2011 Nissan
Maxima SV
vs. 2011 Toyota
FJ Cruiser

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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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Best suspension
Independent
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Good range on the highway
520 miles
2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

9.0

starting from

$27,780

Reasons to buy the Toyota FJ Cruiser

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Average number of gears
6
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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Average cargo space
66.8 ft3
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Roof rails
Optional
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.3
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Maxima SV's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the Maxima SV; the FJ Cruiser only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Maxima SV's power seats; not available on the FJ Cruiser
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • The Maxima SV's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Maxima SV; but it's not available at all on the FJ Cruiser
  • The Maxima SV has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 6
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Maxima SV; optional upgrade on the FJ Cruiser
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Winner: FJ Cruiser
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  • The FJ Cruiser has 6 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • Four-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, four-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • A single tank lasts around 40% longer, 520 miles vs 380 miles
  • The Maxima SV offers an optional navigation system; not available on the FJ Cruiser
  • The Maxima SV's standard power outlet will keep your gadgets charged; requires optional upgrade on the FJ Cruiser
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Winner: FJ Cruiser
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  • The best price we've seen is $7,430 cheaper (more than 20% less), $27,780 vs $35,210
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Toyota
FJ Cruiser
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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 FJ Cruiser
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keyless entry Standard vs Optional The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Maxima SV; optional upgrade on the FJ Cruiser
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Maxima SV; the FJ Cruiser only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
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FJ Cruiser
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The Maxima SV has more speakers and the FJ Cruiser is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Maxima SV's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the FJ Cruiser does not
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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 FJ Cruiser , too, but it'll cost
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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 FJ Cruiser

Safety Features

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Toyota
FJ Cruiser
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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 Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Maxima SV; optional upgrade on the FJ Cruiser
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Maxima SV
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2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Toyota
FJ Cruiser
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 260 HP @ 5,600 RPM Average power
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The FJ Cruiser has an OK number of gears, while the Maxima SV has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Maxima SV's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 16.7 lb/hp The Maxima SV is a sporty car, while the FJ Cruiser is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive The FJ Cruiser 's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Maxima SV is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 40.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Maxima SV
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FJ Cruiser
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 520 miles vs 380 miles The Maxima SV has great highway range, but the FJ Cruiser is very limited
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Cargo space 14.2 ft3 vs 66.8 ft3 The FJ Cruiser has OK cargo room, while the Maxima SV has very little
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front seats 54.9 ft3 vs 58.5 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 Optional The Maxima SV's standard power outlet will keep your gadgets charged; requires optional upgrade on the FJ Cruiser
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roof rails Not Available vs Optional Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the FJ Cruiser
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Maxima SV offers an optional navigation system; not available on the FJ Cruiser
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Cupholders 6 vs 6 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Toyota
FJ Cruiser
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MSRP $35,210 vs $27,780 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 15 mpg The Maxima SV has OK city mileage, while the FJ Cruiser is very inefficient
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Toyota
FJ Cruiser
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 3 stars The Maxima SV is exceptionally safe; 2.5x safer than the FJ Cruiser
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Toyota
FJ Cruiser
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0-60 mph 6.2 seconds vs 8.0 seconds The Maxima SV has a good 0-60 time, but the FJ Cruiser is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 138 ft The Maxima SV's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the FJ Cruiser is quite bad
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1/4 mile 14.7 s @ 99 mph vs 16.4 s @ 86 mph The Maxima SV's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the FJ Cruiser 's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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