Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Maxima VS 2017 Infiniti Q50 Near Gray, GA

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2017 Nissan Maxima

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2017 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.

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 Q50 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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, 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Infiniti Q50:

 

Maxima

Q50

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

220

225

Neck Injury Risk

23%

24%

Neck Stress

212 lbs.

223 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

129

153

Chest Compression

.7 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

48%

Neck Stress

132 lbs.

145 lbs.

Neck Compression

56 lbs.

85 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

554/51 lbs.

541/294 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 Infiniti Q50:

 

Maxima

Q50

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

188 G’s

262 G’s

Hip Force

286 lbs.

320 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 Q50 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 5 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’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 92 more horsepower (300 vs. 208) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 258) than the Q50 2.0t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

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.

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 Q50 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 Q50, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Maxima is 1.8 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Q50.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has .5 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room and 1 inch more rear hip room than the Q50.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Maxima has a much larger trunk than the Q50 (14.3 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).

The Maxima’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Q50 Base/Hybrid doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

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 Q50 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 Q50 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

A manual rear sunshade is standard in the Maxima Platinum to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Q50 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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 Q50 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

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 Q50 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 Q50 because it costs $612 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the Q50, including $276 less for a water pump, $17 less for front brake pads, $49 less for a starter, $22 less for a fuel pump, $318 less for front struts, $362 less for a timing belt/chain and $1154 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 Q50 isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Infiniti Q50 by 45% during the 2016 model year.

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