2016 Nissan Maxima vs 2016 Honda Accord
2016 Nissan Maxima 2016 Honda Accord
300-horsepower V-6 Engine Options 185-horsepower 4-cylinder or 278-horsepower V-6
XTronic CVT with Drive Mode Selector Transmission CVT or 6-speed automatic
Standard Navigation System Optional
8 Speakers Standard Audio 4 Speakers

2016 Nissan Maxima vs 2016 Honda Accord

2016 Nissan Maxima vs 2016 Honda Accord performance

Which is more fun to drive: a 2016 Nissan Maxima or a 2016 Honda Accord? With the V-6 engine and the right set of options, the Accord might come close to matching the Maxima, at least on paper. In reality, though, they're playing two different games. The Accord is fun, for a family sedan. But the Maxima was built from the ground up for driving enjoyment, built to challenge the very notion of what a four-door sedan could be.   

While the 2016 Accord offers two engine options, a 185-horsepower 4-cylinder or a 278-horsepower V-6, the Maxima is V-6 only. This V-6 engine is the beating heart of the 2016 Maxima. Extensively redesigned for 2016, the Maxima's powerhouse even borrows some performance technology from the legendary Nissan GT-R. It generates up to 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque, and it comes paired with a sport-tuned suspension and re-engineered XTronic transmission. The 2016 Honda Accord is versatile, and its available V-6 engine offers a decent helping of power, but its performance simply isn't as high a priority.   

Style and Features

As with performance, comparing the 2016 Honda Accord's design to the Maxima's is a bit difficult, because they're quite different. It's not quite like comparing apples to oranges -- but it might be like comparing a basic grocery store Honey Crisp to a much more exotic and interesting variety. The Accord is well-proportioned, comfortable, roomy, and fairly stylish in its own way, but it's much more conservative than the Maxima. The 2016 Maxima's aggressively low stance, distinctive floating roof and boomerang headlights, standard 18" wheels, and signature ambient cabin lighting all help set it far apart from the rest of the competition. 

The 2016 Maxima and the 2016 Accord have some of the same features: both come standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity with steering wheel audio controls. However, the Maxima's standard audio system starts with 8 speakers, SiriusXM, HD radio and an 8" touchscreen display. The 2016 Accord gets a similar touchscreen display system at the EX trim level and up, but its standard audio option offers 4 speakers, and its best option only offers 7. Satellite navigation is an optional add-on for the Accord, but it's standard on every Maxima.  

To learn more about the 2016 Nissan Maxima or set up a test drive, contact the team at Glendale Nissan today!

2016 Nissan Maxima vs 2016 Honda Accord standard features