2020 Nissan Titan XD vs. 2020 Ford F-150

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Safety

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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 XD are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The F-150 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Titan XD has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The F-150 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive is standard on the Titan XD. But it costs extra on the F-150.

The Titan XD’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 F-150 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Titan XD and the F-150 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights and around view monitors.

The Nissan Titan XD weighs 649 to 2685 pounds more than the Ford F-150. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The Titan XD comes with a full 5-year/100,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The F-150’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Titan XD has a standard 710-amp battery. The F-150’s 610-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 5 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

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The Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 110 more horsepower (400 vs. 290) and 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 265) than the F-150’s standard 3.3 DOHC V6. The Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 75 more horsepower (400 vs. 325) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 400) than the F-150’s optional 2.7 turbo V6. The Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 25 more horsepower (400 vs. 375) than the F-150’s optional 3.5 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Titan XD has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-150 Regular/SuperCab ’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Titan XD’s brake rotors are larger than those on the F-150:

Titan XD

F-150

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13.2 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

n/a

13.7 inches

The Titan XD stops much shorter than the F-150:

Titan XD

F-150

70 to 0 MPH

192 feet

206 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Titan XD has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The F-150 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Titan XD has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Titan XD flat and controlled during cornering. The F-150’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Titan XD has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The F-150 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab handles at .74 G’s, while the F-150 Raptor SuperCab pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the F-150 Raptor SuperCab (28.2 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Titan XD Gas (except Diesel) has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The F-150 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Cargo Capacity

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The Titan XD Crew Cab has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 SuperCrew shortbed (59.6 vs. 52.8 cubic feet).

The Nissan Titan XD 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 Ford F-150.

Payload and Towing

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The Titan XD’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the F-150’s (11000 vs. 5000 pounds).

The Titan XD has a much higher standard payload capacity than the F-150 Raptor SuperCrew (2450 vs. 1200 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Titan XD’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 F-150.

The Titan XD’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The F-150’s basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them. The F-150 XLT/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

If the front windows are left open on the Titan XD 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 F-150 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Titan XD’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the F-150.

When the Titan XD 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 F-150’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Titan XD, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the F-150.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Titan XD is less expensive to operate than the F-150 because typical repairs cost much less on the Titan XD than the F-150, including $212 less for a water pump and $212 less for fuel injection.

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