Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Maxima VS 2013 Infiniti G Near Macon, GA

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2014 Nissan Maxima

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2013 Infiniti G

Safety Comparison

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

Both the Maxima and the G Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 G Sedan:


G Sedan



5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index



Chest forces

43 g’s

44 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

301 / 133

886 / 311



5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index



Chest forces

41 g’s

46 g’s

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results. Not comparable with post-2010 results.

The Maxima’s bumpers sustained $7353 less damage than the G Sedan in four IIHS ( Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) bumper tests.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Maxima’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The G Sedan’s redline is at 7600 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Maxima has a 6600 RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in reliability. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 20th.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the G Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/55R17). The Maxima’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the G Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/50R18).

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 G Sedan’s standard 55 series tires. The Maxima 3.5 SV’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the G Sedan’s optional 50 series front and 45 series rear tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Maxima is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the G Sedan.

The Maxima 3.5 SV handles at .85 G’s, while the G37 Sport Sedan pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the Maxima 3.5 SV is quieter than the G37 Sport Sedan:


G Sedan

At idle

46 dB

52 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 .7 inches more front shoulder room and .2 inches more rear hip room than the G Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Maxima has a larger trunk than the G Sedan (14.2 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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

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

The Maxima SV’s optional air conditioned driver’s seat cools the driver and helps take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The G Sedan doesn’t offer an air conditioned driver’s seat.

Both the Maxima and the G 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 G Sedan 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 that can play a separate audio source. The G Sedan 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 “3” insurance rate while the G Sedan 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 G Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the G Sedan, including $124 less for a water pump, $4 less for front brake pads, $76 less for a starter, $191 less for front struts, $273 less for a timing belt/chain and $1285 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Maxima and the Infiniti G Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Infiniti G by 1430 units during the 2013 model year.

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