4 Reasons to buy a 2022 Toyota Tundra, Not a Nissan Titan

The 2022 Nissan Titan is at a serious disadvantage against nearly all other trucks in the full-size truck market. While the 2022 Toyota Tundra faces the same uphill challenges, the Titan is often overlooked in favor of trucks from the Detroit Big Three automakers. The latest model of these two trucks shows significant differences, giving you many reasons to choose one over the other.

1. The Nissan Titan has a higher starting price than the Toyota Tundra

This orange 2022 Toyota Tundra could be the truck you want to drive.
2022 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

Right from the start, you’ll pay more to drive the base version of the Titan than the Tundra. According to Kelley Blue Book, the Titan King Cab S trim has a starting price of $38,010, while the Toyota Tundra SR shows up at $35,950.

Heading up to the top trims in the market, you will pay less for the Nissan Titan than the Toyota Tundra. The Tundra Capstone is the latest in the lineup of luxury-laden trucks, and it comes at a price of $73,530, while the Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab hits the $67,000 mark. Even though the Nissan truck at the top is more affordable, the packaging doesn’t reach the luxury levels of the top Toyota truck trim.

2. The Tundra is an all-new truck for 2022

The Toyota Tundra receives a new SX Package for 2023.
Toyota Tundra | Toyota

The writing was already on the wall for full-size pickup trucks offering nothing more than a V8 engine. For the 2022 model year, Toyota addressed this issue by giving the Tundra a pair of V6 powertrains. In addition, the Tundra is all-new with upgraded technology, driving systems, and comfort features.

The Nissan Titan hasn’t changed its generation since 2015. According to Motor1, this truck will not see the third generation in the market.

3. The Nissan Titan doesn’t tow as much as the Toyota Tundra

Blue Toyota Tundra pickup truck towing a Toyota Racing trailer down an empty interstate.
2022 Toyota Tundra towing | Toyota Motor Corporation

When you need a truck that can tow a little and carry some payload in the bed, the 2022 Nissan Titan gives you a tow rating of 9,320 pounds and a payload rating of 1,710 pounds. If you’re at all familiar with full-size trucks, you know this number is paltry at best.

Turning to the 2022 Toyota Tundra, we see a truck that can tow up to 12,000 pounds and carry as much as 1,940 pounds in the bed. While these numbers still don’t match the figures from Ford, GM, and Ram, they are much better than what Nissan offers in the Titan.

4. Toyota offers better powertrains in their full-size truck

Some might think that every Nissan has a CVT attached to the engine, but that’s not the case for the Titan. This pickup truck uses a 5.6-liter V8 engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain delivers 400 horsepower, 413 lb-ft of torque, and up to 16 city/21 hwy mpg for the RWD model.

Unfortunately for the 2022 Nissan Titan, the antiquated V8 powertrain doesn’t offer enough. Under the hood of the 2022 Toyota Tundra resides one of two 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 powertrains. Both systems use a 10-speed automatic transmission to send power to the wheels.

In the non-hybrid setup, the powertrain of the Tundra returns 489 horsepower, 479 lb-ft of torque, and up to 18 city/24 hwy mpg. Adding the hybrid electric motor-generator bumps the power to 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid setup increases the fuel mileage to a maximum of 20 city/24 hwy mpg.

Does the Nissan Titan have any redeeming qualities?

A blue 2022 Nissan Titan pickup truck is parked.
The 2022 Nissan Titan | Nissan

Yes, the 2022 Nissan Titan currently offers the best warranty in the full-size truck class. This warranty gives owners a five-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection program. Comparatively, the 2022 Toyota Tundra sticks with the standard three-year/36,000-mile coverage we’ve seen for many years.

Is the Tundra better than the Titan?

By comparison, it’s nearly impossible to look at the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan together and think the Nissan truck is a better option. The Tundra is newer, costs less for the base model, has more towing and payload capacity, and offers more efficient and powerful engines. It’s a clear victory for the Tundra over the Titan in the full-size truck market.

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