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Nissan Maxima, Honda Accord, Sedan
#549 of 574 Re: Previous Nissan owner, new Accord owner [oneginee]
Dec 15, 2004 (1:35 pm)
I have been looking for a new car and doing all kinds of research. In the past week I finally got around to putting my butt in the seat and test driving several cars. I drove the Accord EX V6 first. Not overly exciting, but smooth and consistent. About what I have come to expect from Honda, since I currently own a '97 Accord LX and a 2002 CRV. Next, I drove the '05 Maxima. Certainly a more entertaining drive. I have to say it is a phenomenal engine. One of the best I have encountered. That being said, I wish I could put the Nissan V6 into the body of the Accord. Nothing else about the Maxima impressed me. It was a harsher ride, which I guess some people might prefer because it is "sportier". When I really stomped on the gas, the front end got all squirrelly and didn't feel very tight. The interior was very cheap feeling. And the Max required a lot of expensive options to be comparable in features with the Accord. I know the Nissan people will say that the Maxima is actually a larger car and the Accord should more be compared to the Altima. Frankly, there isn't that much difference in the size. The Maxima did have a little more interior room, but not much. I was pricing an Accord EX V6 with Navi, and was quoted $25,900. Pricing a Maxima SE on Edmunds, I had to add one big package and several individual items (like Navi) to get a comparable feature set. With all the options added on, the Maxima was probably $4-5000 more than the comparable Accord. Pricing the Altima with similar stuff oddly ended up being more expensive than the Maxima, because the only way to get Navi on the Altima is to add a $5500 package. Go figure.
Bottom line, with the exception of the engine, I think the Accord is the better car. The fit and finish of it is far beyond the Maxima. I would love to go for the HAH, but can't justify the extra money. Incidentally, I also test drove an Infiniti G35 and the Acura TSX and TL. The G35 cleaned up all the handling problems and fit and finish problems of the Maxima, but the driver's seat was too small for me. The TSX was nice, but the 4 cyl. was a bit underpowered compared to the Accord's V6. I really loved the TL. I would probably buy that over the Accord in a second if I was in a position to drop that much on a car right now. It was one of the sweetest cars I have ever driven.
Dec 16, 2004 (12:52 pm)
The new Nissans just don't match the ambience, design and quality feel that the Accord EX V-6 and TXS have interior wise. The TL interior shames 40-50K cars, it's so darn nice and upscale especially with the alumi. trim package and black leather sport package. I've seen many cars in all price points, the new Accord has one of the best interiors in the class, everything just feels so buttoned down and tight.
#551 of 574 Both Great Cars!!
Dec 29, 2004 (8:38 am)
I currently own an '05 Honda Accord Exl (4cyl) and I have to say it's definately the nicest car I've ever owned. I absolutely love the new interior in the Accords, kudos to Honda for going the extra mile with the new interiors. I have the leather package and you would swear your sitting in a very expensive luxury car. That being said, the Maxima is definately a drivers car and the engine is phenomenal. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a Maxima or a Nissan for that matter. Both great cars in their own way and kudos to both companies for designing such great cars.
#552 of 574 Re: Both Great Cars!! [whampa65]
Dec 30, 2004 (7:57 am)
whampa65, I've never heard it put better!
To me, the Accord V6 appeals to the brain, the intellect, the sense of appreciation for good engineering with everything in the right place and that rock solid feel. The Maxima appeals more to the heart and the soul, and the adolescent need for a go-fast car on 18's with futuristic lines and a strong, legendary engine. Both cars maintain an air of quality not seen in the American cars at this price point.
Pick your poison and be happy!
#553 of 574 Re: Go for the Maxima [dwood]
Apr 01, 2005 (2:19 am)
Technically speaking, the '04 accord V6 will be outperformed by the '04 maxima V6 for the reason that the maxima is being matched to a luxury car which is suppose to be more powerful than an average sedan. I'm talking about the acura TL. It's without a doubt that Nissan will do its best to outperform a luxury car like this. However, it's impressive to see that a regular family sedan like the '04 honda accord V6 can come close or equalize a '04 maxima in terms of power, design and comfort. The accord, in other words, possesses a tremendous quality designed to be better than it can be. I have a '04 accord and after I bought it, I asked myself if I made a mistake of buying it instead of the maxima. But, after 10 months with it and reading all the reviews, especially the one from Car and Driver, I realized I made the right decision.
