Son's Automotive Group Compares 2018 Honda Accord Sedan VS 2018 Nissan Maxima Near Tucker, GA

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2018 Honda Accord Sedan

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2018 Honda Accord Sedan

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2018 Nissan Maxima

Safety Comparison

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Maxima’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Accord’s 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 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 2 places higher in reliability than Nissan.

Engine Comparison

The Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 261) than the Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Accord 2.0T is faster than the Nissan Maxima (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

5.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.6 sec

14.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

101 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord gets better fuel mileage than the Maxima:








26 city/35 hwy





22 city/32 hwy





30 city/38 hwy




Sport/Touring 1.5T/Auto

29 city/35 hwy





23 city/34 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto


Sport/Touring 2.0T/Auto

22 city/32 hwy



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

The Accord has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Maxima doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Accord stops much shorter than the Maxima:





70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Maxima’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Accord’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Maxima (111.4 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

The Accord Touring handles at .89 G’s, while the Maxima Platinum pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Accord Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Maxima Platinum (26.4 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Accord may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the Nissan Maxima.

The front grille of the Accord EX 1.5T/EX-L 1.5T uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Maxima doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Accord a Large car, while the Maxima is rated a Mid-size.

The Accord has 7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Maxima (105.6 vs. 98.6).

The Accord has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 6.2 inches more rear legroom, 1.5 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Maxima.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Accord has a much larger trunk than the Maxima (16.7 vs. 14.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Accord easier. The Accord’s trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the Maxima’s liftover is 28.8 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Accord Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Maxima doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Accord 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 and the Maxima offer available heated front seats. The Accord 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 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 than the Maxima, including $89 less for a water pump, $205 less for a muffler, $14 less for front brake pads and $462 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda Accord, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Nissan Maxima isn't recommended.

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” 2018 and for 22 of the last 24 years. The Maxima has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Accord 2.0T Sport was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Maxima has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Accord as the 2018 North American Car of the Year. The Maxima has never been chosen.

The Honda Accord outsold the Nissan Maxima by almost five to one during 2017.

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