Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford F-150 VS 2015 Nissan Titan Near Surprise, AZ

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2016 Ford F-150

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2015 Nissan Titan

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the F‑150 SuperCrew inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Titan doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Titan doesn't offer a collision warning system.

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional 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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the F‑150 4X4’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Titan doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Ford F‑150 offers 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 Titan doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Titan doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Titan only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

To help make backing safer, the F‑150 (except XL)’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 Titan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The F‑150 offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Titan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the F‑150 and the Titan 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F‑150 SuperCab is safer than the Titan Crew Cab:

F‑150

Titan

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Structure

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

POOR

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Injury Criterion

118

323

Shoulder Movement

26 mm

47 mm

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the F‑150 earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the F‑150’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Titan was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

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 is safer then the Titan:

F‑150

Titan

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance from Back of Head

24 mm

89 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

26 mm

33 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Seat Design

Pass

Pass

Neck Force Rating

Low

Low

Max Neck Shearing Force

0

36

Max Neck Tension

419

499

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the F‑150 as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Titan is not a “Top Pick.”

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the F‑150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The F‑150’s optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 8 more horsepower (325 vs. 317) than the Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8. The F‑150’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 48 more horsepower (365 vs. 317) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 385) than the Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8. The F‑150’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 68 more horsepower (385 vs. 317) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (387 vs. 385) than the Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford F‑150 is faster than the Nissan Titan:

F‑150 2.7

F‑150 3.5

Titan

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

5.6 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.1 sec

16.4 sec

23.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.4 sec

6.2 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.4 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

95 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

F‑150

Titan

RWD

2.7 turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

19 city/26 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto

4x4

2.7 turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/23 hwy

12 city/17 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto

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

F‑150

Titan

4x2

3.5 twin turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto

5.0 V8/6-spd. Auto

15 city/22 hwy

n/a

4x4

3.5 twin turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

12 city/17 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto

5.0 V8/6-spd. Auto

15 city/21 hwy

n/a

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F‑150 2.7 ECOBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Titan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F‑150’s optional fuel tank has 8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Titan (36 vs. 28 gallons).

The F‑150 has a standard cap-less 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 cap-less 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) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Titan’s optional 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 base model’s 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

122.4 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed

145 inches

139.8 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

163.7 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

145 inches

139.8 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

156.8 inches

n/a

The F‑150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .75 G’s, while the Titan SV Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F‑150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the Titan Standard Bed King Cab 4x4’s (40.7 feet vs. 45.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F‑150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 800 pounds less than the Nissan Titan.

The front grille of the F‑150 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Titan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the F‑150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 is quieter than the Titan SV Crew Cab 4x4:

F‑150

Titan

At idle

34 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The F‑150 SuperCab has 2.1 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear legroom, 4.4 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Titan King Cab.

The F‑150 SuperCrew has 2.1 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 3.2 inches more rear legroom, 4.2 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Titan Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F‑150 SuperCrew shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Titan Crew Cab shortbed (53.4 vs. 48.6 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 34.7 inches, while the Titan’s liftover is 37 inches. The F‑150 SuperCrew’s liftover is only 34 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

Titan King Cab

Length (short/long)

67.1”/78.9”

78.9”/97.6”

67.3”

79.1”

Max Width

65.2”

65.2”

63.8”

63.8”

Min Width

50.6”

50.6”

50”

50”

Height

21.4”

21.4”

19.9”

19.9”

The Ford F‑150 offers an optional Tailgate Step, which folds out and allows for much easier access to the cargo area. The Nissan Titan doesn’t offer a rear cargo step.

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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. 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 F‑150 XLT/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The Titan doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Intelligent Access standard on the F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum allows you to unlock the driver’s door, tailgate and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading cargo, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Nissan Titan doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The F‑150’s optional 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the F‑150 (except XL/XLT) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Titan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the F‑150 and the Titan offer available heated front seats. The F‑150 SuperCrew also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Titan.

Standard air conditioned seats in the F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Titan doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the F‑150’s optional (except XL/XLT) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Titan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the F‑150 and the Titan offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the F‑150 SuperCab/SuperCrew has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Titan Crew Cab doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Titan doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s optional Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Titan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford F‑150, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F‑150 first among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Titan isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the F‑150 as their 2012 Truck of the Year. The Titan has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the F‑150 as the 2009 North American Truck of the Year. The Titan has never been chosen.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Nissan Titan by almost 62 to one during the 2015 model year.

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