GMC Sierra HD Vs. Nissan Titan HD

By Justin Cupler | July 24th, 2019

Sometimes a standard pickup just isn’t enough for you. That’s where heavier-duty pickups like the 2019 GMC Sierra HD and the 2019 Nissan Titan XD come in with their superior hauling abilities. Which of these pickups is better for our Delray Beach area buyers? Find out below. 

Exterior

The GMC Sierra HD is set for a full redesign in 2020, but it hasn’t arrived yet. The current GMC Sierra HD arrived in 2014 with new projector headlights, a bold grille, new bumpers, and more pronounced wheel flares, and more. This not only gave the Sierra HD a new look, but it also gave it a more rugged appearance. Like the rest of the GMC lineup, the Sierra HD has a premium-looking Denali trim with loads of chrome exterior accents and large chrome wheels. 

The Nissan Titan XD debuted in 2016 as an all-new mid-duty pickup truck. It boasts a rugged look with its large, blocky grille, chunky headlights, and large fender vents, but the rest of the Titan XD is relatively simple in design with only a few body lines and creases. Like the Sierra HD, the Titan XD has a premium look with dark-chrome accents and 20-inch dark-chrome wheels in its range-topping Platinum Reserve trim. 

In terms of size, the 2019 GMC Sierra HD is significantly larger than the Titan XD. It also has a more robust lineup of bed and cab options to match nearly any buyer’s needs. 

 

Measurement 2019 GMC Sierra HD 2019 Nissan Titan XD Difference
Length 230 to 258.4 inches 231 to 243.6  inches 1 to +14.8 inches
Width 80.5 inches 78 to 79.5 inches +1 to +2.5
Height 77.8 to 78.2 inches 77.1 to 78.9 inches -0.7 to +0.7 inches 
Wheelbase 144.2 to 167.7 inches 139.8 to 151.6 inches +4.4 to +16.1 inches
Ground Clearance
8 to 9.5 inches
Curb weight 6,199 to 7,620 pounds 6,306 to 7,470 pounds +107 to +150 inches

 

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Titan XD

  • Smaller and easier to manage
  • Rugged-looking PRO-4X model

Advantage: 2019 GMC Sierra HD

  • Standard HID headlights
  • Standard movable cargo tie-downs
  • Luxurious Denali trim

Interior

Inside, the GMC Sierra HD’s cabin is relatively simple, but even with its simplicity, there are plenty of advanced standard features. These include a six-speaker AM/FM audio system, the GMC Infotainment System, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming. Despite its upscale features, the 2019 Sierra HD also has plenty of basic, work-ready features, including vinyl flooring, cloth seats in the 2500, and vinyl seating in the 3500 model. 

The Nissan Titan XD also has a relatively basic cabin with a simple, upright dash, but it boasts added style in its uniquely shaped air vent bezels and dash topper. Like the Sierra HD, the Titan XD has a wide range of premium tech goodies, including a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, remote keyless entry with push-button start, a four-speaker AM/FM/SiriusXM/MP3/WMA/CD audio system, Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio, and more. Also like the GMC Sierra HD, the Titan XD has some work-ready standard features, including easy-to-clean vinyl flooring. 

The 2019 GMC Sierra HD is larger than the Titan XD in almost every dimension, which leads to a cabin with more room in all the key measurables. The biggest differences come in legroom, as the Sierra HD’s front seats have an extra 3.5 inches, and the rear seats have an extra 9.8 inches in the Double Cab body and 2.4 inches in its Crew Cab model. 

 

Measurement 2019 GMC Sierra HD 2019 Nissan Titan XD Difference
Front headroom 42.8 inches 40.9 to 41 inches +1.8 to +1.9 inches
Front legroom 45.3 inches 41.8 inches +3.5 inches
Front shoulder room 64.8 inches 63.3 inches +1.5 inches
Front hip room 60.7 inches 60.8 inches -0.1 inches
Rear headroom (Double Cab/King Cab) 38.7 inches 38.7 inches
Rear legroom (Double Cab/King Cab) 34.6 inches 24.8 inches +9.8 inches
Rear shoulder room (Double Cab/King Cab) 64.3 inches 64.6 inches -0.3 inches
Rear hip room (Double Cab/King Cab) 60.2 inches 59.4 inches +0.8 inches
Rear headroom (Crew Cab) 40.5 inches 40.4 inches +0.5 inches
Rear legroom (Crew Cab) 40.9 inches 38.5 inches +2.4 inches
Rear shoulder room (Crew Cab) 64.3 inches 63.6 inches +0.7 inches
Rear hip room (Crew Cab) 60.2 inches 60.3 inches -0.1 inches

 

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Titan XD

  • More value for the features
  • Unique-looking PRO-4X trim

Advantage: 2019 GMC Sierra HD

  • Roomier cabin
  • Noise-cancellation tech keeps things quiet

Performance

Heavy-duty pickups need all the power they can get, and the 2019 GMC Sierra HD and 2019 Nissan Titan XD have that in gobs. The Titan comes standard with a 5.6-liter V-8 with 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. There is also an optional 5.0-liter Cummins turbo-diesel V-8 with 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. 

