Childre Nissan Compares 2011 Nissan Maxima VS 2011 Honda Accord Near Gray, GA

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2011 Nissan Maxima

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2011 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 38.5 MPH side impact tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Maxima is safer than the Accord Sedan:


Accord Sedan

Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Thoracic Trauma



Pelvis Deceleration

59 G’s

68 G’s

Rear Seat


5 Stars

3 Stars

Thoracic Trauma



Pelvis Deceleration

45 G’s

66 G’s

More stars indicate a better chance of avoiding serious injuries. Lower numbers indicate better actual numeric test results.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Maxima’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Accord Sedan 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. 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 113 more horsepower (290 vs. 177) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 161) than the Accord Sedan LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 100 more horsepower (290 vs. 190) and 99 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 162) than the Accord Sedan EX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 19 more horsepower (290 vs. 271) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 254) than the Accord Sedan EX’s optional 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Honda Accord Sedan (automatics tested):


Accord Sedan V6

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.6 MPH

94.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Maxima has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord Sedan (20 vs. 18.5 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 LX

Accord Sedan EX

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.1 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.13 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The Maxima’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Accord Sedan LX are solid, not vented.

The Maxima stops much shorter than the Accord Sedan:


Accord Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the Accord Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 215/60R16). The Maxima’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/50R17).

The Maxima’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Sedan LX’s standard 60 series tires. The Maxima 3.5 SV’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Accord Sedan EX’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Accord Sedan LX. The Maxima 3.5 SV’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels on the Accord Sedan EX.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Maxima 3.5 SV handles at .88 G’s, while the Accord Sedan EX-L pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Maxima 3.5 SV executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Accord Sedan EX (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Maxima is 3.5 inches shorter than the Accord Sedan 4 cyl., making the Maxima easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Maxima 3.5 SV is quieter than the Accord Sedan EX-L:


Accord Sedan

At idle

38 dB

41 dB


75 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

68 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

The engine computer on the Maxima automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Accord Sedan’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Maxima SV’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 standard front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord Sedan’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Maxima SV’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches. With the Accord Sedan LX-P/EX’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

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 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX-L.

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

When the Maxima SV 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 SV 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 Accord Sedan has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Maxima SV’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

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 LX doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Maxima SV offers optional rear seat controls for the radio which can play a separate audio source. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

The Maxima’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Accord Sedan’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Maxima owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Maxima with a number “3” insurance rate while the Accord Sedan is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Maxima is less expensive to operate than the Accord Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the Accord Sedan, including $207 less for an alternator and $38 less for a starter.

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