2020 Nissan Titan vs. 2020 Ram 1500

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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 Ram 1500 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Titan are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Titan and the Ram 1500 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, 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 1500’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.

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 Ram 1500.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan has a 200-amp alternator. The Ram 1500’s standard 160-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 Ram 1500 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 Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 21st, 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 Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 26th.

Engine

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The Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 95 more horsepower (400 vs. 305) and 144 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 269) than the Ram 1500’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid. The Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 5 more horsepower (400 vs. 395) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 410) than the Ram 1500’s optional 5.7 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Titan RWD gets better city fuel mileage than the Ram 1500 RWD V8 (16 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/22 hwy).

The Titan has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram 1500’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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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 Ram 1500.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Titan stops much shorter than the Ram 1500:

Titan

Ram 1500

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Titan SL Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Ram 1500 short bed Big Horn Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 pulls only .71 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 1.4 seconds quicker than the Ram 1500 short bed Big Horn Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 (28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 29.7 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Titan Crew Cab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram 1500 standard bed Crew Cab Pickup (8.9 vs. 8.6 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 Ram 1500, making the Titan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

Titan

Ram 1500

Extended Cab Standard Bed

228.2 inches

228.9 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

228.2 inches

232.9 inches

Passenger Space

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The Titan Crew Cab has .1 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup.

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 Ram 1500.

The Titan has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer stake post holes.

Towing

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The Titan’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Ram 1500’s (9210 vs. 6390 pounds).

Ergonomics

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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 Ram 1500 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Ram 1500 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Ram 1500 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 Ram 1500 because typical repairs cost less on the Titan than the Ram 1500, including $104 less for a water pump.

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