Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda Accord Sedan VS 2017 Nissan Maxima Near Tucker, GA

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2017 Honda Accord Sedan

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2017 Honda Accord Sedan

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2017 Nissan Maxima

Safety Comparison

The Accord Sedan’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Maxima doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Accord Sedan and the Maxima have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and front parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Accord Sedan is safer than the Nissan Maxima:

 

Accord Sedan

Maxima

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

35%

37%

Neck Compression

53 lbs.

56 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Accord Sedan is safer than the Nissan Maxima:

 

Accord Sedan

Maxima

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

161

295

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

150 G’s

188 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

303

391

Hip Force

569 lbs.

591 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

16 inches

HIC

289

300

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

558 lbs.

997 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accord Sedan third among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Maxima isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 27th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Accord Sedan V6 is faster than the Nissan Maxima (automatics tested):

 

Accord

Maxima

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.3 MPH

99.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Sedan V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Maxima (21 city/33 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Accord Sedan V6’s fuel efficiency. The Maxima doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Maxima requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Accord Sedan stops much shorter than the Maxima:

 

Accord

Maxima

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Maxima’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Accord Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Maxima doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Accord Sedan Sport handles at .87 G’s, while the Maxima Platinum pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Accord Sedan Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Maxima Platinum (26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Accord Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Nissan Maxima.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Accord Sedan has 4.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Maxima (103.2 vs. 98.6).

The Accord Sedan has 1.4 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 4.3 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Maxima.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Accord Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Maxima (15.8 vs. 14.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Accord Sedan Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Maxima doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Accord Sedan and the Maxima offer available heated front seats. The Accord Sedan Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Maxima.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Maxima because it costs $324 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Accord Sedan than the Maxima, including $183 less for a water pump, $207 less for an alternator, $1 less for front brake pads and $490 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Accord Sedan will be $13569 to $16710 less than for the Nissan Maxima.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Accord Sedan has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Accord Sedan

Maxima

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The 2017 Accord was chosen one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” and has been for the past 31 years. The Maxima has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 2016 Accord was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” and has been for 2 of the last 4 years. The Maxima has never been an “All Star.”

The Honda Accord outsold the Nissan Maxima by almost six to one during the 2016 model year.

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