Titan vs Tundra – 2021 Comparison

Shawn
| Last Updated: February 8, 2021

The Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra are considered newcomers to the full-size pickup market in the United States.

We take a look at how they are faring when you compare features and performance.

2021 Titan

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2021 Tundra

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What is a Nissan Titan, and Why is it So Popular?

The Nissan Titan challenges its competitors with its standard tech, safety, and power features. It enters the market with a 5.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) DOHC 32-valve V8 engine, 400-horsepower, and nine-speed automatic drivetrain.

  • MPG: Even with its powerful V8, it delivers an economical 16 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway.

  • Towing Capacity: The Titan impresses with a workhorse capacity of up to 11,040 lbs.

  • Horsepower and Torque: This pickup pushes out 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque.  

  • Fuel Tank Capacity: It can hold 26 gallons of fuel.

  • Curb Weight: It ranges between 5,485 lbs and 5,916 lbs.

The Nissan Titan offers two body styles: 

  • Crew Cab

  • King Cab 

How Much Does a Nissan Titan Weigh?

The Titan weighs in at between 5,485 lbs and 5,916 lbs.

How Long is a Nissan Titan Crew Cab?

The full body length is between 242.7" and 243.6".

How Much Horsepower Does a Nissan Titan Have?

The Titan has a whopping standard 400 hp output.

Where is the Nissan Titan Made?

Nissan assembles the Titan in Canton, Mississippi, and it offers a high-strength steel frame.

Nissan Titan Models

The Nissan Titan S

The entry-level trim configuration in the lineup, the 2020 Nissan Titan S, is available in King Cab and Crew Cab. It has intelligent auto headlights, fixed cargo tie-downs, a lockable tailgate, and black trim on the bumpers, door handles, and front grille. You can select from a 2x4 or 4x4.

The Nissan Titan SV

The Nissan Titan SV is also available in both the King Cab and Crew Cab styles. It includes most S features plus cruise control, LED tail lights, 18" alloy wheels, chrome front bumper, and NissanConnect with a WiFi hotspot.

The Nissan Titan PRO-4X

The PRO-4X comes standard with a 4x4 drivetrain in both the King Cab and Crew Cab. It includes most SV features plus hill descent control, electronic rear differential, LED headlights, 9" touchscreen display, and Bilstein performance shocks.

The Nissan Titan SL

The SL comes standard in only the Crew Cab style. It has a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain. It includes most PRO-4X features plus a remote engine start system, leather seats, climate control, and 20" chrome-clad alloy wheels. If fitted media is what you enjoy, then the Fender top of the range audio system will impress.

The Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve

The Platinum Reserve is also only produced in the Crew Cab model with either a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain. It offers all the SL features but upgrades to 20" two-tone aluminum-alloy wheels, premium leather seats with the featured logo, a trailer light check, and a brushed satin-finish front grille.

What is a Tundra, and Why is it So Popular? 

Tundra Specs 

Here's a list of some of the necessary information for the Tundra, starting with the miles per gallon (MPG):

  • MPG: The Tundra delivers 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

  • Towing Capacity: This measurement depends on which model you select, but it ranges between 8,800 lbs and 10,200 lbs.

  • Horsepower and Torque: The Tundra is exceptionally fast and pushes out 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque.
     
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: It can hold 26.4 to 38 gallons.

  • Curb Weight: It ranges between 5,172 lbs and 5,640 lbs.

The Tundra is available in three body styles:

  • 2-door double cab

  • 4-door double cab

  • Crewmax

How Tall is a Toyota Tundra?

The average Toyota Tundra is 75.8" to 77.2" high.

Where is the Toyota Tundra Built?

This vehicle is currently produced in Texas, but Toyota assembled the first model in Indiana, United States. 

Toyota Tundra Models

The 2020 Toyota Tundra offers five trims to choose from. The entry-level model is the SR, and the most expensive is the 1794 Edition. 

The SR 

The SR is a standard double cab vehicle with a bed size of either 6.5 ft or 8.1 ft. The SR offers 18" steel rims and halogen headlights with LED accents. You can choose between a 4x2 or 4x4 version with black heated side mirrors.

The SR 5

The SR 5 is available in a crew or double cab. You can also opt for the short-bed option that's cut down to 5.5 ft. More options to choose from for the trims are the 18" or 20" wheels. Here a bigger fuel tank of 38 gallons is also a consumer option. 

The Platinum Trim 

The Platinum trim Tundra is a standard crew cab with a 5.5 ft bed. It's more luxurious with 20" wheels featuring six spokes and includes a honeycomb front grille. The seats are perforated leather, and the driver's seat offers lumbar support.

