Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW VS 2016 Nissan Titan Near Avondale, AZ

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2016 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW

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2016 Nissan Titan

Safety Comparison

The F-Super Duty 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 XD 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-Super Duty and the Titan XD 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, available four-wheel drive, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

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-Super Duty’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Ford F-Super Duty’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

In the Ford F-Super Duty, the optional 6.7 turbo V8 diesel has a gear driven camshaft to prevent engine damage from a broken camshaft belt or chain. Gears don’t exert side forces against the camshaft that can wear the cam bearings. The engine in the Nissan all use chain or belt driven camshafts.

The F-Super Duty Gas 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 XD doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

The F-Super Duty 4x4 has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the Titan XD 4x4’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Super Duty first among large heavy duty pickups in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Titan XD isn’t in the top three in its category.

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-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 130 more horsepower (440 vs. 310) and 305 lbs.-ft. more torque (860 vs. 555) than the Titan XD’s 5.0 turbo V8 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The F-Super Duty Diesel Long Bed’s standard fuel tank has 11.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Titan XD (37.5 vs. 26 gallons).

The F-Super Duty 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 XD doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Ford F-Super Duty’s wheels have 8 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Nissan Titan XD only has 6 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-250 Long Bed Crew Cab’s wheelbase is 20.8 inches longer than on the Titan XD (172.4 inches vs. 151.6 inches).

For better maneuverability, the F-250 Regular Cab 4x4’s turning circle is 7.7 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (46.1 feet vs. 53.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The F-250 Regular Cab is 1 foot, 3.1 inches shorter than the Titan XD, making the F-Super Duty easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

F-Super Duty

Titan XD

Length (short/long)

81.8”/98”

77.9”

Max Width

69.3”

63”

Min Width

50.9”

50”

Height

20”

21.5”

The Ford F-Super Duty offers an optional tailgate step, which folds out and allows for much easier access to the cargo area. The Nissan Titan XD doesn’t offer a rear cargo step.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows available on both the F-Super Duty and the Titan XD have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the F-Super Duty is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Titan XD 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-Super Duty’s available exterior keypad (not available on F-Super Duty XL). The Titan XD doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

On extremely cold Winter days, the F-Super Duty Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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