Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Maxima VS 2018 Acura TLX Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Maxima

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2018 Acura TLX

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 TLX 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 TLX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Maxima and the TLX 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the TLX:

 

Maxima

TLX

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

168

250

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

15 cm

23 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.2/.1 kN

1.6/2.1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.51/.43

1.15/.91

Tibia forces R/L

2.1/.4 kN

4.4/5 kN

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 60 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The TLX was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Maxima’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Maxima’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The TLX 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the TLX’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Maxima’s reliability 24 points higher than the TLX.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Maxima third among large cars in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The TLX isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 94 more horsepower (300 vs. 206) and 79 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 182) than the TLX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 10 more horsepower (300 vs. 290) than the TLX’s optional 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Acura TLX:

 

Maxima

TLX 4 cyl.

TLX V6

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7.2 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.6 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.5 MPH

91.1 MPH

98.4 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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 TLX are solid, not vented.

The Maxima stops much shorter than the TLX:

 

Maxima

TLX

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the TLX (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 TLX’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 TLX.

The Maxima offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the TLX, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Maxima 3.5 SR handles at .87 G’s, while the TLX V-6 SH-AWD pulls only .82 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 TLX (26.6 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Maxima’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the TLX V-6’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The Maxima’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the TLX SH-AWD’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Maxima is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the TLX is rated a Compact.

The Maxima has 5.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the TLX (98.6 vs. 93.3).

The Maxima has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the TLX.

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 TLX 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 TLX’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

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

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 TLX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Maxima is less expensive to operate than the TLX because it costs $108 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the TLX, including $47 less for an alternator, $197 less for a starter, $61 less for front struts and $636 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Acura TLX by 79% during the 2017 model year.

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