Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Maxima VS 2017 Dodge Charger Near Boerne, TX

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2017 Nissan Maxima

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2017 Dodge Charger

Safety Comparison

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

Both the Maxima and the Charger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, 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 Dodge Charger:

 

Maxima

Charger

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

26%

Neck Stress

212 lbs.

230 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

214/398 lbs.

582/440 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

132 lbs.

155 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

554/51 lbs.

267/469 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the Charger:

 

Maxima

Charger

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

168

222

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

15 cm

28 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.2/.1 kN

3.7/3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.51/.43

1.21/.58

Tibia forces R/L

2.1/.4 kN

3/4.7 kN

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 Dodge Charger:

 

Maxima

Charger

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

188 G’s

212 G’s

Hip Force

286 lbs.

372 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 Charger was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The Maxima’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Charger runs out after 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Maxima has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Charger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 8 more horsepower (300 vs. 292) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 260) than the Charger SE/SXT’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Maxima gets better city fuel mileage than the Charger SE/SXT RWD (21 city/30 hwy vs. 19 city/30 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Maxima’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Charger SE/SXT are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the Charger (245/45R18 vs. 215/65R17).

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 Charger SE’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Charger SE.

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 Charger 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 Charger, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Maxima may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 800 pounds less than the Dodge Charger.

The Maxima is 5.6 inches shorter than the Charger, making the Maxima easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Nissan Maxima amounts to more than styling. The Maxima offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .29 to .3 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the Charger (.304 to .335) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Maxima get better fuel mileage.

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 Charger doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has .8 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Charger.

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 Charger’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Charger can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Maxima is less expensive to operate than the Charger because typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the Charger, including $420 less for an alternator and $80 less for front brake pads.

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 Charger was rated third.

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