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

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2017 Nissan Titan XD

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2017 GMC Sierra

Safety Comparison

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Titan XD. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Sierra HD.

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

Both the Titan XD and the Sierra HD 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 daytime running lights 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 Sierra HD’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 HD’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 engine in the Sierra HD.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan XD has a 200-amp alternator. The Sierra HD’s standard 150-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 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 30 more horsepower (390 vs. 360) and 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 380) than the Sierra HD’s 6.0 V8.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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


Titan XD

Sierra HD

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.98 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13.98 inches

Opt Rear Rotors


14.17 inches

The Titan XD stops much shorter than the Sierra HD:


Titan XD

Sierra HD


70 to 0 MPH

192 feet

217 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

136 feet

154 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Titan XD’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sierra HD (275/65R18 vs. 265/70R17).

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

The front suspension of the Titan XD uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Sierra HD, which uses torsion bars in front. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Titan XD’s wheelbase is 18 inches longer than on the Sierra 2500 Long Box Regular Cab (151.6 inches vs. 133.6 inches).

The Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Sierra 2500 Long Box Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Titan XD PRO-4X Crew Cab is 1 foot, 2.8 inches shorter than the Sierra 2500 Long Box Crew Cab, making the Titan XD easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Titan XD is 5.4 inches narrower on average than the Sierra HD, making the Titan XD easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

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 HD uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Titan XD Crew Cab has .1 inches more front hip room and .1 inches more rear hip room than the Sierra HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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 HD 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 HD.

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 HD’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 HD 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 HD 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 HD’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 HD 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 HD 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 HD.

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