The 2020 Toyota Tundra and 2020 Nissan Titan seek a place at the half-ton pickup table long dominated by domestics. Here is how they compare.
2020 Toyota Tundra
Above average: Reliability; resale value; standard V8 power; TRD Pro all-terrain trim.
Below average: Fuel economy; 6-speed automatic transmission; only one engine available; old platform.
Consensus: The Tundra is rugged, yet refined thanks to Toyota’s dedication to making quality products. The strengths of the V8 pickup are durability and solid resale. There is a wide range of trim levels to choose from. However, the current model is showing its age.
2020 Nissan Titan
Above average: V8 power as standard; 9-speed automatic; good towing capacity; available 4WD; serious off-road chops in the Pro-4X finish.
Below average: A single powertrain; high entry level price; aging frame and design.
Consensus: Capable and refined, the Titan offers a powerful V8 as its sole powertrain. With a single wheelbase for Crew Cab models and just five trim levels, Nissan offers a much simpler approach to the process of buying new trucks.
Tundra vs. Titan: Kindred Spirits
Much like the automotive market, Toyota is looking to capture and win the US full-size pickup market. Unfortunately, that has been slow with the 2020 Tundra CrewMax. It has carved out a niche, but is not a mainstream success like the Ford F-150. As a result, Toyota has refreshed Tundra over the years instead of keeping pace with domestic remakes. The Tundra is showing its age, but still offers strong selling points, including a solid 5.7-liter V8 as standard equipment (the 4.6-liter V8 was discontinued last year), formidable off-road capability. in the TRD Pro variant and a high quality and excellent resale value. Still, we want a truck with more gears than the 6-speed automatic, better fuel economy, and more engaging styling.
Nissan Titan Crew Cab
Nissan, like Toyota, has worked hard to break into the nation-dominated full-size pickup truck market. His 2020 Titan continues this quest handicapped by the absence of a brand new model. Yet Titan has one of the most powerful entry-level pickups in the segment with its 400-horsepower V8 and 9-speed automatic transmission. Titan offers a single length of wheelbase and only five trim levels. While this simplifies things, it also limits your choice. At its entry point, the Titan costs slightly more than the base Tundra. Nissan equips all Tundras with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite with driver and safety aids. Models range from the Spartan S model to the luxurious Platinum Reserve. Note the 4WD Pro-4X all-terrain version that offers serious all-terrain capabilities.
V8 power as standard; solid all-terrain 4×4 sets; 6 seats; good quality and reliability.
Advantages of the Toyota Tundra CrewMax
High resale value; slightly lower price.
Benefits of the Nissan Titan Crew Cab
Better fuel economy; 9-speed automatic; Standard driver and safety aids, longer warranty.
While we admire the durability and high resale value of the Toyota Tundra, it just hasn’t kept pace with the competition. Although the Nissan Titan hasn’t seen a major change in years, it does offer a 9-speed automatic transmission, standard driver and safety aids, an optional larger infotainment screen and more. power with better fuel economy. In this showdown, the Nissan Titan has the advantage.
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|2020 Toyota Tundra CrewMax||Nissan Titan Crew Cab 2020|
|Engine||5.7-liter V8||5.6-liter V8|
|Power||381 hp @ 5,600 rpm||400 hp at 5,800 rpm|
|Couple||401 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm||413 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed automatic||9 speed automatic|
|Fuel economy||15 mpg (15 city / 18 highway)||18 mpg (16 mpg city / 22 highway)|
|guarantee||3 years / 36,000 miles||5 years / 100,000 miles|
|Maximum seating capacity||6||6|
|Wheelbase||145.7 inch||139.8 inch|
|Total length||228.9 inch||228.2-229.5 inch|
|Width||79.9 inch||79.5 to 80.7 inches|
|Height||75.8-76.2 inch||75.4 -77.2 inch|
|Turning diameter||49.0 feet||48.0 feet|
|Headroom, forward||39.7 inch||41.0 inch|
|Headroom, aft||38.9 inch||40.4 inch|
|Legroom, front||42.5 inch||41.8 inch|
|Legroom, rear||42.3 inch||38.5 inch|
|Shoulder room, front||65.7 inch||63.3 inch|
|Shoulder room, rear||65.5 inch||63.6 inch|
|Maximum payload||1,660 lb||1,580 lb|
|Maximum towing||10,100 pounds||9,350 pounds|