The 2019 GMC Sierra HD has less base power with its 6.0-liter V-8 pumping out 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Where the Sierra HD wins is with its optional 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 that cranks out a whopping 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque.                                      

Towing and payload is a huge deal in this class, and the Titan XD is respectable with up to 11,680-pound towing capacity and a 2,690-pound payload capacity with its gasoline engine. With its diesel engine, the towing jumps to 12,830 pounds, but the payload capacity falls to 2,490 pounds due to the added heft of the diesel engine. 

The 2019 GMC Sierra HD boasts a 14,200-pound towing capacity and a 2,803-pound payload capacity with its standard 6.0-liter V-8. Opt for the diesel engine, and this heavy-duty pickup can tow up to 15,400 pounds and haul up to 3,186 pounds in its bed. 

 

2019 GMC Sierra HD 2019 Nissan Titan XD Difference
Engine 6.0-liter V-8 5.6-liter V-8
Horsepower 360 hp at 5,400 rpm 390 hp at 5,800 rpm -30 hp
Torque 380 lb-ft at 4,200 rpm 394 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm -14 lb-ft
Transmission 6-spd automatic 7-spd automatic
Driveline RWD (std) / 4WD (opt) RWD (std) / 4WD (opt)
Towing capacity 14,200 pounds (Double Cab w/ 8-foot bed 2WD) 11,680 (single cab) +2,520 pounds
Payload capacity 2,803 pounds 2,690 (King Cab) +113 pounds
MPG City
MPG Highway
MPG Combined
Optional engine 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V-8 5.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8
Horsepower 445 hp at 2,800 rpm 310 hp at 3,200 rpm +135 hp
Torque 910 lb-ft at 1,600 rpm 555 lb-ft at 1,600 rpm +355 lb-ft
Transmission 6-spd automatic 6-spd automatic
Driveline RWD (std) / 4WD (opt) RWD (std) / 4WD (opt)
Towing capacity 15,400 pounds (2WD w/ 66” box gooseneck) 12,830 (single cab gooseneck) +2,570 pounds
Payload capacity 3,186 pounds 2,490 pounds (single cab) +696 pounds
MPG City
MPG Highway
MPG Combined

 

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Titan XD

  • Superior base power
  • Off-road-ready PRO-4X trim

Advantage: 2019 GMC Sierra HD

  • Potent diesel engine
  • Huge towing and payload capacity

Pricing and Features

The 2019 GMC Sierra HD has four trim levels — Base, SLE, SLT, and Denali — with starting prices ranging from $39,695 to $58,095.

 

Because its optional diesel engine has trim levels of its own, there are 12 trim levels in the 2019 Nissan Titan XD lineup: S, S Diesel, SV, SV Diesel, SV Midnight Edition Diesel, PRO-4X, PRO-4X Diesel, SL, SL Diesel, SL Midnight Edition Diesel, Platinum Reserve, Platinum Reserve Diesel. Their starting prices range from $32,990 to $65,410.

2019 GMC Sierra HD Key Features and Pricing by Trim

2500 Base: $39,695

  • Double Cab body
  • 6.0-liter V-8 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel DuraLife disc brakes
  • Automatic locking rear differential
  • External engine oil and transmission coolers
  • Movable upper cargo tie-downs
  • Two front recovery hooks
  • Integrated trailer-brake controller
  • Trailer hitch with a 2-inch receiver
  • Four- and seven-pin connectors
  • 17-inch painted steel wheels
  • Cab-mounted cargo area lights
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Chrome bumpers
  • CornerStep rear bumper
  • Daytime running lights
  • EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate
  • HID projector-beam headlights with LED signature lighting
  • Manual-extending trailer mirrors
  • 3.5-inch monochromatic driver-information center
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • GMC Infotainment System
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Voice command
  • USB data port
  • Auxiliary input
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • 40/20/40 split-folding front bench seat
  • Full-width folding rear bench seat
  • Tilt steering column
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows
  • Rubberized vinyl floor
  • Cloth seating
  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver

