Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Maxima VS 2019 Toyota Camry Near Dublin, GA

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2019 Nissan Maxima

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2019 Toyota Camry

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 Camry 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 Camry doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Maxima and the Camry 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.

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 Toyota Camry:

 

Maxima

Camry

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

106

140

Leg Forces (l/r)

67/94 lbs.

432/527 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 Toyota Camry:

 

Maxima

Camry

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

286 lbs.

296 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

591 lbs.

752 lbs.

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

Reliability Comparison

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 11 points higher than the Camry.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Maxima first among large cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Camry 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

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 97 more horsepower (300 vs. 203) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 184) than the Camry’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 94 more horsepower (300 vs. 206) and 75 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 186) than the Camry XSE’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl.:

 

Maxima

Camry

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.1 sec

20.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

90 MPH

Top Speed

135 MPH

133 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Maxima has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry L’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Maxima has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry LE/SE/XLE/XSE’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 16 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Maxima

Camry

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 Camry are solid, not vented.

The Maxima stops shorter than the Camry:

 

Maxima

Camry

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the Camry (245/45R18 vs. 205/65R16). The Maxima’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (245/45R18 vs. 235/45R18).

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 Camry L’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Camry L.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Maxima has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Camry doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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

The Maxima SR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Camry XLE (26.6 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Maxima SL/SR/Platinum uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Camry doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has 1.1 inches more front headroom and 2.9 inches more front legroom than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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 Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Maxima’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry L doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Maxima offers cargo security. The Camry’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Maxima (except S/SV/SL), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Camry doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Maxima Platinum’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Camry doesn’t offer an easy entry 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 Camry does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Maxima Platinum’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camry’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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

When the Maxima with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Camry’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Camry offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Maxima and the Camry offer available heated front seats. The Maxima also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Camry.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Maxima SR/Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Camry doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 Camry doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Maxima has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Camry and isn’t available on the Camry L.

The Maxima’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Camry L doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the Maxima and the Camry 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 Camry doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Camry is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Maxima is less expensive to operate than the Camry because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the Camry, including $46 less for a water pump, $16 less for front brake pads, $147 less for a starter, $37 less for fuel injection, $19 less for a fuel pump, $89 less for front struts, $608 less for a timing belt/chain and $198 less for a power steering pump.

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

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