The Toyota Camry and Nissan Maxima go head to head in our latest roundup. These sporty midsize sedans have evolved over the years.
Unfortunately for the Nissan Maxima, the automaker plans to retire its model after 2023. The Toyota Camry, a well-loved favorite, will continue to forge ahead. Ready to discover the differences between these two? Read on to determine which model best suits your needs.
Body Styling Goes Head-to-Head
Both the Toyota Camry and Nissan Maxima feature sleek and almost sports-like body styles. They both feature a low profile, well-contoured edges, and design cues that command your attention.
The Maxima features 18-inch alloy wheels that bump up to 19 inches in the SR and Platinum trim. The Toyota Camry also offers 19-inch, 18-inch, and 17-inch wheels depending on the trim you opt for. The body style remains relatively the same across the board for the Camry, however, the sporty TRD stands out with its lowered suspension while the XSE dominates with its black roof and matching black gloss finish wheels.
You’ll have more power options with the Toyota Camry than with the Nissan Maxima. However, the Maxima delivers more power overall. All trims of the Nissan Maxima are offered with a premium 3.5 L V6 engine that puts out a maximum 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque.
The Toyota Camry on the other hand features three engine options including a 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine and a more powerful 3.5 L V6. Power output is slightly less as the Camry delivers between 202 to 301 horsepower, depending on the variation you choose.
Additionally, the Camry drivetrain is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive while the Maxima is only offered in front-wheel drivetrain.
Cabin and Features Offerings
You’ll find comparable features throughout the cabin of both the Camry and the Maxima. Headroom and legroom are comparable, however, the Maxima offers slightly more space, though not by much.
Both have comparable standard convenience features including remote engine start, universal garage door openers, heated mirrors, keyless entry and start, and power passenger seats. However, the Nissan Maxima does win out slightly as it offers a mirror memory and rain-sensing wipers even on the base trim.
The Maxima wins out with connectivity as well because it offers a Wi-Fi hotspot not found in the Camry. Both models do offer smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with Bluetooth capability. The Toyota Camry features a standard 7-inch touchscreen with an available 9-inch unit in higher models. The Maxima has an edge here as well as it offers an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard.
As you climb up the trim of both you’ll find other conveniences including wireless charging and a driver-assist package that adds on to the standard safety suite.
Both the Nissan Maxima and the Toyota Camry are similarly priced, however, the Maxima will cost you slightly more. The base model Camry LE starts at an MSRP of around $26,420 and tops out at $36,845 with the XSE V6 trim.
The Nissan Maxima on the other hand offers slightly more power and reflects that in its price point. The base model starts at $38,140 and climbs up to around $45,500.
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