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Old 08 Mar 2004, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Sweet Tooth's Auto Reviews "Battle of the Full Size Import Pickup Trucks"

Two japanesse companies had launched themselves on a market that is dominated by the amercians wich is the Full Size Pickup Market. Toyota Drew first blood on 2000 with the Tundra, but due to the lack of power and size this truck is being bullied by the american trucks. On 2003 The Titan was borned at the Detroit Auto Show claiming that this truck can go toe to toe with the americans. Without further adue here is the comparo.



Toyota lauched this year the Tundra Double Cab wich Toyota claims the truck looks like a full size now..... Well kinda the truck just got bloated with a higher roof line and a bit wider. This truck comes with two engines either 3.4 190HP V6 or a 240HP V8. The one I'm Test Driving has the V8 of course.

When it comes to ride quality this truck takes the cake. It feels more like a car than a truck I like the way it runs and it's very quiet at highway speeds. The interiors are a bit questionable thou. The Wood trim looks cheap as hell, the "Premium Sound Package" Doesn't cut it with a bad sound quality compared with it's competitor. But the seats are confy and this truck can seat four 6 footers confy with no complaints.


Now here is where the truck's shine starts to fade. I attached a 20 foot boat and I felt the truck struggling a little bit to move it around. The total weight was less the 5,500 pounds wich is odd cause the Instruction Manual says this truck can pul 7,000 pounds so this is a big disappointment. I rolled in My ATV to the truck bed and the suspension buttomed out more than it should so another big thumbs down here. Performance wise... Meh it's decent it's quicker than Ford and Chevy thats for sure. Another thumbs down is the price. This truck costs too much money for what it offers Starting at 29 grand for a basci SR-5 and scratching the 33 grand mark on the Limited you have to be on a Toyota Cult to spend it. The truck does look good but it's not good enought to say "I want one I want one"

In conclusion this truck rides nice and it's confy but let's face it this truck is a poser. I personaly would prefer a Tacoma if I want to get a Toyota truck cause at least this turck is a lot more appealing.



When Nissan claimed this truck could compete with the amercans, they were dead serious on their statement. This truck is huge comapred with a Titan and also a lot healther on the Engine Department. Titans basic and only engine option is a DOHC 5.6L V8 Pulling 300HP wich as much as a Ford F-150 with their 5.4L V8 but this engine is optional.

Riding quality on this truck is a bit soft but not a car ride like the Tundra and seats are really confy and you can seat five 6 footers confy but we have to remember that the Titan is a lot bigger than the Tundra. The Interior is really futuristic look althou I'm not convinced with the material. Only time will tell when it comes to wear and tear. This truck also came in with a DVD Entertainment Center wich is sweet and the sound is marvelous thanks to a 8 Speaker Bose Stereo with a in-dash 6 CD changer and in- dash navigational system.


I was amazed with the pulling capabilities of this truck. I tried the same 20 foot boat I tried on the Tundra and the Titan pulled it like nothing, I also tried a cattle trailer with a bull and three caths (this cattle belongs to my father-in-law) making a total of 7,565 pounds and the truck did it with no effort. I also putted up my ATV and the truck just went down a bit but not like the Tundra. I didn't tried anything else cause I ran out of junk to pull and I was afraid i could break it and this truck was a loaner. The Manual says it can pull 9,500 ponds but I don't have anything that weights that much. And performance wise I must say this is one mean truck This truck is fast but not fast enough to be a super truck. According to Car and Driver this truck is the fastest comparing with all pickup trucks on the market... And the fastest before the Titan was the HEMI powered Dodge RAM 1500 but now the Titan beats the RAM by half a second.

Now something I didn't liked much besides the material on the interiors was that this truck is too sensitive on the gas. you touch the pedal and truck wants to leap foward (my fiance almost smashed it on the Walmart parking lot) but I guess this is something you need to get used to.

Pricing is really competitive if we compare it with Nissan's actual Target wich is the big three. Casic Equipped titan King Cab runs on the mid 27, nicely equipped with like the one I test drove is around 320 grand and fully equipped is near 35 grand. Wich is cheap if we compared with Ford, chevy and Dodge that run over 35 grand on their four door versions respectively.

The Veredict

Honestly the Titan is a much better pickup truck than Toyota on every aspect and competitors have neer taken the Tundra Seriously since it came out but they are shaking off their boots with the titan cause the truck is a formidable compatitor and can seriously go and play on their playground and actualy beat them. The Tundra is a nice cruiser I can't take that out of Toyota and it's really quiet compared to any of it's competitors. But those attributes won't make a contruction guy get a tundra to haul drywalls.


"Phew" Longest Review I've ever made.

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ive always liked the toyota tundra...although its not like im going to be hauling a bunch of stuff when i get my DL lol

i'd like to see the Chevy S-10 vs. Ford Ranger
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Thats an old battle. And the S-10 is almost gone. The colorado will be it's replacement.


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