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Ford F-150 vs Nissan Titan: Why did this Ford guy buy a Nissan?

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More bang for his buck? This F-150 owner made the switch to the Nissan Titan. (Photo by Tim Esterdahl)

When one of your followers tells you they’ve owned multiple F-150 trucks, have been watching your reviews of your own F-150, saw your comparison to the Nissan Titan and went out and bought a Titan, well, you’ve just got to interview a guy like that. Join Publisher Tim Esterdahl and his neighbor, Rob Ackerson as they talk about the Ford F-150 vs Nissan Titan.

Time for something different

Ackerson says he likes the uniqueness of the Nissan Titan. After years of owning F-150’s and seeing so many of them in his Midwest town he felt drawn to something a little less common in his area. The Titan Pro4X Esterdahl had recently reviewed really caught his eye, so he had to check it out.

Turns out, there is a reason Ackerson and Esterdahl don’t see many Titans in their area… the nearest Nissan dealerships are more than 80 miles away. And when you’re buying a truck that you’ll drive every single day, relying on it for transportation to your job, the distance to a dealership that will work on your truck is often a deciding factor. But Ackerson decided the risk was worth it for the truck he really wanted.

King Ranch Ford F-150 vs Nissan Titan Platinum

Having owned a King Ranch F-150 and having liked the two-tone leather interior with wood accents, Ackerson found himself drawn to the Platinum trim on the Titan. It includes all the luxurious features he has come to love — including woodgrain accents, heated seats and steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and comfortable seats for his long commutes.

He also feels like the Titan’s 5.6-liter V-8 engine is an upgrade from the EcoBoost’s V-6. He’s loving the throaty rumble as well as the extra power, and he says the 9-speed automatic transmission is no slouch. When it comes to fuel, Ackerson says he splits the difference and buys mid-grade fuel vs the premium because it doesn’t make that much difference in power or fuel economy — not enough to notice anyway.

Extra cool features

I learned something new watching this interview. Apparently the Nissan Titan has adjustable headlights, which allow you to move them up or down them if you’re pulling a heavy load, and the truck is no longer level. This way you’re not blinding oncoming traffic. This is just one of the cool features Ackerson loves on his new Titan.

Another feature he likes, and one I’ve personally used, is the tie-down system in the bed. There are adjustable cleats on the side rails and tracks in the floor of the bed that allow you to tie down anything. It’s genius.

The 5-year bumper-to-bumper warranty and 100,000-mile powertrain warranty are also big selling points for the Nissan Titan, and it gives buyers like Ackerson, who really depend on their trucks, peace of mind.

Saving money

When Ackerson shopped for compatible Fords, he found that to get something in his price range he would have to buy one of the lower trim levels. A lot lower than the King Ranch. Even the Lariat was averaging $70k. Ackerson was able to get the Nissan Titan Platinum for $64k before discounts and says the value was just so much higher with the Titan, which is loaded to the gills and saved $10-$15k off a comparable F-150.

Be sure to watch the video to see what it was like shopping for a truck during the current truck shortage. With everything from semiconductors to seat cushions and tires delaying the release of new trucks and driving up the prices, this is certainly an interesting time to buy new.


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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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