Vehicle Comparisons:
2018 Toyota Avalon vs. 2018 Nissan Maxima

For 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 the similar performance, many convenience features, and superior comfort, but they do have some important differences.

To help with the decision, we’ve placed the 2018 Toyota Avalon and the 2018 Nissan Maxima side by side for comparison. Read more about the key differences between these two vehicles, and learn where you can go to test drive the winning vehicle.

Avalon vs Maxima: Performance

The Maxima offers five trim levels, with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine standard, paired with a continuously-variable automatic transmission with front-wheel drive. The ride is fun and sporty, though it doesn’t have responsive steering, and the handling could be better.

The Avalon also has five trim levels, with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine standard, which is mated to a six-speed Electronically-Controlled automatic transmission with intelligence and sequential shift mode. The suspension is well-tuned for a smooth ride, and front-wheel drive is standard. The steering is precise and light, and the handling is controlled and firm.

In addition, the Toyota Avalon is capable of handling light hauls up to 1,000 pounds, when properly equipped. It’s no SUV, but that’s helpful for people that may want to haul small boats or trailers. Unfortunately, towing is not recommended for the Nissan Maxima.

Toyota Avalon vs Nissan Maxima: Interior

The Maxima’s interior is good-looking, with cloth upholstery, a leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, power seats, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. It’s a little bland, but you’d have to go with higher trim levels to get more luxury features.

The 2018 Avalon offers heated and ventilated leather-trimmed seats, ample leg and head room, a wood-grain trim, an intuitive dashboard layout for ease-of-use, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifts, memory settings for the driver’s seat, and dual-zone climate control.

Additionally, the Toyota Avalon has 104 cubic feet of passenger volume, which is quite a bit more than the Maxima’s 99 cubic feet. Though it may not seem like much, those few cubic feet make a world of difference in the tight cabin. In addition, the Avalon has more cargo space.

2018 Toyota Avalon vs 2018 Nissan Maxima: Features

For the base trim, the 2018 Avalon offers push-button start, an Entune infotainment system, and a suite of advanced safety features. To get those in the Maxima, you’d have to buy the higher trims. In addition, there are some features unique to the Avalon, such as an acoustic noise-reducing windshield and side windows and driver and front passenger Whiplash-Injury-Lessening seating that’s designed to be safer in a collision.

Test Drive the 2018 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 to schedule your test drive of the 2018 Toyota Avalon. Contact us today!




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