Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2006 Ford F-150 VS 2006 Nissan Titan Near Peoria, AZ

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2006 Ford F-150

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2006 Nissan Titan

Safety Comparison

Full time four-wheel drive is available on the F-150. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Titan.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Ford F-150 offers available full range traction control. The Titan’s optional traction control is for low speeds only. Low traction conditions at higher speeds are more dangerous, making the need for full range traction control important.

Both the F-150 and the Titan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks and four-wheel antilock brakes.

Warranty Comparison

The F-150 comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Nissan doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Titan.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Ford F-150’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Titan’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The F-150 has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Titan doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 first among light duty full-size pickups in their 2005 Initial Quality Study. The Titan isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics, which show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 24th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 4x2 4.6 V8 4-spd Auto gets better city fuel mileage than the Titan 4x2 (15 city/19 hwy vs. 14 city/19 hwy).

The F-150 longbed’s optional fuel tank has 7.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Titan (35.7 vs. 28 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-150’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Titan:



Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.7 inches

12.6 inches

The F-150’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Titan are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The F-150’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Titan’s standard 75 series tires. The F-150 shortbed Lariat SuperCab Harley Davidson™’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Titan 4x4’s optional 70 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F-150 shortbed Lariat SuperCab Harley Davidson™ offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Titan’s largest wheels are only 18 inches.

The Ford F-150 w/8200 lb. GVWR’s optional wheels have 7 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Nissan Titan only has 6 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The F-150 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Titan’s standard suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150 longbed SuperCab’s wheelbase is 1 foot, 11.2 inches longer than on the Titan.

The F-150 shortbed XLT SuperCab 4x4 performs Popular Mechanics’ emergency lane change maneuver faster than the Titan SE Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 (47 vs. 46.5 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Nissan Titan.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the F-150 V8 has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Titan uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the F-150 SuperCab is quieter than the Titan SE Crew Cab Pickup (68 vs. 69 dB).

As tested by Popular Mechanics while under full throttle, the interior of the F-150 shortbed XLT SuperCab 4x4 is quieter than the Titan SE Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 (77.9 vs. 79 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 SuperCab has 2.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Titan King Cab (115.2 vs. 112.8).

The F-150 SuperCab has 4.5 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 6.2 inches more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Titan King Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has 2.5 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Titan Crew Cab Pickup.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 SuperCrew shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Titan Crew Cab Pickup shortbed (55.5 vs. 48 cubic feet).

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the F-150 Regular Cab easier. The F-150 Regular Cab’s bed lift-over height is 33.1 inches, while the Titan’s liftover is 37 inches. The F-150 SuperCrew’s liftover is only 32.4 inches.

The F-150’s cargo box is larger than the Titan’s in almost every dimension:

F-150 SuperCrew

F-150 Regular Cab

Titan Crew Cab Pickup

Titan King Cab

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Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the F-150 disables the starter while the engine is running. The Titan’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The power windows available on both the F-150 and the Titan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the F-150 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Titan prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the F-150 SuperCab/SuperCrew has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Titan doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the F-150 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the F-150 will cost $771 less than the Titan over a five year period.

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