Full-size trucks have roared to the head of the pack among vehicle types in America. In fact, more trucks are sold in America today than any other vehicle, with the Ford F-150 leading the way, ranking number one for over 40 years. The Ford F-150 is the most popular truck built by Ford, mainly due to its size and versatility. It also hasn't hurt that Ford has been building trucks for over 100 years, putting all of those years of experience into the F-150. In contrast, the Nissan Titan is relatively new, having first been introduced in 2004. Still, over almost 20 years, Nissan has moved up in the ranks, producing a full-size truck known for its great assortment of standard features.
One thing that stands out comparing the 2022 Ford F-150 vs 2022 Nissan Titan is the attention to passenger comfort in these two trucks. They each feature their automakers' respective infotainment systems: Ford SYNC 4 with an 8-inch or 12-inch touchscreen and NissanConnect with an 8-inch or 9-inch touchscreen. These seamlessly integrate key truck information features with an interactive entertainment system, allowing you to connect your devices with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. In addition, both trucks come with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, except for the Tremor and Raptor trims on the F-150 and the PRO-4X on the Titan, all of which are 4x4 standard. Nevertheless, there are some key differences between these two pickup trucks.
When you are buying a full-size truck, you want to make sure it has the features you desire––or that they are at least available as an option. It is especially good if these features or systems are part of a specific trim level. This is why it can be crucial to pick out a truck that has more available trim levels since this will make it more likely that you will find one with everything you desire in your truck.
Ford offers the 2022 F-150 in eight different trim levels. These range from the base model XL to midrange trims like the XLT and Lariat, which have additional exterior and interior features. From there, there are three luxury trims––the King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited––with special leather interiors and premium audio systems, as well as exterior themes. These six trims are available with rear-wheel drive or 4x4. There are also two models that are dedicated to off-roading: the Tremor and Raptor. Each of these comes with 4x4 standard.
In contrast, your choices for the 2022 Nissan Titan are somewhat limited. The base model is the S, with one midrange model called the SV that adds a number of additional features. There is also the PRO-4X, which is dedicated to off-road performance, and the top-level Platinum Reserve, which adds a premium audio system. Each of these models comes with either rear-wheel drive or 4x4, except for the PRO-4X, which has standard four-wheel drive.
Cab configuration can also be an important part of deciding which truck suits your needs the most. For example, if you are looking to get the most out of towing or plan to use your truck primarily for work, then it pays to get one with a Regular Cab. This has two doors and one row of seats, reducing the overall weight of the truck.
While Ford offers the 2022 F-150 XL and XLT with a Regular Cab, Nissan does not offer this cab style on the 2022 Titan. Instead, the Titan S and SV are offered with a choice of King Cab or Crew Cab. The King Cab has two rows of seats, two full-size doors, and two pocket doors, while the Crew Cab comes with two rows of seats and four full-size doors. As a result, the Crew Cab has more rear-seat legroom.
Ford's version of the King Cab is the Super Cab, which it offers on the XL, XLT, and Lariat models. The SuperCrew design, which has four full-size doors, is available on the XL, XLT, and Lariat and standard on the King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, Tremor, and Raptor. Only the Nissan Titan PRO-4X and Platinum Reserve come with a standard Crew Cab. Once again, Ford offers you more options on the 2022 F-150.
Ford and Nissan have taken a markedly different approach to their respective full-size trucks when it comes to the choice of an engine. While the 2022 Nissan Titan features a single engine across all models, the 2022 Ford F-150 offers drivers a choice of six different engines.
The standard engine on the 2022 Nissan Titan is a 5.6-liter gasoline V8 producing 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque.
Unlike Nissan, Ford offers you six different engines to choose from on your 2022 F-150 pickup truck. The XL and XLT trims come equipped with a standard 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 gas engine. This features a combination of port-fuel and direct injection systems and uses automatic stop/start to improve fuel economy. As a result, it can deliver 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.
The F-150 Lariat features a standard 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. This also features the combination of port-fuel and direct injection but also adds a pair of turbochargers, giving this engine 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. This engine is available as an option on the XL and XLT trim.
Ford has equipped the F-150 King Ranch and Platinum trims with a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 gas engine. This engine has a new variable displacement engine technology that shuts off half of the cylinders when full power is not needed, improving fuel economy. This uses port-fuel and direct injection to achieve 400 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. You can also get this engine on the XL, XLT, and Lariat trims as an available option.
The fourth engine option on the 2022 Ford F-150 is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. This comes standard on the Limited and Tremor and is an available option on the five other trims. This produces a surprising 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, displaying incredible capability for a six-cylinder engine. The Raptor comes standard with a High Output version of this engine, producing 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque.
Finally, Ford offers all of the 2022 F-150 models, except for the Tremor and Raptor, with an available 3.5-liter PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6. This not only gives you exceptional fuel economy in a full-size truck; it also delivers an impressive 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque by marrying its turbocharged V6 gas engine with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery.
With gas prices high across the country, more and more drivers have become concerned about fuel economy. While the 2022 Nissan Titan delivers solid fuel economy numbers, it cannot compare to the fuel efficiency of the 2022 Ford F-150. No matter which trim, drivetrain, or engine option you choose, you will get better overall fuel economy on the 2022 F-150 than with the 2022 Titan.
For example, the F-150 with rear-wheel drive and the 3.3-liter V6 provides 21 MPG combined, significantly better than a front-wheel drive Titan, which gets only 18 MPG combined. Similarly, if you choose the same engines but with four-wheel drive, you will get 20 MPG combined on the F-150 compared to only 18 MPG combined on the Titan.
You see this across the board on the F-150, with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 providing 22 MPG combined, while the 5.0-liter V8 and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 deliver 20 MPG combined. If you want the best fuel economy, you can choose to equip your F-150 with the available 3.5-liter PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6, giving you 25 MPG combined with rear-wheel drive and 23 MPG combined with four-wheel drive.
One of the biggest reasons to buy a full-size pickup truck is the ability to tow large trailers and haul heavy payloads. Few other vehicle types can give you the utility you are going to find in a full-size truck. While different sizes of payload beds, drivetrains, and cab configurations will tweak the numbers somewhat, the choice of engine will have the biggest impact on the maximum weight your truck can tow and haul.
Since the 2022 Nissan Titan has a standard engine across all trim levels, it locks you into one set of capabilities. No matter which model you buy, the maximum payload on the 2022 Titan is only 1,690 lbs. Further, this truck's maximum tow rating is a relatively low 9,320 lbs. In contrast, each of the five available engines on the 2022 Ford F-150 can allow the Ford to carry more payload and tow heavier trailers.
If you choose the F-150 XL or XLT with a base 3.3-liter V6, the most you can tow is 8,200 lbs, slightly less than the Titan. However, the F-150 with this engine can allow you to carry up to 1,985 lbs of payload, significantly more than the 2022 Nissan Titan. Each of the other four engines on the 2022 Ford F-150 beat the Titan in both towing and hauling.
If you get a 2022 F-150 with the 2.7-liter V6, you can tow up to 10,100 lbs and carry up to 2,480 lbs of cargo. This increases to 13,000 lbs of towing and 3,325 lbs of payload with the 5.0-liter V8 gas engine.
The champ when it comes to towing is the 2022 Ford F-150 with the 3.5-liter V6. This engine can allow you to tow up to a best-in-class 14,000 lbs and carry 3,250 lbs of cargo. Even the F-150 with the economical 3.5-liter PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6 delivers better utility than the Nissan Titan, capable of towing 12,700 lbs and carrying 2,120 lbs of cargo. Not only that, but you will get exceptional fuel economy on your F-150 with this hybrid.