Mid-Size Sedan Showdown: The Nissan Maxima vs. The Toyota Camry

The mid-size sedan class is one of the most competitive markets at the moment as there are a lot of solid options for car shoppers. Two of the most popular models are the Nissan Maxima and the Toyota Camry. Both have normal sedan qualities, like efficiency and smart tech, but they are also two of the most powerful sedans in their price range. We've gone ahead and compared the two in several areas drivers look to first.

Why will drivers be happier with the Nissan Maxima?


Commuters looking for a little thrill behind the wheel turn to these models because of their V6 engine options. These powerful engines aren't as efficient as 4-cylinders, but they pack more horsepower and torque, which directly corelates to a better driving feel. Shoppers will find that the Nissan Maxima comes standard with a V6 engine, while the Toyota Camry starts with a 4-cylinder. This weaker engine has 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, which falls way short of the 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque in the Nissan Maxima.

If drivers want the V6 engine of the Toyota Camry, they'll find that it's more expensive than the Nissan Maxima, and it's not as thrilling. While the horsepower and torque specs are similar between the two V6 offerings, the Nissan Maxima reaches peak power at lower engine speeds. You'll have to redline the Toyota Camry to reach its full power potential. On top of this, the Nissan Maxima has a greater cruising range on one tank of gas, so you won't be stopping by the pump as much.


Drivers were always on the mind of the Nissan Maxima's engineers who designed it, and it shows. You'll have more head and leg room than the Toyota Camry offers, which helps you enjoy the open road instead of feeling cramped. It also comes with a larger trunk area than the base model Toyota Camry, so you don't have to worry about fitting groceries on your trips to the market.

The room is nice, but the premium materials of the Nissan Maxima give you even more of a luxury feel. It's available with Italian-crafted Alcantara® leather on the steering wheel and seats, which you normally only find in high-end performance vehicles. Plus, while the Toyota Camry is only available with seat heating, the Nissan Maxima lets you heat or cool them down, so you're ready for any weather.


The safety suites of both models are top-notch. Each is available with blind spot monitors, forward collision alert with autonomous braking, a 360-degree camera, and more advanced features that help drivers avoid accidents. Plus, they both earned a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.


There are several features that improve your drive in both cars, but again the Nissan Maxima has more to offer. It's available Bose® Premium Audio system has more speakers than any system you'll find in the Toyota Camry, and it uses Centerpoint® 2 surround technology to provide crisper sounds. Plus, you can play your favorite music easily through the speakers with the Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto compatibility that comes standard on every Nissan Maxima. The Toyota Camry doesn't integrate these systems on any trim level.

The Nissan Maxima also offers features, like a sport-tuned suspension, drive mode select, easy-fill tire alert, that you won't find with the Toyota Camry.

See the Nissan Maxima Today at Razzari Nissan in Merced, CA!

While both these models have lots to offer, the Nissan Maxima has some clear advantages. Come and see us to test drive one and see those advantages for yourself!


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