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Nissan Maxima vs. Nissan Altima

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Nissan Maxima

$520
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Nissan Altima

$461
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
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.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
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.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$520
inexpensive
expensive
$461
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.3
not often
very often
0.27
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(22)
4
(47)
3
(37)
2
(15)
1
(2)
The Nissan Maxima ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.
“This was by far the most reliable car I've owned, this car would have 10 things wrong with it, and would still start and take me where I needed to go with nothing but a few noises, I drove this car...”
“This was by far the most reliable car I've owned, this car would have 10 things wrong with it, an...”
5
(9)
4
(59)
3
(20)
2
(9)
1
(2)
The Nissan Altima ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in brakes.
“Survived a rear end collision with absolutely no damage to the Altima. One Nissan fanatic for life. ”
“Survived a rear end collision with absolutely no damage to the Altima. One Nissan fanatic for ...”

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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