Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Maxima VS 2019 Cadillac XTS Near Gray, GA

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2019 Nissan Maxima

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2019 Cadillac XTS

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 XTS doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 XTS doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Maxima and the XTS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, 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 Cadillac XTS:

 

Maxima

XTS

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

106

206

Neck Stress

328 lbs.

378 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

67/94 lbs.

235/286 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 Cadillac XTS:

 

Maxima

XTS

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

286 lbs.

339 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

591 lbs.

763 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 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XTS has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 20 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 first among large cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The XTS 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 12th.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 53 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 14 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Cadillac XTS V6:

 

Maxima

XTS

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.5 MPH

92.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Maxima gets better fuel mileage than the XTS FWD with its standard engine (20 city/30 hwy vs. 19 city/28 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Maxima stops much shorter than the XTS:

 

Maxima

XTS

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

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 XTS 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 XTS, 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 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Maxima flat and controlled during cornering. The XTS’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Maxima SR handles at .87 G’s, while the XTS AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Maxima SR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the XTS AWD (26.6 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Maxima’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the XTS’ (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Maxima may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 500 pounds less than the Cadillac XTS.

The Maxima is 8.1 inches shorter than the XTS, making the Maxima easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has .4 inches more front headroom and 2.9 inches more front legroom than the XTS.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Maxima easier. The Maxima’s trunk lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the XTS’ liftover is 30 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the front windows are left open on the Maxima the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the XTS can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Maxima has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XTS doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 XTS’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Maxima owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Maxima with a number “1” insurance rate while the XTS is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

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 XTS only retains 34.07% to 36.66%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Maxima is less expensive to operate than the XTS because it costs $414 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the XTS, including $92 less for a water pump, $46 less for a muffler, $77 less for front brake pads, $13 less for a starter, $120 less for a fuel pump, $45 less for front struts, $73 less for a timing belt/chain and $463 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 $7603 to $25249 less than for the Cadillac XTS.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Maxima and the Cadillac XTS, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Cadillac XTS by almost three to one during the 2018 model year.

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