2020 Toyota Tundra vs. 2020 Nissan Titan

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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 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Tundra and the Titan 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.

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.

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 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 (38 vs. 26 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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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

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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

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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 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).

Chassis

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The Toyota Tundra may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Nissan Titan.

Passenger Space

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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 rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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

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

Payload and Towing

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The Tundra’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Titan’s (9800 vs. 9210 pounds).

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

Tundra

Titan

Extended Cab

1730 lbs.

1600 lbs.

Crew Cab

1660 lbs.

1580 lbs.

The Tundra has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Titan (1730 vs. 1680 lbs.).

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 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 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 doesn’t offer rear vents.

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 $610 less than the Titan 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 only retains 42.43% to 53.5%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tundra is less expensive to operate than the Titan 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, 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 $13152 to $13170 less than for the Nissan Titan.

Recommendations

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

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