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Face-off Friday: 2016 Nissan Maxima vs 2015 Toyota Avalon

Full-size sedans are quite popular with families that are no larger than four to five individuals and that don’t really want to step into the crossover world. Some of the most popular ones on the road are the Nissan Maxima and the Toyota Avalon.

The Nissan Maxima just received a full makeover of the 2016 model year. The eighth-generation is a huge departure from the seventh-generation model with an outstanding sporty design, a luxurious cabin, and a powerful 300 horsepower engine.

The current-generation Toyota Avalon was redesigned and re-engineered for the 2013 model year and has been marketed as the best and most luxurious Avalon to date. Since full-size sedans are very popular here, Toyota heavily researched the American consumer to keep the new Avalon as appealing as possible to customers in the United States. The inside of the current Avalon is extremely luxurious and you can almost mistake it for an interior of a Lexus.

Both full-size sedans offer ample room for 5 passengers. Front leg room on 2016 Nissan Maxima comes in at 45 inches with 34.2 inches of leg room for rear passengers.  On the 2015 Toyota Avalon, front leg room comes in at 42.1 inches while rear leg room comes in at 29.2 inches. 

Let’s stack up both sedans against each other in today’s Face-off Friday.

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2016 Nissan Maxima

Engine:3.5 liter V6 making 300-hp and 261 lb-ft of torque
Transmission:Continuously Variable Transmission XTronic.
0 to 60 mph:5.6 seconds (estimated)
Top Speed:132 mph.
Fuel-economy:22/30 mpg (city/highway)*
Curb weight3,545 lbs.
Base Price:$32,410***
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2015 Toyota Avalon

Engine:3.5 liter V6 making 280-hp and 248 lb-ft of torque
Transmission:6-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph:6.1 seconds
Top Speed:127 mph
Fuel-economy:21/31 mpg (city/highway)**
Curb weight:3,461 lbs.
Base Price:$32,285***
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*2016 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 22 City, 30 Highway. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

**2015 EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

***All prices are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.

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