2016 Nissan Maxima vs. Its Competition

2016 Nissan Maxima
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Nissan Maxima doesn't have a premium brand name attached to it, but it has all the attributes that make it a rival for vehicles like the Lincoln MKZ—save for available all-wheel-drive and hybrid models, which the Lincoln offers, along with an arguably more refined look.

The Volvo S60 has high-efficiency powertrains and a sleek shape to its credit, while the Acura TLX has balanced handling and a spacious interior among its highlights.

The Maxima's logical rival might also be the Nissan Altima sedan; the two cars share drivetrains and other running gear, and the Altima's a handsome car, too, if not quite as grabby as the Maxima.

2016 Nissan Maxima2016 Nissan Maxima
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2016 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD2016 Acura TLX
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2015 Lincoln MKZ2016 Lincoln MKZ
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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country2016 Volvo S60
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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2016 Nissan Maxima locks in an arresting shape and charming front-drive road manners, in its quest to distance itself from the Altima.
8.2
The 2016 Acura TLX is light on luxury feel, but it has great interior space, lots of technology, and in its base version, supremely enjoyable performance and handling.
8.6
The 2016 Lincoln MKZ is missing some heritage, but this luxury sedan is no longer missing the sportier new direction that could do this brand some good.
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A new SR model brings some driving fun back to the 2016 Nissan Altima, while preserving its mainstream family-sedan appeal.
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Already appealing for its good looks and outstanding safety ratings, the 2016 Volvo S60 grows in interesting ways with the long-wheelbase Inscription and Cross Country soft off-roader.
MSRP From    
$32,510$31,695$35,190$22,500$34,150
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan 3.5 S4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan I4 2.54-Door Sedan T5 Drive-E FWD
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
CVT w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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