#554 of 574 RE: Buying a Maxima
Jul 12, 2005 (8:53 pm)
Hello I'm a new member & I'm looking a '03 Maxima GLE. If anyone has any insight on any problems, they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
#555 of 574 Re: Previous Nissan owner, new Accord owner [gregoryc1]
Jul 13, 2005 (9:49 am)
Nissans, as a whole, are very "Good Looking" cars, trucks, etc etc etc.
However, the reason I reply is to ask a couple of simple question.
If you like your dealer and your Salesman at the Honda Store, why would you venture out and by a different automobile from anywhere else?
If he/she treated you like a King or a Queen has he/she not earned your loyalty?
#556 of 574 Re: Previous Nissan owner, new Accord owner [ebenrick]
Jul 14, 2005 (6:21 am)
No, why not? -it is simply a business transaction - not a friendship, not a partnership, - just simply business.
I have owned a 2001 Accord 4 cylinder (mine), 2002 CRV (wife), 2002 Maxima (mine) 2004 Civic (mine) and now have traded in the civic for a 2005 SE Maxima.
Before getting rid of the civic - yes, i looked at the 2005 Accord EX V6 - the lease payments were pretty much equal to the maxima.
For me - the maxima was a better fit. Remember, i have owned an accord and maxima before this purchase. Yes, the interior design/function is better in the accord. BUT - i happen to like the unique look to the maxima, so for me the exterior design and the fact that there are not so many of them around was more important that the better interior design/feel or whatever you want to call it of the accord.
I happen to really like the sky view, i happen to like the look of "4" exhaust vents, i happen to really like having 18 inch wheels, i happen to like the drive of the SE over the drive of the accord, i happen to like the low growl of the engine especially when flooring it. So for this guy - it was a personal choice - no regrets here. Especially when i pull up next to the 10th accord i have seen on the road that day - way too bland and way too many of them.
My 2002 was great! Despite having the same engine, there seems to be less torque steer in the 2005 (of which i think is a highly overated problem), the 2005 seems to have more power throughout any range of speed. I do prefer the interior layout in the 2002 though. I kept it for 20000 miles and never hand any problems.
#557 of 574 Re: Accord vs. Maxima vs. TL? [w900l]
Jul 19, 2005 (11:02 am)
who ever is comparing the accord to the maxima for sure dont know about cars.
Hello Accord vs Maxima noooo way jose not even in the same class .
The TL is a superior car in every way compare to the Maxima duh
nissan, honda and toyota make the best cars and believe me i know what i am talking about. i have had all three and i also had a american car and trust me, any choice u make it will be better than any of this over rated american cars.
btw everyoneeeee who has sit inside a honda a nissan knows the honda has more room. that is just a fact. speed power and all that etc.... are not facts because alot has to do with the driver and the personal opinion everyone has diff taste.
#558 of 574 VQ3.0 vs. VQ3.5 (2000 vs. 2002)
Jan 19, 2006 (10:16 pm)
I am new to the forum...and let me first say what a great and informative forum it is!!
I am getting ready to purchase a used max in the spring....Happy to announce I'm finally upgrading from my old reliable Kcar.... let me just say after test driving a 2000 gle...it seemed like a veritable ROCKET SHIP compared to my K!!
So I'm wondering how much better the newer max with the bigger engine is??? (I haven't driven one)The 2002 with the 3.5 I read has a larger turning circle and a stiffer ride than the max's before it?) The VQ 3.0 version is supposedly bullet proof. Will the VQ 3.5 be bullet proof as well?? I will have this next car for a while so I want to be sure I make the right decision. Is it worth the extra few thousand $$ for the newer max??