Can you tell the 2021 Nissan Altima and the 2021 Nissan Maxima apart? Many Columbus, Grove City, and Lincoln Village, Ohio, drivers may not even be able to come up with an answer. Georgesville Nissan's best way to tell stems from their individual offerings, which we will cover below. You'll know everything you need to decide between the two!


Nissan Altima vs Nissan Maxima Performance

Performance entails power and great fuel economy. The Altima comes with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that generates 188 horsepower or an available 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that generates 248 horsepower. If you consider the Maxima, it uses one 3.5L V6 engine that generates 300 horsepower.

To adjust to the road, select either front-wheel drive or the available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive for the Altima. Only FWD serves as the dedicated Maxima drivetrain.

Fuel economy may be a concern for you if you embark on long commutes. With the Altima, you'll achieve an EPA-estimated 28 city/39 highway MPG.1 When you drive the Maxima, it achieves an EPA-estimated 20 city/30 highway MPG.2 So, one car gives you more power while the other focuses on fuel economy.


Nissan Altima vs Nissan Maxima Interior Space

Since you spend a lot of time within the cabin, you want the comfort items you prefer. While you can upholster your Altima seats with leather, the Maxima offers three diverse leather materials. Add to your comfort in the Altima with heated front seats. If you want both heat and ventilation, go for the climate-controlled front seat in the Maxima. It also provides heating upgrades for rear seats.

Both cars can be equipped with Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, although only the Maxima gives it to you standard. Welcome breezes into your car with the available power sliding glass moonroof in the Altima or the dual-pane panoramic moonroof option in the Maxima.

This charts the cabin dimension differences:

Dimensions

Altima Front/Rear

Maxima Front/Rear

Headroom

39.2/36.9 inches

39.4/36.7 inches

Hip Room

54.7/54.5 inches

54.2/53.5 inches

Legroom

43.8/35.2 inches

45/34.2 inches

Shoulder Room

58.2/57.1 inches

56.7/55.7 inches

Store your gym bag or groceries in the 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space in the Altima. The Maxima may be a larger vehicle, but it offers a slightly smaller 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space.


Nissan Altima vs Nissan Maxima Technology

Sit in the driver's seat, either in the Altima or Maxima, facing the available 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist® Display and easily reach to adjust the optional 8-inch NissanConnect® touchscreen display. What's different between the cars? The Altima provides these screens as an option and the Maxima outfits every trim with both.

If you're itching to hear a song, 9 speakers release the sounds through the Bose® Premium Audio System. While the Maxima uses an identical system, it adds two more speakers to the mix.


Nissan Altima vs Nissan Maxima Safety

Not many differences appear between the safety systems for either car. Both use the six systems within the Safety Shield® 360 package.

Reverse safely in your Nissan of choice with the advanced guidance of the Intelligent Around View® Monitor upgrade. You'll find Cruise Control, ProPILOT Assist, and an available Rear Sonar System in the Altima. The Maxima upgrades the cruise control to Intelligent Cruise Control and adds a Front view to the Sonar System.


Now You Know the Difference! 2021 Nissan Altima and 2021 Nissan Maxima

With similarly appealing lines, the 2021 Nissan Altima and the 2021 Nissan Maxima may seem the same. Now when you're driving around Columbus, Grove City, and Lincoln Village, OH, you'll know what car passed you by. Schedule a test drive of both at Georgesville Nissan for more firsthand experience.

1 2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 28 City MPG/39 Highway MPG/32 Combined MPG for Altima® S FWD. 27 City MPG/37 Highway MPG/31 Combined MPG for Altima SV, SR, SL FWD. 26 City MPG/36 Highway MPG/30 Combined MPG for Altima SV, SL AWD. 25 City MPG/35 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum AWD. 25 City MPG/34 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR FWD VC-Turbo. Fuel economy estimates based on 87-octane fuel. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

2 2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 20 City MPG/30 Highway MPG/24 Combined MPG for Maxima. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.


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