Nissan Titan VS Toyota Tundra
Word has it that you are looking to purchase an import model truck but can’t decide which would suit Edmonton’s streets better – the Titan or the Tundra. It is no secret that we are working, living and playing in oil country. Owning a truck is almost a necessity, it has become a rite of passage in Alberta. Unlike the early days of towing and hauling though, American muscle isn’t the only contender in the truck race anymore. Nissan and Toyota are both strong import brands that have made an impressive impact on the American market. Both vehicles are known for being powerful, capable work horses. Which comes out on top though? Allow us to take a look at both the Nissan Titan in Edmonton and the Toyota Tundra.
Aesthetics aren’t everything, especially when it comes to mean towing machines. But they are something. Both the Titan and the Tundra have an animalistic appeal in the looks department. With its sleek lines and aggressive grille perfectly centered between two curved, glaring headlights, the Titan is obviously the brute lion of the Sahara, ready to pounce the competition at a moment’s notice.
When it comes to size, both trucks offer relatively the same amount of head and leg room, and they’ll both take up the same amount of space in your garage. So where do they differ?
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Step up their game
For the model, Nissan has made leaps and bounds in improving the performance of the Titan. You can view the Titan Trims differences here. They seem to have recognised that they have to step up their game in order to keep ahead of the competition, and this much is evident in the horsepower output, towing capabilities and overall versatility of the new Titans. With a strong 5.6-liter V8 producing 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque and a four-wheel drive option, the Titan is the little beast that blows away the competition.
Sharp handling and amazing towing capacity puts it just ahead of the Tundra in terms of overall performance. The Titan also has a slightly higher torque, delivering more power to its wheels than the Tundra does, giving it a bit more stability and rugged handling.
When it comes to the interior of the Titan, functionality comes to mind. It is not a luxury truck, nor is it trying to be one either. Easy to clean materials and dirt resistant surfaces mean that the Titan is ready to work hard and play harder. With such exterior amenities as the Utili-Track® Channel System and a fully boxed ladder frame instead of open C-rails really displays Nissan’s innovative mind at work building us what is essentially a 317 horsepower tool box on wheels. A very good thing when it comes to designing a truck capable of taking on the rigging world.
Technology at your fingertips
If the Titan’s heart is its high performance V8 engine, pumping out power like there’s no tomorrow, then its brain is easily its NissanConnect℠ system. The innovative 5.8-inch colour touch screen monitor conveniently controls everything from the Sirius XM satellite radio and rear-view backup camera to Nissan’s voice recognition system for audio and navigation. Easy access steering wheel controls for audio, Bluetooth and cruise control mean that technology is always right at your fingertips.
While both trucks are competitively priced on the market, the Nissan Titan in Edmonton comes out on top with its unbeatable fuel economy. For a powerhouse V8, the Titan gets an impressive 19.7 miles per gallon in the city and 14.3 on the highway, saving you a bit of money at the pumps.
When it comes to making a full-size truck, manufacturers need to produce a vehicle that can deliver in the very core of what truck buyers need and want: horsepower, towing capacity and versatility. With its unbeatable power and capability, hand over fist, the Titan comes out leaps and bounds ahead of the Tundra. Check it out for yourself and see what the buzz is all about.