The 2021 Nissan Altima caught your eye, but so did the 2021 Nissan Maxima! How will Hilliard, Dublin, and Upper Arlington, Ohio, shoppers tell these sleek sedans apart? Easy, let Buckeye Nissan do all the work and see what's the same and different about these two bestselling cars.

Nissan Altima vs Nissan Maxima Fuel Economy

With the Nissan Altima, you get to choose between two different engines-the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 188 horsepower or the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 248 horsepower. It can be equipped with FWD or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. You'll achieve an EPA-estimated 28 city/39 highway MPG.1

If you're considering the Nissan Maxima, it comes with a larger engine, the 3.5L V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower. This sedan does not offer AWD, just FWD, and you'll achieve an EPA-estimated 20 city/30 highway MPG.2

So, if you want the optimal gas mileage, go with the Altima, but for more power, stick with the Maxima.

Nissan Altima vs Nissan Maxima Interior Space

In the Altima, furnish the cabin in either cloth or leather and optional heated front seats. Add Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control to regulate the temperature inside or open the upgraded power sliding glass moonroof for a breath of fresh air.

For Maxima fans, you'll discover three available leather upholstery materials. In the front, take advantage of optional climate-controlled front seats and heated rear seat upgrades. With this sedan, Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control comes standard, and a Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof can be installed.

Space tells a different story. In the chart below, you'll see that the Altima and Maxima offer similar cabin dimensions. Some measurements differ in surprising ways.


Altima Front/Rear

Maxima Front/Rear


39.2/36.9 inches

39.4/36.7 inches

Hip Room

54.7/54.5 inches

54.2/53.5 inches


43.8/35.2 inches

45/34.2 inches

Shoulder Room

58.2/57.1 inches

56.7/55.7 inches

Storage differs by about one cubic foot in that the Altima offers 15.4 cubic feet while the Maxima has 14.3 cubic feet.

Nissan Altima vs Nissan Maxima Technology

If you look at both Nissan sedan dashboards, you'll see the 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist® Display and the NissanConnect® 8-inch touch-screen display. The difference stems from the Maxima featuring these screens standard while the Altima provides them as upgrades.

For listening to music, sports, or news, or even hearing a family member or friend, the Altima offers an available 9-speaker Bose® Premium Audio System. The Maxima offers the same exact system as an upgrade but with 11 speakers instead.

Nissan Altima vs Nissan Maxima Safety

Whichever car you choose, you can rely on the armor brought to you by Safety Shield® 360. Both cars offer systems from the Intelligent Mobility line, including an available Intelligent Around View® Monitor. However, some systems come standard in the Altima that may be options in the Maxima and vice-versa, like Intelligent Lane Intervention and Traffic Sign Recognition, for example.

The Altima features Cruise Control, ProPILOT Assist, and an optional Rear Sonar System. With the Maxima, you get Intelligent Cruise Control, a more advanced device, an available Front and Rear Sonar System, and no ProPILOT Assist.

Choose Between the 2021 Nissan Altima and 2021 Nissan Maxima

Okay, you like both the 2021 Nissan Altima and the 2021 Nissan Maxima, but now it's time to choose. Either one could work for your Hilliard, Dublin, and Upper Arlington commutes, but one jibes better with your lifestyle.

For the final decision, take a test drive of both at Buckeye Nissan.

1 2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 28 City MPG/39 Highway MPG/32 Combined MPG for Altima® S FWD. 27 City MPG/37 Highway MPG/31 Combined MPG for Altima SV, SR, SL FWD. 26 City MPG/36 Highway MPG/30 Combined MPG for Altima SV, SL AWD. 25 City MPG/35 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum AWD. 25 City MPG/34 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR FWD VC-Turbo. Fuel economy estimates based on 87-octane fuel. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

2 2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 20 City MPG/30 Highway MPG/24 Combined MPG for Maxima. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

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