When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Titan 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 PRO-4X/SL/Platinum 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 (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 (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 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 all-wheel drive 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 1500’s 3 year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64,000 miles sooner.
The Titan’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the 1500 runs out after 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 5.7 V8 in the Ram 1500.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan 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.
The Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 85 more horsepower (390 vs. 305) and 125 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 269) than the Ram 1500’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Titan 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.
For better stopping power the Titan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Ram 1500:
For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Titan has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Ram 1500.
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 Ram 1500 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 Ram 1500 long bed Regular Cab 4x2 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For greater off-road capability the Titan Short Bed Crew Cab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram 1500 standard bed Regular Cab (8.9 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the Titan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
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 Ram 1500 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
The Titan Single Cab has 1.1 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more front legroom than the Ram 1500 Regular Cab.
The Titan Single Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Regular Cab shortbed (74.8 vs. 57.5 cubic feet).
The Titan Crew Cab has a larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab shortbed (50.7 vs. 50.3 cubic feet).
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Titan. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Nissan Titan PRO-4X/Platinum Reserve 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.
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 Ram 1500.
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 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 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’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 Ram 1500.
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 Ram 1500’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
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 Ram 1500’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 Ram 1500.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Titan is less expensive to operate than the Ram 1500 because typical repairs cost much less on the Titan than the Ram 1500, including $92 less for a water pump and $276 less for an alternator.