Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Maxima VS 2014 Infiniti Q50 Near Atlanta, GA

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2014 Nissan Maxima

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2014 Infiniti Q50

Safety Comparison

The Maxima has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Q50 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Maxima and the Q50 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the Infiniti Q50:



Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




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

The Maxima’s bumpers sustained $7353 less damage than the Q50 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

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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Maxima stops shorter than the Q50:



80 to 0 MPH

219 feet

223 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

123 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the Q50 (245/45R18 vs. 225/55R17).

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 Q50’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Q50.

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 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Q50.

The Maxima 3.5 SV handles at .88 G’s, while the Q50S pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has .2 inches more front hip room and 1.4 inches more rear hip room than the Q50.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Maxima has a larger trunk than the Q50 (14.2 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Maxima SV to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Q50 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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 Q50 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 which can play a separate audio source. The Q50 doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Maxima, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Infiniti Q50 by over three to one during 2013.

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