2020 Ram 1500 vs. 2019 Nissan Titan XD

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The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited offers optional Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Titan XD doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Ram 1500 (except Tradesman/HFE) offers optional Reverse Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Titan XD doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Ram 1500 and the Titan XD 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, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Ram 1500 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Titan XD has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Ram dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 1500’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ram 1500 has a 730-amp battery. The Titan XD only offers a standard 710-amp battery.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Ram 1500’s reliability 20 points higher than the Titan XD.

Engine

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The Ram 1500’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 5 more horsepower (395 vs. 390) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (410 vs. 394) than the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ram 1500 V8 is faster than the Nissan Titan XD:

1500

Titan XD

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.5 sec

12.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.3 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.4 MPH

87.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Ram 1500 V8’s fuel efficiency. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Regenerative brakes improve the Ram 1500 eTORQUE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ram 1500 eTORQUE’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Titan XD doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Ram 1500’s optional fuel tank has 7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Titan XD (33 vs. 26 gallons).

The Ram 1500 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Ram 1500, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Titan XD.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Ram 1500’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Titan XD:

1500

Titan XD

Front Rotors

14.9 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.8 inches

14.4 inches

The Ram 1500 stops much shorter than the Titan XD:

Ram 1500

Titan XD

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

192 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ram 1500 has larger standard tires than the Titan XD (275/65R18 vs. 245/75R17). The Ram 1500’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Titan XD (285/45R22 vs. 275/65R18).

The Ram 1500 Rebel’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Titan XD’s standard 75 series tires. The Ram 1500’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Titan XD’s optional 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ram 1500 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Titan XD. The Ram 1500’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Titan XD.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Ram 1500 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Titan XD, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Ram 1500 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Ram 1500 has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Titan XD.

The Ram 1500’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions that would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Titan XD doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ram 1500’s wheelbase is longer than on the Titan XD:

Ram 1500

Titan XD

Extended Cab Standard Bed

140.5 inches

139.8 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

144.6 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed

153.5 inches

151.6 inches

The Ram 1500 standard bed Big Horn Quad Cab handles at .76 G’s, while the Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab pulls only .70 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Ram 1500 short bed Limited Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Ram 1500 standard bed Big Horn Quad Cab executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab (28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29.9 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

The Ram 1500 standard bed Rebel Quad Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Titan XD PRO-4X Crew Cab 4x4 (27.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Ram 1500 standard bed Quad Cab’s turning circle is 7.6 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (46.2 feet vs. 53.8 feet). The Ram 1500 standard bed Crew Cab Pickup’s turning circle is 5.1 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (48.7 feet vs. 53.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Ram 1500 standard bed Crew Cab Pickup has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Titan XD Single Cab (8.6 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Ram 1500 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Ram 1500 short bed Crew Cab Pickup w/Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 2 inches higher than on the Titan XD PRO-4X Crew Cab (10.8 vs. 8.8 inches).

Chassis

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The Ram 1500 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 2000 pounds less than the Nissan Titan XD.

The front grille of the Ram 1500 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Titan XD doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Ram 1500 offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Titan XD doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Ram 1500 Quad Cab has 19.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Titan XD King Cab (117.2 vs. 97.7). The Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup has 12.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Titan XD Crew Cab (132.4 vs. 119.7).

The Ram 1500 Quad Cab has 2.6 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 10.8 inches more rear legroom, 4 inches more rear hip room and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Titan XD King Cab.

The Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup has 2.6 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 6.7 inches more rear legroom, 3.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Titan XD Crew Cab.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Ram 1500 Crew Cab’s available rear seats recline. The Titan XD’s optional rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ram 1500 Quad Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Titan XD King Cab shortbed (61.5 vs. 59.6 cubic feet).

The Ram 1500’s cargo box is larger than the Titan XD’s in almost every dimension:

1500 Quad Cab

1500 Crew Cab Pickup

Titan XD Crew Cab

Length (short/long)

76.3”

67.4”/76.3”

78.7”

Max Width

66.4”

66.4”

63.8”

Min Width

51”

51”

50”

Height

21.5”

21.5”

20.8”

The Ram 1500 has an all welded cargo box to eliminate possible corrosion spots and to provide better chassis stiffness. The cargo box in the Titan XD is bolted through the bed to the frame with large bolts. These bolts are a prime area for corrosion to start as the normal flexing of the truck’s chassis causes them to eat through the finish; they can also snag cargo as it slides in and out.

Towing

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The Ram 1500 4WD can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Ram 1500 can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Titan XD can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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The Ram 1500 has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Titan XD doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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The Ram 1500’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Titan XD’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Ram 1500 and the Titan XD have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Ram 1500 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Titan XD prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Ram 1500 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Titan XD only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ram 1500 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Titan XD doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn/Limited has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Titan XD doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Ram 1500 has standard power remote mirrors. The Titan XD S doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Ram 1500’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Titan XD and aren’t offered on the Titan XD S.

The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited has standard front air conditioned seats and the Ram 1500 Longhorn/Limited offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Titan XD doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited offers an optional Adaptive 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 Titan XD doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Titan XD doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Ram 1500 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Ram 1500 will cost $880 less than the Titan XD over a five-year period.

The Ram 1500 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Ram 1500 will retain 52.84% to 59.35% of its original price after five years, while the Titan XD only retains 42.04% to 53.13%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Ram 1500 is less expensive to operate than the Titan XD because it costs $454 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Ram 1500 than the Titan XD, including $201 less for a muffler, $17 less for front brake pads, $283 less for a starter, $164 less for fuel injection, $144 less for a fuel pump, $22 less for front struts, $767 less for a timing belt/chain and $294 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ram 1500 will be $8895 to $12588 less than for the Nissan Titan XD.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Ram 1500 second among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Titan XD isn’t in the top three.

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The Titan XD has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Ram 1500 as their 2019 Truck of the Year. The Titan XD has never been chosen.

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 10 years. The Titan XD has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Ram 1500 as the 2013 North American Truck of the Year. The Titan XD has never been chosen.

The Ram Pickup outsold the Nissan Titan by over 16 to one during the 2019 model year.

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