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Nissan Titan vs. Toyota Tundra

Japanese automakers have presented formidable offerings in every automotive segment and -- in many cases -- long-dominated the various classes. That's not the case for full-size pickup trucks, where American brands still reign in sales by a clear margin.

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That doesn't mean the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan aren't good trucks, though. But between them, which is best?

What the Toyota Tundra Gets Right

Coming from Toyota, it's odd the Tundra isn't a particularly efficient vehicle, whether in terms of size or fuel economy. In an age where even full-size trucks are throwing new technology to consume less fuel and space, the Tundra is an artifact from the past.

Still, it boasts macho looks and is a capable hauler. The 5.7-liter V8 is brawny but polished -- it also does duty in expensive SUVs like the Land Cruiser and Lexus LX570. Like the American rivals it targets, the Tundra can be configured any way a buyer wants it, from basic to luxurious.

What the Nissan Titan Gets Right

The Titan is showing its age with a lack of advanced technology that puts it behind most rivals. The 5.6-liter V8 is torquey, though, even if power ratings aren't as high as the V8 in the Tundra.

A possible drawback for those in search of a simple work truck: The Titan is only available in upmarket King Cab and Crew Cab variants.

Which is the Better Choice?

In a head-to-head comparison, the Tundra's added refinement is noticeable. It's also the truck that will feel most familiar to drivers whose other car is a family sedan like the Camry. By contrast, the Titan is crude and outclassed.

Our Verdict: Toyota Tundra

If you want a Japanese truck, the more modern Tundra is the winner.

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Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic. 

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