Nissan Titan vs. The Competition

The 2017 Nissan Titan is the Truck Trend Pickup Truck of the Year. In addition to remarkable power, a strong towing capacity and dynamic interior, Nissan offers dozens of safety and driver-assisted technologies. The Titan is solidifying itself as one of the best up-and-coming trucks for 2017. Don’t believe us? Let’s compare the competition!

2017 Nissan Titan

MSRP: Starting from $34,998

Engine and Transmission: 5.6-liter, Endurance® V8 | 7-speed Automatic with Tow/Haul mode and adjustable Brake Controller

Fuel Economy: 15.0, 11.2 L/100km City, Hwy (with the 2.5, 4-Cylinder)

Max Towing and Payload: 12,000 lbs.* and 1,610 lbs.

Performance: The 2017 Nissan Titan is the Truck Trend Pickup Truck of the Year for a reason. The Titan’s Endurance V8 engine is a powerhouse, giving drivers 390 hp and 394 lb.-ft. of solid, dynamic torque. Plus, with a 4-valve-per-cylinder design and Nissan’s Direct Injection System and Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL), you get power and efficiency all rolled into one. Backing up the Titan’s V8 powerhouse is a specially tuned 7-speed automatic transmission. Combine this all with features like tow/haul mode and Downshift Rev Matching for reduced shift shock and you have got one of the most capable trucks in the segment.

Towing: The 2017 Titan is designed to get the job done, and that includes towing. With a 12,000* lb. towing capacity, a new 7-speed automatic transmission featuring available adjustable brake controller and Trailer Sway Control (TSC), you have every essential you need right at your fingertips.

Safety: Nissan isn’t just ahead of the game in terms of performance. The Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield philosophy is a comprehensive approach to road safety that is clearly evident inside the Titan. Available features include Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Moving Object Detection (MOD) which alerts you when something is hiding in plain sight. Nissan’s also made sure to include the essential safety gear on every trim level – so you don’t have to break the bank for peace of mind.

Interior: The Titan is a workhorse with style. Thanks to hydraulic body mounts, laminated side glass, improved door seals, and engine bay isolation, it’s the quietest cabin in the segment. There’s also a ton of space for your stuff, with a bottom that flips up for convenient cargo storage. Tech wise, enjoy Nissan’s advanced navigation system with connected technology. Active a Google search with a simple voice command; stream your music with Bluetooth; avoid traffic jams with live updates in real time.

*Titan XD

2017 Toyota Tundra

MSRP: Starting from $28,249

Engine and Transmission:  4.6-Litre V8 or 5.7-Liter V8 | 6-Speed or Automatic

Fuel Economy: 15.8, 12.3 L/100km City, Hwy (with the 4.6-Liter V8)

Max Towing and Payload: 10,400 lbs. and 1,770 lbs.

Performance: The 2017 Toyota Tundra offers buyers two engine options: A 4.6 L V8 and a 5.7 L V8. The Tundra comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is an option, as are three-bed lengths — a 5.5-foot short bed, a 6.5-foot standard bed and an 8.1-foot long option.

Towing: The Tundra’s 5.7-litre V8 puts out 381 hp and 401 lb.-ft. of torque and comes standard on all models. The towing capacity is 10,400 lbs. and offers a payload of 1,770 lbs. The Tundra gets 15.8 L/100 km in the city which falls behind the Titan in terms of efficiency.

Safety: The Tundra and Titan fare similarly in The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) road tests, with the Titan scoring higher in both Roof Strength and Headlights crash tests. When it comes to safety and driver assist innovations, buyers can expect to pay a lot. Beside a backup camera, you have to travel up a few trim levels for the tech.

Interior: Comparing the Titan and Tundra’s interiors is like comparing apples and oranges. While the Titan offers buyers space and a fresh feeling interior, the Tundra’s plastic dash and metal trim leave little to the imagination.

