Childre Nissan Compares 2007 Nissan Maxima VS 2007 Acura TL Near Gray, GA

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2007 Nissan Maxima

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2007 Acura TL

Safety Comparison

Both the Maxima and the TL have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and available electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Maxima’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Maxima’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The TL’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt which eventually needs to be replaced. If the TL’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 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (252 vs. 233) than the TL’s standard 3.2 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Maxima has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the TL (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 TL:

Maxima

TL

TL Type-S

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

12.2 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima 3.5 SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the TL (245/45R18 vs. 235/45R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima 3.5 SE has standard 18 inch wheels. The TL’s largest wheels are only 17 inches.

The Maxima offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the TL, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Maxima’s wheelbase is 3.3 inches longer than on the TL (111.2 vs. 107.9 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has 5.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the TL (103.6 vs. 97.9).

The Maxima has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the TL.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Maxima has a much larger trunk than the TL (15.5 vs. 12.5 cubic feet).

The Maxima’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The TL doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Maxima’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The TL doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Maxima has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The TL doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To improve comfort and visibility, the Maxima has standard pull-out visor extensions that block glare better. The TL doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A power rear sun shade is optional in the Maxima to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The TL doesn’t offer a rear sun shade.

The Maxima offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The TL has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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