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2016 Nissan Maxima vs 2016 Toyota Avalon near Sacramento, CA

Maxima or Avalon: Who Will Be the Winner?

The test is on between these two sedans. One will pass with flying colors thanks to a sporty performance and plenty of features for the money, while the other will fall short. At Nissan of Elk Grove, we found the Maxima to be the winner in our 2016 Nissan Maxima vs 2016 Toyota Avalon near Sacramento, CA, comparison. You’ll love having room for the whole family in the Maxima’s spacious, yet quiet, interior. Take a test drive and see for yourself today!

When it comes to choosing a new car, fuel efficiency is on the top of everyone’s mind these days. While both the Maxima and the Avalon offer nearly identical efficiency with 22/30 MPG hwy1 and 21/31 MPH hwy1, respectively, the Maxima features a greater fuel capacity and a better power-to-weight-ratio. This means you can stay on the road just as long but with the Maxima’s 261 ft.-lb. of torque and 300-hp., you’ll also get an exciting and powerful ride. The Avalon tops out a 248 ft.-lb. of torque and only 268-hp. To increase the quality of your drive, the 2016 Maxima offers Integrated Dynamic-control Module with Active Ride Control2 , which automatically applies the brakes just enough so those unexpected potholes and speed bumps won’t affect your control. The 2016 Avalon’s handling and steering system doesn’t offer this kind of automatic smoothness.

On the interior, the Maxima continues to impress in our 2016 Maxima vs 2016 Toyota Avalon near Sacramento, CA, comparison. You have the ability to add the available Alcantara® seat inserts that are quilted and Italian-made, an option normally only available on high-end luxury vehicles – and not available in the Avalon. Another innovative seating option in the Maxima is the exclusive Zero Gravity™ seats that use scientific research to reduce muscle fatigue and offer better posture support. The best that the Avalon can do is offer you leather.

Standard features on the Maxima include NissanConnect SM with Naviagation3 and a Remote Engine Start System4 with Intelligent Climate Control so you can easily find the nearest sushi restaurant while enjoying an interior cabin that automatically adjusts so it is never too hot or too cold. You would have to add expensive trim packages in order to get these kind of conveniences in the Avalon.  

The last feature to round out our comparison between these two sedans is one that only the Nissan Maxima can boast about – an available dual panel panoramic moon roof that allows you and your passengers to soak up the sun and fresh air on your way to the Sacramento Zoo or a weekend on the coast. You won’t be able to do that if you are driving the Toyota Avalon. The moon roof is also part of the exclusive Maxima exterior design that was inspired by fighter jets to give the illusion of a roof that floats above the cabin. Even you don’t add the moon roof, you will still have an vehicle that will attract admiration from everyone you pass.

As you can see, the winner is clear in the 2016 Nissan Maxima vs 2016 Toyota Avalon near Sacramento, CA. Whether you desire a better experience for your daily commute or for your family outings, the 2016 Maxima can offer more standard features as well as exclusive luxury options to suit your lifestyle. Test drive the Maxima at Nissan of Elk Grove to experience this exceptional sedan.     


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1 Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

2 Navigation comparison as a standard feature is based on 2016 Nissan Maxima® vs. 2016 Acura TLX V6, 2016 Toyota Avalon XLE, and 2016 BMW 3 Series from manufacturer’s websites.

3 State laws may apply; review local laws before using.

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