2020 Ram 1500 vs 2020 Nissan Titan – Costa Mesa, CA

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  • 2020 Ram 1500

    A white 2020 Ram 1500 Tradesman is angled left on a white background.

    Starting at

    $32,145

    2020 Nissan Titan

    A silver 2020 Nissan Titan is facing right.

    Starting at

    $36,190

    480Max Torque (lb-ft)413
    2,300Max Payload (lbs)1,680
    12"Infotainment Screen Size9"

    When looking at full-size trucks, you have a lot of options available to choose from, since it is one of the most popular and competitive segments in the market. Figuring out which model is right for you can be tricky, but it often helps to narrow down your options to just a couple choices and compare them head to head to see which one is a better fit for what you need. Looking at the 2020 Ram 1500 vs 2020 Nissan Titan, for example, reveals that while these are both great trucks, the Ram 1500 is simply superior in some very important ways.

    Nissan often brags about the starting features on their Titan, and with good reason: the starting features and performance are certainly impressive. Where it cannot keep up with the 2020 Ram 1500, however, is in terms of available options and upgrades. If you are only interested in starting features, then the 2020 Nissan Titan is fine, but once you look at everything you can get in the Ram 1500, the Titan falls short while also costing more to start. For example, the Titan has one engine available, while the Ram 1500 has four engines you can choose from, including a diesel option.

    Similarly, the standard interior features in the Titan are good, but the 2020 Ram 1500 has available features inside that simply blow it away. You can get a massive, 12-inch Infotainment display, a gorgeous 7-inch driver display with 3D graphics, and a stunning 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system in the Ram 1500, all of which leaves the features in the 2020 Nissan Titan far behind. Combine all that with tremendous power and performance, including greater towing and payload capacities, and the 2020 Ram 1500 is an easy choice. Visit us at Orange Coast CJDRF today and see the incredible Ram 1500 for yourself.

  • Performance

    A red 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel is parked on a rocky trail with mountain views.

    Calling the engine the “heart” of your pickup truck is no exaggeration and a pretty good way to understand its importance when choosing the right model. With a full-size truck, you want an engine that is powerful enough to make driving it enjoyable, and that delivers enough muscle to handle any tasks you have. Having more options is typically a good thing since there is rarely a perfect choice that is ideal for everyone.

    Variety of Ram Engines

    With the 2020 Ram 1500, you have four different engines to choose from, starting with a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine with eTorque, which delivers up to 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The eTorque is a mild hybrid system that features an electric motor on the engine to help boost torque and overall performance at low speeds. There is also an available 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine that offers up to 280 hp and a stunning 480 lb-ft of torque for incredible towing performance and excellent fuel economy.

    You can also choose a powerful 5.7L HEMI V8 engine that delivers 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque for a great driving experience. Finally, you can pick a version of this HEMI V8 engine with eTorque for boosted overall performance, especially at lower speeds. No matter which engine you choose, it comes paired with a TorqueFlight 8-speed automatic transmission that makes it an absolute joy to drive.

    The Titan's Engine

    In comparison, the 2020 Nissan Titan only has one engine to offer. This is a 5.6L V8 engine that offers up to 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, which comes paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. To be completely fair, that is a solid engine that delivers a good amount of power and torque, which is nice to see and may justify some of the added cost of the baseline Titan compared to the Ram 1500. That being said, if you want a different engine, such as a diesel option, then you are out of luck.

  • Towing and Payload

    A grey 2020 Ram 1500 is towing a boast past the ocean near Costa Mesa, CA, after winning the 2020 Ram 1500 vs 2020 Nissan Titan comparison.

    One of the biggest reasons to choose a truck is for the excellent functionality it provides that you will not find with other types of vehicles. In particular, towing and payload are very important for getting the most out of your truck, and you should always go for greater maximums than you need, just to be safe. While “towing” refers to how much weight you can pull behind your pickup, “payload” indicates the total weight you can load into and on it, including in the cab and in the truck’s bed.

    How Strong is the Ram 1500?

    With the Ram 1500, your maximum towing and payload depend on configuration, but since you have four engines to choose from, they greatly impact your towing potential. The only option the Nissan Titan can beat is the standard 3.6L V6 engine in the Ram 1500. If you choose the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine, with its incredible torque, then you get up to 12,560 lbs of towing capacity, while the HEMI V8 engine with eTorque pushes that to 12,750 lbs. That is a huge boost over what the Nissan Titan has to offer, as we will see momentarily.

    In terms of payload, the 2020 Ram 1500 has a high-strength steel frame designed to handle a heavy load. When properly configured, the Ram 1500 has a maximum payload of up to 2,300 lbs.

    What About the Titan?

    The 2020 Nissan Titan, when properly equipped for it, offers up to 9,370 lbs of maximum towing capacity with the King Cab option – if you choose a Crew Cab, then that goes down to 9,350 lbs. The maximum payload capacity of the Titan is similarly dependent on the right configuration, with a limit of 1,680 lbs for a King Cab and 1,630 lbs for a Crew Cab. Those numbers are decent and certainly better than a lot of smaller, midsize trucks, but they fall short of what you can get with the 2020 Ram 1500.

  • Interior

    The white and black interior of a 2020 Ram 1500 is shown from above.

    While performance is undeniably important, the interior is arguably just as much so. Being comfortable and having the latest technology are both essential to the driving experience. Long and short rides can seem so much longer if you are uncomfortable or bored, which is why the interior plays a huge part in the truck-buying decision. What do these two trucks have to offer, though? Let’s find out.

    Inside the Ram 1500

    The Ram 1500 has become world-renowned for the incredible luxury and comfort available inside of it, and the 2020 model has taken that even further. Available features and options include 8-way power leather seating for the driver and front passenger, a gorgeous 12-inch Infotainment touchscreen display, and an available 19-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system. There is also an available 7-inch driver information digital cluster that utilizes full-color 3D graphics to ensure you always know what is going on with your vehicle, along with available interior active noise cancellation, numerous power outlets and USB ports, and an available 10-square-foot dual-pane panoramic sunroof.

    The Titan's Interior

    By comparison, the 2020 Nissan Titan does its best, but simply falls short. It has an available 9-inch infotainment display, which is pretty good but much smaller than what the Ram 1500 offers, an available 12-speaker Fender premium sound system, and a 7-inch driver-assist display. There is an 8-way power leather-appointed driver’s seat, with a 4-way power front passenger seat available, along with standard features like a rear door alert and Bluetooth connectivity. Overall, the interior of the Nissan Titan is fine, but compared to the rich luxury and technological sophistication of the 2020 Ram 1500, it fails to compete.

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