Vehicle Comparisons:
2014 Nissan Maxima vs. 2014 Hyundai Azera

2014 Nissan MaximaThe mid sized family sedan category is packed and extremely competitive, in fact, it might be the most competitive category for vehicles. One could argue that the whole crossover category was invented in order to avoid having to redesign and constantly reform mid sized family sedans. The 2014 Nissan Maxima has quietly been one of the best mid sized family sedans since its last redesign in 2009, and its subtle appearance is augmented by its near luxury features and options. The 2014 Hyundai Azera is a formidable competitor in this class as it is solidly built in pretty much every aspect, but it lacks the flourishes and performance options that the Maxima features. These two cars compare very favorably in almost every aspect, so it would do a load of good to compare them more in depth.

2014 Nissan Maxima

Engine

All of the trims of the Maxima come with a 3.5 liter V-6 engine that produces 290 horse power at 261 pound feet of torque, and while there aren’t any other options for engines, the Maxima does not really need other options. The 3.5 liter engine is capable of some pretty excellent acceleration and can get from zero to sixty in about 6.2 seconds, which is near the top of the class.

Fuel economy

The Maxima’s V-6 engine has a pretty good fuel economy of 19 miles to the gallon for city driving and 26 miles to the gallon on the highway.

2014 Nissan Maxima InteriorOptions, features and trims

Standard equipment for the Maxima includes a sunroof, automatic headlights, keyless ignition and entry, 18 inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, dual zone climate control, cruise control, eight way driver and four way passenger power adjustable front seats, folding rear seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel, an auto dimming rear view mirror, Bluetooth connectivity for smart phones, a trip computer, and a CD changer with an eight speaker stereo system with an audio jack.

2014 Hyundai Azera

Engine

Also coming with a single engine option, the Azera is equipped with a 3.3 liter V-6 that gets 293 horse power at 255 pound feet of torque; a bit more horse power than the Maxima, but a bit less torque. The smaller amount of torque shows up in zero to sixty mile per hour tests where the Azera is able to move from a stop to sixty miles per hour in 6.7 seconds, a tad slower than the Maxima.

Fuel economy

The Azera is right in line with the Maxima for fuel economy estimates from the EPA at 19 city miles per gallon and 29 miles per gallon on the highway.

Options, features and trims

Standard features on the Hyundai Azera will sound familiar as they are nearly the same as the Maxima including 18 inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, cruise control, eight way adjustable power front seats, dual zone climate control, folding rear seats, keyless ignition and entry, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity. A six inch touchscreen interface, six speaker surround sound system complete with a USB and iPod interface, and CD player round off the technological features of the Azera.

Conclusion

It comes down the price tag, and the Maxima is almost $3,000 less than the Azera. Performance, features, and fuel economy are all so close in this comparison that the price tag is nearly the only thing that separates the two cars, but the Maxima comes out ahead, and combined with its Infiniti like feel, it wins in this race.

Nissan 24 in Brockton, Massachusetts carries a full line of 2014 Nissan Maximas that you can take for a test drive.

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