2020 Avalon vs. Maxima Comparison

Since 1995, the Toyota Avalon has served as Toyota’s flagship sedan. The Nissan Maxima dates as far back as 1982 when it was known as the Datsun Maxima.

For the 2020 model year, the Maxima features some updates, including a standard safety suite; the 2020 Toyota Avalon features a sporty new TRD trim level.

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 explore the important topics of safety, performance, and interior.

Let’s begin.

Published Date: 12/20/2019

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Safety

Whether driving across town or taking a road trip, safety is essential. Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) comes standard on the 2020 Toyota Avalon.

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Safety

  • Every 2020 Avalon comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P).
  • Avalon comes standard with 10 airbags.
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist is not available on the Maxima.
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Performance

If you are looking to save money at the pump, the Avalon has slightly better EPA-estimated MPG ratings than Maxima.

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Performance

  • 2020 Avalon has better fuel economy than the 2020 Maxima.
  • Avalon has a Hybrid option which is not available on Maxima.
  • 2020 Avalon features a TRD trim.
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Interior

Looking for legroom to stretch and cargo space for your necessities? Avalon features more rear legroom at 40.3-inches vs. Maxima’s 34.2-inches. Avalon also outdoes Maxima in terms of cargo capacity: Avalon features 16.9 cu.ft. whereas Maxima has only 14.3 cu.ft.

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Interior

  • Avalon features more rear legroom at 40.3-inches vs. Maxima’s 34.2-inches.
  • Avalon features 16.9 cu.ft. whereas Maxima has only 14.3 cu.ft.
  • Avalon has 4 standard USB ports, while Maxima SV only has 1 standard USB port.
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Conclusion: Avalon vs. Maxima

When comparing the 2020 Toyota Avalon to the 2020 Nissan Maxima, the Avalon comes out ahead in many key features. Avalon comes standard with the TSS-P suite of active safety systems, offers greater EPA-estimated fuel economy, and many more interior comforts and conveniences when compared to Maxima.

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Conclusion: Avalon vs. Maxima

  • Every 2020 Avalon comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P).
  • 2020 Avalon has better fuel economy than the 2020 Maxima.
  • Avalon has a Hybrid option which is not available on Maxima.
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