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Vehicle Comparisons:
2014 Nissan Maxima vs. 2014 Acura TL

2014 Nissan MaximaOverview

The 2014 Nissan Maxima is a luxury sedan, available in two different models. Nissan currently suggests a retail price of $31,290 for the basic version, jumping up to $34,380 for the deluxe SV variant. Two additional packages are available for the SV, offering additional features like a dual panel moonroof, a powered sunshade in the rear of the vehicle, or sport-tuned suspension on 19-inch wheels.

The 2014 Acura TL is noticeably more expensive than the Nissan Maxima, with a starting MSRP of $36,030 for its most basic model. Acura offers this vehicle in eight different styles, with the MSRP of the most deluxe version coming in at $45,510. For drivers, this means considerably more cash out of pocket to get the best version of the vehicle – even including the options, the most expensive Maxima remains more affordable than most versions of the TL.


How They Compare

The 2014 Maxima offers an excellent selection of features – as it should, considering it was built as a luxury vehicle and intended to be comfortable. The exterior remains straightforward, but 18-inch wheels help keep it away from the ground, and automatic headlights come as a standard piece of equipment.

Other highlights on the exterior include LED taillights, dual chrome exhaust pipes, and a power sliding moonroof – all of which come standard. The interior of the vehicle is plush and comfortable, featuring dual-zone automatic temperature control, remote control over the windows and trunk, and an eight-speaker audio system.

Both versions of the vehicle run on a 3.5L engine, achieving 290 horsepower and an overall mileage of 19/26. The Maxima comes equipped with a 20 gallon tank, giving it an estimated minimum range of 380 miles on a single tank.

2014 Nissan Maxima InteriorThe 2014 Acura TL locks most of its features and functions away, usually to the level of their “Technology” version of the vehicle. Keyless entry comes standard, but the rear view camera and Blind Spot Information System are options.

Likewise, the basic version of the vehicle comes with a standard audio system and USB connections, but pushes all of the navigation into the realm of optional features – along with the best of its mechanical features. Most drivers will go with the 3.5L engine, which Acura tuned to be slightly more efficient than the Maxima’s at a cost in power, dropping it to 280 horsepower. The gas tank is also smaller, at 18.5 gallons, which gives it an estimated minimum range of 270 miles. The 3.7L engine is even less efficient, at 18/26, though it does provide an impressive 305 horsepower.

Concluding Thoughts

The 2014 Acura TL is actually a little odd for a vehicle – it offers more horsepower than a luxury vehicle really needs while simultaneously locking most of its best features into options… which means that drivers can expect to pay considerable more than the listed price if they want everything. In contrast, the 2014 Nissan Maxima is a self-contained, comfortable, and efficient vehicle that cleanly splits things between just two versions of the vehicle. Overall, the lower price and greater comforts make the 2014 Nissan Maxima a better choice as a luxury vehicle.

If you’d like to drive one for yourself, Nissan 24 at 1016 Belmont Street in Brockton, MA can show you around. Current specials for the Nissan Maxima include 0.0% APR for up to 72 months, or $4000 cash back, as part of up to $5000 in total savings. The vehicle can be purchased for as little as $259 a month after an initial down payment of $2,999 and $500 bonus cash, making it a surprisingly affordable vehicle for most households. Schedule your test drive online today!