Childre Nissan Compares 2007 Nissan Maxima VS 2007 Honda Accord Near Dublin, GA

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2007 Nissan Maxima

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2007 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

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 offers an optional backup radar to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

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 side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes and available electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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, Accord Sedan Hybrid 3.0 SOHC V6 hybrid’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 89 more horsepower (255 vs. 166) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (252 vs. 160) than the Accord Sedan’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 11 more horsepower (255 vs. 244) and 41 lbs.-ft. more torque (252 vs. 211) than the Accord Sedan’s optional 3.0 SOHC V6. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 2 more horsepower (255 vs. 253) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (252 vs. 232) than the Accord Sedan Hybrid’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 hybrid.

As tested in Road & Track the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Honda Accord Sedan V6 (automatics tested):


Accord Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.4 sec

18.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 MPH

91 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Maxima has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (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. 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.

The Maxima stops much shorter than the Accord Sedan:


Accord Sedan

80 to 0 MPH

232 feet

256 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger standard tires than the Accord Sedan (225/55R17 vs. 195/65R15). The Maxima 3.5 SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 215/60R16).

The Maxima 3.5 SL’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 LX 4cyl.’s standard 65 series tires. The Maxima 3.5 SE’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Accord Sedan V6’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima 3.5 SL has standard 17 inch wheels. Smaller 15 inch wheels are standard on the Accord Sedan LX 4cyl. The Maxima 3.5 SE’s 18 inch wheels are larger than the 17 inch wheels on the Accord Sedan 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 optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Accord Sedan, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

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 VP suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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

The Maxima 3.5 SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Accord Sedan EX pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The Maxima 3.5 SE goes through Road & Track’s slalom 3.7 MPH faster than the Accord Sedan EX (63.7 vs. 60 MPH).

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.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Maxima, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Maxima’s front power windows raise and lower automatically with one touch, especially convenient at tollbooths or drive-up windows. Only the driver’s window of the Accord Sedan works automatically with one touch.

The Maxima’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Accord Sedan VP’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Accord Sedan LX/SE/EX’s manually variable intermittent wipers don’t change delay with speed.

The Maxima has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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

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

When the Maxima with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Accord Sedan’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Maxima’s standard rear view mirror and optional side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

The Maxima’s optional heated front seats keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. The Accord Sedan VP/SE doesn’t offer heated seats.

The Maxima has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Accord Sedan VP doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Maxima and the Accord Sedan offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Maxima has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Wireless connectivity is optional on the Maxima, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Honda doesn’t offer a wireless connectivity on the Accord Sedan.

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