In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Titan XD Crew Cab/King Cab are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
Both the Titan XD 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 four-wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
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 1500’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64,000 miles sooner.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Titan XD has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Ram 1500.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Titan XD has a 200-amp alternator. The Ram 1500’s standard 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 24th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 14 places higher in reliability than Ram.
The Titan XD’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 hybrid.
The Titan XD’s 5.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 5 more horsepower (310 vs. 305) and 286 lbs.-ft. more torque (555 vs. 269) than the Ram 1500’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid. The Titan XD’s 5.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 145 lbs.-ft. more torque (555 vs. 410) than the Ram 1500’s optional 5.7 V8.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Titan XD 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.
The Titan XD has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram 1500’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Titan XD Crew Cab has .1 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup.
The Titan XD Crew Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup shortbed (59.6 vs. 53.9 cubic feet).
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 costs extra on the Ram 1500.
The Titan XD has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer stake post holes.
If the front windows are left open on the Titan XD 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 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 1500’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 1500’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
Insurance will cost less for the Titan XD owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Titan XD with a number “8” insurance rate while the Ram 1500 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Titan XD is less expensive to operate than the Ram 1500 because typical repairs cost less on the Titan XD than the Ram 1500, including $101 less for a water pump.