2017 Nissan Maxima vs. 2017 Toyota Avalon in Downers Grove, IL

Maxima vs. Avalon

Could your commute use some oomph? A new 2017 Nissan Maxima or 2017 Toyota Avalon will bring excitement to your daily drive thanks to their fun driving dynamics, luxury features, and advanced safety technology. As similar as these two mid-sized sedans are, there are key differences between the Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon that you should consider before deciding on either vehicle. Learn what sets these two spirited cars apart with the information that follows.

If you think of any questions as you read on, give the team at Bill Kay Nissan a call at (630) 969-3200.


Nissan Maxima vs. Toyota Avalon: Performance

The 2017 Maxima and 2017 Avalon both provide light steering and a composed ride, resulting in a sporty driving experience. However, the Nissan Maxima offers a better driving experience because it has a stronger engine and a lighter body, which makes for a lower horsepower-to-weight ratio. Per horsepower, the Nissan Maxima pulls 11.6 lbs. compared to the Toyota Avalons 12.9 lbs. per horsepower. What does this mean? The Nissan Maxima is effortlessly faster and has better acceleration than the Avalon sedan.


Engine specs for both mid-sized sedans are as follows:

2017 Nissan Maxima


2017 Toyota Avalon

3.5L V6


3.5L V6

300 HP


268 HP

261 lb.-ft.


248 lb.-ft.

Xtronic CVT


6-speed automatic


Nissan Maxima vs. Toyota Avalon: Interior Design & Technology

The 2017 Toyota Avalon is available with leather-trimmed seating, but its not as plush or comfortable as the Nissan Maxima sedans available Zero Gravity seats. Appointed with leather and Italian-made Alcantara inserts, which resembles suede, the Zero Gravity front seats provide the refinement youve earned. What are Zero Gravity seats? The most ergonomic seats in the industry, they provide support from your hips to your shoulders. Your muscles will never fatigue, which helps your spine remain neutral as if you were floating in space. With Nissans Zero Gravity seat, you will be comfortable no matter the duration of your trip. The 2017 Avalon doesnt come close to this level of luxury. Check out the available interior technology the 2017 Nissan Maxima offers:


  • Heated and ventilated front seats & heated steering wheel
  • 11-speaker Bose audio system
  • 8-way power adjustable drivers seat with 2-way power lumbar support

Maxima Interior

Nissan Maxima vs. Toyota Avalon: Safety

Both the 2017 Nissan Maxima and 2017 Toyota Avalon are equipped with a rearview camera to help you see whats happening behind you. However, the Nissan Maximas rearview monitoring system takes it a step further and provides a virtual 360-degree view of your surroundings, increasing your awareness at every angle. Check out the additional available safety features that will protect you and your passengers in the 2017 Nissan Maxima.


  • Forward Emergency Braking
  • Predictive Forward Collision Warning
  • Moving Object Detection
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Advance Air Bag System
Nissan Safety




Want to learn more about the 2017 Nissan Maxima? Check out our detailed car review.


Finance or Lease a 2017 Nissan Maxima

Our Nissan dealership in Downers Grove, IL has new vehicle specials and lease deals to help fit the 2017 Nissan Maxima into your budget. We know the finance process is not the most exciting, so our finance department has worked hard to make it as smooth as possible, from providing you with courteous customer service to providing tools on our website to help save you time. Whether you have questions about our specials, our Nissan Maxima inventory, or your payment plan options, the team at Bill Kay Nissan is here to help! Dont hesitate to let us know how we can serve you by contacting us through our online form or by calling (630) 969-3200.