|277-420 HP||Horsepower||EST. 400 HP|
|305-460 LB. FT.||Torque||413 LB. FT.|
|12,200 LBS.||Towing Capacity||EST 9,370 LBS.|
When shopping for a pickup truck, you should never settle for less. Pick up trucks are meant to be both work and family vehicles, as their drivers tend to use all it has to give them. Whether towing campers cross country or hauling cargo across in the rear bed between construction sites, there is a lot of expectation out of the pickup truck. So, it should come as no surprise why our dealers and auto experts at Rick Hendrick Buick GMC of Duluth are so willing to compare our vehicles against the competition. GMC is a top-ranking automaker that designs top of the line pickup trucks that live up to initial expectations. However, vehicles like the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 have plenty of competition, including the 2020 Nissan Titan. To showcase the power, class, and value of GMC brand vehicles, we’re excited to explore the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2020 Nissan Titan.
For the pickup truck, engine performance is everything, and with the new GMC Sierra 1500, drivers have quite the collection of engine builds to choose from. Available in the SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4, and Denali, it’s clear that GMC wants to give drivers plenty of configurations so that they can design the pickup truck that matches their needs. So, it should be pretty understandable why GMC has included a 4-cylinder, a V6, and even a few V8 engines in their lineup.
Base models of the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 start impressively strong with a 4.3-liter V6 engine that puts out 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft worth of torque through a 6-speed automatic transmission. This entry-level power makes it an easy choice for those who are looking to add some serious muscle to their work fleet.
This base engine build is far from the end for the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500, as drivers also have the option of a downsized but still remarkably powerful four-cylinder engine in the form of a 2.7-liter turbo that is aimed at impressing with its output of 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. Available in either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive with an 8-speed automatic transmission, this is the ideal fit for the driver who wants their pickup to be one part muscle and two parts adventure vehicle. This fact is solidified when you consider that the 2.7L configuration can tow up to 6,900 pounds without breaking a sweat. A 6-cylinder 3.0-liter turbo diesel is also available, which gets 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, all while earning an incredible 34 mpg on the highway.
For drivers who want something a little beefier than a V6 or a turbo engine, there are two V8 options. Starting out the eight-cylinder family, which is only available in the SLT, AT4, and Denali models is a 5.3-liter V8 that sports an impressive 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. This magnitude of power is paired with four-wheel drive and is done smoothly with a 10-speed automatic transmission. With that much power at your disposal, it should come as no surprise that this initial V8 engine can tow a staggering 11,300 pounds behind its rear tailgate.
King of the hill for engine builds in the 200 GMC Sierra 1500 is a 6.2-liter V8 engine that spits out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque without a second thought. Partnered with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and available in four-wheel drive, this V8 build can top out towing capacity at around 12,200 pounds.
When stacked up alongside something as diverse as the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500, the Nissan Titan looks like a rather limited small fry. Across five trim options, which include the S, SV, Pro-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve is but a single powertrain. While the 2020 Nissan Titan doesn’t offer the same level of configuration, many drivers may be able to make do with the 5.6-liter V8 engine. This engine puts out 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque and is partnered by a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Even still, this one and only powertrain doesn’t outperform what is offered by the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500. While this may be refreshing for some drivers, this benefit is unlikely to appeal to a large number of potential buyers.
While you can upgrade the Nissan Titan into a more heavy-duty rig with the Pro-4X version offering some off-road gear into the mix, it is hardly a changeup. This fact is compounded when you consider that off-road performance on the 2020 Nissan Titan Pro-4X isn’t necessarily top-notch by any means.
While comfort is certainly less of a big deal for the pickup truck, it is certainly important for a wide range of drivers, as is cab and truck bed configuration. The Sierra 1500 can be tooled with a 69.9-inch, 79.4-inch, or 98.2-inch bed, based on the type of cab configuration that you select. You can also enjoy either a two-door or four-door setup as well, all depending on the type of cab you opt for as well. As is the case for most pickup trucks, front-seat passengers enjoy far more comfort than rear-seat passengers, but for the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500, that gap is less noticeable.
The interior amenities are quite refined within the 2020 GMC Sierra, as base models get power features, a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity. These interior luxuries only expand from there, and when you move all the way up to the Denali trim, you can find a premium array of features. Things like an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, cooled front seats, a wireless smartphone charger, heated rear seats, and a surround-view camera system create a driving experience that goes well beyond expectations.
The 2020 Nissan Titan makes some minor improvements on its overall value thanks to some decent interior materials and features. Truck bed sizing is comparable to the GMC Sierra 1500, with a 5.6 foot, 6.6 foot, and 8.2 foot bed all available. However, the lack of rear legroom is a heavy hit to the Nissan Titan’s comfort factor.
Interior tech has a small edge over the GMC Sierra 1500. Every model of the Nissan Titan comes equipped with a 8.0-inch touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which outsized the GMC Sierra 1500’s base screen by a whole inch. Nissan’s infotainment software, NissanConnect, gets the job done, and the option of a wireless charging station, a mobile hotspot, and an audio system designed by Fender, makes the Nissan Titan a worthwhile competitor in terms of interior features.
Safety tech in the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 is pretty incredible if you’re willing to pay the price. Base models come with the basics, including seatbelts, a rearview camera, rear seat reminder, teen driver, and airbags, which certainly gets the job done; however, you’ll need to upgrade to higher trims to get the full spread of active safety. If you’re willing to pay a higher sticker price though, you’ll find quite the package, including features like forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings with lane keep assist, blind spot monitors and rear-cross traffic alerts. The rear view camera system is also quite remarkable, giving drivers a clear view of everything behind their rear tailgate.
The 2020 Nissan Titan takes safety one step further by offering a slew of features as standard. No matter what model of the 2020 Nissan Titan you purchase, you’ll be getting automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitors, and rear cross traffic alerts. To get adaptive cruise control, and Nissan’s 360-degree camera, you’ll need to pay more, but the initial package makes for a fantastic start.