2021 Nissan Titan vs 2021 Toyota Tundra

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  • 2021 Nissan Titan

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    2021 Toyota Tundra

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    400Horsepower (hp)381
    413Torque (lb-ft)401
    16/21Fuel Economy (city/hwy mpg)13/17

    There are many different truck options out there, but even when you narrow it down to average-sized pickup truck options, choosing a model can feel overwhelming. It’s much easier to compare two of the most competitive models in the pickup truck category. That’s why we’re showing you the 2021 Nissan Titan vs the 2021 Toyota Tundra side-by-side.

    When you review these two models, the main aspects you want to consider are fuel economy, towing capacity, horsepower, and torque. Aside from looking cool, the main reason to buy a truck is for its performance capabilities. It’s easy to see that the 2021 Nissan Titan outdoes the Tundra in almost every performance spec. Safety and driver assist features are important as well. This is especially true where towing is concerned. While both models include modern driver assist features, the new Titan offers far more standard features and additional options that make it easier to tow and keep you safe on the highway.

  • Performance

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    Most drivers can agree that performance is the most important aspect to look at when buying a pickup truck. However, since trucks offer lots of power, their fuel economy is typically not ideal. The good news here is that the 2021 Nissan Titan offers a nice balance of both power and fuel efficiency.

    The Power and Fuel Efficiency of the Titan

    Packed with a 5.6-liter V8 engine, the Titan produces 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Despite its high-powered engine, this model can get up to 21 miles per gallon on the highway whether you choose a two-wheel drive or the four-wheel drive drivetrain. The two-wheel drive option gets 16 miles per gallon in the city, while the four-wheel drive Titan gets 15 miles per gallon in the city.

    The Power and Fuel Efficiency of the Tundra

    The 2022 Toyota Tundra uses a 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 engine that produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, falling short of the 2021 Titan. Furthermore, it can only reach 17 miles per gallon on the highway, reaching only 13 in the city. Not only does the Titan offer more horsepower and torque, it also offers much better fuel economy ratings.

    Taking Your Truck Off-Road

    The main perk that the Titan offers over the Tundra is its off-road capability. Standard 2021 Nissan Titan trims include several off-roading add-ons such as a skid plate, mud flaps, and a truck bed sports bar. Its standard 8.9-inch ground clearance rating paired with Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control makes off-roading easier and helps your transmission last longer.

    Serious off-roading enthusiasts can choose the 2021 Nissan Titan PRO-4X trim for even better off-road capability. This trim includes a 9.8-inch ground clearance, standard steel skid plates, and Bilstein shocks made specifically for the PRO-4X trim alone. This trim’s standard all-terrain tires make it ideal for hanging onto dirt, gravel, and mud roadways. You’ll even get off-road gauges that display important specs such as your pitch, roll, and differential locks.

    The 2021 Toyota Tundra also has its own off-road capable trim called the TRD Pro trim. However, its skid plates are made of aluminum rather than steel, making them comparably weaker. You have to kick it up to the TRD Sport trim to get standard steel skid plates. Even when you opt for the Tundra’s off-roading trim, its overall performance still pales in comparison to the Titan’s. Thanks to its off-roading capabilities paired with its better fuel efficiency and horsepower, the 2021 Nissan Titan is easily the better performance option between these two models.

  • Safety

    A red 2021 Nissan Titan XD is parked next to a green Titan at sunset.

    You’re driving a truck, so by default, you’re obviously getting the upper hand when it comes to safety, but driver assistance features are still handy to have, especially when towing comes into play. While both the 2021 Nissan Titan and the 2021 Toyota Tundra come with multiple safety tech features, the Titan takes the lead here.

    So Many Standard Safety Features in the Titan

    The new Titan includes more safety tech features than any other model in its class, including the Toyota Tundra. Nissan’s standard Safety Shield 360 feature includes six important driver assist features at no added cost to you. So, no matter what Titan trim you get, you’ll be better protected. The first three features include Automatic Emergency Pedestrian Braking, Rear Automatic Braking, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. While the first two driver assist features will automatically stop the Titan to prevent collisions, the Rear Cross Traffic Alert feature monitors further, detecting vehicles when it’s impossible to see them yourself. This feature is best used in parking lots when drivers back out of a parking space. It can detect hard-to-see vehicles that are coming down the parking aisles.

    Safety Shield 360’s last three standard safety features are Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and High Beam Assist. Blind Spot Warning notifies drivers when a vehicle is coming up in the lane beside them. It does this by flashing lights in the corresponding external mirror. Lane Departure Warning sends alerts when a driver unintentionally drifts into another lane or off the road. When you use a turn signal, the alert is bypassed. Finally, High Beam Assist is an automatic headlight feature. It automatically dims the Titan’s headlights to prevent bright lighting.

    Standard Safety Features in the Tundra

    The 2021 Toyota Tundra also comes with its own standard security suite. However, it only includes four standard features. These features are a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. While these features are handy, they do not provide as much safety as the Titan’s standard features.

  • Interior

    The black interior is shown in a 2021 Nissan Titan.

    While it’s nice to have a visually appealing truck, the truth is that the interior matters more than the exterior. You’ll be spending more time inside your truck than you will spend looking at it unless you’re really just that obsessed with your purchase. Between convenience and tech features, there’s a lot to consider when looking at a truck’s interior.

    Interior Features of the Titan

    Let’s start with the Titan and tech. This model includes a standard 8-inch infotainment center which can be upgraded to a 9-inch option. Standard NissanConnect includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and texting. The Titan comes with multiple interior convenience features as well. You can add on a remote vehicle start and a dual-pane moonroof if desired. This model brings drivers everything from a heated steering wheel with climate-controlled seating all the way to a driver memory seat system and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

    The most important interior perk that the Titan offers is its crew cab’s rear storage options. This section includes an under-seat storage tray, a built-in and concealable workbench, and a lockable rear cargo organizer. In addition to these rear cargo features, drivers also get a front center console capable of holding a laptop, along with a smartphone holder.

    Interior Features of the Tundra

    The 2021 Toyota Tundra offers a standard 7-inch infotainment system with an option to upgrade to an 8-inch version. This includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. Furthermore, this model does include a large center console like the Titan does, but it does not come with rear cargo or workbench options. Overall, when you need the most cargo space and the best tech features to match, the 2021 Nissan Titan is the best model for you.

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