2010 Nissan Maxima vs. Its Competition

2010 Nissan Maxima 4-door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2010 Nissan Maxima is more of a perky, smooth, and stylish V-6 luxury sedan than an outright sport sedan.

The Dodge Charger R/T doesn't have an interior that's as stylish as the Maxima's or one that offers the same level of appointments and tech options.

At the opposite end of the scale, for those who might want even more comfort and interior space, there's the Toyota Avalon, although the Avalon is less exciting to drive and look at.

In between, the Volkswagen Passat VR6 offers similar performance and a very attractive, comfortable interior, along with available all-wheel drive, but it's quite a bit more expensive.

The relatively fresh 2010 Acura TL is also a formidable rival to the Maxima thanks to its sharp looks and similar characteristics—and the Acura's a step ahead as it does offer a manual transmission.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2010 Nissan Maxima might look like a sport sedan, but it lacks the edgy, high-performance feel necessary to complete the package.
7.8
Boldly styled and laden with high-tech features, the 2010 Acura TL is a solid value, though enthusiasts might find its overall ability lacking.
7.8
The 2010 Dodge Charger is starting to show its age against many of its rivals, but its muscle-car appeal and low pricing will never get old.
7.8
The 2010 Toyota Avalon offers a Lexus-caliber interior experience, at a Toyota price.
MSRP From    
$30,690$35,105$24,590$27,945$21,750
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class    
Mid-SizeMid-SizeLargeLargeMid-Size
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S4-Door Sedan 2WD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan XL (SE)4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
Transmission    
Continuously VariableAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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