If you’re looking for a comfortable, luxury sedan with plenty of space for the whole family (including Fido and Nanna) and your golf clubs, both Honda and Nissan offer some contenders worth considering; two versions, in particular, are explored here.
The 2016 Nissan Maxima
Often compared to Audi and BMW sedans, the Nissan Maxima offers a performance experience that’s competitive with other luxury sedans at a more practical price. And with its full redesign for the 2016 year that made the 4-door sports car stronger, leaner, and wiser, the Maxima now offers more than ever before.
The 2016 Nissan Maxima features a powerful 3.5 L, 300-horsepower, V6 engine, and styling so sporty that you might forget it also fits the entire family. Precise steering and quick acceleration combine to reward the driver with enjoyable handling. A number of under-the-hood improvements, including a sport-tuned suspension, front strut tower reinforcement and rear chassis reinforcement, make the Maxima drive feel smooth and in sync with what happens at the wheel. A sleek hood and flirtatious curves affirm that this is no ordinary sedan. In fact, with just a glance at the Maxima’s exterior lights, it could easily be mistaken for the extremely sporty 370ZX.
The interior, designed to simulate that of a cockpit, is a cabin that seals out the world with its eight speaker stereo, new-for-2016 standard touchscreen infotainment system, a special Drive-Assist display screen tilted to catch the driver’s gaze, and duplicate audio controls on the steering wheel for convenience. EPA-estimated fuel economy measures in at 22/30 mpg city/highway, or 25 combined, thanks in part to the super sedan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). These stats are much better than far pricier luxury sedans that run on a V6, and will get you around Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel, Collingswood and back again without having to stop for gas.
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The Maxima’s combination of standards and smart tech extras take driver and passenger protection farther than most cars can. Starting with Nissan’s Advanced dual-stage Air Bag System and ranging up to the brand’s above-and-beyond version of tire pressure monitoring that delivers a cheery beep when tires are inflated to their proper pressure level, every Nissan Maxima trim is well-equipped to help passenger and vehicle care come full circle.
Starting with its middle trim, the Maxima SL, buyers have access to even more safety technology systems such as Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection, Predictive Forward Collision Warning and more. The top Maxima Platinum comes with Nissan’s all-new safety tech known as Driver Attention Alert, or DAA, that helps drivers steer clear of the dangers of drowsy driving.
The 2016 Maxima received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)’s highest rating of ‘good’ for front and side impact and another top score of ‘good’ for its small-overlap frontal test, which most new cars fail.
The Maxima comes loaded with tons of technology features on its entry-level model. From a keyless ignition (no more locking the keys in the car!) to impressive 18-inch alloy wheels, front seats that are powered, automatic halogen headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror and Bluetooth phone capability. Phew. Need more? Upgrade to the Maxima SL for Bose Audio, 11 speakers of sound, leather seating and a warm-to-the-touch heated steering wheel.
The 2016 Honda Accord
Long known for its reliability and sensibility, the Honda Accord EX-L V6 has both, but not a whole lot more. With so many out on the road, the Accord is definitely a low-key car, so if you’re in the witness relocation program, Accord is the car to choose. The exterior is restyled, but many say this new design blends in, instead of standing out from the competition.
Though the 2016 Honda Accord comes standard with a 185-horsepower 2.4 L inline four-cylinder engine, we’re going to compare one of its upper-level, V6 trims to the Maxima in order to make this more of an even playing field. The EX-L V6 engine is 3.5 L and 278 horsepower. At 278-hp, this top Accord engine does offer some quickness, but it also adds some cabin noise upon acceleration, which has been a complaint from buyers for many years. Although this new design has a more sleek, steam-lined interior, there are some who feel the sparkly accents are too 1980s retro for today’s buyer. Rated ‘good’ in safety tests by the IIHS, and with an EPA-estimated 21/34 and 26 combined, it’s no wonder you see so many out and about.
Safety Accord-ing to Plan
Safety features on the Accord include comprehensive dual-stage air bag protection, tire pressure monitoring (sans Nissan’s Easy-Fill feature, of course) and several systems that help regulate the vehicle’s internal mechanics. Some driver aid tech is available, which goes by the name of Honda Sensing, but you won’t be able to find one that’s equivalent to DAA.
Features on the upper-level EX-L include Bluetooth capability, HondaLink app connection, touchscreen display, keyless entry, power front seats, moon roof, alloy wheels and anti-lock brakes.
Honda vs. Nissan
The Maxima is a much sportier ride, fitting in better with others in the luxury sedan segment. It’s more engaging to drive with punchier acceleration and quicker maneuverability. The interior of the Accord is just like any other car, but who wants that? The Nissan offers a futuristic inner shell that’s filled with driver-centered technologies that help you stay focused and connected on every trip. When you put the two side-by-side, it’s easy to see that the 2016 Maxima comes out on top. To learn more about the Nissan Maxima check out our 2016 Nissan Maxima review.
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