What is the Difference between the Altima and Maxima?

You’ve done your research, so you know the Nissan lineup of sedans is the ideal choice to upgrade your daily drive; but do you know whether the 2018 Altima or Maxima has the features you desire in your next car? To help you determine which one is right for you, the product specialists at Hawkinson Nissan in Matteson, IL have compiled this comparison of the new 2018 Nissan Altima vs. Maxima.

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2018 Nissan Altima vs. 2018 Nissan Maxima

2018 Altima vs. Maxima: Exterior Design

The new Altima and new Maxima share similar exterior dimensions and several design details, but they differ when it comes to lighting, wheels, and available amenities. Take a look at the key exterior design features of these two Nissan sedans below.

  • 16-in. steel wheels (Altima); 18-in. machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels (Maxima)
  • Halogen, intelligent auto headlights
  • LED daytime running lights and fog lights (Maxima)
  • Dual chrome exhaust finishers
  • Available dual panel panoramic moonroof (Maxima)
  • Active grille shutters (Altima)
  • Dual power outside mirrors
  • All-season tires

2018 Nissan Altima and 2018 Nissan Maxima Interior side by side image

Interior Differences & Similarities of the 2018 Altima and Maxima

Whether you choose the 2018 Altima or 2018 Maxima, you’ll enjoy seating for five passengers, 60/40-split fold-down rear seats, and basic cabin amenities. If you want the latest infotainment features, though, you should choose the Nissan Maxima over the Nissan Altima. View additional interior comfort features of both Nissan cars below.

  • 15.4 cu. ft. of cargo capacity (Altima); 14.3 cu. ft. (Maxima)
  • Advanced Drive-Assist® Display
  • Nissan navigation system, Apply CarPlay™, and Android Auto™ (Maxima)
  • Siri® Eyes Free (Altima)
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone system and text messaging assistant, and wireless audio streaming
  • Rearview monitor
  • Nissan Intelligent Key® with push button ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob (Maxima)

Now that you know the difference between the Altima and Maxima, explore our new 2018 Altima and new 2018 Maxima inventories to find your favorite model in a trim that matches your personality. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Hawkinson Nissan team in Matteson, IL through our contact form or by calling (708) 252-3769.