8 Top Nissan Maxima Competitors

The 2022 Toyota Avalon is just one of the Nissan Maxima competitors you should consider if you’re in the market for a new compact car.
Written by Sarah Gray
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
If you’re shopping for a new Nissan Maxima, you may want to take a look at its closest competitors—like the Toyota Avalon, Volkswagen Arteon, and Dodge Charger—before making up your mind.
Nissan recently announced that 2023 will be the final model year for the Nissan Maxima—the automaker’s flagship model since 1980. While it’s likely the Maxima will be resurrected in a crossover or EV body, for now, the end is nigh. But just because it won’t be around much longer doesn’t mean you should rush out and buy one! We still think it’s best to consider all your options before settling on the right 4-door sports sedan for you.
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1. Toyota Avalon

Starting price: $37,850 to $45,175
Selling points: Roomy passenger cabin and trunk, well-equipped base model
Weak spot: No all-wheel-drive option, unattractive infotainment interface
The flagship
Toyota Avalon
is one of the closest head-to-head competitors for the Nissan Maxima. Don’t be fooled by the Avalon’s aggressive looks, though; it’s just a super comfy mid size sedan that offers the Maxima a solid run for its money.
What makes the Avalon a particularly appealing competitor for the Maxima is the availability of a hybrid powertrain. A key factor pushing many away from large sedans is fuel economy—why drive a sedan when you can drive an SUV and get lots more space for the same mpg? The Avalon’s hybrid powertrain gets up to 43 mpg, making this an attractive option fordrivers looking to save money on gas.

2. Volkswagen Arteon

Starting price: $42,045 to $50,845
Selling points: Smart, sophisticated styling, hatchback option for extra cargo space
Weak spot: Forgettable driving experience
First, let’s get the obvious out of the way: the
Volkswagen Arteon
is, hands-down, the most handsome VW on the market. But is this Maxima competitor all looks and no content? Thankfully, no. 
Drivers and passengers in the Arteon are treated to a cavernous cabin, and the hatchback configuration provides enough cargo space to haul everything from golf clubs to ladders. Admittedly, it may not be the most enjoyable sedan to drive, and its price tag soars up to Audi altitudes, but it’s still worth considering if you’re in the market for a Maxima.

3. Dodge Charger

Starting price: $34,095 to $54,975
Selling points: Two potent V8 options, classic American muscle
Weak spot: Ho-hum cabin quality
It’s tough to beat the
Dodge Charger
when it comes to a four-door sports sedan. Honestly, with powertrains offering over 700 horsepower, the Charger is less a competitor for the Maxima than it is a dominator. That said, the Charger has a lot more to offer than just muscle.
The interior is far from luxurious, but it’s roomy and supremely functional—a lot more than we could ask for in many sports sedans. Cargo space abounds not only in the trunk but also in the cabin, with artfully hidden cubbies and compartments throughout. The centerpiece of the Charger’s interior is the class-leading UConnect infotainment system—simple, intuitive, and easy to use.

4. Chrysler 300

Starting price: $35,140 to $43,750
Selling points: Roomy, powerful V8 option
Weak spot: Aging out
Chrysler 300
is another competitor to consider if you’re looking at a Nissan Maxima, but, let’s be honest—it’s getting a little long in the tooth. The large sedan field dwindles every year, but even among these limited options, the Chrysler 300 has seen few enough innovations to make it the least competitive in its small field. 
Both available powertrains for the 300 are comparative gas-guzzlers, and while the sedan's ride is comfortable and the cabin roomy, it lacks the luxury finishes offered by many less expensive rivals. 

5. Kia K5

Starting price: $24,885 to $32,285 
Selling points: Undeniable value, zippy GT trim
Weak spot: Awkward driving position
Since the field of large sedan options has shrunk significantly, cars like the Nissan Maxima now find themselves competing against market-crossing options like the
Kia K5
. Though it’s technically a family sedan, the K5’s snappy 290-horsepower engine makes it feel and drive like a sports car. This, coupled with the fact that the K5 undercuts the Maxima’s pricing by several thousand dollars, makes it one of the vehicle’s stiffest competitors.

6. Hyundai Sonata

Starting price: $25,245 to $36,795
Selling points: Exceptional fuel efficiency for its size, well-styled interior
Weak spot: Overly firm suspension, ho-hum driving experience
Hyundai Sonata
and the Kia K5 are like sisters, not twins, when it comes to performance and value. Like the K5, the Sonata destroys the Maxima when it comes to price, with even the highest trims coming in well below the Maxima’s base MSRP. That said, the Sonata isn’t nearly as much fun to drive as the K5 or the soon-to-be discussed Stinger. 

7. Kia Stinger

Starting price: $37,435 to $52,635
Selling points: Well-equipped at all trims, potent V6 option 
Weak spot: Some cost-cutting evident in cabin materials
The Maxima is not—and was never meant to be—a sports sedan. We get it. So, to be fair, let’s focus on the other aspects that make the
Kia Stinger
an ideal competitor for the Nissan Maxima. The Maxima far exceeds the Stinger for fuel economy, but if you’re looking for a family sedan that’s able to double as a stuff-hauler, then the Stinger wins here. The practical hatchback makes it both super-fun to drive and super-functional for daily driving.

8. Genesis G70

Starting price: $38,870 to $53,545 
Selling points: Posh cabin materials, responsive handling
Weak spot: Forgettable base engine
The final competitor to consider if you’re looking at a Nissan Maxima is the
Genesis G70
. In fact, it might just be the last vehicle you look at when you’re shopping, as it far outpaces the Maxima for value, driving excitement, and quality. The base powertrain is admittedly lackluster, but buyers don’t have to break the bank to move up the trim ladder to get the more powerful twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 with its 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque
While the Genesis G70’s cabin is well-appointed, another area where it falls a touch short to the Maxima is cargo space. With only 10.5 cubic feet of trunk space, it has the smallest cargo capacity of any model on our list, but folding the rear seats adds enough space to make this shortcoming negligible.

Nissan Maxima vs. the competition

Want to see it all laid out? Below is our side-by-side comparison of the 2022 Nissan Maxima with its fiercest competitors.
Starting price range
Engine options
Maximum seating capacity
Maximum cargo volume
Maximum towing capacity
Maximum fuel economy (city/highway/combined)
$38,935 to $44,245
5 seats
14.3 cubic ft
2,245 lbs
20/30/24 mpg
$37,850 to $45,175
V6 or hybrid 4-cylinder
5 seats
16.09 cubic ft
1,000 lb
43/43/43 mpg
$42,045 to $50,845
turbocharged 4-cylinder
5 seats
56.2 cubic ft
2,000 lb
22/30/25 mpg
$34,095 to $54,975
V6 or V8
5 seats
16.5 cubic ft
1,000 lb
18/27/21 mpg
$35,140 to $43,750
V6 or V8
5 seats
16.3 cubic ft
1,000 lb
19/30/23 mpg
$24,885 to $32,285
turbocharged 4-cylinder
5 seats
16.0 cubic ft
2,000 lb
24/32/27 mpg
turbocharged 4-cylinder
5 seats
16.0 cubic ft
2000 lbs
23/33/27 mpg
$37,435 to $52,635
turbocharged 4-cylinder or V6
5 seats
40.9 cubic ft
3,300 lbs
17/24/20 mpg
$38,870 to $53,545
turbocharged 4-cylinder or V6
5 seats
10.5 cubic ft
3,500 lbs
25/31/21 mpg
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