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Nissan Maxima vs. Nissan Altima

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima
$520
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Nissan Altima

2015 Nissan Altima
$461
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

The Nissan Maxima Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 5th out of 12 for fullsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $520 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average, and major issues are less frequent than average, so major repairs are not common for the Maxima.

Excellent

The Nissan Altima Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $461 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Altima.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$520
inexpensive
very expensive
$461
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.3
not often
way too often
0.3
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
12%
minor issues
major issues
11%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(126 Reviews)
(101 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(21)
4 star
(47)
3 star
(37)
2 star
(15)
1 star
(2)

The Nissan Maxima ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.

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“drive it as a rental currently it drives fine but I find the CVT transmission to hold gears when the car is at 5500 rpms.”

Rating Details
5 star
(9)
4 star
(58)
3 star
(20)
2 star
(9)
1 star
(2)

The Nissan Altima ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in brakes.

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“I have only had mine for a copule of months, but i believe that it is a decent car at a fair price. Plenty of standard options and the mileage is exceptional. The paint does seem to damage easily t...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Nissan Maxima and the Nissan Altima are Nissan’s full-size and midsize sedans. They’re both built on the same platform, sharing the same wheelbase and measuring within an inch or two in their other dimensions. Both are front-wheel drive, four-door sedans.

The Maxima is more of a luxury or performance sedan. It has a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine with 300 horsepower. It has edgier, more aggressive styling that people will notice. The interior is more upscale.

The Altima is more of a mainstream midsize sedan. It has a standard four-cylinder engine with 175 horsepower, with no V6 option since 2015. There is an upscale trim level, but it’s nowhere near as swanky as the Maxima’s interior.

There is also a major price difference. A new Altima starts at $23,140, while the entry-level Maxima comes in at $33,020. Your decision may come down to how posh you want your car to feel — and how much you’re willing to pay for it.


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