Whether you are choosing a new to yourself pre-owned reliable pickup for your daily commute or a larger heavy-duty truck for workloads and those tough projects, a bit of research into your available buying options is never a bad thing.
Let's help you out by looking at two latest generation full-size pickups that are available as pre-owned units, the Chevrolet Silverado, refreshed in 2022, and the Nissan Titan, last refreshed in 2020.
The Chevy Silverado was first introduced in 1999 and is offered by GM as a full-size series of pickup trucks, chassis cab trucks, and medium-duty trucks. The Silverado is in its fourth generation, which was introduced for the 2019 model year. It is interesting to note that the Silverado is one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States vehicle market, with over 12 million sold since its introduction.
First introduced in September 2003, the first generation Titan was produced until the end of 2015, when the second generation was introduced, with this model being subsequently refreshed in 2020.
Both these trucks slot into the full-size truck category, and as such, buyers are normally looking for useful load capacity and towing capability.
Looks are always going to be subjective, with both trucks offering chunky masculine styling befitting trucks with lengths up to 6'6" or 241.2 inches for the Silverado crew cab.
The Chevy Silverado is available in a regular cab and a double or crew cab configuration, and the last refresh in 2022 saw a new front end being fitted. The second-generation Titan range was made available in two forms, a regular version, and the XD. The XD version is built on the Nissan commercial vehicle's heavy-duty frame.
Three different passenger cab styles are on offer for both the regular Titan and Titan XD: a two-door regular cab, a four-door King or extended Cab, and a four-door crew or double Cab.
All important performance figures reveal a choice of six different engine options for the Chevrolet Silverado range. Engine fitment is dependent upon trim level.
The base engine fitted on lower trim levels is a 285-horsepower (213 kW; 289 PS), 4.3-liter EcoTec3 FlexFuel-Capable V6 gasoline engine. The standard on mid-level trims is the new 310-horsepower (231 kW; 314 PS), 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-four gasoline engine.
An option on most Silverado trim levels is a 355-horsepower (265 kW; 360 PS), 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 gasoline engine. This offers optional FlexFuel-Capability and features either the Active Fuel Management (AFM) system or GM's new Dynamic Fuel Management system (DFM), which allows up to 6 of 8 cylinders to be shut down for fuel savings.
All these mentioned engines are mated to either a 6-speed, 8-speed, or 10-speed automatic transmission. Two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive are options, whilst 4X4 is standard equipment on the Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss trim levels and an option on all other Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 models.
Moving onto the Nissan Titan range and standard fitment is a 5.6-liter V8 gasoline engine. This is the only unit available for 2020 onwards, but it did see an increase in power vs. previous versions and now produces 400 horsepower (300 kW) and around 413 pound-feet.
All of the engines are paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission up to the end of 2019. In 2020 a new nine-speed Jatco automatic transmission replaced the previous seven-speed automatic transmission.
An optional engine choice was also available through to the end of 2019, a Cummins ISV, 310-horsepower (230 kW) 5.0-liter turbodiesel V8 that produces 555 lb-ft (752 N⋅m) of torque.
The Nissan Titan does outshine the Silverado when it comes to interior comfort and features. However, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will be the truck of choice for taller drivers and their passengers as it offers greater head and legroom than the Nissan Titan.
A closer look into the interior of a Silverado reveals that a seven-inch infotainment system is standard on the 1500 WT, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss models, whilst an eight-inch infotainment system comes standard on Silverado 1500 LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, and High Country models.
Depending on trim levels, features like SiriusXM Satellite Radio, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, seven-speaker Bose premium audio systems, HD Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, GPS navigation, and a multi-angle camera system are all available.
The latest refresh saw base regular cab models come with door locks, standard power windows, and a push-button start. However, the keyless entry feature is an extra-cost option. The standard 7" infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes with a backup camera. Vinyl seating surfaces make do, along with a split front bench seat, vinyl flooring, and standard air conditioning.
Options on this current generation Silverado include the Chrome Appearance Group, which offers 17" aluminum-alloy wheels, OnStar 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi capabilities, chrome front and rear bumpers, and carpets with floor mats replacing the vinyl. The Power Equipment Group comes with power windows and door locks, keyless entry, powered black side mirrors, and handy cruise control.
Moving onto the more luxurious Nissan Titan range, all models come standard with Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming via A2DP and hands-free calling. It also includes keyless entry, air conditioning, push-button ignition, power windows and door locks, and a rearview backup camera system.
Options on offer include touchscreen audio systems with GPS, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, electronically-locking rear tailgate, remote start, leather-trim seating surfaces with heating and ventilation, powered front seats, premium audio system, and wood interior trim.
When it comes to the all-important business of towing a load, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will enable you to pull heavier loads than the Nissan Titan due to a slightly better towing capacity of 9700 pounds vs. 9350 pounds and higher torque output figures.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is, however, outclassed by the Nissan Titan when it comes down to sheer horsepower from its standard fitment V8.