Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Maxima VS 2014 Audi A4 Near Macon, GA

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2014 Nissan Maxima

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2014 Audi A4

Safety Comparison

Both the Maxima and the A4 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.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the A4 Sedan:



Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Peak Head Forces



Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

25 cm

31 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

1.74/.01 kN

8.57/1.22 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



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 Audi A4:



Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

51 G’s

71 G’s

Hip Force

743 lbs.

790 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

20 inches




Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

50 G’s

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

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Maxima 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Maxima’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Maxima’s reliability will be 21% better than the A4.

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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in reliability. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 70 more horsepower (290 vs. 220) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 258) than the A4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Maxima has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the A4 (20 vs. 16.1 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 A4 are solid, not vented.

The Maxima stops much shorter than the A4:



60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the A4.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Maxima is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the A4.

The Maxima 3.5 SV handles at .88 G’s, while the A4 2.0T Sedan Quattro pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Maxima 3.5 SV executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the A4 2.0T Sedan Quattro (26.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Maxima is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the A4 is rated a Compact.

The Maxima has 4.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 (95.8 vs. 91).

The Maxima has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Maxima has a much larger trunk than the A4 Sedan with its rear seat up (14.2 vs. 12.4 cubic feet).

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 A4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the front windows are left down on the Maxima the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the A4 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Maxima allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Audi A4’s available Audi Advanced Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield, the Maxima has standard extendable sun visors. The A4 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 A4’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 A4 doesn’t offer an air conditioned driver’s seat.

The Maxima has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the A4.

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 A4 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 A4 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 A4 because it costs $112 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the A4, including $365 less for a water pump, $41 less for front brake pads, $345 less for a starter, $30 less for fuel injection, $14 less for a fuel pump, $312 less for front struts and $223 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Maxima, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Audi A4 isn't recommended.

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Audi A4/S4 by 45% during the 2013 model year.

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