Vehicle Comparisons:
2019 Toyota Avalon vs Nissan Maxima


2019 Toyota Avalon BannerFor full-size sedans, there are only a few options out there for discerning drivers in the Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison areas. The Toyota Avalon and the Nissan Maxima offer similar performance, high-tech convenience features, and superior comfort, but they do have some important differences.

To help with the decision, Ron Hibbard Toyota has placed these two cars side by side in our latest vehicle comparison: 2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Nissan Maxima. Read more about the key differences between these two vehicles and learn contact us to test drive the winning model.

2019 Avalon vs 2019 Maxima: Performance

2019 Toyota AvalonThe Maxima offers six trim levels, with a 3.5L V6 engine standard. This is paired with a Continuously Variable automatic Transmission and front-wheel drivetrain. The total package provides 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque to get you going. The ride is fun and sporty, though it doesn’t have responsive steering, and the handling could be better.

The Avalon, on the other hand, has seven trim levels to choose from. At the base level, you’ll still find a 3.5L V6 engine. However, this option is mated to an 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence and Sequential Shiftmatic™ Mode. If you don’t like the rubber banding effect that many CVTs produce, you’ll prefer this option.

While it may not make a noticeable difference, the Toyota Avalon does provide slightly more power than the Maxima. Its V6 generates 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is still standard, but the suspension is well-tuned for a smooth ride. Additionally, the steering is precise and light, and the handling is controlled and firm.

Avalon vs Maxima: Efficiency

2019 Toyota AvalonLooking for an eco-friendly alternative that will also help you save money at the pump? If so, you’ll want to go for the Toyota Avalon Hybrid. This model will get you an EPA-estimated 43 MPG city/44 MPG highway.1

However, even if you’re not looking to go hybrid, the Avalon still offers higher fuel economy than the Maxima. For instance, the Avalon XLE gets an EPA-estimated 22 MPG city/32 MPG highway.1 The Maxima, on the other hand, only gets an EPA-estimated 20 MPG city/30 MPG highway.2

Toyota Avalon vs Nissan Maxima: Interior

Inside the base model of each sedan, you’ll find features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power seats, and 60/40-split folding rear seats. The Maxima’s interior is good looking, with cloth upholstery and a satin chrome trim. However, it’s also a little bland, but you’d have to go with higher trim levels to get more luxury features.

The 2019 Avalon, on the other hand, comes standard with premium SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats. The hydrographic trim and intuitive dashboard layout make this interior feel even more luxurious.

Additionally, the Toyota Avalon has 104.3 cubic feet of passenger volume, which is quite a bit more than the 98.5 cubic feet you’ll find in the Maxima. Though it may not seem like much, those few cubic feet can make a world of difference when you’re sitting in a car for long periods of time.

For instance, every passenger gets almost six inches more legroom in the Avalon than in the Maxima, while rear passengers also get to take advantage of more headroom. If you’re gearing up for a long trip, the Avalon also has more cargo space. Its trunk can hold 16.09 cubic feet of luggage, compared to 14.3 cubic feet in the Maxima.

2019 Toyota Avalon vs 2019 Nissan Maxima: Features

2019 Toyota Avalon TechnologySick of fishing around your pocket or bag to find your car keys? Both the Avalon and the Maxima come standard with keyless entry and push-button start. Once you get in, you can choose between two drive modes in the Maxima: normal or sport.

Meanwhile, the Avalon offers three drive modes to choose from, with the addition of an ECO mode to help conserve fuel. If you upgrade to a higher trim level, you can get a 4-mode switch with added Sport+ or EV mode, depending on your model.

The features even extend to your audio system. Both sedans come standard with an 8-speaker audio system so you can listen to your favorite tunes, podcasts, sports games, or talk shows. The Maxima allows you to upgrade to an 11-speaker Bose® premium audio system for higher quality sound.

If you want supremely clear and crisp surround sound, though, opt for the Avalon. It offers up to 14 speakers, which are connected to an available JBL® system with Clari-Fi™ sound restoration.

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Safety Ratings: Avalon vs Maxima

2019 Toyota AvalonIn addition to performance, comfort, and convenience, your top choice should also be one that has your back when it comes to active and passive safety features. Again, the Toyota Avalon is better: It received the title of 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of its crashworthiness and accident prevention.

While front crash prevention technology comes standard on both cars, this system in the Avalon includes pedestrian detection. The Maxima, on the other hand, limits pedestrian detection to higher trim levels. The same is true for other active safety features, like Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

If you’re trying to properly secure a child seat in the Maxima, some of the anchors are hard to find because they’re located too deep in the seat. This isn’t an issue in the Avalon, which even adds additional LATCH positions for your convenience and your child’s safety.

Test Drive the 2019 Toyota Avalon at Ron Hibbard Toyota

Both the Toyota Avalon and the Nissan Maxima offer plenty of features for a non-luxury sedan, as well as offering convenience and safety. That said, the Toyota Avalon offers more space, better performance, and many more features at lower trim levels than the Nissan Maxima.

See the difference for yourself by visiting Ron Hibbard Toyota, conveniently located near Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison. Contact us today to schedule your test drive of the 2019 Toyota Avalon!


1 2019 preliminary MPG estimates determined by Toyota. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. Actual mileage will vary.

2 2019 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 20 city/30 highway/24 combined. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions—use for comparison only.

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