TRD Pro

This workhorse is the off-road option; hence it's only available in 4x4. It offers two choices: a double cab with a longer bed or a crew cab with a 5.5 ft bed. The exhaust system on the TRD Pro model is a particular dual-black chrome-tipped unit. 

Titan vs Tundra Similarities and Differences

Both the Tundra and Titan offer reliability and affordability as well as good resale value. Let's look at what they offer that's similar and how they differ from each other.

Titan and Tundra Similarities 

The pickups both offer ample head and leg space. The Tundra has 38.7 inches headroom and 42.5 inches legroom. The Titan offers slightly more at 41 inches headroom but with less legroom at 41.8 inches.

Both the Titan and the Tundra score the same for safety features, and here they're both still slightly behind the leaders in this market segment.

Both pickups offer consumers, five V8 models, to choose from in either 4x2 or 4x4. They also have the same ladder frames and independent front suspensions with sturdy and solid rear axles, making both the Tundra and Titan suitable for rough terrain.

Toyota Tundra Pro Source

Titan and Tundra Differences

The Tundra has a 5.7L V8 that pushes 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft torque with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Titan comes standard with a 5.6L V8 engine that pushes out 400 hp and up to 413 lb-ft torque.

Toyota has a towing capacity of up to 10,200 lbs, and the bed carries a weight of 1,730 lbs. The Titan comes in lower at 9,370 lbs towing capacity and a load weight of 1,680, but on the Titan XD, the towing capacity jumps up to 11,000 lbs and a bed capacity of 2,450 lbs.

Warranty and Reliability

Toyota is well known for its durability and, if taken care of, can last for up to 700,000 miles. It offers a 3 yr/36,000 miles basic, 5 yr/60,000 miles powertrain warranty.

With Titan, you'll receive an excellent 5 yr/100,000 miles basic, 5 yr/100,000 miles powertrain warranty. It can last up to 500,000 miles when taken care of.

Performance and Handling

Both pickups boast a solid rear axle for better off-road driving. On the entry-level models, the Tundra with a payload capacity of 1730 outperforms the Titan with a payload capacity of 1,680. Titan has a surprise in store with the XD and ups the payload to a whopping 2,450 lbs. 

Tundra also outperforms in towing capacity at 10,200 lbs with Titan at only 9,370 lbs. But, once again, on the Titan XD that ups to 11,000 lbs.

Value

Entry-level Tundras start at $34,000 and the Titans much higher at almost $38,000. The Tundra will give you 13/19 mpg while the Titan is more economical at up to 21 mpg.

Top Pick Between Titan and Tundra

Both pickups have good off-road ability and economical fuel consumption. The Titan offers an all-round 400 hp acceleration and better fuel economy at 21 mpg on the highway. Toyota is more affordable in terms of buying price with its standard engine capacity. 

The Titan offers a wider variety of luxury features, and the top-end models are built for hard work without compromising comfort. The Titan wins this round as the best performing pickup.

Conclusion 

Buying a pickup is like supporting your home team. Toyota lovers will buy their brand based on loyalty and the same with Nissan. Both pickups add up to dependable workhorses with superior power, durability, and good resale values.

People Also Ask

Here we answer other interesting questions that are asked regularly by consumers.

Is the Nissan Titan Being Discontinued?

Nissan confirmed that the Titan would continue permanently in the United States. It will cease distribution in Canada beyond 2021.

Why Are Tundras So Expensive?

Toyota builds Tundras with longevity in mind. If you consider the 200,000+ miles you get more from it, the price tag makes sense. It also has an above-average resale value.

What is the Nissan Titan Gas Tank Size?

The fuel tank capacity for the Nissan Titan is 26 gallons.

When Will Toyota Redesign the Tundra?

Toyota is planning to redesign the Tundra in 2022.

How Many Quarts of Oil in a Toyota Tundra 4.6 V8?

The engine needs 7.9 quarts of 0w-20 synthetic oil.

How Many Quarts of Oil in a Nissan Titan 5.6?

The engine needs 6.9 quarts of oil.

Shawn

An ex-salesman of industrial equipment, Shawn used to drive nearly 60K miles a year just commuting to clients. He also has a little project Miata build going on the side. Safe to say, Shawn has slain a few tires in his days. He knows all about horrid road-noise, hydroplaning risks, and how much damage a bad alignment can do to your wallet. He enjoys helping us out and Chris always values his opinion when designing something new for the website.