First introduced in model year 2000, the Toyota Tundra quickly gained a reputation as the truck to beat on the market. Kelley Blue Book® even recognized the Tundra with a Best Resale Value award for best full-size pickup this year.
In comparison, Nissan debuted the Titan in 2004. If you’re looking for a powerful pick-up truck that can handle heavy-duty tasks, Tundra and Titan are both great choices. But which one excels most in categories like performance, safety, and reliability? The Nissan Titan has certain interior advantages, including Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ standard. When it comes to utility, the Toyota Tundra offers a higher towing capacity of more than 10,000 lbs..
In this full-size truck head to head, we’ll compare key features such as power, towing capacity, standard safety features, and more. Let’s begin.
Published Date: 12/18/2019
Known for producing reliable vehicles, the Tundra maintains this long-standing Toyota legacy. Kelley Blue Book® awarded Toyota its Best Resale Value Brand award for 2017, 2018, and 2019. For its part, the Nissan Titan does deliver a 5-year/100,000-mile warranty compared to the Tundra’s standard 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.
Toyota trucks deliver reliable, robust performance no matter where the road or life may take you. In fact, the Tundra was awarded Kelley Blue Book®’s Best Resale Value award for best full-size pickup, as well as the 5-Year Cost to Own Award: Best Full-Size Pickup Truck.
In contrast, the 2019 Nissan Titan did not earn any Best Resale Value or 5-Year Cost to Own awards from KBB. Toyota’s commitment to crafting vehicles with “Quality, Dependability, and Reliability” in mind shines through in this Tundra vs. Titan head to head.
Staying safe on the road is important no matter where you go. With this in mind, Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) includes features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. This safety suite comes standard on every 2019 Tundra.
The 2019 Tundra comes fully equipped with all of the Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) features along with the Star Safety System™, an additional suite of safety features including Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Smart Stop Technology® (SST), and Brake Assist (BA).
The 2019 Titan SL and higher trims include Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert standard. These features are not available on the S trim but they are available as added-cost upgrades on Titan SV. The Titan King Cab S 4X2 comes standard with some safety features, including Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS), and Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS).
Trailer Sway Control, while standard on SV and higher Titan trims, is not available on the 2019 Titan S. The 2019 Toyota Tundra SR 4x2 comes with Trailer-Sway Control standard.
Every full-size truck should deliver robust towing performance backed by an impressive powertrain.
The Titan’s King Cab SV 4X2 has a maximum towing capacity of 9,450 lbs. and a maximum payload of 1,640 lbs. In comparison, the Tundra SR5 4x2 Double Cab 5.7L V8 has a higher maximum towing capacity of 10,200 lbs. and a higher maximum payload of 1,730 lbs. That means that you can haul more with the Tundra.
Every 2019 Tundra comes with standard power-assisted ventilated 13.9-in. front disc brakes with opposed 4-piston brake calipers and ventilated 13.6-in. rear disc brakes. Titan comes standard with slightly smaller 13.78-in. front vented disc brakes and 13.58-in. rear vented disc brakes. When it comes to power, Tundra’s 5.7 liter V8 has a slightly less power at 381 HP compared to Titan’s 390 HP. However, Tundra has more torque at 401 lb.-ft. compared to Titan’s 394 lb.-ft.
If you’re in the market for a capable truck, look no further than the 2019 Tundra. It builds on Toyota’s famous reliability, having won Kelley Blue Book®’s 2019 5-Year Cost to Own Award for best full-size pickup. The 2019 Nissan Titan did not win Kelley Blue Book®’s 5-Year Cost to Own Award.
Every new Tundra comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) and the Star Safety System™. The base trim Titan only comes standard with a few comparable safety features, including Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS), and Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS). Additional safety features cost extra and are only available on Titan SV and higher trims. When it comes to towing, the 2019 Tundra comes out on top. Tundra’s SR5 4x2 5.7L V8 trim has a maximum towing capacity of 10,200 lbs. and a maximum payload of 1,660 lbs. To compare, the Titan’s King Cab SV 4X2 trim has a maximum towing capacity of 9,450 lbs. and a maximum payload of 1,640 lbs.
The Tundra TRD Pro even comes with forged BBS® wheels, an aluminum skid plate, and a TRD tuned suspension with FOX® shocks for more off-road readiness. In this head to head full-size truck comparison, the Tundra comes out ahead with its impressive standard features and legacy of reliability.