|2018 Toyota Avalon||vs||2018 Nissan Maxima|
|3.5L 6-Cylinder||Engine||3.5L 6-Cylinder|
|268 HP @ 6200 rpm||Horsepower||300 HP @ 5500 rpm|
|21 City/30 Highway mpg*||Fuel Economy||21 City/30 Highway mpg*|
"Avalon's Sport Mode increases throttle response and quickens the Electric Power Steering for livelier handling when desired."
Since the 1990s, the Toyota Avalon and the 2018 Nissan Maxima have relished the reputation of being large sedans that also function as entry-level luxury rides. For the 2018 model year, both vehicles are at different points in their respective production cycles. The Avalon shows no major changes as it enters the last model year of its fourth generation of production, primed for a brand-new redesign the next year. Meanwhile, the Nissan Maxima has settled into its fifth production cycle—with Android Auto™ (for controlling the stereo head unit with your Android smartphone), forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking now standard features. Although such upgrades are welcome, the 2018 Maxima is generally not the equal of the 2018 Toyota Avalon. Here’s why:
Both four-door sedans have halogen headlights that can automatically turn on and off in response to the amount of light outside. However, the Toyota sedan distinguishes itself by using quadrabeam headlights, which focus light from a single halogen bulb into two individual lenses to help you more clearly see what’s ahead on your driving path. Also, unlike the Nissan vehicle, the Toyota car has a power moonroof, and its side mirrors are heated and have turn-signal indicators and manual folding ability.
Although both vehicles come with beefy, powerful V6s, it’s the 2018 Toyota Avalon that sticks with the traditional 6-speed electronically controlled automatic gearbox, which is accompanied by a sequential shift mode to spice things up on the road. By comparison, the 2018 Nissan Maxima uses the continuously variable transmission, which eschews gear shifting for a reliance on a gear ratio range that produces a ride smooth enough to belie its heritage as a sports-oriented ride.
On the 2018 Avalon, leather upholstery and heated front seating that comprises an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat are standard at the base level. Not entirely so for the 2018 Maxima, which requires you to upgrade one notch from the base-level S to add heating ability and leather seat trim.
The previously mentioned forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking being promoted as safety features on the 2018 Maxima make the car safer than ever before. However, missing on the vehicle are other advanced safety features, such as smart stop technology, front-seat knee airbags, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control. These components are standard on the new Avalon.
Although the 2018 Toyota Avalon and the 2018 Nissan Maxima are evenly matched in standard tech features, there’s one that is optional on the former and completely unavailable on the latter: wireless smartphone charging. Rather than rely on a USB port or a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet to provide your mobile device with more juice, you can lay it down on the wireless charging tray located in the center console for a full charge, which is indicated by a green light. This capability is added on the XLE Premium, Touring, and Limited trims.
The Toyota difference.
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