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Vehicle Comparisons:
2018 Nissan Maxima vs. 2018 Toyota Avalon

Both the 2018 Nissan Maxima and the 2018 Toyota Avalon are popular vehicles touted as sportier alternatives to the traditional full-size sedan, but which one delivers on that performance promise?

Drivers in Mount Laurel, Collingswood and Cherry Hill can find out more about the 2018 Nissan Maxima and the 2018 Toyota Avalon with our vehicle comparison.


The 2018 Nissan Maxima comes with a 300-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 261 pound-feet of torque. It pairs to a continuously variable transmission that transfers power to the front wheels and makes the most of the engine’s power. This is a quick, athletic configuration that helps the Maxima take on the curvy roads with composure and confidence.

Similarly, the Toyota Avalon comes with a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 248 pound-feet of torque. It shuttles power to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic. This configuration is competent, but it is designed more for comfortable cruising than true sport.


The 2018 Nissan Maxima has dramatic looks that back its sporty persona. A clean, minimalistic grille is combined with sleek, swept-back headlights that give it a sleek look, while a thin chrome character line and voluptuous sculpting hint at its performance.

Inside, metallic and wooden accents, rich fabrics and hues and a tech-centric dashboard create an upscale look for the cabin. Despite the sharp design, there’s still plenty of passenger room inside the Maxima.

The Toyota Avalon is a handsome vehicle, but there’s less sport to its styling. The front end is wide and aggressive, though that look fades away to an ordinary rear end and few distinctive details. The cabin is austere by comparison, with no notable styling cues to elevate it. There are physical knobs and buttons, however, which are great for functionality.


With its six airbags, anti-lock brakes, a rearview camera, stability control, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, the 2018 Nissan Maxima is remarkably safe at base level. Not only did it ace both federal and independent safety testing, but few cars can compete with its inherently safe design. Higher trim levels include additional safety technology like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.

The Toyota Avalon performed well for federal and independent safety testing, though it does depend on certain trim levels. The optional LED headlights fell slightly short with the IIHS, only receiving a “Marginal” score. That said, the Avalon does include many advanced safety features on all models, as well as many passive safety features like airbags and a rearview camera.

Test Drive the 2018 Nissan Maxima at Cherry Hill Nissan

Given the sporty performance and handling, daring style and exceptional safety scores and equipment, the 2018 Nissan Maxima dramatically outperforms the 2018 Toyota Avalon.

Drivers in Mount Laurel, Collingswood and Cherry Hill can experience the 2018 Nissan Maxima for themselves when they visit Cherry Hill Nissan. Contact us or visit us today to schedule your test drive of the 2018 Nissan Maxima!