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2017 Nissan Maxima vs. 2017 Nissan Altima | Merrillville, IN

2017 nissan maxima vs 2017 nissan altima


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You know Nissan is a long trusted brand with top-rated vehicles, but are you torn between the highly popular Nissan Maxima and Nissan Altima? With so many features to offer, from Nissan Connect™ to highly efficient engines, it can be difficult to decide which sedan has everything you desire. The experts at Southlake Nissan in Merrillville, IN have compared the Maxima and the Altima to help you make an informed decision.


Check out our new vehicle inventory to find your perfect Nissan Maxima or Nissan Altima. If you have any questions regarding these new sedans, feel free to call our product specialists at (888) 862-0083.

2017 Nissan Maxima vs. 2017 Nissan Altima: Interior and Exterior

2017 Nissan Maxima vs 2017 Nissan Altima interior design comparison

Nissan Maxima

Are you looking for a sedan with a more upscale interior? You may find that the 2017 Nissan Maxima suits your tastes. Starting at $32,610 MSRP, this sedan comes with with available Ascot® leather-trimmed seats. There is 14.3 cu. ft. of cargo space inside the trunk, and the wide opening makes loading larger items easier.


On the outside, the 2017 Nissan Maxima has a low, confident stance with sculpted lines. Inspired by fighter jets, the roof of the Maxima seems to have an aerodynamic “floating” appearance. Boomerang shaped LED headlights announce your arrival.

Nissan Altima

Inside the 2017 Nissan Altima you’ll find a modern design and soft-touch materials. The cabin is quiet thanks to sound deadening insulation materials. The trunk holds a maximum of 15.4 cu. ft. of cargo space and the 60/40 spilt folding rear bench increases room for larger items.


The innovative exterior of the 2017 Nissan Altima features powerful lines and available LED headlights to create a bold look. Shaped in the wind tunnel, the Altima has been meticulously designed. Available Active Grille Shutters automatically close at highway speeds to increase efficiency.

2017 Nissan Maxima vs. 2017 Nissan Altima: Engine Specs and Performance

The Nissan Maxima and Altima offer two unique driving experiences. For drivers who prefer a sportier, customized ride, you want to consider the 2017 Nissan Maxima. The V6 engine in the Maxima is focused toward performance thanks to a Sport Mode Selector. If you are looking to save time and money at the pump, the 2017 Nissan Altima is highly efficient with its XTRONIC® CVT (continuously variable transmission) that delivers up to 39 MPG highway. To learn more about how the standard engines in the Nissan Maxima and Nissan Altima compare, take a look at the table below.


2017 Nissan Maxima


2017 Nissan Altima

3.5L V6


2.5L I4

300 HP


179 HP

261 lb. ft.


177 lb. ft.


MPG city/highway


2017 Nissan Maxima vs. 2017 Nissan Altima: Safety and Technology

2017 nissan maxima vs nissan altima safety and technology features


Regardless of your choice between the Nissan Maxima or the Nissan Altima, you can rest assured knowing you are protected by the latest safety features. Both models are equipped with Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield®, which include technologies to prevent and respond to collision. A few of the safety features shared between the Altima and the Maxima include:


  • Tire pressure monitoring system with easy-fill tire alert
  • Around View® monitor with moving object detection
  • Blind spot warning
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Predictive forward collision warning
  • Forward emergency braking


Whether you want a Bose® premium audio system for your favorite music or Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free calling, the Nissan Altima and Nissan Maxima have what you desire. Available tech features shared between the two sedan models include:


  • Hands free text messaging assistant
  • Auxiliary input jack
  • Nissan Connect™ with navigation
  • 8-in. touchscreen (Nissan Maxima)
  • 7-in. touchscreen (Nissan Altima)

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test-drive the 2017 nissan maxima and nissan altima


Whether you decide to upgrade your daily commute with the 2017 Nissan Maxima or Altima, the best way to choose is to get behind the wheel. Find the model you want to take home in our new vehicle inventory, and then schedule a test drive appointment at Southlake Nissan in Merrillville, IN by calling (888) 862-0083 or by filling out our online form. Take a look at our factory direct incentives to see if you qualify for savings on your new Nissan sedan purchase!


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