The Titan (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 (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 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 all-wheel drive, daytime running lights and blind spot warning systems.
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 Sierra’s 3 year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64,000 miles sooner.
The Titan’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Sierra’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Titan 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 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.
The Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 105 more horsepower (390 vs. 285) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 305) than the Sierra’s standard 4.3 V6. The Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 35 more horsepower (390 vs. 355) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 383) than the Sierra’s optional 5.3 V8.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Titan 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.
For better stopping power the Titan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Sierra:
For better traction, the Titan has larger standard tires than the Sierra (265/75R18 vs. 255/70R17).
For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Titan has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sierra.
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 Sierra 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 Sierra’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Titan’s wheelbase is 6.8 inches longer than on the Sierra 1500 Long Box Regular Cab (139.8 inches vs. 133 inches).
For greater off-road capability the Titan Short Bed Crew Cab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sierra 1500 Standard Box Regular Cab (8.9 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the Titan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Titan Short Bed PRO-4X Crew Cab’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the Sierra 1500 Double Cab (10.6 vs. 8.9 inches).
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 Sierra uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
The Titan Single Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra Regular Cab shortbed (74.8 vs. 61 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 is only available on the GMC Sierra SLE/SLT/Denali.
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 Sierra.
The Titan’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 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 Pushbutton Start standard on the Titan S/SV allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (optional Intelligent Key will also allow unlocking the driver’s door without taking your keys out). The GMC Sierra doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
The Titan 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’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.
Both the Titan and the Sierra offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Titan 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, 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.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Titan is less expensive to operate than the Sierra because typical repairs cost less on the Titan 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.