Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Maxima VS 2017 Toyota Camry Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Maxima

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2017 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Forward Emergency Braking optional in the Maxima as “Superior.” The Camry scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Maxima Platinum has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Camry only offers a rear monitor.

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 Camry doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Maxima’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Camry has a metal gas tank.

Both the Maxima and the Camry 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available 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 Toyota Camry:

 

Maxima

Camry

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

220

236

Neck Injury Risk

23%

33%

Neck Stress

212 lbs.

462 lbs.

Neck Compression

60 lbs.

93 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

214/398 lbs.

479/545 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 Toyota Camry:

 

Maxima

Camry

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

188 G’s

199 G’s

Hip Force

286 lbs.

543 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

591 lbs.

734 lbs.

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

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 122 more horsepower (300 vs. 178) and 91 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 170) than the Camry’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 32 more horsepower (300 vs. 268) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 248) than the Camry XSE/XLE’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Toyota Camry:

 

Maxima

Camry 4 cyl.

Camry XSE/XLE

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

8.1 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

16.1 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.5 MPH

88.4 MPH

100.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Maxima has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Camry (18 vs. 17 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Maxima’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Camry:

 

Maxima

Camry

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

12.13 inches

11 inches

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

The Maxima stops much shorter than the Camry:

 

Maxima

Camry

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the Camry (245/45R18 vs. 205/65R16). The Maxima’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18).

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 Camry LE’s standard 65 series tires. The Maxima 3.5 SR’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Camry XSE’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Camry LE. The Maxima 3.5 SR’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Camry XSE.

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 Camry 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 Camry, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Maxima 3.5 SR handles at .86 G’s, while the Camry XLE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Maxima 3.5 SR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Camry XLE (26.6 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

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 Camry doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has .6 inches more front headroom and 3.4 inches more front legroom than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Maxima’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Maxima has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Camry doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Maxima Platinum, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Camry doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Camry doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Camry does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 Camry 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 Camry’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 Camry doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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 Camry’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Camry offers 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 Camry doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Maxima SL/SR/Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camry doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Camry XSE/XLE.

Both the Maxima and the Camry offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Maxima has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Camry LE/SE doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Maxima is less expensive to operate than the Camry because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Maxima than the Camry, including $82 less for a starter, $322 less for front struts, $1133 less for a timing belt/chain and $20 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 Camry isn’t in the top three in its category.

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