Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Titan XD VS 2017 Ram 1500 Near Laredo, TX

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2017 Nissan Titan XD

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2017 Ram 1500

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Titan XD PRO-4X’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X/SL/Platinum Reserve has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Titan XD (except S/SV/SL) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Ram 1500 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the Titan XD (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Titan XD and the Ram 1500 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 and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

The Titan XD comes with a full 5 year/100,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes free 24 hour roadside assistance. The 1500’s 3 year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64,000 miles sooner.

The Titan XD’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the 1500 runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Titan XD has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Ram 1500.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan XD has a 200-amp alternator. The Ram 1500’s 180-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 85 more horsepower (390 vs. 305) and 132 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 269) than the Ram 1500’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

The Titan XD’s 5.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 70 more horsepower (310 vs. 240) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (555 vs. 420) than the Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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


Titan XD


Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13.8 inches

The Titan XD stops shorter than the Ram 1500:


Titan XD

Ram 1500


70 to 0 MPH

192 feet

199 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

136 feet

138 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Nissan Titan XD’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ram 1500 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Titan XD has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Titan XD has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Titan XD flat and controlled during cornering. The Ram 1500 long bed Regular Cab 4x2 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Titan XD’s wheelbase is 31.1 inches longer than on the Ram 1500 standard bed Regular Cab (151.6 inches vs. 120.5 inches). The Titan XD’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Ram 1500 standard bed Crew Cab (151.6 feet vs. 149.4 inches).

The Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Titan XD Gas (except Diesel) has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Ram 1500 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Titan XD Single Cab has 1.1 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more front legroom than the Ram 1500 Regular Cab.

The Titan XD Crew Cab has .8 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Titan XD Single Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Regular Cab shortbed (74.8 vs. 57.5 cubic feet).

The Titan XD Crew Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab shortbed (59.6 vs. 50.3 cubic feet). The Titan XD Crew Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab longbed (59.6 vs. 57.5 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Titan XD. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X/Platinum Reserve/SV Regular Cab offers an optional rear cargo step, which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a rear cargo step.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Titan XD’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the Ram 1500.

The Titan XD’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Ram 1500’s basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

If the front windows are left down on the Titan XD the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Ram 1500 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Titan XD’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the Ram 1500.

The Titan XD S/SV’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Ram 1500’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

When the Titan XD with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Ram 1500’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Titan XD, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Ram 1500.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Titan XD is less expensive to operate than the Ram 1500 because typical repairs cost much less on the Titan XD than the Ram 1500, including $92 less for a water pump and $276 less for an alternator.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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