2021 Nissan Maxima vs. Its Competition

2021 Nissan Maxima
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Maxima is almost full-size and slightly larger than its smaller Altima sibling, and comes with a V-6 as standard while the Altima no longer offers it.

Still, if you’re looking for similar style and features from a Nissan at a lower price, opt for the Altima.

Mazda’s sleek 6 sedan is a blast to drive, especially with the powerful turbocharged engine equipped, and competes with the Maxima on price.

The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry both offer sporty versions, one with a turbocharger and one with a V-6 that put them squarely in the Maxima’s sights.

The Volkswagen Arteon is a super-sleek liftback and offers something different compared to traditional sedans.

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Quick Specs
6.5
The 2021 Nissan Maxima slips into sporty territory with a handsome shape and good road manners, but the CVT saps its verve.
7.0
More tech this year makes the 2021 Honda Accord a compelling buy, but the options can rack up.
6.8
The 2021 Mazda 6 drives the point home: not every family needs a crossover SUV.
6.7
The 2021 Nissan Altima has a plain-spoken appeal, not to mention high safety scores and a great low price.
7.0
The 2021 Toyota Camry elevates its family-sedan game with grabby looks and hybrid power.
MSRP From     
$36,990$24,970$24,325$24,300$24,970$36,995
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
SV 3.5LLX 1.5T CVTSport Automatic2.5 S SedanLE Automatic (Natl)SE FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
CVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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