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2019 Chevy Silverado vs 2019 Nissan Titan: A Battle of Brands

Brand loyalty is a big deal to a lot of consumers. In Brand Keys annual list of customer loyalty, six automotive companies made the top 100, including both Chevrolet and Nissan. If you are considering a 2019 Chevy Silverado vs 2019 Nissan Titan, and you are already in one of those camps, your mind might already be made up. If you are not in one of those camps, you might need a little info comparing and contrasting the two full sized trucks. Well we’re here to help.

Both pickup trucks are high quality vehicles and class leaders, and for good reason. They are both in the top ten in sales in the United States in their class. They both have loyal followings. They both have sleek designs and loads of features to offer drivers. Is one better than the other? We will let you decide.


Both the 2019 Chevy Silverado and the 2019 Nissan Titan have capable engines. However, the Titan only offers one engine option for the 2019 model. It is a 5.6 liter V8 that gets 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. It is a rather sizeable and capable engine, as it can tow up to 9,660 pounds and haul up to 1,860 pounds. However, it is the only one offered. If you are looking for a little variety in your engine options, the 2019 Nissan Titan is definitely not what you are looking for.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado, on the other hand, offers four engine options. The first, which will be available on the two lowest trim levels, the Work Truck and the Custom, is a 4.3 liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. It has a max towing capacity of 7,900 pounds and can haul up to 2,250. This is the oldest engine Chevy is currently producing and will be phased out after the 2019 model year.

The second engine on the 2019 Chevy Silverado is 2.7 liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder that gets 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. The third engine option on the Silverado is a 5.3 liter V8 that gets 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Its power numbers are comparable though slightly smaller than those of the 2019 Nissan Titan, but its towing and hauling reach 11,400 pounds and 2,020 pounds, respectively, which is massive increase from a relatively smaller engine. The fourth is the biggest engine, a 6.2 liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This engine also offers start/stop technology to maximize fuel efficiency. So, if optimal towing and hauling are what you are looking for in a full-sized pickup truck, the Chevy engines are the way to go as there won’t be much that this engine can’t handle.

A red 2019 Chevy Silverado driving off in a desert


Engine options are not the only way to customize your new pick-up truck. Trim levels are sometimes a good decider of what exactly you are looking for. Sometimes, however, the decision can be a little overwhelming and a bit much. The 2019 Nissan Frontier comes with five trim levels – the S, the SV, the PRO-4X, the SL and the Platinum Reserve. As goes with trim levels on any vehicle, features and amenities will increase as the trim levels go up. The base level trim comes with the usual suspects, such as power locks, one-touch down windows and six airbags. It also has such features as traction control, 2 USB ports and a Rear View Camera. The Platinum Reserve, the highest trim level, has about everything Nissan has to offer, including speed-sensitive volume, electronic stability and voice-activated navigation, plus loads more. Between the five trim levels and the cab sizes, there are a total of 18 configurations possible for the 2019 Nissan Titan.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado has eight total trim levels available. These include the Work Truck, the Custom, the LT, the RST, the Trail Boss, the LTZ, the LT Trail Boss and the High Country. As you might expect, these trim levels start out basic. The Work Truck is pretty much a bare bones vehicle, while the High Country is fully loaded with pretty much everything you could ask for. Some of these top-end perks include side assist steps that stretch from wheel to wheel and a power-up-and-down tailgate.

However, sometimes too many options can be an issue. Between the eight different trim levels, two of which are new to the 2019 model year, and all of the possible cab and bed sizes means you have a possible 42 configurations for the 2019 Chevy Silverado. That can be a lot to digest for a casual truck buyer. Add in all of the optional packages available, and you have all kinds of numbers and figures swimming around in your head. It can be confusing and somewhat frustrating. Compared to the slimmed down Nissan’s trim levels, Chevy can certainly look like too big a mountain to climb, however, those that want to get into the weeds and customize every aspect of their truck will be at home with all the possible configurations.


One interesting thing to note is that the Chevrolet Silverado will be going into a new generation in 2019. It will be entering its fourth generation in this model year and is expected to have a substantial overhaul. Everything from fascia to interior design will be updated. That being said, this new design is untested and unproven in the court of public opinion. Regardless of what we think, all too often new generations and updates fall flat with the public, even those loyal to a brand. The idea of driving a “first of its kind” model might appeal to many, particularly Chevy brand enthusiasts. That is something worth considering when looking at this model year as the aesthetics will be a large part of the purchase process.

One of the cooler things that the 2019 Nissan Titan will feature is Rear Door Alert. Rear Door Alert technology is relatively new, although it addresses a concern that has been around for as long as cars and trucks have had back seats. There have been a lot of news stories in the last several years of children being forgotten in back seats and being exposed to extreme hot and cold temperatures. These situations have led to injury and even death. Rear Door Alert technology was designed by two Nissan engineers, both of whom are mothers. This alert will set off the horn on the car, truck or SUV to remind the driver if he or she left something in the back seat. This system monitors the opening and closing of rear doors before and after a trip. If the rear doors are opened before, but not after the ignition has been turned off after a trip, the alert will sound. While other automakers, including Chevy, have instituted similar systems, Nissan will install this system as standard on all Nissan vehicles with four doors, or basically, any Nissan vehicle with a back seat.

When considering the choice between a 2019 Chevy Silverado and a 2019 Nissan Titan, it really is a matter of what exactly you are looking for. If a multitude of trim and engine options are important to you, the 2019 Chevy Silverado has a long list of each to choose from. If you are looking for a more simplified approach the 2019 Nissan Titan is probably more up your alley. Whichever you decide, we are sure you will find a lot to love about either of these top-of-the-line full-sized pickup trucks.

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