2020 Ram 1500 vs. 2020 Nissan Titan

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Safety

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking optional in the Ram 1500 as “Superior.” The Titan scores zero, and is rated by the IIHS as having no effective frontal crash prevention.

Both the Ram 1500 and the Titan 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, lane departure warning systems, 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 57 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Titan was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

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 standard 730-amp battery. The Titan’s 710-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 67 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 413) than the Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Ram 1500 gets better fuel mileage than the Titan:

1500

Titan

RWD

3.0 V6 turbo diesel/8-spd. Auto

22 city/32 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto

3.6 V6 hybrid/8-spd. Auto

20 city/26 hwy

n/a

4x4

3.0 V6 turbo diesel/8-spd. Auto

21 city/29 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Ram 1500 V8’s fuel efficiency. The Titan 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 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 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ram 1500 uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The Titan requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Ram 1500’s optional fuel tank has 7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Titan (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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

1500

Titan

Front Rotors

14.9 inches

13.78 inches

Rear Rotors

14.8 inches

13.58 inches

The Ram 1500 stops shorter than the Titan:

Ram 1500

Titan

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ram 1500 has larger standard tires than the Titan (275/65R18 vs. 265/70R18). The Ram 1500’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Titan (285/45R22 vs. 275/70R18).

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 S’ standard 75 series tires. The Ram 1500’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Titan SL/Platinum’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ram 1500 offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Titan’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

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, 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 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

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 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:

Ram 1500

Titan

Extended Cab Standard Bed

140.5 inches

139.8 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

144.6 inches

139.8 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

153.5 inches

n/a

The Ram 1500 standard bed Rebel Quad Cab 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Ram 1500 standard bed Rebel Quad Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Titan SL Crew Cab 4x4 (27.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Ram 1500 standard bed Quad Cab’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Titan’s (46.2 feet vs. 48 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Ram 1500 short bed Crew Cab Pickup w/Air Suspension has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Titan PRO-4X King Cab (10.8 vs. 9.9 inches), allowing the Ram 1500 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Ram 1500 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 750 pounds less than the Nissan Titan.

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

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Ram 1500 Crew Cab’s available rear seats recline. The Titan’s 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 King Cab shortbed (61.5 vs. 59.6 cubic feet).

The Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Titan Crew Cab shortbed (53.9 vs. 50.7 cubic feet).

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

Ram 1500 Quad Cab

Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup

Titan Crew Cab

Titan King Cab

Length (short/long)

76.3”

67.4”/76.3”

67”

78.7”

Max Width

66.4”

66.4”

63.8”

63.8”

Min Width

51”

51”

50”

50”

Height

21.5”

21.5”

20.8”

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 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.

Payload and Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Titan is limited to 9370 pounds. The Ram 1500 standard bed Quad Cab offers up to a 12750 lbs. towing capacity.

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 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

The Ram 1500 has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Titan:

Ram 1500

Titan

Extended Cab 1500

2040 lbs.

1600 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

2000 lbs.

1580 lbs.

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

1810 lbs.

1680 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

1810 lbs.

1680 lbs.

The Ram 1500 has much higher optional payload capacities than the Titan:

Ram 1500

Titan

Extended Cab 1500

2300 lbs.

1600 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

2000 lbs.

1580 lbs.

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

1910 lbs.

1680 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

1840 lbs.

1680 lbs.

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 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’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Ram 1500 and the Titan 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 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Ram 1500’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Titan’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

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 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Ram 1500 has standard power remote mirrors. The Titan 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. The Titan S doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

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 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Ram 1500 has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Titan S doesn’t offer rear vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ram 1500 (except Tradesman/HFE/Rebel/Big Horn/Lone Star) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Titan doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 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 $815 less than the Titan 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 only retains 42.43% to 53.5%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Ram 1500 is less expensive to operate than the Titan 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, 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 $5533 to $6357 less than for the Nissan Titan.

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 isn’t in the top three.

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Titan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The Titan 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 was Truck of the Year in 2017.

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 11 years. The Titan 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 has never been chosen.

The Ram Pickup outsold the Nissan Titan by over 20 to one during 2019.

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