Dare to Compare: 2019 Toyota Tundra vs 2019 Nissan Titan

If you’re looking for a new full-size pickup truck, the 2019 Toyota Tundra and 2019 Nissan Titan represent two compelling options. What are the major differences between them?

Capability and Capacity

Every 2019 Nissan Titan uses a 5.6-liter V8 rated at 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. Surprisingly, though the 4.6-liter V8 and 5.7-liter V8 offered in the 2019 Toyota Tundra are older and less powerful, the Tundra seems to make better use of them. Testing by Motor Trend shows that the 5.7-liter V8 Tundra is faster than the Titan, and the Tundra is also more capable when it comes to towing and hauling. It can tow up to 10,200 pounds and has a maximum payload of 1,730 pounds, both of which exceed the Titan’s 9,400 pounds and 1,630 pounds, respectively. You get more space in the Tundra’s bed, too — the long bed offers 81 cubic feet while the Titan’s offers just 74 cubic feet.

Reliability & Value

Both trucks offer competitive warranties, but it’s hard to beat Toyota’s reputation for reliability, which helps it keep its value in the long-term. IntelliChoice estimates the Tundra will retain around 58 to 80 percent of its original price after five years, while the Titan will only retain around 48 to 54 percent. Combine that with lower repair costs and the Tundra more than makes up for its slightly higher initial starting price.

Safety Technologies

Toyota vehicles are always strong when it comes to safety technologies, and the 2019 Tundra is no exception. You get the Toyota Safety Sense™ suite of active safety features no matter the trim you choose, which includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision warning. The 2019 Titan, meanwhile, doesn’t offer much to compete, and unlike the Tundra, the few safety technologies it does offer all cost extra.

Though they both look rugged and they both bearing Japanese badges, the 2019 Toyota Tundra and 2019 Nissan Titan are not equivalent trucks. If you’re thinking about buying one of the two, the Tundra is your best bet. Learn more about it at Toyota of Gastonia.

 

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