2020 Nissan Titan XD vs. 2020 GMC Sierra HD

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Titan XD 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 GMC Sierra HD doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 Sierra HD 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 Sierra HD.

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 Sierra HD doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

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

The Titan XD’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Sierra HD’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Titan XD has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Sierra HD.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan XD has a 200-amp alternator. The Sierra HD’s standard 170-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Titan XD’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sierra HD:

Titan XD

Sierra HD

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

14.1 inches

The Titan XD stops much shorter than the Sierra HD:

Titan XD

Sierra HD

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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 Sierra HD’s optional 65 series tires.

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

The front suspension of the Titan XD uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Sierra HD, which uses torsion bars in front. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

Chassis

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The Titan XD Crew Cab is 6.7 inches shorter than the Sierra 2500HD Standard Bed Crew Cab, making the Titan XD easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Titan XD is 9.2 inches narrower on average than the Sierra HD, making the Titan XD easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

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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 GMC Sierra HD.

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

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 Sierra HD.

The Titan XD’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 HD’s basic optional power windows’ front passenger window doesn’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 Sierra HD can only close 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 Sierra HD.

The Titan XD’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 HD’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Titan XD’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Titan XD SV/Pro-4X/SL/Platinum 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 HD doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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