2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2011 Nissan
Maxima SV

2011 Nissan Maxima SV

9.8

starting from

$35,210

Reasons to buy the Nissan Maxima SV

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Sporty performance
12.3 lb/hp
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Fast 0-60 time
6.2 seconds
2011 Honda CR-V

9.2

Runner-up

Honda CR-V

starting from

$23,405
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's interior quality
"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V

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Average number of gears
5
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Average cargo space
72.9 ft3
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Average-sized back seats
48.2 ft3
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Very inexpensive
$23,405
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.7
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • The Maxima SV has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 6
Performance 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • Almost the same, 5 vs Continuously variable
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts more than 20% longer, 520 miles vs 428 miles
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The best price we've seen is $11,805 cheaper (more than 30% less), $23,405 vs $35,210
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 19 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Maxima SV's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Maxima SV's power seats; not available on the CR-V
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Maxima SV; the CR-V only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The Maxima SV has more speakers and the CR-V is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Maxima SV's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Maxima SV; but it's not available at all on the CR-V

Performance

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM The Maxima SV is of average power, but the CR-V is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The CR-V has an OK number of gears, while the Maxima SV has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.3 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp The Maxima SV is a sporty car, while the CR-V is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 37.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 520 miles vs 428 miles The Maxima SV has great highway range, but the CR-V is very limited
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Cargo space 14.2 ft3 vs 72.9 ft3 The CR-V has OK cargo room, while the Maxima SV has very little
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front seats 54.9 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Maxima SV offers an optional navigation system; not available on the CR-V
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Cupholders 6 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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MSRP $35,210 vs $23,405 The CR-V has a great price and the Maxima SV is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 21 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Road Tests

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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0-60 mph 6.2 seconds vs 9.2 seconds The Maxima SV can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the CR-V is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 123 ft The CR-V has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Maxima SV is just OK
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1/4 mile 14.7 s s @ 99.0 mph mph vs 16.9 s s @ 82.9 mph mph The Maxima SV's 1/4 mile time is good, but the CR-V 's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.77 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Maxima SV is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the CR-V
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 3 stars

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Nissan Murano LE CR-V vs Murano LE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Highlander SE CR-V EX-L vs Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX CR-V vs Accord Crosstour EX
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2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2011 Honda Accord EX-L Maxima SV vs Accord EX-L
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2011 Toyota Camry XLE Maxima SV vs Camry XLE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Maxima SV vs Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Maxima SV vs 6 i Touring

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