Both the Titan and the F‑150 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 all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The Nissan Titan weighs 537 to 1885 pounds more than the Ford F‑150. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Titan comes with a full 5 year/100,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes free 24 hour roadside assistance. The F‑150’s 3 year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64,000 miles sooner.
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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.
The Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 108 more horsepower (390 vs. 282) and 141 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 253) than the F‑150’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6. The Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 65 more horsepower (390 vs. 325) and 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 375) than the F‑150’s optional 2.7 turbo V6. The Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 25 more horsepower (390 vs. 365) than the F‑150’s optional 3.5 turbo V6. The Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 5 more horsepower (390 vs. 385) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 387) than the F‑150’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8.
The Titan has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the F‑150 122” WB’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better traction, the Titan has larger standard tires than the F‑150 (265/75R18 vs. 245/70R17).
For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Titan has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the F‑150.
The Titan 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 F‑150 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Titan has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Titan flat and controlled during cornering. The F‑150’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Titan has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The F‑150 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For greater off-road capability the Titan Short Bed PRO-4X Crew Cab has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the F‑150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab (10.6 vs. 9.4 inches), allowing the Titan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Titan Short Bed Crew Cab is 3.8 inches shorter than the F‑150 5.5 ft. bed SuperCrew, making the Titan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Titan has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The F‑150 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
The Titan Single Cab has a much larger cargo box than the F‑150 shortbed (74.8 vs. 62.9 cubic feet).
The Nissan Titan has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Ford F‑150.
The Titan’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 F‑150.
The Titan’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 F‑150’s basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them. The F‑150 XLT/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s rear windows don’t close automatically.
If the front windows are left down on the Titan 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 F‑150 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Titan’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over. Power locks cost extra on the F‑150.
When the Titan 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 F‑150’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Titan, 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 F‑150.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Titan is less expensive to operate than the F‑150 because typical repairs cost much less on the Titan than the F‑150, including $349 less for an alternator, $20 less for front brake pads, $218 less for fuel injection and $58 less for a fuel pump.