Childre Nissan Compares 2004 Nissan Maxima VS 2004 Honda Accord Near Macon, GA

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2004 Nissan Maxima

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2004 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

The Maxima has standard head airbag curtains which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and front passenger’s upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. Head airbags cost extra in the Accord Sedan and requires EX.

 The Maxima has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

 The Maxima automatic offers optional Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. VDC then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer skid prevention.

Compared to metal, the Maxima’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Honda Accord Sedan has a metal gas tank.

Both the Maxima and the Accord Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts and four wheel antilock brakes.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Maxima 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Accord Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Accord Sedan ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Maxima’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Accord Sedan 3.0 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Accord Sedan’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 105 more horsepower (265 vs. 160) and 94 lbs.-ft. more torque (255 vs. 161) than the Accord Sedan’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 25 more horsepower (265 vs. 240) and 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (255 vs. 212) than the Accord Sedan’s optional 3.0 SOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Honda Accord Sedan EX-V6 (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

15.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Maxima has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord Sedan (20 vs. 17.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Maxima’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord Sedan:


Accord Sedan

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

8.7” drums

Opt Rear Rotors


10.2 inches

The Nissan Maxima has standard antilock four wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Accord Sedan. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. Whatever factors cause this tendency, the Maxima has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger standard tires than the Accord Sedan (225/55R17 vs. 195/65R15). The Maxima 3.5SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 205/65R15).

The Maxima 3.5SL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Sedan DX’s standard 65 series tires. The Maxima 3.5SE’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Accord Sedan EX/LX V6’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima 3.5SL has standard 17 inch wheels. Smaller 15 inch wheels are standard on the Accord Sedan DX. The Maxima 3.5SE’s 18 inch wheels are larger than the 16 inch wheels on the Accord Sedan EX/LX V6.

The Maxima has a standard tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert the driver to a drop in tire pressure before damage to the tire or an accident might occur. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a low tire pressure warning system.

The Maxima offers an available full size spare tire. A full size spare isn’t available on the Accord Sedan.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Maxima has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Maxima flat and controlled during cornering. The Accord Sedan DX suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by AutoWeek while at idle, the interior of the Maxima 3.5SE is quieter than the Accord Sedan EX (41 vs. 72 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has 1.3 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Maxima has a much larger trunk than the Accord Sedan (15.5 vs. 14 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Maxima’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Accord Sedan’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Maxima’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord Sedan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

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