Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Maxima VS 2017 Ford Taurus Near Laredo, TX

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2017 Nissan Maxima

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2017 Ford Taurus

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 Taurus doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Maxima SL/SR/Platinum has standard Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Taurus offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Nissan Maxima has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Taurus doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

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

Both the Maxima and the Taurus 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

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 Ford Taurus:

 

Maxima

Taurus

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

31%

Neck Stress

212 lbs.

313 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 Ford Taurus:

 

Maxima

Taurus

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.2 inches

Hip Force

286 lbs.

337 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

591 lbs.

910 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 Taurus has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Reliability Comparison

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 60 more horsepower (300 vs. 240) than the Taurus’ optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 12 more horsepower (300 vs. 288) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 254) than the Taurus’ standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Ford Taurus V6:

 

Maxima

Taurus

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.5 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Maxima gets better fuel mileage than the Taurus FWD with its standard engine (21 city/30 hwy vs. 18 city/27 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 Taurus are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the Taurus (245/45R18 vs. 235/60R17).

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 Taurus SE’s standard 60 series tires. The Maxima 3.5 SR’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Taurus Limited’s 45 series tires.

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

The Maxima 3.5 SR handles at .87 G’s, while the Taurus Limited pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Maxima 3.5 SR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Taurus SEL (26.6 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Maxima’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Taurus SHO’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.4 feet). The Maxima’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Taurus’ (38.1 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Maxima may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 750 pounds less than the Ford Taurus.

The Maxima is 10.1 inches shorter than the Taurus, 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 Taurus (.32 to .33) 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 Taurus doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has .4 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more front legroom than the Taurus.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Maxima’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Taurus does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Maxima’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Taurus’ passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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

The Maxima has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Taurus doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Taurus’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

When the Maxima Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Taurus’ mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Maxima has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Taurus SEL/Limited/SHO.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Maxima is less expensive to operate than the Taurus because it costs $81 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the Taurus, including $571 less for a water pump, $24 less for an alternator, $6 less for front brake pads, $108 less for a timing belt/chain and $477 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 Taurus isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Ford Taurus by 40% during the 2016 model year.

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