Compare the Nissan Maxima vs. Toyota Avalon in Playa Vista

There are a number of sedans on the market these days, and whether you're searching for something practical with a lot of features or you need a car with an affordable price tag that also baosts some performance grit, then you're in the right place. The Nissan Maxima is capable of fulfilling all of those criteria, letting Playa Vista drivers feel confident when traveling in the carpool lane or while taking friends out for a fun weekend.

You can easily cruise around the greater Los Angeles area with confidence in the Maxima, but while we endorse this model, it is important to give our customers the knowledge to make an informed decision. We want you to know how this model compares against the Toyota Avalon in areas such as style, features, and performance. These are talking points that our other customers have brought up, so we're ready to make them clear with you as well.

Interior & Features

  • A heated steering wheel can seem unnecessary until you have experience what life is like with one in your car, which is why the Maxima offers this on select trims. The Toyota Avalon, however, does not believe in offering this comfort feature to its customers.
  • The exterior lights are programmable with the Nissan Maxima, but they are not on the Toyota Avalon.
  • If you want ventilated front seats for those hot days in the city, you'll want to stick with the Maxima because it offers this feature on the a lower trim level than the Avalon does. In order to have ventilated seats with the Toyota model, you will need to spend over $40,000.
  • Both models offer Distance Pacing Cruise Control, but only the Maxima thought to offer the option of Traffic Stop-Go that will help you to manage traffic with a bit more ease than in the Avalon.
  • You can opt to remotely start your Maxima's engine using your keyfob, but the Avalon won't give you this option, which is unfortunate for our West LA drivers who enjoy getting into an air-conditioned car.


  • Blind Spot Warning is available on the Maxima, but with the Avalon there is only a similar feature that isn't exactly the same.
  • Culver City customers can take advantage of the front and rear parking sensors with the Maxima and discover what life is like being unafraid of that parallel spot. The Avalon? It doesn't appear to offer parking sensors.
  • Not only does the highest trim levels differ in price by nearly a $1,000, and the base trims also differing in price, but the Avalon doesn't offer the same safety features as the Maxima. Toyota offers the Safety Sense P, while Nissan offers them as part of a package.


It may be surprising, but the Nissan Maxima offers a whopping 300 horsepower on its 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the same engine in the Toyota Avalon only produces up to 268 horsepower. The Avalon loses out on performance when compared to the Maxima, even when torque is concerned. The Avalon provides just 248 pound-feet of torque, while the Maxima offers 261 pound-feet of torque.

If you are interested in a test drive to see first-hand how the Nissan Maxima compares to the other sedans you've driven in the past, visit our dealership in Playa Vista and we will be happy to assist you. When you're ready to select the model and trim style that is right for your budget and lifestyle, our team will help you find the financing solution that is a match. Whether you're considering a Nissan loan or lease, give us the chance to make the process easier with our years of experience. Stop by today and discover for yourself how we can make the purchase of your next new car a win.

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