2011 Nissan
Maxima SV
vs. 2011 Toyota
Camry XLE

2011 Toyota Camry XLE

9.8

starting from

$30,605

Reasons to buy the Toyota Camry XLE

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Average number of gears
6
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More airbags
6
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Spacious back seats
47.2 ft3
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Average highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
2011 Nissan Maxima SV

9.6

Runner-up

Nissan Maxima SV

starting from

$35,210

Reasons to buy the Nissan Maxima SV

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Entertainment system
Optional
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OK braking distance from 60mph
128 ft
Performance 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • Almost the same, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • Almost the same, 36.1 ft vs 37.4 ft
Entertainment System 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Almost the same
  • The Maxima SV has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 8
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • The Camry XLE has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Practicality 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • The Maxima SV has 2 more cupholders, 6 vs 4
  • Almost the same, 54.9 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • The best price we've seen is $4,605 cheaper (more than 10% less), $30,605 vs $35,210
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 19 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Performance

Toyota
Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM The Maxima SV is fairly powerful, but the Camry XLE is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs Continuously variable The Camry XLE 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 to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.1 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 36.1 ft vs 37.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Toyota
Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Number of speakers 8 vs 9 The Maxima SV has more speakers and the Camry XLE 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 Standard Both come standard with 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 Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Maxima SV; but it's not available at all on the Camry XLE

Safety Features

Toyota
Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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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 6 vs 5 The Camry XLE has a good number of airbags, but the Maxima SV is just OK (missing Knee)
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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

Practicality

Toyota
Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 536 miles vs 520 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 14.5 ft3 vs 14.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 54.9 ft3 The Maxima SV has roomy front seats and the Camry XLE is OK
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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 4 vs 6 The Maxima SV has a good number of cupholders, but the Camry XLE is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Toyota
Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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MSRP $30,605 vs $35,210 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 19 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

Luxury Features

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Road Tests

Toyota
Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 6.2 seconds The Maxima SV has a good 0-60 time, but the Camry XLE is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 128 ft The Maxima SV's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Camry XLE is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.5 s s @ 97.0 mph mph vs 14.7 s s @ 99.0 mph mph The Maxima SV's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Camry XLE's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 135 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The Maxima SV is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Camry XLE
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2011 Honda Accord EX-L Maxima SV vs Accord EX-L
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
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2012 Ford Fusion SE Maxima SV vs Fusion SE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Camry XLE vs Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Camry LE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport Camry LE vs RAV4 Sport
2011 Toyota Camry 2011 Toyota Corolla Camry vs Corolla
2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2011 Toyota Prius Four Camry Hybrid vs Prius Four
2011 Toyota Camry XLE 2011 BMW 328i Camry XLE vs 328i

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