Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Maxima VS 2017 Honda Accord Near Atlanta, GA

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2017 Nissan Maxima

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2017 Honda Accord

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 Accord 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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Maxima Platinum’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Maxima Platinum has standard NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

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:



Accord Sedan


5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Leg Forces (l/r)

214/398 lbs.

636/216 lbs.




4 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Compression

.7 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

132 lbs.

173 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

554/51 lbs.

409/437 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 Honda Accord Sedan:



Accord Sedan


Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

286 lbs.

388 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

58 G’s

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

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.

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 115 more horsepower (300 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 111 more horsepower (300 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 22 more horsepower (300 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):



Accord Sedan

Accord Sedan Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7.7 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

16 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.5 MPH

90.7 MPH

90.7 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Maxima’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord Sedan:



Accord Sedan LX

Accord Sedan Sport/Touring

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.1 inches

12.3 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:



Accord Sedan


70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

150 feet

Consumer Reports

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. 235/40R19).

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 Accord Sedan LX’s standard 65 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 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 Accord 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 Accord Sedan, 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 .86 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 SR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Accord Sedan EX-L (26.6 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has .3 inches more front headroom and 2.5 inches more front legroom than the Accord Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Maxima’s trunk lid uses concealed beam 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 Platinum’s standard 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 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 Accord Sedan does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 manual rear sunshade is standard in the Maxima Platinum to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Accord Sedan 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 Accord Sedan’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Maxima Platinum has standard 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.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Maxima SR/Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Maxima SL/SR/Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Maxima is less expensive to operate than the Accord Sedan because typical repairs cost less on the Maxima than the Accord Sedan, including $99 less for a starter, $54 less for fuel injection, $4 less for a fuel pump, $24 less for front struts and $198 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 Accord Sedan isn’t in the top three in its category.

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