Childre Nissan Compares 2013 Nissan Maxima VS 2013 Acura TL Near Gray, GA

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2013 Nissan Maxima

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2013 Acura TL

Safety Comparison

Both the Maxima and the TL have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact 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 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the Acura TL:




3 Stars

2 Stars



4 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Stress

255 lbs.

258 lbs.



2 Stars

2 Stars




Chest Compression

.7 inches

.9 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

767/665 lbs.

1190/895 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the Acura TL:




5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat


3 Stars

3 Stars

Abdominal Force

295 G’s

345 G’s

Hip Force

394 lbs.

449 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars




Spine Acceleration

51 G’s

61 G’s

Hip Force

743 lbs.

906 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need 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 that needs periodic replacement. 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 10 more horsepower (290 vs. 280) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 254) than the TL’s standard 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Acura TL 3.7 SOHC V6:



Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.4 sec

16.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6 sec

6.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.2 sec

3.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.6 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

95 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

130 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Maxima has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the TL (20 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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 TL are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 TL’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the TL.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Maxima’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the TL’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Maxima is 3.4 inches shorter than the TL, making the Maxima easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the Maxima 3.5 SV is quieter than the TL SH-AWD ®:



At idle

46 dB

51 dB


72 dB

78 dB

50 MPH Cruising

61 dB

72 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has .1 inches more front headroom and 1.3 inches more front legroom than the TL.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Maxima has a much larger trunk than the TL (14.2 vs. 13.1 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 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 TL doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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

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 TL has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 TL doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Maxima owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Maxima with a number “5” insurance rate while the TL is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Maxima is less expensive to operate than the TL because it costs $56 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the TL, including $113 less for a water pump, $366 less for an alternator, $16 less for front brake pads, $148 less for a starter and $441 less for a power steering pump.

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