Which is Bigger: Nissan Altima or Maxima?

November 28th, 2017 by

The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a four-door sports car. Made to appeal to driving enthusiasts, its shape and size are trimmed for racier aerodynamics. Serving families as often as singles or couples, the 2018 Nissan Altima is bigger than the Maxima in certain measurement categories. You could say that size is relative to function. This comparison is most important for shoppers who want to be sure to get the right sedan for their lifestyle.

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Exterior Measurements

Called a four-door sports car, the Maxima is longer and wider than the Altima, but it is not as tall. The overall length of the Altima is 191.9 inches. The Maxima measures 192.8 inches, slightly longer. The Altima width is 72 inches whereas the Maxima measures 73.2 inches. The Altima’s height is 57.8 inches whereas the Maxima is shorter at 56.6 inches. Maxima wheels are 18-inch alloys. The SR model wears 19-inch trim-specific wheels. Altimas have 16-inch standards with 17- or 18-inch alternatives on higher trim levels. For both sedans, the wheel’s track width is 62.4 inches, although it narrows to 62 inches in the Altima 3.5L models. Indicating a similarity in cabin space, wheelbase measurements are the same at 109.3 inches.

Interior Volume

The Altima is rated at 101.9 cubic feet inside. The rating drops to 100.5 cubic feet if you choose the exciting panoramic sunroof. Maximas, in keeping with their sports car theme, are smaller at 98.6 cubic feet. Both sedans have five positions with seatbelts.

Front Seat Space

The Maxima offers a generous 45 inches of front legroom, matching the Altima. Front headroom is the same, measuring a generous 40 inches. Altimas lead the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry in both of these categories. The Maxima measures 54.2 inches of hip room, while the Altima measures 52 inches. Front shoulder room shows a similar difference with the Maxima measuring 56.7 inches and the Altima rated at 56.4 inches.

Backseat Space

As a four-door sports car, the Maxima is less concerned with the backseat. Yet it is certainly offering much more space than Ford Mustangs or Chevrolet Camaros with similar horsepower. Altimas, aiming to make families more comfortable, have the backseat advantage. Altimas have 37.1 inches of rear headroom compared to 36.7 in the Maxima. Rear legroom advantage goes to the Altima with 36.1 inches versus the Maxima with 34.2 inches. The Maxima, rated at 53.5 inches, has a slight advantage over the Altima, rated at 52 inches, when it comes to rear hip room. Shoulder room for the Altima is rated at 56.4 inches compared to 55.7 inches in the Maxima. If you know the backseat won’t get used much, the Maxima will fit you fine. For those with kids, you may want the roomier Altima. Both sedans have LATCH anchors and tethers to help you attach carseats safely.

Trunk Volume

More concerned about its trim figure, the 2018 Nissan Maxima trunk is 14.3 cubic feet. This trunk is smaller than some sedans this size, but it is bigger than the average sports car by as much as two cubes. On the other hand, the 2018 Nissan Altima claims 15.4 cubic feet of space. This is another reason families tend to favor the Altima.
Utility is not neglected in either case. Both sedans have folding seats to allow you to accommodate longer items or more stuff.

Weight to Horsepower Ratio

The Maxima weighs 3,482 pounds, just a few hundred pounds more than the midsized, four cylinder Altima. It weighs 3,312 pounds. However, the two sedans differ by only 20 pounds if you choose the Altima 3.5L with a V6 engine. At its heaviest, Maxima Platinum editions weigh 3,619 pounds. In general, Nissan’s strategic effort to keep the Maxima weight down allows the four-door sports car to have a better weight-to-horsepower ratio. Maximas have a higher horsepower engine, too. The potent V6 produces 300 horsepower and 261 lb.-ft. of torque. You can compare that to base editions of the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger or Chevy Camaro. As a family sedan, the Altima engines produce an ample 179 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. If you want more power in the Altima, the 3.5 SL edition produces 270 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. All of these sedans have an 18-gallon fuel tank. Once again taking care of families, the best fuel economy belongs to the 179-horsepower Altima.

Feature Comparison: By the Numbers

The 2018 Nissan Altima comes with a five-inch entertainment monitor and a seven-inch available upgrade. Maximas come with an eight-inch touchscreen with standard navigation. Altimas come with six speakers or an eight-speaker upgrade. Maximas start with eight speakers and let you step up to a 11-speaker Bose system. Altimas have a single USB port whereas Maximas have two USB ports with a possibility of four.

When you choose your next sedan, you’ve got two good choices at Carriage Nissan. Come take a closer look at the 2018 Nissan Altima, 2018 Nissan Maxima, and the many trim levels and colors. You are sure to find one that’s perfect for a test drive.

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