2008 Toyota Tundra TRD Vs 2008 Nissan Titan Pro-4X Suspension Test - Titan & Tundra Tested
How A Lift Can Change Things...Or Not
Photography by Drew Hardin
After Williams drove both trucks back-to-back through another rutted climb, he felt the visibility out of them was about the same. "The Toyota may be better, but I never felt blind in the Nissan." He also liked the traction aids better in the Titan. "The traction control is softer in the Nissan. I didn't feel like I had to spin the wheels so much to get it to engage." Then again, he said that could also be due to the fact that the wider Mickeys grabbed the sides of the ruts better than the narrower Goodyears. Both trucks, Williams said, had plenty of low-end grunt for crawling.
On and off the trail the Tundra's 4.30 gears had no trouble accommodating the slightly taller MT/Rs. Barry Martin couldn't say the same for the 35-inch Mickeys and the Titan's 3.357 gears. "It's more of an issue on the road than off," he admitted, "but on the highway the transmission hunts a lot, especially on grades. And our fuel mileage just goes to crap."
In the end, we'd say each suspension system enhanced, rather than changed, their host truck's ride and handling characteristics. The cushy Nissan stayed that way, while the firm Toyota got more so. Both systems carried their trucks (and their hungry occupants) to Crown King's 100-year-old saloon without incident, though over cheeseburgers and cold beverages we agreed that the trip would have taken less attention on Williams' part had the Tundra been a couple inches higher. Knowing Fred, he relished the challenge. The question is, would you?
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