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Toyota Tundra vs Nissan Titan

If you’re in the market for a full-sized pickup truck, the Toyota Tundra and the Nissan Titan are two great choices. But while they’re both great trucks, they certainly meet the needs of slightly different markets.

To help you figure out what truck is best for you it’s best to take a look at what both trucks offer. That way you know exactly what you’re getting and you’re getting the perfect truck for your needs the first time.

The Toyota Tundra

Toyota is well-known for producing extremely reliable trucks, and the Tundra fits that mold perfectly. It’s Toyota’s full-size pickup truck, and they pushed it out for the first time in 1999. Since then, you can find tons of options with this great truck, and we’ll break down exactly what’s out there and what it can do for you here.

Engines and Performance Specs

The Toyota Tundra made its debut in 1999, and since then Toyota has put nine different engines under the hood since then. Until 2021 every engine was a traditional gasoline engine, but in 2021 they released their first hybrid engine for the Tundra.

From 1999 to 2020 there were both six and eight-cylinder engine options available, with the six-cylinder engines coming standard and the eight-cylinder engines coming as optional upgrades. But in 2021 Toyota ditched the eight-cylinder engine option, going with a six-cylinder turbocharged engine instead.

However, while they ditched the eight-cylinder engine option in 2021, the 3.5L V6 engine they switched to is the most powerful engine option in the lineup.

We’ve come up with the chart below to highlight all the different engine options you can find in the Tundra, what model years you can find them in, and what each one can do.

Engine Size

Available Years

Fuel Type

Horsepower

Torque

3.4L V6

1999 to 2003

Gasoline

190

220 lb-ft

4.7L V8

1999 to 2003

Gasoline

245

315 lb-ft

4.7L V8

2004 to 2013

Gasoline

271

313 lb-ft

5.7L V8

2006 to 2021

Gasoline

381

401 lb-ft

4.0L V6

2004 to 2013

Gasoline

236

266 lb-ft

4.6L V8

2013 to 2021

Gasoline

314

327 lb-ft

4.0L V6

2013 to 2021

Gasoline

270

278 lb-ft

3.5L V6

2021 to Present

Gasoline

389

479 lb-ft

3.5L V6

2021 to Present

Hybrid

389

583 lb-ft

Towing and Payload Specifications

While the no Toyota Tundra has a low maximum towing capacity, there is a pretty big range between the minimum and maximum towing capacities. The least powerful Toyota Tundra can “only” tow 4,500 pounds, while the most powerful Tundra can tow up to 12,000 pounds!

As a general rule, older Tundras tow a little less, with a 2000 Tundra towing between 4,900 and 7,200 pounds depending on the configuration, while a 2020 Tundra can tow between 8,800 and 12,000 pounds.

With such a wide range in towing performance you need to look at the specific details for the specific truck you’re looking at.

Meanwhile, the Tundra also has some pretty impressive maximum payload specifications, but just like the Titan it varies a bit from year to year, and the specific configuration and package the Tundra you’re looking at has.

The least powerful Tundras have a maximum payload capacity of 1,325 pounds, while the Tundras with the highest payload capacity can carry up to 2,110 pounds. The maximum payload specifications for the Tundra vary a bit from year to year, and it doesn’t increase with each year.

The Nissan Titan

When it comes to Nissan trucks, the Titan is as big as it gets. The Titan is a full-sized pickup truck and offers a ton of power and performance to go along with the larger size.

It’s a great truck, but it doesn’t have quite the same engine and customization options that come with the Tundra. Still, the Titan fills a nice niche. So, where does it excel and when do you want it, we’ll break it all down for you here.

Engines and Performance Specs

The Nissan Titan doesn’t have quite as many engine options to pick from, and every engine option it has is a V8. Because of this every Titan pushes more than 300 horsepower, which means there aren’t any low-end engine options with the Titan.

Of the four engine options available with the Titan three are gasoline engines, but from 2015 to 2019 Nissan put a 5.0L V8 diesel engine there.

There aren’t quite as many engine options to pick from with the Titan, but every engine they put under the hood has some impressive performance specs. The chart below breaks down each engine option, what model years you can find them in, and the horsepower and torque each engine provides.

Engine Size

Available Years

Fuel Type

Horsepower

Torque

5.6L V8

2004 to 2015

Gasoline

305 to 317

385 lb-ft

5.0L V8

2015 to 2019

Diesel

310

555 lb-ft

5.6L V8

2016 to 2019

Gasoline

390

395 lb-ft

5.6L V8

2020 to Present

Gasoline

400

413 lb-ft

Towing and Payload Specifications

No matter what Nissan Titan you go with, you’re getting a powerful truck that can pull a lot of weight. Even the least powerful Titan can tow 6,500 pounds, while the most powerful Titan can tow up to 9,740 pounds.

Through the years the Titan’s maximum towing capacity stays about the same, but the minimum towing capacity gets a boost. For instance, in 2004 the Titan had a maximum towing capacity between 6,500 and 9,400 pounds, but by 2017 that number is between 9,040 and 9,740 pounds.

Meanwhile, the maximum payload changes a bit more from model to model and year to year, ranging between 1,184 and 1,951 pounds depending on the model year and configuration.

Final Thoughts

Are you interested in either the Nissan Titan or the Toyota Tundra? The team at Tim’s Truck would love to answer any questions you might have about either truck and then help you track down the perfect truck for you.

They’ll walk you through everything you need to know to get behind the wheel of your dream truck, so reach out sooner rather than later!

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