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2017 Toyota Tundra vs. 2017 Nissan Titan

2017 Toyota Tundra

Introduction

 

We can compare the 2017 Toyota Tundra and the 2017 Nissan Titan directly on a number of metric to see which of these powerful vehicles will be the right choice for us. On the whole, the 2017 Toyota Tundra comes out ahead on most of the things that full-size pickup owners look for in a vehicle, and that’s why it’s our pick of the 2017 pickup trucks available in Missouri today.

The 2017 Toyota Tundra is now for sale in Jefferson City, MO, near the cities of Moberly, MO; Wentzville, MO; Washington, MO; Marshall, MO; and Lebanon, MO.

 

Capabilities

 

Those choosing a full-size pickup truck already know that they want a vehicle that can handle a lot of abuse. The requirements we heap on our full-size trucks these days go way more than simply being a work truck – full-size pickups also need to be our recreation vehicles, suitable for daily driving, and able to double as family vehicles when we need them to.

Take a gander under the hood of the 2017 Toyota Tundra and you’ll be delighted by what you see. There’s a 5.7-liter V8 engine that will offer you over 400 lbs. of torque. The Nissan Titan, on the other hand, is a little less of a titan, with a 5.6-liter powertrain that has torque in the 300s.

Move on to the fuel capacity – something that’s always important in a vehicle that might be expected to make some hefty treks - and we find that once again the Toyota Tundra beats the Nissan Titan with its 26.5-gallon fuel tank.

The extra power of that engine isn’t just for show; it makes for differences in real world scenarios. Consider you want to haul a boat from Kansas to Missouri. Which of these vehicles is going to be the better equipped to handle such a task? The Toyota Tundra, of course. It can haul up to 10,500 lbs. without breaking a sweat, whereas the Titan struggles at 9,390 lbs. This can pretty much mean you’ll need to leave your heavy equipment at home if you’re stuck with a wee Titan to pull your loads.

The Tundra even ensures that your items are going to be safer when you haul them by bundling in a standard Trailer-Sway Control system. The Nissan Titan doesn’t give you this until you upgrade to one of the most expensive trim levels in the lineup.

 

Stability

 

Two-wheel drive Tundras have multiple systems that keep the vehicle stable and safe at all times. There’s the traction control and vehicle stability control systems that keep the grip on the road at its maximum and come in handy when you venture off the beaten path. There’s an automatic limited slip differential that engages when you start driving in difficult sand or mud conditions. This essentially ensures that the maximum engine power is available even in these situations, and wheel spin is almost completely eliminated.

You can take things further with the 4x4 Tundra, which has an electronic automatic part-time 4WD system that works in multiple ranges. Simply select the drive mode from the dial on the dash. This can be considered a set-and-forget system that engages the four-wheel drive as and when needed, but you also have control over the system should you want to take manual control. The mode selector means you decide how the active traction control and limited slip differential will be engaged.

 

Options

 

Trucks are some of the most customizable vehicles out there, as you don’t want to spend money on stuff you don’t need and you don’t want to be short of any feature on your truck that you really need. The Tundra offers more options from which to choose than the Titan does. With the Tundra, you can choose between two-door, crew cab, and extended cab vehicles. You can choose between three different bed lengths – a 5.5-foot bed, 6.5-foot bed, and extra-long 8.1-foot bed.

Much like in other things, the Nissan Titan comes up short here, giving you just the choice between a regular cab and a crew cab, which come in 5.7-foot and 8-foot variants.

On the Tundra’s larger bodies, you’ve got the option of bucket seats or bench for the front row. The rear seats fold up effortlessly.

 

Interior

 

Features that come as standard on the 2017 Toyota Tundra include an integrated backup camera display, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, predictive traffic and doppler weather overlay, 9 speakers, AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback, advanced voice recognition, USB 2.0 with iPod Connect, Bluetooth, Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, and a 7-inch touch-screen with split-screen display.

The interior of the Tundra works. The layout is intuitive and offers a great balance between a work truck and a luxury vehicle. The knobs are all large and easy to use, even if you’re wearing gloves.

The Tundra is a tough vehicle, there’s no doubt about it, but Toyota also knows that the cabin interior should be warm, quiet, and offer a smooth ride at all times. Take a test drive of the Toyota Tundra in Missouri and you might find that the ride feels more like that of a luxury sedan. The noise cancellation technology in use is particularly impressive. Many of the surfaces are soft-touch, and the unique seat stitching and high-strength paint ensure that the vehicle is able to stand up to the daily abuse you need to put it through. The glass is high solar energy absorbing, meaning that the sun won’t damage and wear on your vehicle’s cabin materials like it would on other trucks.

The gauges are grouped well and are easy to see, with a multi-information screen mounted in the center. There are a lot of spaces for electronics and other small items to keep them out of the way and safe.

 

Features

 

Take a look at the feature lists of the 2017 Toyota Tundra and the 2017 Nissan Titan side by side and you’ll see that the Toyota offers a lot more exciting features than the Nissan. For starters, the base trim of the Tundra already has a windshield wiper deicer and heated power windows. Further to this, you get keyless entry and a large 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. You also get Bluetooth connectivity as standard.

The base model of the 2017 Nissan Titan is much barer boned. You’ll not find power windows, certainly not heated ones, and you’ll be stuck with a traditional key. The display screen is a mere 5.1 inches across, and it’s not touchscreen!

Move up to the Limited trim (which is not even the highest trim of the Tundra) and you get a wealth of features. Seats become leather-trimmed in Graphite, Beige, or Black, and the interior trim is decked out to match. You get a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power adjustable passenger seat (new for 2017), dual-zone air conditioning, and the option of a power moonroof on CrewMax models. Outside, the Limited models are upgraded to 20-inch alloys, chrome handles and side mirrors, and a useful deck rail system.

Of special note are the audio systems available with the 2017 Toyota Tundra. The SR model already gets a 6.1-inch touchscreen iPod-compatible voice-activated hands-free infotainment system. Stepping up to the SR5 gets you Entune Audio Plus, a 7-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, SiriusXM and a navigation system.

Choosing the Limited or TRD Pro will get you an Entune Premium Audio system with a suite that works with your smartphone to provide useful apps on the screen. Then, the Platinum and 1794 Edition get you everything, including Entune Premium JBL Audio that has 12 speakers, amplifier, and subwoofer.

 

Safety

 

The 2017 Toyota Tundra doesn’t just get you to your destination with fewer hiccups and more style; it does it while keeping you safer. Every trim level of the 2017 Toyota Tundra includes knee airbags in the front, a rearview camera that makes reversing a cinch, and a trailer sway control system that keeps your cargo safe at all times. The Titan, on the other hand, either doesn’t have these features or only allows you to access them at higher trim levels.

There are eight standard airbags throughout the Tundra, and it can be decked out in a wealth of safety features including a Trailer-Sway Control and Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Blind Spot Monitor, Front and Rear Parking Assist Sonar, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and Standard ToyotaCare no cost maintenance plan with roadside assistance.

Ultimately, the 2017 Toyota Tundra is a better performing, more powerful, safer, and more versatile vehicle than the 2017 Nissan Titan, all at a price that beats the Nissan Titan at every turn. It has more features across the board, and as such is the clear pick of the full-size truck market.

Now for sale in Jefferson City, Missouri, the 2017 Toyota Tundra is perfect for residents of Kansas City, MO, and the surrounding areas of Lake Saint Louis, MO; Wildwood, MO; Saint Peters, MO; Warrensburg, MO; and Ellisville, MO.