2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs the 2021 Nissan Titan

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  • 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500

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    2021 Nissan Titan

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    277 - 420Horsepower (hp)400
    23 / 33Fuel Economy (city/hwy mpg)16 / 21
    13,300Towing Capacity (lbs)11,040

    A truck is more than a truck. It's a partner to help you succeed at work. It's a daily companion on the road of life. It's the getaway vehicle for all of your adventures. If the truck doesn't match your lifestyle or driving style, it becomes a little less amazing in the eyes of the driver. Luckily, we live in a day and age where drivers of pickup trucks have more choices than ever before, but when comparing the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs 2021 Nissan Titan, which one comes out top?

    Both the Chevy Silverado 1500 and the Nissan Titan are full-size trucks that take their purpose seriously. They come with plenty of power and room to stash, stow, load, and tow. Drivers can take advantage of the multiple trims, packages, and options to create a truck that truly fits them. But how do these full-size pickup trucks stack up next to each other? Every driver is going to know their own needs best, so take a look at both trucks together to determine which one is the right partner and companion for your needs.

  • Engines

    A red 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 TrailBoss is shown parked in the middle of a field after winning the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 vs the 2021 Nissan Titan.When it comes to engine options, it would seem that the odds are stacked in favor of the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500. For years, Chevrolet has offered its full-size pickup drivers an intense amount of options to allow them every opportunity to build exactly the right car for their purpose. Nissan takes a much more conservative stance with the 2021 Titan, providing just one engine for all models. If the standard Nissan engine works for you, that won't be a problem - but the Silverado definitely gives you more options for customization.

    Five Chevy Engines

    The base engine for the 2021 Silverado 1500 is a 4.3L V6 paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. It's good for 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. There are also several iterations of the now-traditional 5.3L V8 engine, which provides 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. When paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, drivers can expect up to 15 MPG on the city streets and 21 MPG on the highway. Pairing the same engine with an eight or ten-speed automatic transmission is also possible, giving drivers a bit more control and bumping fuel economy up to 17 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.

    If you want maximum efficiency out of a gasoline engine, look for the 2.7L turbo. This small but powerful option has 310 horsepower and gets 20 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. The final two engine options are a massive 6.2L V8 and a 3.0L Duramax turbodiesel. Both of these mighty engines offer the same 460 lb-ft of torque but give a very different feel to the truck. The gasoline V8 provides a remarkable all-around driving experience, thanks to its 420 horsepower, while the diesel is the peak of efficiency, getting up to 23 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway.

    A Lone V8

    Under the hood of the 2021 Nissan Titan is a 5.6L V8. This is a solid engine that slots in between the two Chevy V8 options, providing 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is also comparable at up to 16 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway. However, premium gasoline is required to coax the full 400 horses out of this Nissan engine. While it will run on cheaper regular gas, expect to be paying more if you want all the listed power.

  • Capability

    A red 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ is shown from the rear driving down a dirt path.For many full-size pickup truck drivers, horsepower is most important in how it relates to performance. Being able to tow large loads and stow sizable payloads is important, along with getting the right size and shape truck to get the job done.

    Towing Figures

    The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 offers several options for those who plan to do a significant amount of towing, as the maximum hauling capacity has been upgraded for the new model year.  The 2.7L turbo, for example, has been upgraded to tow up to 9,600 pounds. The beloved Duramax 3.0L turbodiesel can tow up to 9,500 pounds and is ideal for long-distance trailering with its best-in-class highway fuel economy. But if you want the most towing power possible out of your Silverado, then you will want to opt for the 6.2L V8, which can pull an incredible 13,300 pounds.

    The 2021 Nissan Titan only offers one engine, and its towing power is a bit less than the middle of the road Chevy 5.3L V8. The base Titan can pull up to 9,310 pounds, while the upgraded Titan XD can handle up to 11,040 pounds. In comparison, a Silverado with its 5.3L can tow up to 11,500 pounds.


    When it comes to bed and cab configurations, both trucks provide a variety of options to accommodate different passenger and payload needs.

    The Silverado 1500 Crew Cab is available with a 69.9-inch short bed or a 79.4-inch standard bed. The Double Cab is offered with the standard bed only, while the Regular Cab has the added option of a 98.1-inch long bed. Interior room varies based on the cab chosen, but all drivers will enjoy a spacious 43 inches of headroom and 44.5 inches of legroom in the front of all cabins.

    The 2021 Titan is only offered as a King Cab or a Crew Cab.  Both seat up to six when the front bench seat is chosen, with the difference being the rear cabin door.  The King Cab features a rear-hinged back door, while the Crew Cab includes four standard doors.  The King Cab is paired with a 6.5-foot bed while the Crew Cab includes a shorter 5.5 footbed - there is no option for a long bed. Inside, the headroom in the front seat measures 40.9 inches, with 41.8 inches of legroom.

  • Features

    The black interior and dashboard are shown in a 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country.A truck isn't the perfect companion without the right level of comfort and convenience features to help make the road more enjoyable. To that end, Chevrolet offers the 2021 Silverado 1500 in eight trims, while Nissan provides five trims for the 2021 Titan.

    Chevy Silverado Features

    Silverado starts things off with the Work Truck, or WT, trim. This is the most basic version of the truck, providing a standard 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. More convenience features, like cruise control and remote start, aren't standard until the Custom Trim. Moving up the trim levels unlocks even more abundant features, such as the off-road and trailering package that become available on the Custom Trail Boss trim or the remote start feature offered on the RST. The top-of-the-line High Country trim is a luxurious experience, providing 20-inch chromed alloy wheels, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, along with a premium Bose sound system and dual-zone automatic climate control.

    Some of the most coveted features of the Silverado include the power-operated tailgate and 12 standard tie-downs that make the bed area a fully functional workspace. Chevy has gone even further for 2021, with a Multi-Flex tailgate that brings even more functionality. The Multi-Flex tailgate will be available as an option for all trims and provides six different settings, from a load stop to a full-width step.

    Nissan Titan Features

    The 2021 Nissan Titan kicks things off at the S trim, which includes a touchscreen infotainment system, along with a cloth bench seat and manually adjustable seats and mirrors. The SV trim adds more NissanConnect infotainment features, along with heated mirrors and adaptive cruise control. The SL trim includes a Fender audio system and integrated command center, which provides a full 9-inch screen to control vehicle information, phone and audio, as well as navigation. The top Platinum Reserve trim leaves nothing on the table, including heated front and rear seats, wood interior, and 20-inch wheels.


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