2020 Nissan Titan vs. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Titan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Chevrolet Silverado doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Titan are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Silverado doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Titan and the Silverado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights and around view monitors.

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’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.

The Titan’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado’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 some of the engines in the Silverado.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan has a 200-amp alternator. The Silverado’s standard 170-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 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 115 more horsepower (400 vs. 285) and 108 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 305) than the Silverado’s standard 4.3 V6. The Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 90 more horsepower (400 vs. 310) and 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 348) than the Silverado’s optional 2.7 turbo 4-cylinder. 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’s optional 5.3 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Titan has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado Double/Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 24 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Titan

Silverado

Front Rotors

13.78 inches

13.5 inches

The Titan stops much shorter than the Silverado:

Titan

Silverado

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

134 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Titan has larger standard tires than the Silverado (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.

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’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Titan SL Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Silverado Short Bed LT Trail Boss Crew Cab pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Silverado Short Bed LT Trail Boss Crew Cab (28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 30 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Titan Crew Cab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado Standard Bed Crew Cab (8.9 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Titan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Titan is shorter than the Silverado, making the Titan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

Titan

Silverado

Extended Cab Standard Bed

228.2 inches

231.7 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

228.2 inches

231.7 inches

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

Passenger Space

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The Titan Crew Cab has .3 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear hip room than the Silverado Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity

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The Nissan Titan has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Chevrolet Silverado.

Both the Titan and Silverado have bed indentations that accommodate 2x4’s for two-tiered loading, but the Titan also has indentations to separate the cargo box into three different sections length-wise.

Towing

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The Titan’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Silverado’s (9210 vs. 7400 pounds).

While the Silverado Short Bed Crew Cab 4x4 2.7 Turbo can only tow 6600, any Titan can tow a minimum of 9210 pounds.

Ergonomics

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The Titan’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the Silverado.

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’s basic optional power windows’ 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 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Titan’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over. Power locks cost extra on the Silverado.

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’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.

The Titan has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The Silverado Work Truck doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

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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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