2019 Avalon vs. Maxima Comparison

The Toyota Avalon has served as Toyota’s flagship full-size luxury sedan since 1995. The Nissan Maxima dates as far back as 1982 when it was known as the Datsun Maxima.

Both vehicles come with a reputation of reliability and a 3.5-liter V6 engine, but the similarities stop there. In this head-to-head, we will look at key differences in the categories of safety, performance, and interior. Let's begin.

Published Date: 11/06/2019

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For added peace of mind, Toyota Safety Sense P® (TSS-P) comes standard on the 2019 Toyota Avalon.

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The Avalon XLE delivers slightly more horsepower at 301 hp and 267 lb.-ft. vs. the Maxima's 300 hp @ 6,400 rpm and 261 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,400 rpm for the Maxima's S Xtronic CVT.

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  • The 2019 Avalon offers a hybrid option. The 2019 Maxima does not offer a hybrid engine option.
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Avalon outdoes Maxima in terms of cargo capacity: Avalon features 16.1 cu. ft. whereas Maxima has only 14.3 cu. ft. Along with this cargo capacity, Avalon features more rear legroom at 40.3 inches vs Maxima’s 34.2 inches. For its part, Maxima has .9-in. more headroom and 2.9-in. more front legroom than Avalon. The Avalon XLE has 37.4-in. headroom and 42.1-in. legroom in the front.

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Conclusion: Avalon vs. Maxima

The Avalon comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P® (TSS-P) suite of active safety systems, offers greater fuel economy with the XLE’s EPA-estimated 22/32/26 mpg (city/hwy/comb), and offers many more interior comforts and conveniences when compared to Maxima. Plus, Avalon has a hybrid option.

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