Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Maxima VS 2014 Toyota Avalon Near Gray, GA

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2014 Nissan Maxima

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2014 Toyota Avalon

Safety Comparison

Both the Maxima and the Avalon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, 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 Toyota Avalon:





4 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

255 lbs.

353 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the Toyota Avalon:



Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

17 inches

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

729 lbs.

984 lbs.

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

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 14% better than the Avalon.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 90 more horsepower (290 vs. 200) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 199) than the Avalon Hybrid’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 22 more horsepower (290 vs. 268) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 248) than the Avalon’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Toyota Avalon:


Avalon Hybrid

Avalon V6

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.6 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.8 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.7 MPH

89.8 MPH

97.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Maxima has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon (20 vs. 17 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 Avalon:



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

12.13 inches

11.1 inches

The Maxima’s brakes have 9% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Avalon (444 vs. 408.6 square inches), so the Maxima has more braking power available.

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 Avalon are solid, not vented.

The Maxima stops much shorter than the Avalon:



70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the Avalon (245/45R18 vs. 215/55R17). The Maxima’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Avalon (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18).

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 Avalon XLE/XLE Premium/Hybrid’s standard 55 series tires. The Maxima 3.5 SV’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Avalon XLE Touring/Limited’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Avalon XLE/XLE Premium/Hybrid. The Maxima 3.5 SV’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Avalon XLE Touring/Limited.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Maxima 3.5 SV handles at .88 G’s, while the Avalon Limited pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Maxima 3.5 SV executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Avalon Limited (26.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Maxima is 4.6 inches shorter than the Avalon, making the Maxima easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Maxima 3.5 SV is quieter than the Avalon XLE:



At idle

38 dB

39 dB


75 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

69 dB

Ergonomics Comparison

The Maxima’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Avalon XLE/Premium/Touring’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

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 Avalon 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 Avalon because typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the Avalon, including $28 less for front brake pads, $109 less for a starter, $4 less for a fuel pump, $170 less for front struts, $766 less for a timing belt/chain and $194 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Toyota Avalon by over two to one during 2012.

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