited’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 Sierra Limited 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 GMC Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited’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 Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited’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 Sierra Limited doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.
Both the Titan and the Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited.
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 Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Titan has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
Both the Titan and the Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.
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 Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
Motor Trend selected the Titan as their 2017 Truck of the Year. The Sierra was Truck of the Year in 1999.
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