With the other major manufacturers producing diesel-powered light-duty trucks, including the Nissan Titan XD, it was only a matter of time before Ford would step into the arena of 1/2-ton diesel trucks. The new Ford F-150 with the 3.0-liter Power Stroke engine recently hit the dealerships, and after some research, we’ve found some info comparing it and the new Titan XD.
As you may know, the Titan XD comes equipped with the 5.0-liter V8 Cummins engine and we’re interested to see how the new 3.0-liter Power Stroke stacks up against another V8. We will go over the similarities and differences between the two and let you decide which you’d rather have.
Fuel Capacity, Mileage, and Range
Firstly, both trucks do pretty well for fuel mileage for being light-duty trucks with the heavier diesel engine, but the Ford F-150 Super Crew 4×4 takes the cake. The Ford holds 23 gallons of fuel, an estimated 25 MPG, and lasts up to 575-miles. Unfortunately for the Titan, it’s only dishing out 18 MPG and lasting 468-miles with a larger 26-gallon tank.
Max Tow Rating, Payload, And Engine Size
One very large factor when buying a truck is what its capable of. With the historic Cummins name, you would expect big numbers out of the Nissan and its 5.0-liter V8. The Nissan’s maximum towing rating is 12,030 pounds and a 2,000-pound maximum payload. The Ford and it’s smaller 3.0-liter engine is nearly even with the Nissan with a maximum towing capacity of 11,400 pounds and a maximum payload of 2,020 pounds.
Transmission, Horsepower, And Torque
It’s probably a personal preference on which transmission you would rather have, but the Nissan come with a more traditional six-speed transmission whereas the Ford comes equipped with a ten-speed automatic transmission. As for the horsepower and torque, the larger 5.0-liter Cummins is significantly stronger. Coming in at 310 horsepower and 555 lb/ft of torque over the Ford which only makes 250 horsepower and 440 lb/ft of torque.
Curb Weight And Base MSRP
With the new aluminum body, the Ford tips the scales at a much lower 5,320 pounds over the 6.987 pound Nissan. If weight is a concern for you, the Ford may be a better option for you. Something that is probably most important is the price. Honestly, before this research, we didn’t expect the outcome to be this close but facts are facts.The Ford F-150 diesel has a base MSRP of $46,410 which is barely more than the Nissan’s MSRP of $45,520.
It’s clear that both of these trucks will be flying out of the showroom floors, but which one are you leaning towards? Let us know in the comments below.