Nissan Maxima vs. Toyota Avalon

Are you interested in a mid- or full-sized premium sedan to make your commute more comfortable? Two excellent models to consider are the Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon. But if we compare these cars side-by-side, it becomes clear that one model is far superior to the other.

A new 2018 Nissan Maxima starts at $33,270 MSRP, and is available with great finance and lease incentives from our Nissan dealership in Springfield, MO to keep your monthly payments low. A new 2018 Toyota Avalon starts at $33,500 MSRP. Read on to see how these two models compare in other ways.

2018 Nissan Maxima vs. 2018 Toyota Avalon: Performance

Although the Avalon and Maxima will save you the same amount of money at the gas station, you will enjoy driving the Maxima more. The 2018 Nissan Maxima has best-in-class standard horsepower, and is also available with paddle shifters and a sport-tuned suspension for those who want more driver-focused handling.

2018 Nissan Maxima


2018 Toyota Avalon

3.5L V6


3.5L V6

300 HP


268 HP

261 lb.-ft.


248 lb.-ft.



6-speed automatic transmission + FWD

21 MPG city/30 MPG highway

Fuel Economy

21 MPG city/30 MPG highway

2018 Nissan Maxima vs. 2018 Toyota Avalon: Interior Features

There are several premium comfort features available in the Nissan Maxima that are also available in the Toyota Avalon. These include dual-zone climate control, heated and cooled front seats, and even a rear sunshade. But for the most luxurious experience, you will want to opt for the 2018 Nissan Maxima.

  • Both models come with push button ignition, but the Maxima also has remote engine and temperature control start.
  • Both models come standard with an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat and 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, but the Maxima has best-in-class front headroom and legroom.
  • Only the Nissan Maxima is available with premium ascot leather seats with diamond-quilted inserts.
  • The 2018 Nissan Maxima is available with "razor steel", "liquid chrome", or mahogany wood-tone interior trim.
  • While the Toyota Avalon is available with a moonroof, the Nissan Maxima offers a dual-panel panoramic moonroof.
2018 Nissan Maxima Interior
2018 Nissan Maxima Interor

2018 Nissan Maxima vs. 2018 Toyota Avalon: Safety & Technology

Both the 2018 Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon are available with a wide variety of advanced safety technology, including intelligent cruise control, a blind spot and rear cross-traffic monitor, and forward collision warning. The 2018 Nissan Maxima is even a 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick when equipped with LED low-beam headlights and earned a 5-Star Safety Rating from the NHTSA. When you consider all of the technology options, however, the Nissan Maxima has a clear edge over the competition.

  • Important driver information is displayed on a 7-in. full-color monitor nestled in the instrument cluster of the Nissan Maxima.
  • The Nissan Maxima has an 8-in. touchscreen display, larger than the one in the Toyota Avalon.
  • The Maxima comes standard with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, as well as Bluetooth® hands-free calling, a hands-free text messaging assistant, and navigation.
  • The Nissan Maxima is available with both Active Noise Cancellation to reduce outside noise and Active Sound Enhancement to improve the quality of your music.
  • The Avalon and Maxima both come with a standard rearview monitor, but the Maxima is available with a class-exclusive Intelligent Around View® monitor.
Maxima Technology

Test Drive the New Nissan Maxima in Springfield, MO

Now that you know all the ways in which the new Nissan Maxima outshines the competition, even a luxury vehicle like the Toyota Avalon, it's time to come experience it first-hand. Schedule a test drive appointment at our Nissan dealership in Springfield, MO, or call  (866)534-2093 to speak directly to a product specialist with any questions you still have.

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