 

3500 Base: $42,295

  • All 2500 Base features, plus
  • Crew Cab format
  • 18-inch painted steel wheels
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat
  • Vinyl seating
  • OnStar delete

 

2500 SLE: $45,095

  • All 2500 Base features, plus
  • 17-inch machined aluminum wheels
  • Black, power vertical trailer mirrors with amber running lights
  • Body-color body-side moldings
  • Body-color door handles
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • LED bed lighting
  • Rear wheelhouse liners
  • Remote-locking tailgate
  • 4.2-inch multicolor driver-information center
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM/HD Radio audio system
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Gesture recognition
  • Carpeted flooring
  • Front underseat storage
  • Rubberized front floor mats
  • GMC Connected Access
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat
  • Remote keyless entry
  • OnStar

 

3500 SLE: $47,995

  • All 2500 SLE features, plus
  • 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels

 

SLT: $51,995

  • All SLE features, plus
  • Digital steering assist
  • 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels
  • Chrome bodyside moldings
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome mirror caps
  • Fog lights
  • Power, heated mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Leather front seats
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Remote ignition
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Universal home remote
  • Theft-deterrent system

 

Denali: $58,095

  • Electric power steering
  • Transfer-case shield
  • 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels
  • 6-inch chrome assist steps
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Spray-on bed liner
  • Navigation
  • 8-inch color, customizable driver-information center
  • Six-speaker Bose audio system
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Front floor console
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Perforated leather seating
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Safety-alert rear seat
  • Front and rear parking sensors

2019 Nissan Titan XD Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $32,990

  • Single Cab format
  • 5.6-liter V-8
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Hill-start assist
  • Brake assist
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • 17-inch silver-metallic steel wheels
  • Black bumpers
  • Black front grille
  • Black door handles
  • Black mirrors
  • Sliding rear window
  • Fixed cargo-bed tie-downs
  • LED cargo bed lights
  • Dampened tailgate
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth hands-free 
  • Hands-free text messaging
  • Air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry with push-button start
  • Cruise control
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Power windows with front one-touch up/down
  • Power door locks
  • Manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Vinyl flooring
  • 40/20/40 split front bench seat with flip-up center seat with armrest
  • Cloth seating
  • Black interior door handles
  • Black interior trim
  • Four-speaker AM/FM/SiriusXM/MP3/WMA/CD audio system
  • 7-inch color touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • Auxiliary input
  • Two front 
  • USB ports
  • Rearview monitor
  • Vehicle security system
  • Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System

 

SV: $37,090

  • All S features, plus
  • King Cab format 
  • Front tow hooks
  • Chrome bumpers
  • Body-color front grille
  • Chrome door handles
  • Side mirrors with puddle lights
  • Class-IV tow hitch with four- and seven-pin wiring harness
  • Fine-vision gauges
  • Advanced Drive-Assist display
  • Interior mood lighting
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Carpeted flooring
  • Stain-resistant cloth seating
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Silver metallic interior trim
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Trailer light check
  • Integrated gooseneck hitch with seven-pin in-bed wiring harness

 

S Diesel: $38,620

  • All S features, plus
  • 5.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Advanced Drive-Assist Display

 

SV Diesel: $43,230

  • All SV features, plus
  • 5.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear tinted glass

 

PRO-4X: $47,210

  • All SV features, plus
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Switch-operated two-speed transfer case
  • Hill-descent control
  • Electronic locking rear differential
  • Bilstein off-road performance shocks
  • 18-inches dark-finished aluminum wheels
  • Oil pan skid plate
  • Fuel tank skid plate
  • Transfer case skid plate
  • Lower radiator skid plate
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • LED signature lighting
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Fog lights
  • Two-tone exterior paint
  • Gun Metallic-painted bumpers
  • Gun-Metallic-painted wheel-arch moldings and rocker panels
  • Black door handles
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Spray-on bed liner
  • Navigation
  • Voice recognition
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear air-conditioning vents
  • Nissan Intelligent Key with door-handle touch lock/unlock
  • Courtesy proximity lighting
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Center-console-mounted 120-volt power outlet
  • Front overhead storage console
  • Fold-flat rear floor
  • Front captain’s chairs
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-fold-up rear seat
  • PRO-4X embroidered seats with white stitching
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Silver-metallic interior trim with metallic-in-mold trim
  • Chrome interior accents
  • Contrast stitching on the center console cover, armrest, and instrument panel
  • Carpeted floor mats with PRO-4X logo
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear-door alert

 

