Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Maxima VS 2019 Toyota Avalon Near Macon, GA

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2019 Nissan Maxima

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2019 Toyota Avalon

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 Avalon 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 Avalon doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Maxima and the Avalon 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, 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.

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 Avalon has not been tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Maxima first among large cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Avalon 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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Toyota Avalon:

 

Maxima

Avalon

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.5 MPH

98.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Maxima has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon XLE’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Maxima has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon XSE/Limited/Touring’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 15.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Maxima

Avalon

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.13 inches

11.06 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 Avalon are solid, not vented.

The Maxima stops shorter than the Avalon:

 

Maxima

Avalon

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the Avalon (245/45R18 vs. 215/55R17). The Maxima’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Avalon (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 Avalon XLE’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 Avalon XLE.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Maxima SR handles at .86 G’s, while the Avalon Touring pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Maxima is 3.1 inches shorter than the Avalon, making the Maxima easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Maxima has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Avalon uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has .9 inches more front headroom and 2.9 inches more front legroom than the Avalon.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Maxima has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Avalon doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Avalon does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 Avalon can only operate 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 Avalon XLE/Touring’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Toyota Avalon by 45% during the 2018 model year.

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