2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Nissan Maxima: Head to Head

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Winner: Nissan Altima (Details Below)

For about $32,600, you can buy either a top-of-the-line Altima or a base model Maxima, so let’s explore those two choices.

The base Maxima, like all Maximas, has front-wheel drive, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that imitates the shifts of a geared automatic, and a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. It gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Standard features include power seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.  

The decked-out Altima will have the exact same 3.5-liter V6 engine, but it will only make 270 horsepower, routed to the front wheels through a CVT. It will get 22 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway. It comes standard with power adjustable seats, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, leather-appointed seats, a moonroof, smartphone integration, 7-inch touch screen, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and forward emergency braking.  

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