2019 Toyota Tundra vs. 2019 Nissan Titan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Tundra are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Nissan Titan has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Tundra has a standard Pre-Collision System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Titan doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Tundra’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Titan doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Tundra’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Titan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Tundra and the Titan 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 four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Toyota Tundra Double Cab is safer than the Titan:

 

Tundra

Titan

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

25 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Lower Leg Evaluation

POOR

POOR

Tibia index R/L

1.4/.8

2.13/1.08

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tundra for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Titan.

There are over 13 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Nissan dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Tundra’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Tundra’s reliability 48 points higher than the Titan.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Nissan is ranked 14th.

Engine

The Tundra’s optional 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 394) than the Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Tundra 5.7 DOHC V8 is faster than the Nissan Titan:

 

Tundra

Titan

Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.5 sec

11.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 MPH

92.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Tundra Limited/Platinum/1794/TRD Pro’s standard fuel tank has 12 gallons more fuel capacity than the Titan (38 vs. 26 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Tundra

Titan

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.78 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13.58 inches

Tires and Wheels

The Tundra’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Titan S’ standard 75 series tires. The Tundra’s optional tires have a lower 55 series profile than the Titan SL/Platinum’s 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Tundra has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Titan’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Tundra has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Titan.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tundra’s wheelbase is longer than on the Titan:

 

Tundra

Titan

Extended Cab Standard Bed

145.7 inches

139.8 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

164.6 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

145.7 inches

139.8 inches

For better maneuverability, the Tundra Standard Bed Double Cab’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the Titan’s (44 feet vs. 48 feet).

Passenger Space

The Tundra Double Cab has .7 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 9.9 inches more rear legroom, 3.2 inches more rear hip room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Titan King Cab.

The Tundra CrewMax has .7 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 3.8 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Titan Crew Cab.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tundra CrewMax’s rear seats recline. The Titan’s optional rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Tundra Double Cab Standard Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Titan King Cab (66.3 vs. 59.6 cubic feet).

The Tundra CrewMax has a much larger cargo box than the Titan Crew Cab (56.1 vs. 50.7 cubic feet).

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Titan is only 9540 pounds. The Tundra Standard Bed Double Cab offers up to a 10200 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Tundra has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Titan doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The Tundra has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Titan only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Tundra detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Titan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Tundra Limited has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Titan doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The Tundra has standard power remote mirrors. The Titan S doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Tundra’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Titan S doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Tundra offers optional rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Titan S/Single Cab doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Tundra has a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Titan doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tundra is less expensive to operate than the Titan because it costs $297 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Tundra than the Titan, including $1 less for front brake pads, $18 less for a fuel pump, $78 less for front struts, $39 less for a timing belt/chain and $336 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Tundra, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Tundra outsold the Nissan Titan by over two to one during 2018.

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