2019 Nissan Titan XD vs. 2019 Toyota Tundra

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Titan XD Crew Cab/King Cab are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Tundra doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Titan XD. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Tundra.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Titan XD PRO-4X’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Tundra doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Titan XD (except S/SV/SL) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Tundra only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Titan XD (except S/SV) offers optional NissanConnect Services, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Tundra doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Titan XD and the Tundra have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.


The Titan XD comes with a full 5-year/100,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Tundra’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.


The Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 80 more horsepower (390 vs. 310) and 67 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 327) than the Tundra’s standard 4.6 DOHC V8. The Titan XD’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 9 more horsepower (390 vs. 381) than the Tundra’s optional 5.7 DOHC V8.

The Titan XD’s 5.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 228 lbs.-ft. more torque (555 vs. 327) than the Tundra’s standard 4.6 DOHC V8. The Titan XD’s 5.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 154 lbs.-ft. more torque (555 vs. 401) than the Tundra’s optional 5.7 DOHC V8.


A seven-speed automatic is standard on the Nissan Titan XD, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Tundra.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Titan XD’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Tundra:


Titan XD


Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.9 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13.6 inches

The Titan XD stops much shorter than the Tundra:


Titan XD



70 to 0 MPH

192 feet

198 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

145 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Nissan Titan XD’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Tundra only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Titan XD has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Tundra doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Titan XD has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Titan XD flat and controlled during cornering. The Tundra base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Titan XD has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Tundra doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .75 G’s, while the Tundra Short Bed TRD Pro CrewMax 4x4 pulls only .66 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Tundra Short Bed TRD Pro CrewMax 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 30.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Titan XD Crew Cab has 2.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tundra (119.7 vs. 117).

The Titan XD Crew Cab has 1.3 inches more front headroom and 1.5 inches more rear headroom than the Tundra CrewMax.

Cargo Capacity

The Titan XD Crew Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Tundra CrewMax Short Bed (59.6 vs. 56.1 cubic feet).

The Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X/Platinum Reserve/SV Regular Cab offers an optional rear cargo step, which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. The Toyota Tundra doesn’t offer a rear cargo step.

The Titan XD has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Tundra doesn’t offer stake post holes.

Payload and Towing

The Titan XD’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Tundra’s (11070 vs. 6400 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Toyota Tundra Standard Bed Double Cab is only 10200 pounds. The Titan XD Single Cab offers up to a 12830 lbs. towing capacity.

The Titan XD has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Tundra:


Titan XD


Extended Cab

2690 lbs.

1600 lbs.

Crew Cab

2550 lbs.

1560 lbs.

Regular Cab 4x4

2890 lbs.


Extended Cab 4x4

2590 lbs.

1490 lbs.

Crew Cab 4x4

2470 lbs.

1440 lbs.

The Titan XD has much higher optional payload capacities than the Tundra:


Titan XD


Extended Cab

2690 lbs.

1730 lbs.

Crew Cab

2550 lbs.

1660 lbs.

Extended Cab 4x4

2590 lbs.

1600 lbs.

Crew Cab 4x4

2470 lbs.

1560 lbs.

Servicing Ease

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Titan XD to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, spark plug replacement, air filter replacement, tire rotation, radiator flush, brake pad replacement and transmission fluid replacement based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Tundra.


The Titan XD (except S/SV)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tundra doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Titan XD’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. The Tundra Work Truck doesn’t offer power windows.

The Titan XD’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tundra’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Tundra’s optional windows’ rear windows don’t close automatically.

If the front windows are left open on the Titan XD the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Tundra can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Titan XD’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. The Tundra Work Truck doesn’t offer power locks.

The Intelligent Key optional on the Titan XD allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Tundra doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Titan XD’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Tundra SR’s standard wipers have no intermittent settings at all, so the driver will have to constantly turn them on and off. The Titan XD’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Tundra SR5/Limited/Platinum/1794/TRD’s manually variable intermittent wipers don’t change delay with speed.

The Titan XD’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Tundra’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Both the Titan XD and the Tundra offer available heated front seats. The Titan XD also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Tundra.

On extremely cold winter days, the Titan XD’s optional (except S/SV/SL) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Tundra doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Model Availability

The Nissan Titan XD comes in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab bodystyles; the Toyota Tundra isn’t available as a regular cab.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Titan XD owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Titan XD with a number “8” insurance rate while the Tundra is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Titan XD is less expensive to operate than the Tundra because typical repairs cost much less on the Titan XD than the Tundra, including $112 less for a water pump, $28 less for a muffler, $414 less for a starter and $6 less for fuel injection.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the Titan XD second among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Tundra isn’t in the top three.

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