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Nissan Altima vs Maxima

When Nissan designs a sedan, they go above and beyond to provide drivers with the best of the best in terms of power, advanced technology, and safety features. For drivers, that means you can count on every Nissan model to deliver in all these areas and more.

Nissan Altima

However, for shoppers in Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland, it means deciding between the 2018 Nissan Altima and the 2018 Nissan Maxima. To help you make this decision, we at Nissan of Mobile have put together this comparison. We'll start off by looking at what makes these powerful sedans move.

Altima vs Maxima: Power Capabilities

The 2018 Nissan Altima has two engines that power its six-trim lineup. The 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine comes standard in all but one of them. The top trim level Altima is equipped with a 3.5L DOHC V6 engine. Both come paired with a standard front-wheel drivetrain and Continuously Variable Transmission, with the CVT having the extra Drive Model Selector feature with the 3.5L engine.

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The latter engine is the only available engine for the 2018 Maxima's five-trim lineup. However, this engine in the Maxima gifts drivers with a best-in-class1 standard 300 horsepower. You won't get quite this much power output in the Altima, but you will get an impressive EPA-estimated 27 city/38 highway MPG2 instead.

Altima vs Maxima: Technology Features

Since both the 2018 Altima and the 2018 Maxima are Nissan vehicles, they both come standardly equipped with the advanced NissanConnect® infotainment system. This system lives in the front dash of both vehicles for easy accessibility and visibility, and comes equipped with a battery of convenience and entertainment features.

The standard hands-free text messaging and hands-free phone system allow you to stay in touch without ever touching your phone. Use voice commands to safely make phone calls or send text messages without taking your eyes off the road.

Additionally, you'll be able to enjoy Bluetooth® wireless technology for audio streaming standardly in both the Altima and the Maxima. Stream music from any of your smartphone music apps or catch up on your audiobooks.

Maxima vs Altima: Advanced Safety

Nissan sets the bar high for safety, meaning both the 2018 Altima and the 2018 Maxima come equipped with advanced standard and available safety features.

These two sedans have many safety features in common, such as the standard Intelligent Forward Collision Warning feature. This advanced feature, which typically only comes standard in upper level trims of other models, uses sensors to monitor what's in front of your vehicle and then warns you using visual and audible warnings to prevent a collision.

Both also come standard with Automatic Emergency Braking. If your Altima or Maxima senses that you need to brake but aren't pressing your foot down on the pedal, the vehicle will automatically apply the brakes to prevent damage.

Nissan Maxima Interior

2018 Nissan Altima vs 2018 Nissan Maxima: The Verdict

We hope this comparison served its purpose of providing you with the highlights of what makes both the 2018 Nissan Altima and the 2018 Nissan Maxima stand out. While they differ in some areas, both vehicles are smart, capable, and ready to take on your lifestyle in Mobile, Prichard, or Saraland.

To try them out for yourself, reach out to us at Nissan of Mobile. We'd be happy to schedule you for a test drive in one or both vehicles today!

1 Comparison based on 2018 Maxima Platinum vs. 2018 Acura TLX, 2018 Toyota Avalon, and 2018 Chevy Impala. Available feature. Cannot completely eliminate blind spots. May not detect every object. Operates at vehicles speeds below 5 MPH. Always check surroundings and turn to look behind you before moving vehicle. I-AVM includes Moving Object Detection. Comparison based on manufacturer websites.

2 2018 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates for Altima®: 27 city/38 highway MPG for 2018 Altima 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL trims; 26 city/37 highway MPG for 2018 Altima 2.5 SR trim (including Special Edition); 22 city/32 highway MPG for 2018 Altima 3.5 SL trim. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions-use for comparison only.


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