Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Titan VS 2018 Ram 1500 Near Warner Robins, GA

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2018 Nissan Titan

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2018 Ram 1500

Safety Comparison

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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Titan earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Titan’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Ram 1500 was rated two rankings lower at “Marginal.”

Warranty Comparison

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 64000 miles sooner.

Reliability Comparison

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 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’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.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Titan is faster than the Ram 1500:



1500 V6

1500 V8

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.5 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.6 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11 sec

13.3 sec

12.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.3 sec

4.2 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.8 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.9 MPH

86.7 MPH

88.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Titan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Ram 1500:




Front Rotors

13.78 inches

13.2 inches

The Titan stops much shorter than the Ram 1500:



Ram 1500


60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Nissan Titan’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ram 1500 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Titan Long Bed S Single Cab 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Titan Short Bed Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Ram 1500 short bed Rebel Crew Cab 4x4 (28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 29.1 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

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.

Chassis Comparison

The Titan is shorter than the Ram 1500, making the Titan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:



Ram 1500

Regular Cab Long Bed

228.1 inches

231 inches

Extended Cab Standard Bed

228.1 inches

229 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

228.1 inches

229 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 Ram 1500 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

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 Crew Cab has .8 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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 King Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Quad Cab shortbed (59.6 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.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 open on the Titan the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using 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 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Titan is less expensive to operate than the Ram 1500 because typical repairs cost less on the Titan than the Ram 1500, including $92 less for a water pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend selected the Titan as their 2017 Truck of the Year. The Ram 1500 was Truck of the Year in 2014.

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