Altima vs. Maxima side by side comparison

AND THE WINNER IS... YOU.

No matter which mid-size Nissan sedan you choose — the 2023 Nissan Altima or the 2023 Nissan Maxima — you’ll be rewarded by Nissan’s commitment to performance, design and innovation.

Both sedans have four doors and seating for up to five. The similarities don’t quite end there, but they are two very different cars.

Maxima is the more muscular and luxurious sedan of the pair, with a focus on performance and a premium interior. It’s powered by a standard 300hp VQ V6 and features a Sport Mode Selector for a customizable driving experience. The Altima—Nissan’s best selling car—focuses on efficiency with a standard 4-cylinder engine matched with an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission that together deliver 39 MPG Highway.[[1602]]

Scarlet Ember Tintcoat Nissan Altima vs. Maxima

2023 Nissan Altima

White Nissan Maxima vs. Altima

2023 Nissan Maxima

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALTIMA AND MAXIMA?

The quick answer is that Maxima is built for performance, while Altima is built for efficiency. Which one is the right one for you depends on your priorities.

HERE'S A SIDE-BY-SIDE LOOK AT SOME SPECS AND FEATURES

  2023 ALTIMA 2023 MAXIMA
MSRP [[148]] Starting from $25,290 Starting from $38,140
Engine Standard:
2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
Standard:
3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6
Horsepower 4-Cylinder: 188 HP
VC-Turbo™: 236 HP
300 HP
Fuel Economy 4-Cylinder: 27 City / 39 Highway [[1602]]
20 City / 30 Highway [[1592]]
Transmission Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with Drive Mode Selector
Drivetrain Standard: FWD
Available: Intelligent All-wheel Drive
Standard: FWD
Wheels 16" x 7.0" Steel with bolt-on covers
18" x 8.0" machine-finished aluminum-alloy
Dimensions
Wheelbase: 111.2 in.
Overall length: 192.9 in.
Overall width: 72.9 in.
Standard Height: 56.8 in.
Wheelbase: 109.3 in.
Overall length: 192.8 in.
Overall width: 73.2 in.
Overall Height: 56.5 in.

Altima vs. Maxima Dimensions

The Nissan Maxima offers plenty of room measuring 109.3 in. of wheelbase, 192.8 in total length., 56.5 in. of height, and an overall width of 73.2 in. Coming in close with an open interior and an impressive 15.4 cu.ft. of cargo space, Altima's trunk is surprisingly roomy. With more space than the Maxima, the Altima measures 111.2 in. of wheelbase, 192.9 in. overall length, 72.9 in. total width, and 56.8 in of standard height. Both vehicles offer instant interior comfort with 5-passenger seating. [[22]]

Altima vs. Maxima MPG

With a cutting-edge VC-Turbo engine and transmission, Altima offers up to an outstanding 27 City / 39 Highway of gas mileage and a surplus of power. Maxima delivers with an exceptional 20 City / 30 Highway MPG, making journeys a convenient thrill. [[1592]][[1602]]

Altima vs. Maxima Performance

Maxima outdoes Altima in this category, with a standard 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 300-hp that provides pulse-quickening performance at every trim level. Altima offers up to 248-hp with an available 2.0-liter Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo™) DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, providing power and efficiency for every driving situation. [[1323]]

Altima vs. Maxima MSRP

If price is the biggest factor for you, Altima has been a dependable choice for the budget- conscious decades. Starting price at just $25,290 MSRP while the top-of-the-line 3.0 L VC-Turbo tops out at just $34,990 MSRP. The performance-packed Maxima starts at $38,140 for its premium ride. [[148]] 

ALTIMA AND MAXIMA: SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE

Both Maxima and Altima are equipped with a suite of intelligent safety technologies. These technologies help you monitor, respond, and protect, helping to keep you and your passengers safe on the road.

INTELLIGENT SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES® 2023 ALTIMA 2023 MAXIMA
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert
[[111]]

Standard Standard
Intelligent Around View Monitor [[3710]] Available
Available
Blind Spot Warning[[19]]
Standard
Standard
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Standard
Available
Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (IFCW)[[1122]]
Standard
Standard
Automatic Emergency Braking[[1118]]
Standard
Standard
What's the difference between Altima and Maxima? Nissan Altima shown in Scarlet Ember Tintcoat.

THE 2023 NISSAN ALTIMA

Inside and out, the 2023 Altima is a modern vision of the sedan made real with innovative manufacturing technique and technologies that come together in a stylish package. 

2023 NISSAN ALTIMA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nissan's first I-AWD Sedan
  • 2.5L 4-Cylinder engine
  • Active Grille Shutters (4-cylinder trim only)
  • Available Dual Zone Climate Control

Visit the Why Altima page to see how this spacious and efficient sedan matches up against competitors like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata.

See all the trims of the Altima including the Platinum AWD with I-AWD options.

What's the difference between Maxima and Altima. Nissan Maxima shown in Pearl White TriCoat.

THE 2023 NISSAN MAXIMA

It challenges conventional notions of what a 4-door sedan can be. With 300hp, a performance-tuned suspension, a luxurious cockpit loaded with technology, a striking aerodynamic profile, and a Sport Mode setting that gets your heart racing, it isn’t just a sedan. It’s the 4-Door Sports Car®.

2023 NISSAN MAXIMA FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 300 Horsepower 3.5L V6 engine
  • NissanConnect® Services powered by SiriusXM featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™[[1189]]
  • Available Premium Ascot leather-appointed seats
  • Available Climate Controlled Front Seats (Heated and Cooled)

Visit the Compare Maxima page to see how this sporty performance sedan compares to competitors including the Acura TLX, Toyota Avalon and BMW 3 Series.

Every Maxima is packed with performance, and here’s where you’ll learn about each trim and their various features.

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