2019 Avalon vs. 2019 Nissan Maxima

All the Space You Need.


Greater Fuel Economy.


Low 5 Year Cost.


Excellent Resale Value.


A Safety-Tested Vehicle.


When you are out looking for a sedan, there are a lot of options. From Corollas and Camrys to Sentras and Altimas, it can be a difficult choice. If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line sedan, then your choices narrow a bit. Some brands, like Honda, do not offer full-size sedans. Others, like Ford, have removed their sedans from production all together. For the 2019 model year, two of the best full-size sedans still on the market are the 2019 Toyota Avalon and the 2019 Nissan Maxima. But which one should you buy? In this comparison, we will be putting forth the reasons we think an Avalon is the better full-size sedan for you.

Right from the get-go, the 2019 Toyota Avalon has more space than the 2019 Nissan Maxima. The Avalon’s passenger space comes in at a total of 104.3 cubic feet. The Maxima makes due with 98.5 cubic feet of space. Directly correlated to this difference is the rear passenger leg room. For the 2019 model, the Maxima only offers 34.2 inches of legroom. The 2019 Avalon, on the other hand, delivers a roomy 40.3 inches of legroom. If you’re going on a trip with the family, the Avalon will keep everyone comfortable, front to back.

Speaking of going on a trip, the Avalon also has a larger trunk than the Maxima. The 2019 Nissan Maxima opens up its trunk to reveal 14.3 cubic feet of space. The 2019 Toyota Avalon sees this and raises the number up to 16.1 cubic feet. Not only is the Maxima’s trunk smaller than the Avalon’s, but it is also even smaller than the Camry’s. Most trims of the 2019 Toyota Camry come with 15.1 cubic feet of space.

Despite the fact that the Avalon is bigger than the Maxima, the Avalon still earns a greater fuel economy than the Maxima. For 2019, the Avalon earns a standard fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined. The 2019 Maxima does two worse in every category for a 20/30/24 mpg split. While this difference isn’t massive, it is important because while the Avalon runs on standard fuel, the Maxima requires premium.

Making the difference between the two vehicles even more stark is the existence of the 2019 Avalon Hybrid. The Avalon Hybrid increases the Avalon’s fuel economy to 43 mpg in the city, 44 mpg on the highway, and 44 mpg combined. Because the Maxima does not offer a hybrid, there is a 23 mpg difference in the city, a 14 mpg difference on the highway, and a 20 mpg difference combined between the Avalon Hybrid and the Maxima.

According to the EPA, the base 2019 Avalon has an annual fuel cost of $1500. The 2019 Maxima has a projected annual fuel cost of $2000. With the Avalon’s hybrid model, the projected annual fuel cost is $900. After five years, the EPA estimates that you would pay $2750 more than the average vehicle on fuel expenses for the 2019 Maxima. If you opt for the 2019 Avalon Hybrid, you spend $2750 less than the average vehicle after five years.

With these fuel savings, it is no wonder that the 2019 Toyota Avalon has lower five year costs than the 2019 Nissan Maxima. According to MotorTrend and IntelliChoice, the 2019 Avalon has a five year cost of ownership of $42,324. Considering its starting MSRP of $35,650, this earns the Avalon an Excellent rating. The 2019 Maxima, on the other hand, earns a Poor rating. Despite starting at a lower MSRP of $34,050, the Maxima’s five year cost is $52,030.

When comparing top level trims, the gap widens. The 2019 Avalon Touring starts with an MSRP of $42,350. Like its base model, it earns an Excellent rating due to its five year cost of $48,644. The Maxima Platinum trim also follows its base trim by earning a Poor rating. Starting at $41,540 MSRP, the five year cost of the Maxima blooms to $61,472. As a further nail in the coffin, the top trim for the Avalon Hybrid, the Limited trim, has a five year cost of $46,637 despite starting at $42,950 MSRP. As you would expect, this earns an Excellent rating.

One of the key attributes that helps decrease the 2019 Avalon’s cost of ownership is its low depreciation numbers. Each year, Kelley Blue Book gives out awards for best resale value across different vehicle categories. For 2019, the Avalon earned a second place spot. After three years, KBB estimates that the 2019 Avalon maintains 47.8% of its value. After five years, it retains 34.3% of its value. The 2019 Nissan Maxima isn’t listed among the top three large sedans.

Why are the Avalon’s maintained value numbers so much higher than the Maxima’s? Part of the reason is that the Avalon is known to last a long time. In a study by iSeeCars, they found that the Avalon had the 12th highest percentage of its vehicles make it to 200,000 miles. The thing about this 12th place ranking is that there are no other sedans in the top 20. All other vehicles in the top 20 are minivans, SUVs, or trucks. According to the study, 2.5% of Avalons make it to 200,000 miles. The average for passenger cars is 0.6%. The Nissan Maxima not only missed the top 20, but it also missed the top 10 passenger cars list altogether.

While the vehicle lasts seemingly forever, it is safe in the event of a crash. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the Avalon has a 5 star overall rating for crash testing. Similarly, the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has rated the 2019 Avalon as a Top Safety Pick+ with Good scores in all crashworthiness tests (their highest rating). The 2019 Maxima is not yet fully rated by the NHTSA, and it missed out on the Top Safety Pick list entirely.

In addition to its crash tests, the 2019 Toyota Avalon also excels in crash prevention. The NHTSA recommends that all vehicles have four safety technologies. These are Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking, and Dynamic Brake Support. The 2019 Maxima does include Forward Collision Warning standard, but Lane Departure Warning costs extra. Additionally, Crash Imminent Braking and Dynamic Brake Support are not offered at all. On the 2019 Avalon, all four technologies come standard.

With superior space, fuel economy, resale value, and safety features, the 2019 Toyota Avalon is truly a remarkable vehicle. It also helps that you could save over $10,000 after five years when compared to certain trims of the 2019 Nissan Maxima. If you are interested in further information, you can visit us at 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 482-3730. We hope to see you soon.

Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

EPA Fuel Economy Comparison: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=40089&id=40088&id=40090&id=41141

MotorTrend 2019 Avalon Buyer’s Guide: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/toyota/avalon/2019/

Kelley Blue Book 2019 Best Resale Value Full-Size Cars Awards: https://www.kbb.com/new-cars/best-resale-value-awards/best-resale-full-size-car/

NHTSA 2019 Avalon Safety Ratings: https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2019/TOYOTA/AVALON/4%252520DR/FWD#safety-ratings-frontal