On this episode, we put a new 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Trail Boss head to head against a new 2020 Nissan Titan PRO-4X on a tough Rocky Mountains trail. The Trail Boss has more ground clearance, but the Titan has a selectable rear locking differential. Which can negotiate the Iron Clads trail with more ease? Let’s find out!
2020 Nissan Titan PRO-4X
The Titan is updated for 2020 with a new front and rear. The PRO-4X off-road truck gets a new unique grille and LED headlights. The 5.6-liter gas V8 engine is mainly unchanged, but it has new premium fuel tuning for a maximum 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. The old 7-speed automatic transmission is no more. There is a new 9-speed automatic that replaces it. The 2020 Titan currently has just one engine/transmission option. The base truck gets the same V8 and 9-speed as the most optioned and luxurious model.
The PRO-4X package remains unchanged from previous year. It includes specially tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks, skid plates, selectable locking rear differential, hill descent control, special “orange” or “lava red” front tow hooks, and more.
The PRO-4X Titan has around 9 inches of ground clearance, and General Grabber tires.
The truck you see here is fully optioned with a leather interior, panoramic sunroof, Fender stereo system, side steps, mud flaps, and a rear bed step. The final window sticker price is just over $60,000.
2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Trail Boss
The Trail Boss is our long-term test truck. It’s a more luxurious LT model with a 5.3-liter gas V8 and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The V8 is still producing 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque.
The Trail Boss is a factory off-road package that includes a 2-inch suspension lift. The total ground clearance is around 10.8 inches. The Trail Boss has a better approach and departure angles than the PRO-4X Titan. The Trail Boss has skid plates, hill descent control, and red tow hooks. However, the Silverado is still using a non-selectable G80 rear locking differential. It’s a mechanical locker. Once one rear tire starts to spin freely, it takes a little bit of time for the locker to engage and both tires to spin at the same speed.
The final sticker price on the Trail Boss is just over $55,000.
This rear locker difference became very evident on the “razor rocks” obstacle. While the Titan crawled over the rocks at a steady pace with the rear locker helping out in the rear. The Trail Boss required more throttle application and the progress was a bit jerky. In the end, the Trail Boss also made it over the obstacle.
Check out all of the off-road fun in the video below.