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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-Super Duty 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-Super Duty doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
Full-time four-wheel drive is standard on the Titan XD. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the F-Super Duty. Four-wheel drive of any type costs extra on the F-Super Duty.
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-Super Duty doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Titan XD and the F-Super Duty have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights and around view monitors.
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-Super Duty’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Titan XD has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the F-Super Duty.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan XD has a 200-amp alternator. The F-Super Duty’s standard 157-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Titan XD has a 710-amp battery. The F-Super Duty only offers a standard 650-amp battery.
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.
The Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 15 more horsepower (400 vs. 385) than the F-Super Duty’s standard 6.2 SOHC V8.
The Titan XD stops much shorter than the F-Super Duty:
60 to 0 MPH
The Titan XD’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Super Duty’s optional 65 series tires.
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-Super Duty doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Nissan Titan XD’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the F-Super Duty 4x4’s solid front axle, which allows the Titan XD’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.
The Titan XD’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Ford F-Super Duty’s I-beam semi-independent suspension, which allows the Titan XD’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling. The twin I-beam design is also expensive to maintain in proper alignment.
The Titan XD has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Titan XD flat and controlled during cornering. The F-Super Duty’s standard suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab handles at .75 G’s, while the F-250 Standard Bed Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the F-250 Standard Bed Crew Cab 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 29.7 seconds @ .54 average G’s).
For greater off-road capability the Titan XD Crew Cab SL/Platinum has a greater minimum ground clearance than the F-450 Long Bed Crew Cab (9.1 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the Titan XD to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Titan XD Crew Cab is 6.6 inches shorter than the F-250 Standard Bed Crew Cab, making the Titan XD easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Titan XD is 1 foot narrower on average than the F-Super Duty, making the Titan XD easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
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-Super Duty uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
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-Super Duty.
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-Super Duty.
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-Super Duty’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Titan XD offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The F-Super Duty offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
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-Super Duty.
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