Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Maxima VS 2014 Honda Accord Near Gray, GA

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2014 Nissan Maxima

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2014 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

Both the Maxima and the Accord Sedan 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 Honda Accord Sedan:

Maxima

Accord Sedan

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

127

144

Neck Injury Risk

30%

30%

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 Honda Accord Sedan:

Maxima

Accord Sedan

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

166

394

Spine Acceleration

51 G’s

72 G’s

Hip Force

743 lbs.

765 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

49 G’s

Hip Force

729 lbs.

819 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Maxima comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Nissan will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Accord Sedan.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Maxima’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring 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.

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 44% better than the Honda Accord Sedan 4 cyl. and 74% better than the Honda Accord Sedan V6.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 105 more horsepower (290 vs. 185) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 181) than the Accord Sedan’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 101 more horsepower (290 vs. 189) and 79 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 182) than the Accord Sedan Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 12 more horsepower (290 vs. 278) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 252) than the Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring’s standard 3.5 SOHC V6.

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

Maxima

Accord Sedan

Accord Sedan Sport

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

3.1 sec

n/a

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.7 sec

7.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.2 sec

12.5 sec

n/a

Zero to 100 MPH

15.1 sec

19.6 sec

n/a

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.6 sec

3.6 sec

n/a

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

16 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.7 MPH

90.7 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Maxima has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord Sedan (20 vs. 17.2 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:

Maxima

Accord Sedan LX

Accord Sedan Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.1 inches

11.5 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 are solid, not vented.

The Maxima stops much shorter than the Accord Sedan:

Maxima

Accord Sedan

80 to 0 MPH

219 feet

223 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the Accord Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 205/65R16). The Maxima’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 235/45R18).

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 65 series tires. The Maxima 3.5 SV’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Accord Sedan Sport’s 45 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 18-inch wheels on the Accord Sedan Sport.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Maxima 3.5 SV handles at .88 G’s, while the Accord Sedan EX-L pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Maxima 3.5 SV executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Accord Sedan EX-L (26.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Maxima’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Accord Sedan’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Maxima’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Accord Sedan Sport’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.6 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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

Maxima

Accord Sedan

At idle

38 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

81 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 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 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 Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Maxima SV to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Accord 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 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 offers 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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer an air conditioned driver’s seat.

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 Accord 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 Accord 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 Accord Sedan because it costs $126 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Maxima than the Accord Sedan, including $59 less for front brake pads, $172 less for a starter, $73 less for a fuel pump and $34 less for front struts.

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