Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford F-150 VS 2017 Nissan Titan Near Test, Test

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2017 Ford F-150

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2017 Nissan Titan

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the F-150 SuperCrew inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Titan XD doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The F-150 Raptor/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Titan XD doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The F-150 (except XL/XLT)’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.

The F-150 offers optional SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the F-150 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, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the F-150 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2016, a rating granted to only 102 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Titan XD has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The F-150 has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

Engine Comparison

The F-150’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 401) than the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8.The F-150 Raptor’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 60 more horsepower (450 vs. 390) and 109 lbs.-ft. more torque (510 vs. 401) than the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-150 ECOBoost’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 F-150’s optional fuel tank has 10 gallons more fuel capacity than the Titan XD (36 vs. 26 gallons).

The F-150 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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The F-150 stops much shorter than the Titan XD:

 

F-150

Titan XD

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

192 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-150 Raptor’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Titan XD (315/70R17 vs. 275/65R18).

The F-150’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 F-150’s optional tires have a lower 55 series profile than the Titan XD’s optional 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For much better steering response and tighter handling the F-150 has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Titan XD.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150 8 ft. bed SuperCab’s wheelbase is 12.1 inches longer than on the Titan XD (163.7 inches vs. 151.6 inches).

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .75 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 F-150 5.5 ft. bed SuperCrew executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.7 seconds quicker than the Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab (27.2 seconds vs. 29.9 seconds).

For better maneuverability, the F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 13.1 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (40.7 feet vs. 53.8 feet). The F-150 8 ft. bed SuperCab’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (53 feet vs. 53.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Titan XD Crew Cab (9.3 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-150 Raptor SuperCab’s minimum ground clearance is 2.6 inches higher than on the Titan XD PRO-4X Crew Cab (11.5 vs. 8.9 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1800 to 1950 pounds less than the Nissan Titan XD.

The F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab is 2 feet, 9.4 inches shorter than the Titan XD, making the F-150 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the F-150 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.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 Regular Cab has 2.1 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room and 3.4 inches more front shoulder room than the Titan XD Single Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has 2.1 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 3.4 inches more front shoulder room, 5.1 inches more rear legroom, 4.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Titan XD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150’s cargo box is larger than the Titan XD’s in almost every dimension:

 

F-150 SuperCrew

F-150 Regular Cab

Titan XD Crew Cab

Titan XD Single Cab

Length (short/long)

78.9”

78.9”/97.6”

78.7”

98.5”

Max Width

65.2”

65.2”

63.8”

63.8”

Min Width

50.6”

50.6”

50”

50”

Height

21.4”

21.4”

20.8”

20.8”

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows available on both the F-150 and the Titan XD have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the F-150 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-150 XLT/Raptor/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The Titan XD doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Intelligent Access optional on the F-150 (except XL/XLT) allows you to unlock the driver’s door, tailgate and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading cargo, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Nissan Titan XD’s available Intelligent Key doesn’t unlock the tailgate.

The F-150 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. 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 F-150 (except XL/XLT) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Titan XD doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the F-150 SuperCab/SuperCrew has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Titan XD S/Regular Cab doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the F-150 (except XL/XLT) 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 F-150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s optional Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum 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 Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the F-150 is less expensive to operate than the Titan XD because it costs $1008 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the F-150 than the Titan XD, including $38 less for a water pump, $118 less for a starter, $73 less for front struts, $1004 less for a timing belt/chain and $167 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford F-150 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

F-150

Titan XD

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

Motor Trend selected the F-150 as their 2012 Truck of the Year. The Titan XD has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the F-150 as the 2009 North American Truck of the Year. The Titan XD has never been chosen.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Nissan Titan by almost 60 to one during the 2016 model year.

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