2020 Ram HD vs. 2020 Nissan Titan XD

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Safety

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Both the Ram HD 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 HD’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Ram HD’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Titan XD’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

In the Ram HD, the optional 6.7 turbo diesel has a gear driven camshaft to prevent engine damage from a broken camshaft belt or chain. Gears don’t exert side forces against the camshaft that can wear the cam bearings. The engine in the Nissan all use chain driven camshafts.

The Ram HD has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the Titan XD’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ram HD has a standard 730-amp battery (1460 Diesel). The Titan XD’s 710-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Ram HD’s 6.4 V8 produces 10 more horsepower (410 vs. 400) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (429 vs. 413) than the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

The Ram HD’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel produces 437 lbs.-ft. more torque (850 vs. 413) than the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8. The Ram HD 3500’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel produces 587 lbs.-ft. more torque (1000 vs. 413) than the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ram HD Gas’ 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.

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

The Ram HD Standard Bed Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Titan XD (31 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Ram HD Long Bed Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank has 24 gallons more fuel capacity than the Titan XD (50 vs. 26 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ram HD’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Titan XD (285/60R20 vs. 275/65R18).

The Ram HD’s wheels have 8 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Nissan Titan XD only has 6 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ram HD Power Wagon has an active front sway bar, which helps keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnects at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Titan XD doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Ram HD 2500 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.

The Ram HD’s optional drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which 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 better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Ram HD is .7 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Titan XD.

For better maneuverability, the Ram HD 2500 Long Box Regular Cab’s turning circle is 8.4 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (45.4 feet vs. 53.8 feet). The Ram HD 2500 Long Box Crew Cab’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (53.5 feet vs. 53.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Ram HD may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 400 pounds less than the Nissan Titan XD.

The Ram HD 2500 Standard Box Crew Cab is 4.6 inches shorter than the Titan XD Crew Cab, making the Ram HD easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Ram HD 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 HD 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 HD Crew Cab has 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Titan XD (124.6 vs. 119.7).

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Ram HD 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.

Payload and Towing

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The Ram HD’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Titan XD’s (13660 vs. 11000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab is only 11000 pounds. The Ram HD 3500 Long Box Regular Cab offers up to a 35100 lbs. towing capacity.

The Ram HD 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 HD can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Titan XD can’t be towed flat on the ground.

The Ram HD has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Titan XD (3190 vs. 2450 lbs.).

The Ram HD has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Titan XD (7680 vs. 2450 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The power windows available on both the Ram HD and the Titan XD have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Ram HD 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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ram HD offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Titan XD doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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

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

Model Availability

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The Ram HD comes in regular cab and crew cab bodystyles; the Nissan Titan XD isn’t available as a regular cab.

The Ram HD is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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Motor Trend selected the Ram HD as their 2020 Truck of the Year. The Titan XD has never been chosen.

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

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