The best-selling truck in America for 43 straight years, the Ford F-150 continues to provide the capabilities, innovation, and value truck buyers demand. As if it was scripted, the 2021 version of the F-150 remains at the top of this year’s full-size truck rankings. However, the 2021 Nissan Titan has started gaining ground on the perennial champ by receiving Consumer Reports’ highest value rating.
Among trucks, size is a critical feature, and the Titan is big enough to worry F-150 lovers. Which one is actually bigger? Before getting out the yardstick, let’s take a look at the new features of each model.
New features on the 2021 Ford F-150
The 2021 Ford F-150 makes it possible to put together the combination of features truck buyers are looking for with three cab styles, three bed lengths, six powertrain options, and six trim levels. Included among powertrain options are more powerful 5.0-liter V8 and EcoBoost V6 engines as well as a new hybrid selection.
The summer roll-out of the F-150’s dirt-ready Tremor model has off-roaders salivating with eager anticipation. A new body design, an interior remodel, new tech features and infotainment, and an onboard generator option are additional upgrades features in the 2021 Ford F-150 to stir your interest.
What features are on the 2021 Nissan Titan?
In contrast to the F-150’s upgrades, Nissan made no major upgrades to the 2021 Titan; upgrades to the Nissan Titan came on the 2020 model. Those upgrades included a more muscular 400-hp V8 coupled to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which made the truck quicker and boosted its towing capabilities.
A 9.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features were highlights of the Titan’s interior redesign. Nissan invested in safety technology when redesigning their truck, making automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning standard features on the Nissan Titan. Its 5-year/100,000-mile warranty has taken the top spot in the class.
Which truck is bigger?
Just like all classes of cars, interior roominess matters to truck buyers, but bigger also means a higher payload. New Cars makes a comparison of the two 2021 models, giving the edge to the Ford F-150, noting its greater interior space. However, it is a pretty close match to call when you look at the actual measurements.
The external dimensions of the truck, as recorded by Kelley Blue Book, show less than a 0.5-inch difference in width between the larger F-150, but the Titan is 11 inches longer and just under 2.5 inches taller. Given those dimensions, how is the Ford F-150 bigger? It is bigger in how those dimensions are applied to the interior of the truck.
Although one could argue that the Nissan Titan’s 2,243-lb payload to the F-150’s 2,238 lbs means the Titan is bigger, but the Titan comes up short on interior space. The front and rear headroom are about equal on both trucks. However, the Ford F-150 surges ahead with an extra 2.0 inches of front legroom and 5.0 inches more rear legroom. The driver and passengers enjoy 3.0 inches of additional shoulder room in the F-150 than they do in the Titan as well.
An additional consideration related to size, which actually works against a longer truck, is the significant difference in turning diameter. The longer wheelbase on the Nissan Titan makes it more cumbersome to maneuver, requiring an additional 4.0 inches for turning than the Ford F-150.
Truck buyers looking for more space should choose the 2021 Ford F-150 over the Nissan Titan
The 2021 Nissan Titan is able to boast greater length and height as well as 5.0 additional pounds of payload capacity. However, when it comes to how the truck’s dimensions translate into riding comfort, the 2021 Ford F-150 has a significant advantage inside the truck. Consequently, truck buyers looking for more space should nod in the direction of the F-150.