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.
Get FREE Dealer Quotes
|2014 Nissan MaximaBrowse Used Listings||2014 Acura TLBrowse Used Listings||2014 Buick LacrosseBrowse Used Listings||2014 Dodge ChargerBrowse Used Listings||2014 Toyota AvalonBrowse Used Listings||2014 Volkswagen CCBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-6||Gas/Electric I4||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Large Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan 3.5 S||4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD||4-Door Sedan Base FWD||4-Door Sedan SE RWD||4-Door Sedan XLE (GS)||4-Door Sedan Manual Sport PZEV *Ltd Avail*|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2014 Nissan Maxima vs. 2014 Acura TL||2014 Nissan Maxima vs. 2014 Buick Lacrosse||2014 Nissan Maxima vs. 2014 Dodge Charger||2014 Nissan Maxima vs. 2014 Toyota Avalon||2014 Nissan Maxima vs. 2014 Volkswagen CC|