2011 Nissan
Maxima SV
vs. 2012 Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR

2011 Nissan Maxima SV

9.9

starting from

$35,210

Reasons to buy the Nissan Maxima SV

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Spacious front seats
54.9 ft3
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Passenger power seats
Standard
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CD changer
Standard
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

9.8

starting from

$29,190

Reasons to buy the Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

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Good range in the city
400 miles
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Good range on the highway
540 miles
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Average highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$29,190
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Maxima SV
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Winner: Altima 3.5 SR
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  • The best price we've seen is $6,020 cheaper (around 20% less), $29,190 vs $35,210
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 19 mpg
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both provide sporty handling
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Good highway range
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
Overall 9.9 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Maxima SV

Cost

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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MSRP $35,210 vs $29,190 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 20 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

Road Tests

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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0-60 mph 6.2 seconds vs 6.5 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 128 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 14.7 s @ 99 mph vs 14.9 s @ 100 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.81 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Maxima SV is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Altima 3.5 SR
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Performance

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 270 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Maxima SV is fairly powerful, but the Altima 3.5 SR is not far behind
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs Continuously variable Fewer gears
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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 Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.3 lb/hp vs 12.3 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-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 Unknown

Practicality

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Maxima SV
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2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 520 miles vs 540 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 14.2 ft3 vs 8.2 ft3 The Maxima SV has OK cargo room, while the Altima 3.5 SR has very little
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front seats 54.9 ft3 vs 49.3 ft3 The Maxima SV has roomy front seats, but the Altima 3.5 SR is very cramped
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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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Maxima SV
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Number of speakers 9 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Maxima SV's satellite radio; in the Altima 3.5 SR, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

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