When it comes to full-size sedans, the Toyota Avalon is one of the most prominent competitors in this segment. With a sleek design and potent powertrain compounded with a wide array of features, the Toyota Avalon is a complete package. That said, competition is just as enthusiastic as other notable competitors like the Nissan Maxima. Let’s have a look at what makes the Toyota Avalon a better option than the Nissan Maxima.
For the 2021 model year, the Avalon receives a couple of notable updates which include the availability of the all-wheel-drive system, the introduction of the Nightshade edition package for the XSE trim, addition of a new lithium-ion battery for the hybrid variant, and the addition of Android Auto to the list of infotainment features. Interested in the 2021 Toyota Avalon? Contact us today to schedule a test drive.
2021 Toyota Avalon
2021 Nissan Maxima
|301 hp / 267 lb. -ft.
||Horsepower / Torque
||300 hp / 261 lb. -ft.|
|104.3 cu. ft.
||Passenger Volume(cubic feet)
||98.5 cu. ft.|
|22 / 32 / 26
||20 / 30 / 24|
Both the sedans offer similar power outputs with the Avalon taking a slight lead in this regard. And for those looking for a more subtle sedan, the Avalon also has an optional 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine on offer that produces 205 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the Maxima has only one engine to offer. This gives Avalon a slight advantage thanks to the options it provides for customers. Not to forget, the Avalon is also more fuel-efficient compared to the Maxima. The Maxima has sharp handling qualities which do work in its favor. But when it comes to comfortable ride quality, the Avalon aces in this aspect.
The Avalon offers a lot more space for passengers compared to the Maxima. This clearly evident from its higher passenger volume capacity. Also, the cabin is well-dressed with high-quality materials used all around that are soft and premium to the touch. The Avalon’s base trims come with synthetic leather upholstery along with eight-way power-adjustable, heated front seats. Moving to the higher trims will get you leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats. The Maxima also offers a similar list of features with some of them that are better than that of the Avalon. But the second-row seat space is not as generous.
Features are elaborate on both the vehicles. The Toyota Avalon is equipped with a nine-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, Amazon Alexa, HD Radio, Wi-Fi Hotspot, and five USB ports, to name some of them. The Maxima also gets a lot of these features as standard. But the usability of the infotainment system is not as friendly as the one offered in the Avalon.
Both the vehicles offer a wide array of safety features. Hence, there is not much to compare in this aspect.
But when it comes to overall build quality, it is the Avalon that takes the lead.