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Vehicle Comparisons:
2018 Nissan Maxima vs Altima

2018 Nissan Maxima

The 2018 Nissan Maxima and the 2018 Nissan Altima are two impressive options in the midsize sedan class. Both share powerful performance, comfortable interiors, and an array of remarkable features, so deciding between them comes down to the amenities and capabilities you want or need.

Drivers in Philadelphia, Lansdale, and Doylestown can discover the key differences between the Maxima and the Altima with our comprehensive vehicle comparison.


2018 Nissan Maxima RedWhen it comes to performance, the Altima and Maxima only share sporty sensibilities. The Altima comes with a base 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that produces 179 horsepower and mates to a Continuously Variable Transmission. There’s also a 3.5L V6 engine upgrade, which produces 270 horsepower and increases the Altima’s considerable quickness. The Maxima comes with front-wheel drive, a Continuously Variable Transmission and a 3.5L V6 engine, though this engine is rated for an astonishing 300 horsepower.

Both vehicles share on-center tracking, remarkable composure, and sharp cornering giving them fun, exciting drive qualities that combine with a cushiony ride quality to appeal to commuters and enthusiasts alike. Both are also backed by strong brakes and precise steering.

Interior Space and Comfort

2018 Nissan Maxima InteriorThe Maxima is the slightly larger of the two vehicles, which is reflected in its interior space. Both offer comfortable seating in contoured bucket seats with high-end upholstery and upgrades like leather upholstery and heated seating. They also share soft-touch surfaces, excellent outward ability, and luxury accents.

Small storage compartments are scattered throughout the Maxima and Altima cabins, ensuring all passengers have the space to stow their belongings. The trunks are wide and regularly shaped as well, though the Altima offers 15.4 cubic feet of space, and the Maxima offers 14.3 cubic feet of space. Regardless, these trunks are above average and can store luggage or shopping bags easily.


2018 Nissan Maxima WhiteBoth the Maxima and the Altima include touchscreen infotainment systems with Bluetooth® capability, allowing you to stream music through the onboard system. The Altima has a 5-inch touchscreen without smartphone integration, however, compared to the Maxima’s 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, though these features are available as upgrades for the Altima. Navigation and premium audio are also available for both.

The Maxima and Altima also come standard with automatic emergency braking and Forward Collision Warning, as well as rear-view cameras. Blind-spot monitors, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alerts are optional for both vehicles, which combine to improve your awareness of the area around your vehicle and to warn you of potential obstructions and collisions.

Take a Test Drive at Montgomeryville Nissan

As two Nissan models, the Maxima and Altima have plenty in common. The subtle differences may be a determining factor for you, however, so we hope that this vehicle comparison helped you come a little bit closer to choosing between them.

Drivers in Philadelphia, Lansdale, and Doylestown can learn more about the Nissan Maxima and the Nissan Altima by visiting Montgomeryville Nissan. Contact our dealership to see both of these vehicles in person and take one for a spin!