2017 Nissan Maxima vs 2017 Toyota Avalon

If you are getting behind the wheel of a full-size sedan, you have a number of different expectations. Of course, this car needs to be reliable and capable of taking you from one place to the next, but is that all you should want out of this experience? Driving a car in today's age should not be an exercise in the mundane. A full-size sedan should almost feel like a second home, somewhere you feel comfortable spending a significant chunk of your time each day. Automakers have a unique opportunity to offer drivers a comfortable and rewarding experience with this style of automobile, and there are certainly plenty of options for people to choose from. Which one is right for you? Let's have a look at the 2017 Nissan Maxima vs the 2017 Toyota Avalon. 

For the sake of this comparison, we are going to review the base model of each of these vehicles. You can't build a quality lineup without a solid foundation, after all.

2017 Nissan Maxima and 2017 Toyota Avalon exteriors

2017 Nissan Maxima S vs 2017 Toyota Avalon XLE
21/30 City/Hwy MPG Fuel Economy 21/30 City/Hwy MPG
300 HP Horsepower 268 HP
Standard Rearview Camera Standard
45 Inches Front Legroom 42.1 Inches

More horsepower and a roomier experience for front passengers

A full-size sedan holds high expectations for drivers, especially if it is intended to be used as the family car. If you plan to take the whole crew on a long road trip for a vacation to your favorite getaway, or if you have a busy commute on a daily basis, you need confidence that your car can handle the load. A strong engine is necessary, and the 2017 Nissan Maxima comes standard with an engine capable of a mighty 300 horsepower. That is significantly higher than what is offered up from the 2017 Avalon base model, which doles out 268 horsepower. Each of these vehicles offers the same fuel efficiency, but the Maxima serves up a punchy engine to complement its wallet-friendly fuel economy.

Are you looking for a nice, roomy experience behind the wheel? Enjoy the 45 inches of front legroom in the 2017 Maxima. The 2017 Avalon falls short of that. With more front legroom, more horsepower, quality fuel efficiency, and such standard features as a rearview camera for added safety, the 2017 Maxima stands above the competition.

red 2017 Nissan Maxima exterior front view as it drives over bridge
2017 Nissan Maxima interior seats seen from side
blue 2017 Nissan Maxima seen from top
2017 Nissan Maxima navigation screen