The Nissan Sentra, Altima, and Maxima all make themselves known in their respective segments. Now that you’ve narrowed your selection down to a Nissan, it’s time to determine which model best fits your needs. Here’s a quick breakdown of the major differences between these three cars.
All three Nissan models feature interiors with seating for up to five passengers. Ergonomic controls and upscale materials make these cars a joy to drive. Wireless phone connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, and a rear defroster come standard across the board.
The NissanSentra does lack some features its larger siblings offer as standard, such as rear cup holders. Meanwhile, the Nissan Altima offers the best of both worlds with leatherette door trim inserts and a locking glove box. The NissanMaxima takes comfort to new heights with a 10-way driver seat and heated front seats.
Performance & Fuel Economy
The Nissan Sentra, Altima, and Maxima feature similar styling cues, but offer their own unique look. That design is replicated under the hood as well. While each model may look similar, they separate themselves from one another when it comes to performance and fuel economy.
The Nissan Sentra comes stocked with a standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 130 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. The base model comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. All other models come equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). When all is said and done, the 2017 Sentra earns up to an EPA-estimated 27 city/35 hwy mpg*.
The Nissan Altima features a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. It comes mated to a CVT as well. The midsize sedan is also available with a V6 engine. At its peak, the 2017 Altima earns up to an EPA-estimated 27 city/39 hwy mpg*.
The Nissan Maxima leads the pack when it comes to performance. The sole 3.5-liter V6 engine produces an impressive 300 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to a CVT with Sequential Shift Control. The 2017 Maxima is rated for an EPA-estimated 21 city/30 hwy mpg*.
As far as cargo space goes, the Nissan Sentra offers a roomy 15.1 cu ft. while the Altima comes in at 15.4 cu ft. The Nissan Maxima offers a respectable 14.3 cu ft. of cargo space.
There’s a Nissan model for everyone, whether it’s the Sentra, Altima, or Maxima. Test drive all three models today at Nissan of Visalia.
*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.