Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Maxima VS 2019 Acura RLX Near Dublin, GA

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2019 Nissan Maxima

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2019 Acura RLX

Safety Comparison

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Maxima are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The RLX doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Maxima (except S/SV/SL) offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The RLX doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Maxima’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 RLX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Maxima and the RLX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 lane departure warning systems, 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 Acura RLX:

 

Maxima

RLX

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

106

252

Neck Compression

20 lbs.

67 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

67/94 lbs.

305/387 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 Acura RLX:

 

Maxima

RLX

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

66 G’s

Hip Force

591 lbs.

901 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 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 RLX’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the RLX’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 44 points higher than the RLX.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Maxima first among large cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The RLX isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Maxima gets better fuel mileage than the RLX FWD V6 (20 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

The Maxima has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the RLX Sport Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 15.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Maxima’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the RLX:

 

Maxima

RLX

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 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 RLX are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 RLX 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 RLX, 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 SR handles at .86 G’s, while the RLX pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Maxima SR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the RLX (26.6 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Maxima’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the RLX’s (38.1 feet vs. 40.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Maxima may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 700 pounds less than the Acura RLX.

The Maxima is 5.3 inches shorter than the RLX, making the Maxima easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has 1.8 inches more front headroom and 2.7 inches more front legroom than the RLX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

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 RLX does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Nissan Maxima offers an available wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The RLX doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Nissan Maxima offers an available wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The RLX doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Maxima will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Maxima will retain 36.9% to 38.7% of its original price after five years, while the RLX only retains 33.14% to 34.94%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Maxima will be $15394 to $16195 less than for the Acura RLX.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Maxima, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Acura RLX isn't recommended.

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 RLX isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Acura RLX by over 27 to one during the 2018 model year.

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