Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford F-150 VS 2018 Nissan Titan Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2018 Ford F-150

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2018 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 optional Pre-Collision Assist, 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.

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, rearview cameras, 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 2017, a rating granted to only 136 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Titan XD has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 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.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

Engine Comparison

The F-150’s optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 394) than the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8. The F-150’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 394) than the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8. The F-150’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 5 more horsepower (395 vs. 390) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 394) 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 116 lbs.-ft. more torque (510 vs. 394) than the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 is faster than the Nissan Titan XD:

 

F-150 2.7

F-150 3.5

Titan XD

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

6.1 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.2 sec

10.2 sec

12.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

20.3 sec

16.5 sec

21.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.7 sec

3.1 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

14.7 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.5 MPH

95 MPH

87.5 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 5.0 DOHC V8 is faster than the Nissan Titan XD (base engine):

 

F-150

Titan XD

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.2 sec

12.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16 sec

21.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.1 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.6 MPH

87.5 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 5.0 DOHC V8 is faster than the Nissan Titan XD 5.6:

 

F-150

Titan XD

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.2 sec

12.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16 sec

21.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.1 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.6 MPH

87.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-150’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 Platinum’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Titan XD’s optional 60 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F-150 Platinum has standard 22-inch wheels. The Titan XD’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

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’s wheelbase is longer than on the Titan XD:

 

F-150

Titan XD

Regular Cab Standard Bed

122.4 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Short Bed

134.2 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed

145 inches

139.8 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

163.7 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

145 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed

156.8 inches

151.6 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-150 is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Titan XD.

The F-150 6.5 ft. bed XL SuperCab handles at .75 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 F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend 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).

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Titan XD PRO-4X Crew Cab 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

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 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Titan XD Single Cab (9.3 vs. 8 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 2.7 inches higher than on the Titan XD PRO-4X Crew Cab (11.5 vs. 8.8 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1400 to 1600 pounds less than the Nissan Titan XD.

The F-150 8 ft. bed Regular Cab is 3.1 inches shorter than the Titan XD Single Cab, 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 SuperCab has 2.1 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 3.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 8.7 inches more rear legroom, 5.3 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Titan XD King 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 King Cab

Length (short/long)

67.1”/78.9”

78.9”/97.6”

78.7”

78.7”

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 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 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 Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the F-150 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the F-150 will cost $595 less than the Titan XD over a five-year period.

The F-150 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the F-150 will retain 49.24% to 95.74% of its original price after five years, while the Titan XD only retains 45.64% to 53.48%.

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 less on the F-150 than the Titan XD, including $41 less for a water pump, $118 less for an alternator, $119 less for a starter, $73 less for front struts, $1 less for a timing belt/chain and $166 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

Truck Trend performed a comparison test in its May 2017 issue and they ranked the Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCab five places higher than the Nissan Titan XD Single Cab 4x4.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 first 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 was rated second.

Motor Trend selected the F-150 as their 2018 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 over nineteen to one during the 2017 model year.

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