2014 Nissan Maxima vs. Its Competition

2014 Nissan Maxima
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

While Nissan continues to market the Maxima as sporty alternative to large mainstream sedans, it's probably best to simply look at it as a V-6 luxury sedan with more style than its non-luxury competitors.

If you're looking for a sporty big car, we'd choose the Maxima over a base Acura TL, even though you'd lose some of the luxury dealership experience in the process.

A TL with SH-AWD is the sportier of the two, though, and the more expensive.

The Toyota Avalon is a now-stylish alternative, but we think the Maxima still looks better in person.

The LaCrosse is a more sedate option than the Maxima, but its seats are also more plush.

The VW CC with the 2.0T engine feels light, peppy and nimble for the same price as the Nissan.

There's also the Dodge Charger with this chunky, block-like design.

It's sort of the all-American choice in the bunch with its sporty driving dynamics and rear-wheel drive layout.

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7.6
The 2014 Nissan Maxima isn't the enthusiast car it claims to be, but it is a more luxurious, more stylish option than many of its competitors.
8.2
The 2014 Acura TL is an attractive, comfortable, well-appointed luxury sedan. Choose the SH-AWD model, and you have yourself a legitimate sport sedan, too.
8.0
Great on gas or long on comfort and refinement--the Buick LaCrosse can be either, though we'd steer you toward the premium editions.
8.0
The 2014 Dodge Charger's interior may surprise luxury car shoppers, but it'll definitely delight the blue collar crowd.
8.4
The 2014 Toyota Avalon is far more youthful than it used to be, with a more responsive, sophisticated personality, an excellent interior, and a 40-mpg Hybrid version -- plus of course top-notch comfort all around.
7.8
The 2014 Volkswagen CC eschews a little practicality in the name of fashion; but even some who need to use it as a sedan will find it a worthwhile compromise.
MSRP From     
$31,290$36,030$33,535$26,995$31,590$31,795
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
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Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 3.5 S4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan SE RWD4-Door Sedan XLE (Natl)4-Door Sedan Manual Sport *Ltd Avail*
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555555
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