ALTIMA VS. MAXIMA: BATTLE OF THE NISSAN SEDANS
May 30, 2019
AND THE WINNER IS... YOU.
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.[]
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
|2021 ALTIMA||2021 MAXIMA|
|MSRP []||Starting from $24,450||Starting from $37,090|
2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6
|Horsepower||4-Cylinder: 179 HP
V6: 270 HP
|Fuel Economy||4-Cylinder: 27 City / 38 Highway[]
||20 City / 30 Highway[]|
|Transmission||Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission)||Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with Drive Mode Selector|
Available: Intelligent All-wheel Drive
|Drive Mode Selector||Available||Standard|
|Wheels||16" x 7.0" Steel with bolt-on covers||18" x 8.0" machine-finished aluminum-alloy|
What is most important to you?
Here’s how Altima and Maxima shine in three of the big car purchase considerations:
Are you looking to save money at the pump? Then the 2021 Altima is for you. With its standard 2.5L 4-Cyl, get a combined MPG of 32. Looking for more control? Get available AWD on your Altima sedan for Best-in-Class combined AWD fuel economy. []
Maxima outdoes Altima in this category, with a standard 3.5L V6 300hp engine that provides pulse-quickening performance at every trim level. Altima has available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive for precision handling. Both sedans have an available SR trim that includes a sport-tuned suspension and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, but if performance is your first consideration, Maxima is your first choice.
If price is the biggest factor for you, Altima has been a dependable choice for the budget conscious decades. It starts starts at just $24,450 MSRP while the top-of-the-line Platinum AWD tops out at just $31,490 MSRP. []
ALTIMA AND MAXIMA: SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE
Both Maxima and Altima are equipped with a suite of technologies we call the Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield. Safety Shield Technologies® monitor, respond, and protect, helping to keep you and your passengers safe on the road.
|2021 ALTIMA||2021 MAXIMA|
|Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert[]||Standard||Standard|
|Intelligent Around View Monitor []||Available
|Blind Spot Warning[]||Available||Standard|
|Rear Cross Traffic Alert||Available||Available|
|Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (IFCW) []||Standard
|Automatic Emergency Braking []||Standard
THE 2021 NISSAN ALTIMA
Inside and out, the 2021 Altima is a modern vision of the sedan made real with innovative manufacturing technique and technologies that come together in a stylish package. More than 300,000 people got behind the wheel of a new Altima in 2016, join them in 2020.
2021 NISSAN ALTIMA HIGHLIGHTS
- Nissan's first I-AWD Sedan
- 2.5L 4-Cylinder or available 3.5L V6 engine
- Active Grille Shutters (4-cylinder trim only)
- Available Dual Zone Climate Control
- Available Sport Suspension on SR Trim
Visit the Compare 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 sporty SR and I-AWD options.
THE 2021 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®.
2021 NISSAN MAXIMA FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS
- 300 Horsepower 3.5L V6 engine
- NissanConnect® Services powered by SiriusXM featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™[]
- 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.
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