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2019 Toyota Avalon Vs. 2019 Nissan Maxima: Which One is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, Sep 27, 2019 2:30 PM

Full-size sedans are always in demand, but lately experts agree that this class of cars is beginning to feel a little stale. This year’s been a bit different, as both Toyota’s 2019 Avalon and Nissan’s 2019 Maxima have proved to be a solution to that problem. Both of these cars manage to give drivers all the utility they need without sacrificing any of their considerable tech and luxe features.

If you’ve been looking around for the perfect full-size sedan for you and your family, you have likely already come across these two. To make your decision a little easier, our staff here at Westbury Toyota has written up a quick and comprehensive comparison of these two full-size sedans so you can judge which one checks the most boxes on your checklist.

Upscale Aesthetic, Smooth Ride

This year the Avalon received a redesign with the intent of giving it a more extravagant and youthful feel. The redesign was successful because this time around the Avalon has a far more aerodynamic feel, says John Diether of Cars Direct. Additional features such as the mesh grille tie it all together, giving you an appearance that looks far more exclusive than would you would expect from a full-size sedan. In contrast, the Nissan Maxima goes for a leaner, sportier look that is a bit disconcerting on a car of this size.

In terms of giving drivers the smoothest ride of their lives, that claim also goes to the 2019 Avalon. While the Maxima has some pretty impressive handling, in terms of giving an all-around cushy, smooth driving experience, the Avalon nabs the top spot.

A Surplus of Room and Comfort

An obvious hallmark of a full-size sedan is that there will be plenty of room both inside the car and in the trunk. With both of these 2019 models, that is exactly what you get – but which car offers a more comfortable space for driver and passenger alike without skimping on cargo room? The Avalon has a longer wheelbase and, as a result, has considerably more room in the backseat than the Maxima. The trunk volume for the 2019 Maxima is 14.3 cubic feet while the volume for the 2019 Avalon is 16.1 cubic feet, so you’ll have a bit more room to haul around luggage or groceries in the Avalon. Another thing to note is that you get the exact same amount of volume in the Avalon hybrid’s trunk, too, as the battery pack has been moved to under the back seat.

What to Expect in Terms of Performance and Economy

Both of these cars are no slouch under the hood considering the fact that they are full-size sedans. You can take a look at their specs in the table below.

2019 Toyota Avalon 2019 Nissan Maxima
3.5-L V6 engine capable of 301 hp and 267 lb-ft. of torque. 3.5-liter (L) V6 engine capable of 200 horsepower (hp) and 261 pound-feet (lb-ft.) of torque
Eight-speed automatic transmission Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, 25 mpg combined 21 miles per gallon (mpg) city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined

As you can see, the Avalon has a bit more get up and go than the Maxima. These two cars are very close when it comes to fuel economy, but as James Riswick of Autoblog points out, it’s important to note that the 2019 Avalon Hybrid is rated an impressive 43 mpg combined, making it the obvious choice for those looking to get better mileage for far less money.

Two Cars, One Choice

Both the 2019 Nissan Maxima and the 2019 Toyota Avalon are at the top of their game this year, offering far more than any other cars in their class. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, there can be only one, and in this circumstance, we think it is pretty clear that the Avalon surpasses the Maxima on most fronts. In terms of extra room for people and cargo, smooth rides, and better fuel efficiency, Toyota’s full-size sedan is the one to beat.

If learning all of this has you interested in Westbury Toyota’s buying or leasing options for the 2019 Avalon, please don’t hesitate to pay us a visit!

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