2020 Ford F-150
2020 Nissan Titan
|450 HP||Max. Horsepower||400 HP|
|510 LB. FT.||Torque||413 LB. FT.|
|13,200 lbs||Towing Capacity||9,370 LBS.|
When looking at different trucks, it is important to figure out what you need in terms of power and performance before you even start shopping. Once you know what you need, however, it can still be difficult to see everything that is out there and figure out which model is best for you. That is why it can be very helpful to pick a couple of models that are comparable in terms of class and compare them directly to see how they stack up. For example, consider the 2020 Ford F-150 vs 2020 Nissan Titan as two popular full-size pickups.
Although these trucks are pretty similar in terms of overall size and design – they are both full-size, light-duty pickups – there are some very big differences between them. For example, the Ford F-150 has six different engine options for you to choose from so you can get exactly the degree of power that you need, while the Titan has only one engine available. While that might be alright if that one engine blew away anything the F-150 had to offer, sadly, it does not, and the Ford pickup offers you much more power.
The more powerful engines you can get with the 2020 F-150 translates directly to better performance, as the Ford truck has greater towing and payload capabilities. While the Nissan Titan does its best, it simply falls short in many ways that demonstrate why the Ford F-150 has been the most popular truck in America for decades. And while the Nissan might have one or two nice details inside that let it stand out a bit, overall, the F-150 comes out on top.
Engines and Power
When looking at a full-size pickup, even a light-duty one like these two, the engine is important. Much of how a truck performs and the power it offers depend on the engine, so you should take a good look at the engine in any truck you consider. While the number of available engines is not everything, more options make it easier for you to get exactly what you are looking for and need in a truck.
Engines on the F-150
With that in mind, the 2020 Ford F-150 has six different engines for you to choose from, including a diesel option and two versions of a powerful EcoBoost engine. The starting option is a 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 engine that provides you with up to 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. This is followed by a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine that offers up to 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.
From there, you can choose a 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine that can offer up to 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. There is also a 3.0L Power Stroke Turbo-Diesel V6 engine available, which offers up to 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. You can also choose a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine that provides up to 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Finally, there is a High-Output version of this engine available that offers up to 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque.
One Engine on the Titan
By comparison, the 2020 Nissan Titan falls pretty short with only a single engine – there are no other available or optional engines with the Titan. It is a V8 engine similar to the one in the 2019 model, except it has been upgraded to offer up to 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. As you can see, that is certainly more power than the starting engine in the 2020 Ford F-150, but the available 5.0L V8 engine in the F-150 comes pretty close to matching it. If you choose the most powerful engine in the Ford truck, then it is not even a competition – the F-150 offers 50 hp and nearly 100 lb-ft of torque more than the Titan can muster.
While the new 9-speed automatic transmission in the 2020 Nissan Titan is good, Ford once again surpasses that with its available 10-speed automatic transmission. That might not be a huge difference, but it is something to consider when looking at your options.
Towing and Payload
If you look at the engines in the 2020 Ford F-150 and see it offers much more power, then you might think it also has greater towing and payload capacities. You would be correct. In both respects, the F-150 comes out on top over the 2020 Nissan Titan.
When properly configured with the available 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine, the 2020 F-150 has a maximum towing capacity of up to 13,200 lbs. By comparison, according to current information, the 2020 Nissan Titan has a maximum towing capacity of just 9,370 lbs when properly configured for optimal towing. While that is still a lot, you can see that it falls nearly 4,000 lbs short of what the Ford truck can offer.
If you configure the 2020 Ford F-150 with the right setup and the available 5.0L V8 engine, then it has a maximum payload of up to 3,270 lbs. Nissan has not yet revealed the maximum payload for the 2020 Titan, but we can look at the 2019 model to see what we can expect. The maximum payload for the 2019 Titan is 1,930 lbs, and there is no reason to believe the 2020 model will greatly improve upon that. That means you can get well over 1,000 lbs greater payload with the Ford F-150, which makes a huge difference if you need to load your truck up with a ton of cargo.
Technology in the F-150
While powerful engines and serious muscle are what we look for first in our pickup trucks, it is still worthwhile to take a look inside and see what they have to offer. The 2020 Ford F-150 has great available interior features and options, including dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, wood interior trim accents, and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel. There is an 8-inch productivity display in the driver’s dashboard, while an available 10-speaker B&O Premium sound system really creates a fantastic driving experience.
Technology in the Titan
This is actually one area where Nissan has done well with the 2020 Titan, and its interior features are quite good. They include an available 9-inch touchscreen display, USB-C ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The interior has been updated quite a bit this year as part of a mid-generation refresh, so it looks quite good. Overall there are not huge differences between these two trucks, but for once, the Nissan Titan manages to keep up with the F-150.
Safety Features on the F-150
Any vehicle you choose needs to be able to keep you safe on the road. The 2020 Ford F-150 has some excellent safety features, including multiple airbags and hill descent control. Available safety features include a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, which includes additional coverage for your trailer when you are towing. There is also an available lane-keeping system, and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking. The 2020 F-150 also has Ford’s innovative Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which lets you adjust your trailer when backing up by turning a knob inside the cabin, letting you more easily backup to right where you need to be.
Safety Features on the Titan
The 2020 Nissan Titan also includes an impressive array of safety features. These include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, rear cross traffic alert, and a blind spot warning. The Titan also includes lane departure warning and high beam assist. The lack of Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist can be a big issue if you do a lot of towing, as it truly makes it far easier to back up with a trailer while driving the 2020 Ford F-150.