Comparison: 2018 Nissan Maxima vs 2018 Toyota Avalon

If you're shopping for a full-size sedan in the greater Richmond area, our expert staff at Valley Nissan can help you find the perfect model to suit your needs and budget. That's our No. 1 concern, and it's why we provide comparisons of our models so that shoppers can see how Nissan stacks up.

Below, our head-to-head review of the 2018 Nissan Maxima versus the 2018 Toyota Avalon examines the differences between these two models in terms of performance and features.

Read on, then visit us in Staunton to test drive a brand-new Maxima.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Nissan Maxima

The 2018 Maxima is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque, giving you plenty of power to traverse the hills of Virginia. The Maxima also features Drive Mode Selector with Sport and Normal mode.

The Maxima SR adds an Integrated Dynamics-control Module with Active Ride Control, Intelligent Trace Control, and Intelligent Engine Brake. Additionally, the trim features paddle shifters, sport-tuned suspension, and aluminum sport pedals.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the 2018 Nissan Maxima gets 21 MPG city, 30 MPG highway, and 25 MPG combined.

Toyota Avalon

The 2018 Avalon has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Despite having a similar engine as the Maxima, the Toyota powertrain makes just 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. Driving modes include Sport, Eco, and Normal. The Avalon lineup does not include a performance-focused trim that can compete with the Maxima SR, but does feature a hybrid model.

The U.S. DOE reports that the Avalon gets 21 MPG city, 30 MPG highway, and 24 MPG combined. This means that the Toyota not only has fewer ponies, but it can't even make up for it at the pump.

Entertainment and Technology

Nissan Maxima

The Maxima gives you a luxury experience without the luxury price tag. The full-size sedan comes standard equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Nissan Navigation System with voice recognition, Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link, Display Commander, Bluetooth tech, and HomeLink. Convenience features include Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Nissan Intelligent Key, Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control, and power seating.

Additionally, all Maxima models come available with a range of driver assistance technology, a Dual Panel Power Panoramic Moonroof, interior ambient lighting, Bose audio, Active Nose Cancellation, climate controlled seating, and auto-dimming mirrors.

Toyota Avalon

The Avalon is not available with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The base trim features Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App, Bluetooth, HD Radio, Sirius XM Radio, and traffic and weather. It also has dual zone automatic climate control and eBin storage with two 12-volt power outlets, auxiliary jack, and USB port.

Upper trims feature auto-dimming mirrors, a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad, and outside mirror memory. The highest trim gives drivers three-zone climate control, white interior ambient lighting, and Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite.


Nissan Maxima

Starting at $33,270 MSRP

Toyota Avalon

Starting at $33,500 MSRP