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Nissan recently redesigned the Titan, and it virtually tramples competition like the Toyota Tundra with its new features. With more standard safety features, more torque, and a better warranty, there is little doubt about the winner between the 2021 Nissan Titan vs 2021 Toyota Tundra. Nissan’s truck is available in five trims with a choice of two cab sizes and seats up to five passengers. Four-wheel drive can be added to any trim, although it comes standard on the off-road PRO-4X trim.
Standard features for the 2021 Titan are designed to keep you entertained, organized, and protected on the road. Nissan provides even the base S trim with standard conveniences like an 8-inch infotainment screen, remote keyless entry with push-button ignition, and a rear door alert that protects rear passengers from opening the door when other vehicles are passing. In the 2021 Tundra, such conveniences are reserved for upper trims, if they are included at all.
For outstanding performance, the Nissan Titan rides on standard 18-inch steel wheels fitted with all-season tires, with available 20-inch wheels in a number of styles. Standard front and rear stabilizer bars combine with the independent front suspension for exceptional capability on rough terrain. The fully-boxed ladder frame provides rigidity and durability made to handle uneven territory you want to explore. Outfit your 2021 Titan using the vast choices of packages and accessories to make your Titan suited to whatever tasks you need to tackle.
When you buy a truck, you need to know you can count on its power. The 2021 Nissan Titan delivers more horsepower and torque in its entry-level trim than any other truck in its segment - including the 2021 Toyota Tundra. Nissan’s 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine maximizes its strength with 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. Take your RV, your boat, or your cargo trailer of supplies and hit the open road. Nissan pairs the V8 engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission that takes you up hills and down into valleys with a smoothness that will make it seem like you’re not towing anything at all. Standard towing mirrors telescope out for rear-view visibility, and the tow/haul mode controls the gearing to make the best use of your engine’s power.
The 2021 Toyota Tundra also comes standard with a powerful V8 engine, but the aging i-FORCE design falls behind despite its higher 5.7-liter displacement. With only 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque, the Tundra just can’t keep up with the Titan - especially since Toyota continues to use an old six-speed automatic transmission. The difference between the two trucks is especially apparent when you look at their fuel economy ratings. While the Titan gets a solid 18 MPG combined, the Tundra comes in at an abysmal 15 MPG combined. That’s a lot more money you will have to spend on gas to generate less power.
For off-roading, Nissan gives trail riders an available four-by-four shift-on-the-fly system that can take you across the terrain in any landscape. Standard hill start assist and descent control hold you steady on inclines, so you know your 2021 Titan won’t roll or slip. The active brake limited slip feature keeps your wheels from scrambling when they don’t have traction by braking the tires that don’t catch, then sending power to the wheels with purchase so your Titan powers through tough spots on the trail. For extra assurance, add skid plates to protect your undercarriage from damage and utilize the available Intelligent Around View Monitor that gives you camera views to the front, sides, and rear in a split-screen format, so you see obstacles you need to avoid.
Standard tech in the 2021 Titan is generous, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity that both allow voice-activated interaction using Siri Eyes Free or Google Assistant. A standard 8-inch touchscreen has crisp, sharp detail to give you clear pictures, and the available 9-inch screen upgrades the quality with higher resolution for even more depth. Use the available NissanConnect services that feature Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant capability to transition from home to the road with all your scheduling, navigation, and favorite content you can transfer with seamless commands. The available WiFi hotspot lets your passengers use their devices in your Titan while you spend hours on the road so they can stay entertained or keep working wherever you go.
While Toyota has been making an effort to catch up when it comes to technology, it still isn’t quite there. The standard screen in the Tundra measures in at only 7 inches, and even the optional 8-inch screen barely equals the Titan’s standard screen. Toyota also only offers a tiny 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display in the Tundra’s instrument cluster, while the Nissan Titan provides a generous 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display. If you want a high-tech truck that provides the features you need, the 2021 Nissan Titan is the clear choice.
Nissan built the 2021 Titan to handle hard work and heavy loads. The standard payload capacity of 1,690 pounds means you can haul equipment, tools, and supplies in the bed without missing a beat. Storage options for the truck bed are well-designed for buyers who use their trucks for work and play, starting with the simplicity of access to the bed. With only one free hand, gain entry to the bed thanks to the assisted tailgate made with dampeners to allow it to lower easily and gently. Available ultra-bright LED bed lighting will make loading and unloading simpler even after dark in remote places, and Nissan’s class-exclusive five-channel Utili-track system secures your equipment and supplies down in the bed using tough aluminum alloy cleats that slide to accommodate cargo of any size or shape.
Available Titan Boxes store your tools and gear in the bed safely with locks to keep them secure with built-in drainage to rinse out or use as a cooler when you’re on the road or on the job. When you need more bed space, the Titan Boxes are removable. Add the available 120-volt outlet in the rear of the bed so you can plug in your tools or lights and make your trips more convenient when you’re away from town.
Nissan and Toyota both take safety seriously, but that doesn’t mean that Nissan Safety Shield 360 and Toyota Safety Sense P offer the same features. In fact, TSS-P isn’t even the most modern safety suite Toyota offers, yet it’s all that is available in the Tundra. While both vehicles come standard with the basics like Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning, Nissan goes much further with its collection of standard driver-assist technologies.
Most brands offer warnings and alerts for the front end of the vehicle, but few include rear-oriented safety as standard equipment. This is where Nissan excels. Driving a full-size truck through narrow roads and crowded parking lots can be tricky even for the best of us, so Nissan has made sure to include several valuable features that can help you out. Features that you will find standard in the Titan S that are not available in the Tundra SR include Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Automatic Braking, and a Rear Sonar System.
Standard Rear Automatic Braking combines with Rear Cross Traffic Alert to stop your Titan if a pedestrian or vehicle crosses your path while you back up. Truck owners know how difficult it can be to see behind you when driving such a large vehicle, and Nissan gives Titan owners the means to stay safe even with the entry trim. Blind Spot Warning watches for traffic on the highway when you want to change lanes, and Intelligent Driver Alertness keeps an eye on you in case you get too fatigued, so it can warn you to take a break.
When you’re trailering, Nissan gives you specialized safety features to make it safer and easier to handle traveling anywhere you go. Standard trailer sway control stabilizes your trailer in high winds or on swerving roads, and the tow and haul mode modifies your throttle and transmission programming for controlled downhill descents and smooth uphill climbs.
The available trailer brake controller adds to your trailer’s braking power automatically and adjusts rapidly when you need to stop with a heavy load behind you. But before you even get on the road, Nissan provides Titan owners with an available trailer light check you can activate remotely with your Nissan Intelligent Key. With the push of a button, you know your trailer’s lights are working right without having to ask someone else to stand behind you.
Parents will appreciate Nissan’s thoughtful attention to making little ones safe with the Snug Kids Safety Seat Fit Guide. This guide tells parents which child seats fit best into the rear seat of your 2021 Titan and even provides tips on how to properly install them.