Vehicle Comparisons:
Nissan Maxima vs. Nissan Altima

When you are driving around the East Providence, Cranston and Pawtucket areas, you need a reliable and comfortable ride. A mid- to full-size sedan is a safe bet when it comes to performance and comfort, but with the market so competitive, it’s hard to determine which one is best. Two incredible options are the 2017 Nissan Maxima and the 2017 Nissan Altima, but which one is right for you?

These two masterfully-crafted sedans offer numerous features, but one might be better for your needs over the other. Discover which is right for you with this comparison between the large 2017 Nissan Maxima vs the midsize 2017 Nissan Altima.

Nissan Maxima vs Altima: Engine Specs

Both of these cars handle better than most sedans as Nissan is committed to making the driving experience as easy as possible.

But if you’re looking for maximum power, the Nissan Maxima may be just your speed. Its base model comes standard with a V6 3.5-liter engine, pulling an impressive 300 horsepower to effortlessly move this supercar of a sedan.

Belonging to a more petite vehicle class, it makes sense that the 2017 Nissan Altima doesn’t need the Maxima’s amount of gusto to get going. The baseline Nissan Altima delivers 179 horsepower from its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. A V6 is offered on higher trim levels that produces a mighty 270 horses.

Both cars feature a standard continuously variable automatic transmission to optimize shifting, making each gear change virtually unnoticeable. This allows the vehicle to make use of all potential power.

Nissan Maxima vs Altima: Efficiency

The CVT isn’t the only part of these cars working at peak capacity. Both the Maxima and the Altima feature the Predictive Forward-Collision Warning system. With this system in place, the Nissan will not only see the car in front of you, but the car after that one as well. This added information allows your Nissan to give you an advance warning, helping you react earlier in emergency situations.

When it comes to fuel economy, the Nissan Altima’s smaller size works well to its advantage, so if you’re looking for a commuter that’s great on gas, the Altima is the perfect fit. The starting 2017 Altima has an EPA-estimated 27 city / 39 highway MPG1 while the Maxima gets an EPA-estimated combined 21 city / 30 highway MPG.2

Nissan Maxima vs Altima: Comfort

With most sedans, you can expect to be generally comfortable, but some sedans make more room for passengers than others. Both the Nissan Maxima and the Nissan Altima feature dimensionally gifted interiors, including an outstanding 45 inches of front seat legroom.

You may also be surprised to find out that the 2017 Altima has a little bit more room in its rear seating row than the Maxima does, with 36.1 inches of rear seat legroom over the Maxima’s 34.2 inches.

When driving, it’s important to be comfortable mentally as well as physically. With the safety ratings on these two cars, you don’t have to fear accidents too severely. Both the Altima and the Maxima earned the recognition of being a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+.3

Visit Stateline Nissan for a Test Drive

Overall, both of these cars are incredible, but one might be better for your needs than the other. If it’s power and sport you’re after, the 2017 Nissan Maxima is a great choice. If you plan on using your new sedan as a family car, the 2017 Nissan Altima has the leg up with extra legroom and higher fuel efficiency. However, both still proudly hold unblemished safety ratings, making both top contenders as your new vehicle.

To test drive one or both of these magnificent sedans, visit Stateline Nissan. We invite all East Providence, Cranston and Pawtucket residents to peruse our expansive inventory. Our elite team of experts will help you find the perfect car for your needs. Schedule a test drive today!

1. Fuel economy based on targeted 2017 EPA fuel economy estimates for 2017 Altima® – Targeted 2017 fuel economy estimates:
• 27 city MPG / 39 hwy MPG / 31 combined MPG for 2017 Altima 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL trims
• 26 city MPG / 37 hwy MPG / 30 combined MPG for 2017 Altima 2.5 SR trim (including Midnight Edition)
• 22 city MPG / 32 hwy MPG / 26 combined MPG for 2017 Altima 3.5 SR & 3.5 SL trims based on Nissan internal testing results, subject to EPA confirmation.
Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

2. 2017 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate 21 city/30 highway. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only.

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