Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Titan XD VS 2017 GMC Sierra Near Atlanta, GA

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2017 Nissan Titan XD

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2017 GMC Sierra

Safety Comparison

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 Sierra 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 Sierra doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Titan XD and the Sierra have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available four-wheel drive, daytime running lights and blind spot warning systems.

The Nissan Titan XD weighs 516 to 2970 pounds more than the GMC Sierra. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 Sierra’s 3 year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64,000 miles sooner.

The Titan XD’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Sierra’s (unlimited vs. 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 engines in the Sierra.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan XD has a standard 200-amp alternator. The Sierra’s standard 150-amp alternator and largest (Regular Cab 4WD) 170-amp alternator aren’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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 105 more horsepower (390 vs. 285) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 305) than the Sierra’s standard 4.3 V6. The Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 35 more horsepower (390 vs. 355) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 383) than the Sierra’s optional 5.3 V8.

The Titan XD’s 5.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 25 more horsepower (310 vs. 285) and 250 lbs.-ft. more torque (555 vs. 305) than the Sierra’s standard 4.3 V6. The Titan XD’s 5.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 172 lbs.-ft. more torque (555 vs. 383) than the Sierra’s optional 5.3 V8. The Titan XD’s 5.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (555 vs. 460) than the Sierra’s optional 6.2 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Titan XD uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Sierra with the 6.2 V8 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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


Titan XD


Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Sierra 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 Sierra’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Titan XD’s wheelbase is 32.6 inches longer than on the Sierra 1500 Standard Box Regular Cab (151.6 inches vs. 119 inches).

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 Sierra uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Titan XD Single Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra Regular Cab shortbed (74.8 vs. 61 cubic feet).

The Titan XD Crew Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra Crew Cab shortbed (59.6 vs. 53.4 cubic feet).

The Nissan Titan XD 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 is only available on the GMC Sierra SLE/SLT/Denali.

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 Sierra.

The Titan XD’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Sierra’s optional power windows’ front passenger window doesn’t close 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 Sierra can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Intelligent Key optional on the Titan XD allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The GMC Sierra doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 Sierra’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Titan XD’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Both the Titan XD and the Sierra offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Titan XD offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Sierra doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Sierra.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Titan XD is less expensive to operate than the Sierra because typical repairs cost less on the Titan XD than the Sierra, including $190 less for a water pump, $96 less for an alternator, $119 less for front brake pads, $87 less for a fuel pump and $10 less for front struts.

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 Sierra was rated second in its category.

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