Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Maxima VS 2017 Ford Fusion Near Dublin, GA

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2017 Nissan Maxima

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2017 Ford Fusion

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 Fusion doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Maxima Platinum has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Fusion 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.

Both the Maxima and the Fusion 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning 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 Ford Fusion:

 

Maxima

Fusion

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

28%

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

129

254

Neck Injury Risk

37%

52%

Neck Stress

132 lbs.

197 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 Ford Fusion:

 

Maxima

Fusion

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

188 G’s

401 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

61 G’s

Hip Force

591 lbs.

790 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, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Maxima its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fusion is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 125 more horsepower (300 vs. 175) and 86 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 175) than the Fusion’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 119 more horsepower (300 vs. 181) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 185) than the Fusion’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 55 more horsepower (300 vs. 245) than the Fusion’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Road and Track the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Ford Fusion 4 cyl.:

 

Maxima

Fusion

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

84 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Maxima has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Fusion FWD’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 16.5 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 Fusion:

 

Maxima

Fusion

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.13 inches

11.9 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 Fusion are solid, not vented.

The Maxima stops much shorter than the Fusion:

 

Maxima

Fusion

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the Fusion (245/45R18 vs. 215/60R16). The Maxima’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fusion (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R17).

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 Fusion S’ standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Fusion S.

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 Fusion 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 Fusion, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Maxima 3.5 SR handles at .87 G’s, while the Fusion Sport AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Maxima 3.5 SR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Fusion SE (26.6 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has .2 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more front legroom than the Fusion.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Maxima offers cargo security. The Fusion’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Fusion does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Maxima’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Fusion’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

A manual rear sunshade is standard in the Maxima Platinum to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Fusion doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

When the Maxima Platinum 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 Fusion’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Fusion and isn’t available on the Fusion S.

The Maxima’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Fusion S doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the Maxima and the Fusion offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Maxima has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Fusion S doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Fusion is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Maxima is less expensive to operate than the Fusion because typical repairs cost less on the Maxima than the Fusion, including $12 less for front brake pads and $139 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Maxima first among large cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Fusion isn’t in the top three in its category.

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