Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan Maxima VS 2016 Mercedes C-Class Near Macon, GA

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2016 Nissan Maxima

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2016 Mercedes C-Class

Safety Comparison

The Maxima Platinum has a standard Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The C-Class Sedan only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the Maxima SL/SR/Platinum’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Maxima and the C-Class Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and driver alert monitors.

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 Mercedes C-Class Sedan:

Maxima

C-Class Sedan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

24%

Neck Compression

60 lbs.

62 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

214/398 lbs.

421/449 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

129

246

Neck Injury Risk

37%

60%

Neck Stress

132 lbs.

147 lbs.

Neck Compression

56 lbs.

219 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 flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the Mercedes C-Class Sedan:

Maxima

C-Class Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1 inches

Hip Force

286 lbs.

452 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

391

459

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

67 G’s

Hip Force

591 lbs.

949 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Maxima its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 73 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The C-Class Sedan has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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

The Maxima’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the C-Class Sedan’s (5/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Maxima’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 59 more horsepower (300 vs. 241) than the C300 Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Maxima is faster than the C300 Sedan:

Maxima

C-Class Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.5 MPH

93.4 MPH

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the C-Class Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/50R17). The Maxima’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/40R19).

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 C-Class Sedan’s standard 50 series tires.

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

The Maxima has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Maxima offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the C-Class Sedan, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the C-Class Sedan don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Maxima is 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the C-Class Sedan.

Chassis Comparison

The Maxima SL/SR/Platinum uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has 2.3 inches more front headroom and 3.3 inches more front legroom than the C-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Maxima has a much larger trunk than the C-Class Sedan (14.3 vs. 12.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Maxima has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Maxima’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The C-Class Sedan does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

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