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Vehicle Comparisons:
2016 Nissan Maxima vs. 2016 Toyota Avalon

When it comes to the best in full-size sedans, Nissan and Toyota are at the top of the list. In what remains the most popular auto market out there, these two companies are putting out show-stopping vehicles that are taking the breath away from consumers everywhere.

While Toyota has long had a reputation for reliable, high-quality vehicles, Nissan is poised to challenge them for that top spot.

The 2016 Nissan Maxima is truly an outstanding entry into this sector of the automotive industry. For our Philadelphia, Doylestown, and Lansdale customers, Montgomeryville Nissan is happy to present a comparison of the 2016 Nissan Maxima and the Toyota Avalon.

Exterior Design of the Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but if you were to do so, the Nissan Maxima would blow you away. It’s quite simply one of the sharpest-looking full-size sedans on the market. It features bold, strong lines and an aerodynamic profile that promises a smooth ride. It looks sleek—not boxy but almost sporty when compared to other competitors in the same class. Smooth and sleek are words that immediately come to mind when one considers the LED accent lights and jet aircraft–inspired roof.

The Avalon, by comparison, still appears straight and angular and has a simple, classic sedan profile. It has a large black front grille that draws attention away from the rest of the car and chrome touches that appear harsh in comparison to the rest of the car’s lines.

Toyota has, however, improved on their prior looks and added a new trim level and three hybrid options, which those looking for fuel efficiency will appreciate.

Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon Interior

Of course, what’s inside the book matters as much as the outside, and the cabins for the 2016 Maxima and the new Avalon have both been upgraded and are full of high-quality soft-touch materials that exude luxury and class. While the Avalon features standard leather upholstery and heated power-adjustable front seats, the Maxima shows off advanced zero-gravity technology front seating, which take ergonomics to the next level and offers mind-blowing comfort.

2016 Nissan Maxima vs. Toyota Avalon Performance

The new Toyota Avalon is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 268 horsepower and transmits power well to the wheels through its six-speed automatic transmission at the standard level. EPA-estimated gas mileage for the base model ranks around 31 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city. The end result is admittedly an impressive amount of power and capable handling for a smooth and stable ride.

The 2016 Nissan Maxima boosts this a little bit, giving it the performance edge when it comes to base-model comparison. It has a 3.5-liter V6 under the hood, which delivers 300 horsepower, leaving the 268 horses of the Avalon in the dust.

The EPA-estimated fuel efficiency comes out even on average, with one less mile on the highway and one more in the city.

In the end, actual experience will likely bear these nearly the same in that area. The Maxima features a continuously variable transmission that makes shifting butter-smooth and the drive experience exceptionally refined.

Technology Offerings

The 2016 Avalon, at its base level, offers push-button start, Bluetooth integration, and dual-zone automatic climate control for convenience and comfort. Its media and infotainment center are controlled by a 7-inch touchscreen that offers straightforward, user-friendly controls through the Entune eight-speaker audio system.

Entertainment options are rounded off with an integrated satellite radio tuner, USB ports, and auxiliary inputs for using your smartphone, iPod or MP3 player through the stereo.

The new Maxima, on the other hand, takes its own technology offerings to the next level. This model year has transformed the control panel and features into a techie’s dream console. It offers the same basics as the Avalon plus additional USB ports, HD radio, and the highly reviewed NissanConnect Infotainment system. This includes GPS navigation, which can be accessed either from the 8-inch touchscreen or from a control knob within easy reach of the driver.

As with the Avalon, an eight-speaker sound system is standard, but it also includes an advanced 7-inch Driver Assist display nestled in with the gauge cluster, which delivers important information about your vehicle’s status and performance right in easy line of sight and in a user-friendly and intuitive interface.

Voice control features allow you to access many of the features and controls on the go without ever taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel.

Safety Offerings

Both the Maxima and the Avalon have been consistently highly rated in terms of safety by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and this year will be no different.

In fact, both vehicles contain all of the standard safety features they always have (anti-lock brakes, all-around airbags, standard rearview cameras, and a variety of collision and lane keeping safety and mitigation features).

The Maxima, however, adds new features to take things to the next level. These include sonar in the front and rear to detect nearby objects and emergency automatic front braking as well as a variety of warning and mitigation systems to help protect weary drivers and aid in focus as you hit the road.

Test Drive the 2016 Nissan Maxima at Montgomeryville Nissan

Both the 2016 Nissan Maxima and the new Toyota Avalon are exceptional large sedans that offer amazing value as luxury or family vehicles. Each offers a smooth and refined ride, plenty of safety features, and top-notch technology as well as solid fuel efficiency.

The Maxima, however, goes just one step further with a high-tech interior that’s nothing sort of lavish and a feeling of comfort and confidence that can’t be beat. Its tech offerings also are just a shade above the Avalon, and drivers will appreciate the power its engine puts out.

In the end, the 2016 Nissan Maxima is the car for you if you’re looking for the top in the full-size sedan market. If you live in the Lansdale, Philadelphia, or Doylestown regions, stop in to Montgomeryville Nissan to test drive a brand new Maxima today!