Toyota Avalon vs Nissan Maxima

Toyota Avalon vs Nissan Maxima Shoppers in Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle who can’t decide between the Toyota Avalon and the Nissan Maxima for your next car have come to the right place. Our team of automotive experts here at Faulkner Toyota Harrisburg have placed them side by side as a way to show you how these two quality sedans stack up to each other.


While both models sport an impressive combination of performance, comfort, and entertainment and technology features, there are some distinct differences that are well worth checking out. Go ahead and continue reading to find out which model will reveal itself to be the better fit for your specific set of needs.

Avalon vs Maxima: Spotlight on Performance

Toyota Avalon vs Nissan Maxima The Toyota Avalon and the Nissan Maxima are propelled by nearly identical engines. Under each car’s hood is a 3.5-liter V6 engine. These standard engines are paired to a standard automatic transmission as well as a front-wheel drivetrain. With the Avalon model’s V6 engine, you can expect to get up to 301 horsepower as well as 267 lb-ft of torque. This engine also provides you with an EPA-estimated 22 city MPG and 32 highway MPG.1

The output in the Maxima is close to what the Avalon can do at 300 horsepower along with 261 lb-ft torque. However, its fuel economy falls significantly short with an EPA-estimated 20 city MPG and 30 highway MPG.2

While the 3.5-liter V6 is the only possible engine that you’ll find in the Maxima, the Avalon mixes things up by supplying you with a second option in the form of the available 2.5-liter hybrid that generates 176 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. This efficient piece of machinery is able to get you an EPA-estimated 43 city MPG and 44 highway MPG.1

Interior Comfort for the Avalon vs Maxima

Inside the Toyota Avalon, you’ll have all the space and comfort you’ll need in order to get an enjoyable ride no matter where the road takes you. In the front-row seats, the Avalon boasts 58.3 inches of shoulder room and 55.8 inches of hip room. The seats in the back are just as spacious with 37.5 inches of headroom, 57.1 inches of shoulder room, 54.8 inches of hip room, and 40.3 inches of legroom.

Toyota Avalon vs Nissan Maxima The Maxima is not quite as accommodating inside its cabin. Up front, its shoulder room measurement only comes to 56.7 inches, and it only supplies you and your front-seat passenger with 54.2 inches of hip room.

The rear seats aren’t able to do much better. Back there, the headroom comes to 36.7 inches, the shoulder room is 55.7 inches, the hip room is 53.5 inches, and the legroom is 34.2 inches. Clearly, the Toyota Avalon has the upper hand when it comes to allowing its occupants to really stretch out and relax inside its cabin.

To increase the amount of comfort you’re able to receive, the Avalon comes standard with heated front seats that keep the folks up front nice and toasty. These seats also have the ability to cool you down with available ventilation.

While the Maxima is available with both heated and cooled front seats, the Avalon manages to maintain the edge here with its rear seat vents that allow the passengers in the back to enjoy the same refreshing climate control benefits that those in the front have. Unfortunately, the Nissan Maxima is not available with rear-seat vents.

Toyota Avalon vs Nissan Maxima: Entertainment and Technology Features

Seeing that these are two competitively capable high-end sedans, it should come as no surprise that the Toyota Avalon and the Nissan Maxima offer quite a few top-notch features that are well worth mentioning.

For instance, both offer infotainment systems that include big touchscreens. However, the Avalon comes standard with a 9-inch screen to make it easier to see and access the controls in order to get to your favorite stations and preferred volume and audio settings. At eight inches, the standard screen in the Nissan Maxima is not as accommodating.

Toyota Avalon vs Nissan Maxima While both cars include such useful technology features as Bluetooth® compatibility, smartphone app integration, and available turn-by-turn navigation, there are a few features that you won’t find in the Maxima. For starters, the Avalon is available with the HD Radio™ Predictive Traffic feature that monitors traffic patterns along your route and can re-route you in order to help you avoid traffic jams that you can’t even see in front of you yet.

The Avalon also effectively keeps all its occupants fully charged with the available Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging feature that successfully does away with the need for bringing your charger cords for your phones.

Both of these capable sedans are available with auto-dimming rearview mirrors. This feature prevents you from being distracted or even momentarily blinded by the reflected headlights of vehicles while they approach from behind.

Both cars also include HomeLink® with this feature. HomeLink® proves itself to be extremely convenient in the way that it provides you with access to certain aspects of your home’s security from the road. You can check the garage door, the security fence, and the outside lights in order to ensure that everything is secured while you’re away.

One aspect of the Avalon model’s version of the auto-dimming rearview mirror that sets it apart is the fact that it’s frameless. This distinction allows it to add an overall stylish sophistication to the cabin.

Toyota Avalon vs Nissan Maxima: Which One?

As you can see, the Toyota Avalon comes out on top in every category. This isn’t all this sedan has to offer. Come down to Faulkner Toyota Harrisburg for a test drive to see for yourself what it’s capable of doing. If you live or work around Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, or Carlisle, you can schedule a test drive by giving us a call today!


1 2019 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

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