Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2009 Ford F-150 VS 2009 Nissan Titan Near Avondale, AZ

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2009 Ford F-150

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2009 Nissan Titan

Safety Comparison

The F-150 has standard head airbag curtains for front and rear seats which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. Head airbags cost extra in the Titan.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Ford F-150 has standard 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.

The F-150 has standard AdvanceTrac™, which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. The AdvanceTrac™ then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. A skid prevention system costs extra on the Titan SE/LE.

Both the F-150 and the Titan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes and available four wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCab is safer than the Titan King Cab:

F-150

Titan

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest forces

36 g’s

41 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

87 / 150

705 / 776

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

433

721

Chest forces

34 g’s

41 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

540 / 262

829 / 498

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the F-150 with power recline seats is safer then the Titan:

F-150

Titan

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Distance from Back of Head

22 mm

72 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

6 mm

38 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Seat Design

Pass

Pass

Neck Force Rating

Low

Medium

Max Neck Shearing Force

0

189

Max Neck Tension

326

670

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

For its top level performance in frontal, side and rear impact tests, and its standard AdvanceTrac™, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the F-150 SuperCrew as a “Top Pick” a rating only granted to 64 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Titan was not a Top Pick.

Warranty Comparison

The F-150 comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 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 engines in the F-150 have a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Titan has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

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.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the F-150 has a standard 135 amp alternator (155 amp - F-150 optional). The Titan’s 130 amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2008 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

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 17th in reliability, above the industry average. With 53 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

The F-150’s optional 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 385) than the Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Titan:

F-150

Titan

4x2

4.6 SOHC 24 valve V8/Auto

15 city/20 hwy

n/a

5.4 V8/Auto

14 city/20 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.6

4.6 SOHC 16 valve V8/Auto

14 city/19 hwy

n/a

4x4

4.6 SOHC 24 valve V8/Auto

14 city/19 hwy

n/a

4.6 SOHC 16 valve V8/Auto

14 city/18 hwy

n/a

5.4 V8/Auto

14 city/18 hwy

12 city/17 hwy

5.6

The F-150 has a standard capless fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation which causes pollution. The Titan doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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 optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Titan LE’s 60 series tires.

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’s wheelbase is longer than on the Titan:

F-150

Titan

Regular Cab Standard Bed

126 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Short Bed

133 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed

144.5 inches

139.8 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

163 inches

159.5 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

144.5 inches

139.8 inches

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed King Ranch SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .73 G’s, while the Titan Short Bed SE Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-150’s turning circle is tighter than the Titan’s:

F-150

Titan

Regular Cab Standard Bed

41.7 feet

n/a

Regular Cab Long Bed

47 feet

n/a

Extended Cab Short Bed

43.5 feet

n/a

Regular Cab Standard Bed 4x4

41.7 feet

n/a

Extended Cab Short Bed 4x4

43.5 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

50.4 feet

50.9 feet

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Nissan Titan.

The F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab is 11.5 inches shorter than the Titan Standard Bed King Cab, making the F-150 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 SuperCab has 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom, 6.3 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Titan King Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has .8 inches more front shoulder room, 3.1 inches more rear legroom, 4.1 inches more rear hip room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Titan Crew Cab Pickup.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ford F-150 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 isn’t available on the Titan XE.

Ergonomics Comparison

The F-150 offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Titan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the F-150 automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad (not available on F-150 XL/STX). The Titan doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The F-150 Platinum’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Titan’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The F-150 (except XL/SXT/XLT)’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Titan doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The F-150’s available GPS navigation system offers a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Titan’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With available SYNC, the F-150 offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Titan doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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