The market for mid-sized sedans is crowded, which means that automakers are doing more than ever to make their yearly offerings stand out. Two of the more popular models in recent times have been the 2014 Nissan Maxima and the 2013 Hyundai Azera. While the Azera does well enough to find a place in the market, the 2014 Maxima truly goes above and beyond. Below, you will see a side-by-side comparison of the two, to help you decide which car is deserving of your hard-earned money.
The 2014 Nissan Maxima stands out for its simplicity. Over the years, the classic Maxima design has be tweaked and reworked, always with an eye toward both style and substance. The 2014 offers the sleek, rounded design popular in the finest modern automobiles, but with design elements that are distinctly Nissan. The Maxima also comes standard with a power sunroof. The 2013 Hyundai Azera does not look bad by any stretch, but there is nothing that really makes it stand out from other similar models.
The 2014 Nissan Maxima features a 3.6 liter, V6 engine which gets 19 mpg during city driving and 26 mpg on the highway. This powerful engine generates 290 horsepower and 261 foot-pounds of torque. The Maxima also offers a continuously variable-speed, automatic six speed transmission. On the other side, the Hyundai Azera offers a smaller engine, checking in at six cylinders and 3.3 liters. An advantage in engine size allows the Maxima the extra power and pep that the modern driver desires.
Loaded with features, the 2014 Nissan Maxima really sets itself apart in this category. The Maxima offers power windows, remote locks, cruise and radio controls on the steering wheel, power seats, a leather interior, power mirrors, a universal remote transmitter, rear view camera, a video monitor, mp3 player and phone integration, and satellite radio, among many other features. The Azera offers some of the same features, but not the full list. On top of that, many of the features that come standard with the Maxima cost extra with the Azera.
Overall, the 2014 Nissan Maxima clearly wins the day. With Nissan, you know that you can count on reliability and continued high performance. On top of that, the Maxima comes standard with all of the modern amenities you would expect from a new car, without the need to spend extra for add-ons and upgrades.