2018 Nissan Maxima vs. Its Competition

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Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The 2018 Nissan Maxima straddles the line between mid-size and full-size sedans.

It’s big outside, but not so roomy inside.

By comparison, the Toyota Avalon is much more traditional with its massive interior and Lexus-lite feel.

The Volkswagen Passat delivers a massive rear seat and is entertaining with its optional V-6 engine and sports suspension.

Honda’s new Accord is lithe and entertaining, and its turbo-4 engines have us almost ready to forget about V-6 power.

The most composed big sedan in this class is the Dodge Charger, even in reasonably priced V-6 guise; opt for one of its several V-8s and it’s a muscle car with room for the kiddos.

And if you’re in the Nissan showroom, you might as well check out the Altima—in 3.5SR form, it’s a cheaper, roomier, less-sporty Maxima.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a zippier alternative to more traditional full-size cars, but we stop short of calling it a real sports sedan.
The 2018 Dodge Charger has aged remarkably well–and if it’s four-door muscle you need, few sedans deliver its performance thrill.
The 2018 Nissan Altima does almost nothing out of the ordinary.
The 2018 Toyota Avalon is a spacious full-size sedan that prioritizes comfort and safety above keeping up with the Joneses.
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat does little wrong, but its stoicism means it isn’t much fun.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name    
S 3.5LSXT RWD2.5 S SedanXLE (GS)2.0T S Automatic
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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