Nissan Titan Vs Toyota Tundra: The Pickup Battle

Mar 02, 2017 09:00 AM EST | Joyce Vega


Toyota Tundra is a relatively affordable, spacious and capable package. On the other hand, Nissan Titan hasn’t put as much effort into innovation as other brands. It is well aligned with its domestic competition, but that might not be enough to win the hearts and the wallets of the customers.

The model that tested was painted in an osseous Quicksand color and wrapped with $395 paint-protection film. It had the optional $2030 TRD Off-Road package that included 18-inch aluminum wheels and Michelin LTX all-terrain rubber, Bilstein dampers, skid plates to protect the engine and fuel tank, and bedside decals. Toyota Tundra still has a hydraulic-assist system. The steering is lacking on–center feel and it requires frequent inputs to maintain a straight path.

Toyota Tundra is equipped with 5.7-liter V8 engine that has remained unchanged since its debut in 2007. It has 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. It needs 6.4 seconds to go from 0-60 mph. Toyota Tundra still relies on six-speed automatic transmission. However, it provides crisp upshifts and quick downshifts into the right gear. On the inside, the interior looks fairly dated.

The SR5 Upgrade package contains power adjust only for the driver’s seat, which also has power-adjustable lumbar support, a front center console with a floor-mounted shifter, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, three front cupholders, and anti-theft system. There is also 7.0-inch Entune infotainment system. On the safety side, Tundra doesn’t offer the most modern features, such as adaptive cruise control. It only has front and rear parking assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

had a chance to test the new 2017 Nissan Titan. The new Nissan Titan is a huge improvement over the previous model. It comes with far more configurations and powertrain options, including the updated 5.6-liter V8 engine. This engine has 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. It needs 6.4 seconds to go from 0-60 mph and has a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Second engine choice is a 5.0-liter V8 that has 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. It has 6-speed automatic transmission. The interior is very well laid out, with a combination of touch screen controls, but also familiar buttons and knobs. The cabin features front bucket seats and large center console. The seats incorporate 14 different pressure points and are supposed to provide more blood flow to your legs.

On the safety side, it is equipped with blind spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert. The Titan is also available with a backup camera and AroundView monitor. On higher trims, Nissan offers front and rear sonar parking sensors. Both pickup trucks are very well suited for what they’re supposed to do.

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