Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Titan XD VS 2018 Ram HD Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Titan XD

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2018 Ram HD

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 Ram HD.

The Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X/SL/Platinum Reserve 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 HD doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

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

Both the Titan XD and the Ram HD 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, rearview cameras and available 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 HD’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.

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 Ram HD.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan XD has a 200-amp alternator. The Ram HD’s standard 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 16 places higher in reliability than Ram.

Engine Comparison

The Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 7 more horsepower (390 vs. 383) than the Ram HD’s standard 5.7 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Titan XD is faster than the Ram HD 6.4 V8 (automatics tested):


Titan XD


Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.5 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Titan XD uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Ram HD with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Titan XD stops much shorter than the Ram HD:


Titan XD

Ram HD


70 to 0 MPH

192 feet

211 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

154 feet

Motor Trend

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 Ram HD doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Nissan Titan XD’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Ram HD 3500’s solid front axle, which allows the Titan XD’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

The Titan XD has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Titan XD flat and controlled during cornering. The Ram HD 3500 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Titan XD 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 Ram HD doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Titan XD Crew Cab’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Ram HD 2500 Standard Bed Crew Cab (151.6 inches vs. 149.5 inches).

The Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .75 G’s, while the Ram HD 3500 Long Bed Long Horn Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .63 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Ram HD 3500 Standard Bed Long Horn Crew Cab 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 30 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Titan XD Single Cab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram HD 2500 Standard Bed Crew Cab (8 vs. 7.1 inches), allowing the Titan XD to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Titan XD PRO-4X Crew Cab’s minimum ground clearance is .2 inch higher than on the Ram HD 3500 Long Bed Regular Cab SRW (8.8 vs. 8.6 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Titan XD may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 1400 pounds less than the Ram HD.

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 Ram HD uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Titan XD Single Cab has 1.1 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more front legroom than the Ram HD Regular Cab.

The Titan XD Crew Cab has .8 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Ram HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Titan XD Crew Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Crew Cab shortbed (59.6 vs. 57.5 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Titan XD. The Ram HD doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 Ram 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 Ram HD’s basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Titan XD’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the Ram HD.

The Titan XD’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 HD’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

When the Titan XD 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 HD’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Titan XD’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a filtration system.

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 Ram HD.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Titan XD second among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Ram HD isn’t in the top three in its category.

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