Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Maxima VS 2017 Buick Regal Near New Braunfels, TX

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2017 Nissan Maxima

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2017 Buick Regal

Safety Comparison

The Maxima has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Regal doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Maxima Platinum has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Regal only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Maxima Platinum’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Regal doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Maxima and the Regal have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the Buick Regal:

 

Maxima

Regal

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

31%

Neck Stress

212 lbs.

254 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

129

442

Neck Stress

132 lbs.

165 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the Buick Regal:

 

Maxima

Regal

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.7 inches

Hip Force

286 lbs.

330 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

65 G’s

Hip Force

591 lbs.

846 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Maxima its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Regal has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Maxima has a 150-amp alternator. The Regal’s standard 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 118 more horsepower (300 vs. 182) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 172) than the Regal’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 41 more horsepower (300 vs. 259) than the Regal Turbo/GS’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Regal Turbo/GS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Maxima

Regal

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.3 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.1 MPH

91.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Maxima gets better highway fuel mileage than the Regal Turbo/GS FWD turbo 4 cyl. (21 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/29 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Maxima stops shorter than the Regal:

 

Maxima

Regal

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

131 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the Regal (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18).

The Maxima’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Regal’s standard 50 series tires.

The Maxima has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Regal doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Maxima offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Regal, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Maxima’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Regal (109.3 inches vs. 107.8 inches).

The Maxima 3.5 SR handles at .86 G’s, while the Regal Turbo pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Maxima SL/SR/Platinum uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Regal doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Regal.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Maxima easier. The Maxima’s trunk lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Regal’s liftover is 30 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Maxima offers cargo security. The Regal’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Maxima. The Regal doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Maxima Platinum’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Regal doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the front windows are left down on the Maxima the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Regal can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Maxima’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Regal’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Maxima Platinum’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

A manual rear sunshade is standard in the Maxima Platinum to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Regal doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The Maxima Platinum has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Regal has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Maxima SR/Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Regal doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Maxima owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Maxima with a number “3” insurance rate while the Regal is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Maxima is less expensive to operate than the Regal because it costs $423 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the Regal, including $214 less for a water pump, $401 less for an alternator, $131 less for front brake pads, $506 less for front struts and $177 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Maxima first among large cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Regal isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Buick Regal by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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