PRO-4X Diesel: $52,340

  • All PRO-4X features, plus
  • 5.0-liter diesel V-8 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission

 

SL: $54,200

  • All SV features, plus
  • Crew Cab format
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Switch-operated two-speed transfer case
  • 20-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Removable front aero spoiler
  • Oil pan skid plate
  • Fuel tank skid plate
  • Front tow hooks
  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • LED signature lighting
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Fog lights
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Chrome-finish grille
  • Power, heated, chrome mirrors
  • Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
  • Running boards
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Adjustable tie-down cleats
  • Spray-on bed liner
  • Bed-mounted 120-volt power outlet
  • LED under-rail bed lighting
  • Tailgate-area lighting
  • Navigation
  • NissanConnect Services by SiriusXM
  • Voice recognition
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear climate-control vents
  • Nissan Intelligent Key with touch-to-lock/unlock door handles
  • Remote ignition with intelligent climate control
  • Proximity-activated courtesy lighting
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Center-console-mounted 120-volt power outlet
  • Lockable rear-seat organizer
  • Fold-flat rear floor
  • Front captain’s chairs
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors
  • Leather seating
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Chrome interior door locks
  • Silver metallic and wood-tone interior trim
  • Chrome interior accents
  • Contrast stitching on the center console cover, armrest, and instrument panel
  • 12-speaker Fender Premium audio system
  • 7-inch color display
  • Two rear USB charging ports
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 360-degree camera

 

SV Midnight Edition Diesel: $54,565

  • All SV Diesel features plus
  • Crew Cab format
  • Midnight Edition Black 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • LED signature headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Fog lights with black surrounds
  • Black-trimmed headlights
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Black door handles
  • Black Midnight Edition badging
  • Black step rails
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Adjustable in-bed cargo tie-downs
  • Bed-mounted 120-volt power outlet
  • LED under-rail bed lighting
  • Tailgate area lighting
  • Navigation
  • Nissan voice recognition
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear air-conditioning vents
  • Nissan Intelligent Key with door handle one-touch lock/unlock
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Homelink universal home remote
  • Center-console-mounted 120-volt power outlet
  • Front captain’s chairs with configurable center console
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Black interior door handles
  • Charcoal interior trim
  • Two rear USB charging ports
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

SL Diesel: $59,530

  • All SL features, plus
  • 5.0-liter diesel engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission

 

Platinum Reserve: $60,080

  • All SL features, plus
  • 20-inch dark-chrome-clad aluminum wheels
  • Two-tone exterior paint
  • Titanium-painted bumpers
  • Titanium-painted wheel-arch moldings and rocker panels
  • Dark-chrome-finish grille
  • Dark-chrome door handles
  • Dark-chrome mirrors
  • Reverse-gear tilt-down mirrors
  • Dark-chrome tailgate finisher with Platinum Reserve badging
  • Dark Chrome running boards
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Premium two-tone leather seating with Platinum Reserve logos
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood-tone insert
  • Dark metallic trim with open-pore wood accents
  • Dark chrome interior accents
  • Center console with Platinum Reserve logo
  • Carpeted floor mats with Platinum Reserve logos
  • Metallic kick plats with Platinum Reserve logos

 

SL Midnight Edition Diesel: $60,780

  • All SL Diesel features, plus
  • Midnight Edition black 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Black-trimmed headlights
  • Black fog light surrounds
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color front grille
  • Black door handles
  • Power, heated, black mirrors
  • Black Midnight Edition badging
  • Black step rails
  • Charcoal interior trim

 

Platinum Reserve Diesel: $65,410

  • All Platinum Reserve features, plus
  • 5.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Heated outboard rear seats

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan Titan XD?

Need a truck that can haul a more than a standard pickup but not quite as bulky as a heavy-duty rig? The 2019 Nissan Titan XD is a great midpoint between the two segments. It also provides tremendous value with its $32,990 base price. 

Who Should Buy the 2019 GMC Sierra HD?

Got a big trailer to haul? Need a truck that can handle your entire to-do list without breaking a sweat? The 2019 GMC Sierra HD is the truck for you. 

 

Whether you’re hauling a trailer to Delray Beach, heading to a job site in Boca Raton, or just need a truck to commute to Deerfield Beach daily? The 2019 GMC Sierra can handle that and more without breaking a sweat. Head down to Delray Buick GMC in Fort Pierce today to test drive the 2019 Sierra HD and see what it can offer you. Can’t make it to our showroom today? Navigate to our online showroom, find a few in-stock 2019 Sierra HD models that suit your needs, and schedule a future test drive.