2020 Toyota Tundra vs. 2020 Nissan Titan XD

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Safety

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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 XD has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Tundra and the Titan XD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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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 XD.

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

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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 54 points higher than the Titan XD.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tundra third among large light duty pickups in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Titan XD isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 second in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Nissan is ranked 11th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Tundra uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Titan XD requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Tundra’s optional fuel tank has 12 gallons more fuel capacity than the Titan XD (38 vs. 26 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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The Tundra stops shorter than the Titan XD:

Tundra

Titan XD

70 to 0 MPH

189 feet

192 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tundra has larger standard tires than the Titan XD (255/70R18 vs. 245/75R17).

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 XD’s standard 75 series tires. The Tundra’s optional tires have a lower 55 series profile than the Titan XD’s optional 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tundra has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Titan XD.

Suspension and Handling

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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 XD.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tundra Long Bed Double Cab’s wheelbase is 13 inches longer than on the Titan XD (164.6 inches vs. 151.6 inches).

The Tundra Standard Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Titan XD PRO-4X Crew Cab (28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tundra Standard Bed Double Cab’s turning circle is 9.8 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (44 feet vs. 53.8 feet). The Tundra Long Bed Double Cab’s turning circle is 4.8 feet tighter than the Titan XD’s (49 feet vs. 53.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Tundra may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1100 to 1200 pounds less than the Nissan Titan XD.

The Tundra Standard Bed Double Cab is 1 foot, 2.5 inches shorter than the Titan XD Crew Cab, making the Tundra easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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

Servicing Ease

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

Ergonomics

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The Tundra has standard power remote mirrors. The Titan XD 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. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Titan XD SV/Pro-4X/SL/Platinum.

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

Model Availability

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

The Tundra is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Titan XD doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tundra owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tundra will cost $170 to $3100 less than the Titan XD over a five-year period.

The Tundra will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tundra will retain 61.26% to 68.55% of its original price after five years, while the Titan XD only retains 45.25% to 53.13%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tundra is less expensive to operate than the Titan XD because it costs $300 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Tundra than the Titan XD, including $1 less for front brake pads, $19 less for a fuel pump, $78 less for front struts, $40 less for a timing belt/chain and $339 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Tundra will be $19000 to $19383 less than for the Nissan Titan XD.

Recommendations

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The Toyota Tundra outsold the Nissan Titan by almost four to one during 2019.

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