Childre Nissan Compares 2013 Nissan Titan VS 2013 Toyota Tundra Near Macon, GA

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2013 Nissan Titan

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2013 Toyota Tundra

Safety Comparison

The Titan has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Tundra doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Titan (except S)’s optional blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Tundra doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Titan and the Tundra have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Titan is safer than the Tundra:





5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index




Leg injuries (L/R)

495 / 212

545 / 528

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results. Not comparable with post-2010 results.

Reliability Comparison

The Titan has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Tundra doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Titan’s reliability will be 16% better than the Toyota Tundra 2WD V8 and 33% better than the Toyota Tundra 4x4 V8.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Titan third among large pickups in their 2012 Initial Quality Study. The Tundra isn’t in the top three.

Engine Comparison

The Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 47 more horsepower (317 vs. 270) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (385 vs. 278) than the Tundra’s standard 4.0 DOHC V6. The Titan’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 7 more horsepower (317 vs. 310) and 58 lbs.-ft. more torque (385 vs. 327) than the Tundra’s optional 4.6 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Titan has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tundra (28 vs. 26.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Titan has larger standard tires than the Tundra (265/70R18 vs. 255/70R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Titan has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Tundra.

The Nissan Titan’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Tundra only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Titan has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Tundra doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Titan Short Bed SV Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .72 G’s, while the Tundra Standard Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4 pulls only .67 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Titan Short Bed SV Crew Cab 4x4 goes through Popular Mechanics’ slalom faster than the Tundra Short Bed Limited CrewMax 4x4 (39.6 vs. 38.9 MPH).

For greater off-road capability the Titan Standard Bed PRO-4X King Cab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tundra Standard Bed Regular Cab (10.7 vs. 10.6 inches), allowing the Titan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Titan is shorter than the Tundra, making the Titan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:



Extended Cab Standard Bed

224.6 inches

228.7 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

224.6 inches

228.7 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

244.2 inches


As tested by Popular Mechanics while at idle, the interior of the Titan Short Bed SV Crew Cab 4x4 is quieter than the Tundra Short Bed Limited CrewMax 4x4 (48.2 vs. 51 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Titan Crew Cab has 8.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tundra (125.6 vs. 117).

The Titan King Cab has .8 inches more front headroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the Tundra Double Cab.

The Titan Crew Cab has .8 inches more front headroom and 1.7 inches more rear headroom than the Tundra CrewMax.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Titan has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Tundra doesn’t offer stake post holes.

The Titan has an all welded cargo box to eliminate possible corrosion spots and to provide better chassis stiffness. The cargo box in the Tundra is bolted through the bed to the frame with large bolts. These bolts are a prime area for corrosion to start as the normal flexing of the truck’s chassis causes them to eat through the finish; they can also snag cargo as it slides in and out.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Titan (except S/SV)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tundra doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Titan’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tundra’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Titan (except King Cab S) the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Tundra can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Titan’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Tundra Base/Work Truck’s standard wipers have no intermittent settings at all, so the driver will have to constantly turn them on and off. The Tundra SR5/Limited/Platinum’s manually variable intermittent wipers don’t change delay with speed.

The Titan’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Tundra’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

An optional built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Titan’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Tundra doesn’t offer a filtration system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Titan is less expensive to operate than the Tundra because typical repairs cost much less on the Titan than the Tundra, including $169 less for a water pump, $104 less for an alternator, $40 less for fuel injection, $319 less for a fuel pump and $113 less for front struts.

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