Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Maxima VS 2019 Honda Accord Near Macon, GA

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2019 Nissan Maxima

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2019 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

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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 Accord doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 Accord doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Accord doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Maxima (except S/SV/SL) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Accord only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Maxima and the Accord have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems 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 Honda Accord:

 

Maxima

Accord

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

106

261

Neck Compression

20 lbs.

74 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

67/94 lbs.

231/338 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 Honda Accord:

 

Maxima

Accord

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

286 lbs.

431 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

62 G’s

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

Reliability Comparison

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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 26 points higher than the Accord.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Maxima first among large cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Accord 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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, 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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 1 place higher in reliability than Honda.

Engine Comparison

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The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 108 more horsepower (300 vs. 192) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 192) than the Accord’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 48 more horsepower (300 vs. 252) than the Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Honda Accord (automatics tested):

 

Maxima

Accord 1.5

Accord 2.0

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7.6 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.9 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.5 MPH

89.3 MPH

97.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Maxima has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (18 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Maxima

Accord

Accord 2.0T/Sport/Touring

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.5 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.13 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 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 Accord are solid, not vented.

The Maxima stops much shorter than the Accord:

 

Maxima

Accord

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the Accord (245/45R18 vs. 225/50R17). The Maxima’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord (245/45R18 vs. 235/40R19).

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 Accord’s standard 50 series tires.

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

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 Accord 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 Accord, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Maxima SR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Accord EX (26.6 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The front step up height for the Maxima is 1.4 inches lower than the Accord (15.1” vs. 16.5”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Maxima’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Accord’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Maxima’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord LX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 Accord does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

The Maxima offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Accord offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold winter days, the Maxima SL/SR/Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Maxima and the Accord offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Maxima has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Accord doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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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 Accord is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Maxima is less expensive to operate than the Accord because typical repairs cost less on the Maxima than the Accord, including $119 less for a starter, $58 less for fuel injection, $112 less for a fuel pump, $29 less for front struts and $177 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Maxima and the Honda Accord, 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 Accord isn’t in the top three.

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