Ask TFLtruck: Should I Buy a Toyota Tundra or a Nissan Titan?

Which truck should I buy?

We received an excellent question from our friend Robert about purchasing a used Tundra vs Titan. Specifically, the 2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve vs the 2017 Toyota Tundra 1794. We were keen to not only answer this question on, but we also have at least two video comparisons of the two trucks.

Here’s the question:

Which is the best truck between a 2017 Nissan Titan platinum reserve vs 2017 Toyota Tundra 1794? Which would you recommend or which one would you buy?

Roberto R from Maryland. 

This is a very interesting question. We assume you are talking about the Titan 1500 and not the heavier Titan XD.

Here is the first of our recent comparison videos. Here we compare both of these trucks with their off-road packages for acceleration and suspension flex.

The two trucks have similar power trains.

The Toyota Tundra offers a 5.7-liter V8 with 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Nissan Titan has a 5.6-liter V8 with 390 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque. The Titan has one more gear than the Tundra with a 7-speed automatic.

The two trucks offer similar fuel economy, and they are rated to tow similar amounts as well.

As far as, the luxurious Platinum Reserve and 1794 Editions are concerned, it’s a matter of taste for the interior. Both are appointed with soft leather, but the Nissan interior feels just a little better executed.

Here is what managing editor, Andre Smirnov, had to say.

These two trucks are very close in my opinion, but I would get the Tundra 1794 because I like the interior better. The Tundra crew cab is more spacious and comfortable for me (I am just over 6’2”).

In the end, if you are a taller person, or transport people/family on a regular basis, the bigger Tundra crew cab interior would be the choice. If you want a little more acceleration, then the Titan is the way to go.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.