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2019 Toyota Tundra vs. 2019 Nissan Titan: Which Is Better?

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author photo by Chris O'Neill December 2018
  • The Toyota Tundra is the oldest new pickup on the market, but touts Toyota reliability.

  • The Nissan Titan was fully redesigned for 2016.

  • The Tundra's off-road TRD Pro trim returns for 2019 after skipping the 2018 model year.

The 2019 Toyota Tundra and the 2019 Nissan Titan are both viable options for anyone looking for a full-size pickup. Below, we'll take a look at these two oft forgotten full-size trucks to see what the major differences are between the two.

2019 Toyota Tundra

Titan

The Nissan Titan is built in Canton, Mississippi. Now in its second generation, the Titan was all new for the 2016 model year. One would think this would bring it up to par with modern pickup standards, but the Titan is still a bit dated inside, offering a tiny infotainment screen and some antiquated switchgear. The basic Titan offers one engine, although buyers can also opt for the "Titan XD," which is positioned between a light-duty and a heavy-duty pickup, and offers an optional diesel engine. For the sake of this comparison though, we'll focus on the non-XD Titan.

Titan Engine:

5.6-liter V8: 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft

MPG -- 2-wheel-drive & 4-wheel-drive: 15 miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in combined driving

2019 Nissan Titan

Tundra

The Toyota Tundra is built in San Antonio, Texas. If the Titan's interior is dated, then the Tundra's is downright ancient. Last fully redesigned way back in 2007, the Tundra received an update in 2014, which has helped it to remain somewhat competitive, but its engine was untouched, and as a whole its long overdue for a redesign. The Tundra offers two engine options, both V8s, but neither of which is particularly modern or efficient.

Tundra Engines:

4.6-liter V8: 310 hp and 327 lb-ft

MPG -- 2WD: 15 mpg city/19 mpg hwy/16 mpg combined; 4WD: 14 mpg city/18 mpg hwy/16 mpg combined

5.7-liter V8: 381 hp and 401 lb-ft

MPG -- 2WD: 13 mpg city/18 mpg hwy/15 mpg combined; 4WD: 13 mpg city/17 mpg hwy/14 mpg combined

2019 Toyota Tundra vs. 2019 Nissan Titan configuration

Configurations

The Tundra is only available in extended and crew cab configurations. Extended cab models are offered with either a standard 6.5-foot bed or an 8-foot long bed, while crew cab models are offered with the standard bed or a 5.5-foot short bed.

Compelling Tundra trim levels include the Platinum, 1974 and TRD Pro editions. The Platinum and 1974 are luxury trims, while the TRD Pro offers off-road styling and an off-road suspension.

The Titan offers single, extended and crew cab variants, along with three different bed lengths. Single cab models come with an 8.0-foot bed, extended cab variants come with a 6.5-foot bed and crew cab Titans come with either a 6.5-foot or a 5.5-foot bed.

The Titan's more notable trims include Midnight, Pro-4X and Platinum Reserve. Midnight offers blacked out trim and wheels, Pro-4X is a mild off-road model, akin to the Tundra's TRD Off-Road package, and Platinum Reserve is the luxury option.

2019 Toyota Tundra vs. 2019 Nissan Titan capability

Capability

Overall, the Tundra offers a little more towing and payload capacity than the Titan.

Fitted with either the extended cab or crew cab, the Titan offers a maximum towing capacity of 9,400 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 1,630 pounds.

When equipped with the more potent of its two available V8 engines, the Tundra is capable of towing up to 10,200 pounds and offers a maximum payload of 1,730 pounds.

2019 Toyota Tundra vs. 2019 Nissan Titan reliability

Reliability

The reliability of either of these vehicles should be good. The Tundra has seen historically great resale value, while the Nissan brand doesn't quite have the same reputation as Toyota when it comes to tough trucks, so the Titan suffers a bit in this regard. The Tundra offers a 3-year/36,000-mile basic and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Titan, on the other hand, offers a segment-leading 5-year/100,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty, giving it a leg up here on the Tundra, on paper at least.

2019 Toyota Tundra vs. 2019 Nissan Titan space

Space

Up front, the Titan offers 41.0 inches of headroom and 41.8 inches of legroom. The Tundra offers slightly less headroom at 39.7 inches, but more legroom, with 42.5 inches.

Comparing crew cab models, the Titan offers 40.4 inches of headroom and 38.5 inches of legroom to the Tundra's 38.9 inches and 42.3 inches, respectively. Again, the Titan offers slightly more headroom, while the Tundra offers more legroom.

With its shortest bed offering, the Tundra has 55 cu ft. of space to the Titan's 59 cu ft. The Tundra's long bed offers 81 cu ft. while the Titan's offers 74 cu ft.

2019 Toyota Tundra vs. 2019 Nissan Titan infotainment

Infotainment

Despite offering a rather lackluster 7-in screen, the Nissan Titan's infotainment system is pretty competent. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are on tap for 2019, as is 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi capability. The Titan offers three 12-volt outlets, but only one USB port.

The Tundra's infotainment system on the other hand is what you could almost call obsolete. Like the Titan, the Tundra is available with a 7-in touchscreen, but the Tundra lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with any kind of internet connectivity. Like the Titan, the Tundra offers three 12-volt outlets and only one USB port.

Safety

Both of these vehicles offer strengths and weaknesses with regard to safety.

The Tundra leaves a little bit to be desired in terms of crash test performance. Likely due to its 12 year old design, the Tundra earns a score of "marginal" in the small front overlap test, which is one score above "poor," and also loses points for lackluster roof strength.

On the other hand, the Tundra offers a full suite of crash avoidance technology as standard. This means that every 2019 Toyota Tundra comes with forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

The Titan earns scores of "good" across the board in crash testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. While it will likely keep you safe in a crash, the Titan doesn't offer much in the way of collision avoidance, with only blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist, as well as front and rear parking sensors -- all of which are optional.

Autotrader's Advice

Altogether, these two trucks kind of fill in the gaps left by the one another. The Tundra offers great driver-assistance safety features, all standard, while the Titan offers next to none, even as optional. The Titan offers a competent infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, while the Tundra … does not. The Tundra offers Toyota's reputation for reliability and resale value, while the Titan hasn't quite earned this reputation yet, but there's nothing saying it isn't worthy of the same sentiment, and you're likely to find better dealer incentives on a Titan than on a Tundra. Altogether, there are better, more value-packed midsize truck options out there form any of the big three American automakers, but if you insist on one of these two, the winner really comes down to personal preference.

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