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Vehicle Comparisons:
2016 Nissan Maxima vs. 2016 Hyundai Elantra

nissan maxima comparisonsAs two passenger car competitors, the 2016 Nissan Maxima and the 2016 Hyundai Elantra are forward-thinking vehicles changing the sedan segment. The Maxima falls into the large car category, while the Elantra is considered a compact model.

Despite their varying dimensions, both vehicles cater to Philadelphia, Lansdale, and Doylestown drivers willing to sample multiple sedan sizes in the pursuit of exceptional form and function. Now, let’s compare these vehicles.

Exterior Impressions

The brand-new exterior of the 2016 Nissan Maxima features gently sculpted lines and striking LED headlights. Plus it can soar down stretches of highway and elegantly maneuver city corners much like its epic aerial inspiration, the US Navy Blue Angels.

The Nissan Maxima’s five-trim lineup includes the base S, middle SV, SL, SR, and top trim known as Platinum, offering buyers plenty of options to find the Maxima to fit their personal driving style.

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra’s exterior also is characterized by a smooth curvature and LED emphasis, just in a smaller package whose character may not say fighter jet but does convey a stylish appearance. Interested Elantra seekers have four trims to choose from: the base SE; the new-for-2016 Value Edition; Sport with added power, speed, and outer aerodynamics; and the top Limited body style.

Two Ends of the Power and Efficiency Spectrum

The 2016 Maxima’s base S engine is a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 shifted through an all-new continuously variable transmission that receives high marks for feeling more like a natural automatic. The Maxima provides ample power and a smooth ride.

The 2016 Elantra’s 1.8-liter 145-horsepower four-cylinder engine can reach only a fraction of the acceleration that comes effortlessly to the 2016 Maxima, but the Elantra is also a smaller car that doesn’t require as much power to get going. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard with the option to upgrade to an automatic transmission.

Comparing fuel efficiencies between a large and a small sedan isn’t fair because of how each vehicle is built. Engine size, vehicle dimensions, and vehicle weight all factor in this distinction, so we’ll make an individual segment-based comparison.

With a large engine under the hood, the Nissan Maxima’s EPA-estimated 22 city and 30 highway mpg reigns at the top of its class, especially for a brawny V6. Other large sedans generally score in the mid- to high teens for city and high 20s for highway estimates.

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra’s slimmer engine size and overall more compact design affords it commendable city and highway mileage marks, achieving an average 28 city and 38 highway mpg with the automatic transmission and base engine. Averages for the compact class rank in the low to mid-20s for city and low to mid-30s for highway mileage stats.

Cutting-Edge Interiors

2016 nissan maximaYou’ll notice the flight-inspired feel in the cockpit of the 2016 Nissan Maxima. Zero-gravity front seats provide optimal comfort, while ambient interior lighting illuminates every inch of the Maxima, making central gauges pop and a something-awesome’s-about-to-happen vibe sweep over the cabin every time you step inside.

Designed with the pilot front and center, the 2016 Maxima includes a seven-degree tilt to the standard center console, so the dials, knobs, and center display screen are turned to you. Stay on top of traffic, comfort settings, media, and more without moving a muscle from your set position.

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra’s inner seating is spacious for a compact car, but compared to the Maxima, it boasts a meek list of tech standards, which includes six-speaker audio, satellite radio, and USB connection preloaded.

A few of the tech highlights in the 2016 Maxima include an eight-speaker audio system, two USB ports, HD Radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and phone connectivity, a high-tech 7-inch advanced driver display that puts vital information in direct driver view, an 8-inch NissanConnect touchscreen with navigation, and a rearview monitor.

To-Be Safety

These 2016 models each come equipped with top safety features. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra received a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for crash test ratings. Though the 2016 Nissan Maxima hasn’t been rated, it offers an array of new safety options that are both Maxima and overall-auto firsts. One of these is Nissan’s new Driver Attention Alert safety system that works to prevent drowsy driving by measuring the vehicle’s steering behavior.

The 2016 Nissan Maxima’s improved powertrain, impressive styling, inclusive high-tech features, and addition of cutting-edge safety options make it an unforgettable ride and a reliable car companion wherever you travel around Philadelphia, Doylestown, Lansdale, and beyond.

We have an array of 2016 Nissan Maximas in our showroom, so schedule a test drive today with Montgomeryville Nissan to experience the exciting all-new Maxima generation!