2017 Dodge Ram 1500

MSRP: Starting from $25,895

Engine and Transmission: 3.6L Pentastar V6, 5.7L HEMI V8 or 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 | TorqueFlite® 8-Speed Automatic

Fuel Economy: 11.3, 8.0 L/100km City, Hwy (with the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6)

Max Towing and Payload: 10,640 lb. and 1,880 lb.

Performance: The 2017 Ram 1500 has a 3.6 L Pentastar VVT V6 that puts out 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. There’s also an available 5.7L HEMI® V8 that puts out an additional 90 horsepower and 141 lb-ft of torque, however expect to lose major points in efficiency with this choice.

Safety: The 2017 Ram 1500 comes standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, hill start assist, trailer-sway control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Unlike the Titan though, the Ram 1500 lacks features like blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

Interior: In addition to 60/40-split rear seats, the Ram has watertight storage compartments under the floor and lockable compartments over the rear fenders inside the truck bed. However, the Titan offers more head room (41 inches) than the Ram (39 inches) as well as more legroom – 41.8, 34.7, respectively.

2017 Chevy Silverado 1500

MSRP: Starting from $30,435

Engine and Transmission: 6.2 L V8, 5.3L V8, 4.3L V6

Fuel Economy: 15.9, 11.2 L/100km City, Hwy (with the 6.2 L V8 engine)

Max Towing and Payload: 7,600 lb. and 2,250 lb.

Performance: Standard on all models (except the LTZ and High Country) is a 4.3-liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. That’s remarkably less power than the Titans – in fact, it’s about 100 horsepower less. It’s matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and buyers can choose between rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Towing: Depending on cab and bed configuration, maximum towing capacity with the V6 tops out at 7,600 pounds. Needless to say, if you’re towing a larger boat or fifth-wheel, you’re far more prepared for the job with the Titan.

Safety: The Silverado is the Titan’s biggest competitor when it comes to safety and driver assisted tech, however Adaptive Cruise Control and Parking Assist are still not available. The lack of a parking assist feature would likely pose a problem, especially trying to fit in those snug spots in a wide truck like the Silverado.

Interior: In terms of the Silverado’s overall interior, the seats don’t match up. According to Consumer Reports, shortcomings include a “jittery ride and front seats that aren’t as supportive as those in certain competitors.” Meanwhile Nissan’s Front and rear Zero Gravity Seats — inspired by actual astronauts – simulate weightlessness to help reduce fatigue and stress while driving.

2017 GMC Sierra

MSRP: Starting from $31,070

Engine and Transmission: 5.3L EcoTec V8 or 6.2L EcoTec V8| 6-Speed or 8-Speed Automatic

Fuel Economy:  14.6, 10.3 L/100km City, Hwy (with the 5.3L V8 engine)

Max Towing and Payload:  12,000 lb. and 2260 lb.

Performance: The 2017 GMC Sierra has a 285-hp V-6 engine as standard. Buyers can opt for either a 355-hp V-8 or a 420-hp V-8. According to Edmunds, however, the eight-speed automatic doesn’t “shift particularly fast” nor is it remarkably responsive to manual shifting.

Towing: The Sierra sees a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 lb. and a maximum payload of 2260 lb. only when equipped with the 6.2-liter V8 and Max Trailering Package.

Safety: GMC has introduced an Enhanced Driver Alert package to the 2017 model. It includes lane-keeping assist, front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and forward-collision alert. However, whereas the Titan comes fully equipped right off the bat, you have to spend the money to get the tech with the Sierra.

Interior: While the Sierra’s interior is certainly full of features, you have to move up the trim levels to see them. The Base model is fairly bare bones; a backup camera, Bluetooth and Remote Keyless entry aren’t introduced until the SLE trim.

Why Buy a 2017 Nissan Titan from Oakville Nissan

Nissan is one of the fastest-growing brands in Canada, and Oakville Nissan is a part of that success. With have over 15 years of experience serving communities in Oakville, Hamilton, Burlington, Milton, and Mississauga. We can also proudly say that we have the largest Nissan showroom in Ontario. Come check out our massive selection of new and pre-owned vehicles, and take the all-new 2017 Nissan Titan for a test drive!