Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Maxima VS 2018 Cadillac CTS Near Warner Robins, GA

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2018 Nissan Maxima

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2018 Cadillac CTS

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 CTS 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 CTS doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Maxima and the CTS 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 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 Cadillac CTS:

 

Maxima

CTS

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

25%

Leg Forces (l/r)

214/398 lbs.

277/456 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

129

328

Neck Injury Risk

37%

45%

Neck Stress

132 lbs.

200 lbs.

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

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 CTS:

 

Maxima

CTS

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

168

183

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

1 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

15 cm

19 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Femur Force R/L

.2/.1 kN

5.9/3.7 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

14%/1%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia forces R/L

2.1/.4 kN

5.7/7.8 kN

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 Cadillac CTS:

 

Maxima

CTS

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

188 G’s

189 G’s

Hip Force

286 lbs.

287 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

591 lbs.

701 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 60 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The CTS was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 17 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Maxima’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Maxima third among large cars in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The CTS 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 8 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 32 more horsepower (300 vs. 268) than the CTS’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Cadillac CTS turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Maxima

CTS

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.5 MPH

93.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Maxima gets better city fuel mileage than the CTS RWD V6 (21 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/30 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Maxima stops shorter than the CTS:

 

Maxima

CTS

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

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 CTS doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

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 CTS, 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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Maxima 3.5 SR handles at .86 G’s, while the CTS Luxury AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has .4 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the CTS.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Maxima has a larger trunk than the CTS (14.3 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

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 CTS does not have an oil pressure gauge.

If the front windows are left down on the Maxima the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the CTS can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Maxima’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The CTS’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 CTS’ headlights are rated “Poor.”

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 CTS 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 CTS because it costs $351 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the CTS, including $14 less for a water pump, $604 less for an alternator, $119 less for front brake pads, $439 less for a fuel pump, $185 less for front struts and $139 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Maxima will be $7038 to $22788 less than for the Cadillac CTS.

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 CTS isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Cadillac CTS by over five to one during the 2017 model year.

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