AND THE WINNER IS... YOU.

No matter which mid-size Nissan sedan you choose — the 2018 Nissan Altima or the 2018 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 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 38 MPG Highway.[[826]]

2018 Nissan Altima

2018 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

  2018 ALTIMA 2018 MAXIMA
MSRP [[528]] Starting from $23,140 Starting from $33,020
Engine Standard:
2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder

Available:
3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6
Standard:
3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6
Horsepower 4-Cylinder: 179 HP
V6: 270 HP
300 HP
Fuel Economy 4-Cylinder: 27 City / 38 Highway[[827]]
V6: 22 City / 32 Highway[[827]]
21 City / 30 Highway[[1151]]
Transmission Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with Drive Mode Selector
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:

Fuel Economy
Are you looking to save money at the pump? Then the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Altima is the choice for you. With mileage of 38 MPG Highway it has better highway fuel efficiency than the 2018 Hyundai Sonata and the 2018 Ford Fusion.[[758]]

Performance
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 an available 270hp 3.5L V6 that packs plenty of power of its own. 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. 

MSRP
If price is the biggest factor for you, Altima has been a dependable choice for the budget conscious decades. It starts starts at just $23,140 MSRP while the top-of-the-line 3.5 SL tops out at just $33,510 MSRP.[[528]]

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.

INTELLIGENT SAFETY SHIELD TECHNOLOGIES® 2018 ALTIMA 2018 MAXIMA
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert[[759]] Standard Standard
Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD)[[760]] Available Available
Blind Spot Warning[[588]]
 Available Available
Rear Cross Traffic Alert Available Available
Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW)[[89]] Available Available
Forward Emergency Braking[[761]] Available Available

THE 2018 NISSAN ALTIMA

Inside and out, the 2018 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 2018.

2018 NISSAN ALTIMA HIGHLIGHTS

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

Explore Altima

See all the trims of the Altima including the sporty SR and the V6 equipped 3.5 SL.

Build Altima

THE 2018 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®.

2018 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 Why Maxima page to see how this sporty performance sedan compares to competitors including the Acura TLX, Toyota Avalon and BMW 3 Series.

Explore Maxima

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

Build Maxima

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