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2014 Nissan Maxima 2014 BMW 4-Series 2014 BMW 3-Series
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4dr Sdn 3.5 S
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  • 4dr Sdn 3.5 SV
  • 4dr Sdn 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg
  • 4dr Sdn 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg
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  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Convertible
  • Convertible
Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sports Wagon
  • Wagon
  • Sports Wagon
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Wagon
 

Prices

MSRP $31,290 $40,500 $32,750
Invoice $28,988 $37,260 $30,130
Avg. Paid $30,673 N/A N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.9 8.9 8.7
Critics' Rating 8.0 9.5 9.2
Performance 8.2 9.3 8.5
Interior 7.8 7.7 7.8
Safety 8.3 N/A 9.1
Reliability 3.5 3.5 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Upscale interior
  • Easy-to-use tech features
  • Functional, high-quality interior
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Good fuel economy
  • Razor-sharp handling
  • Impressive handling and acceleration
  • Spacious cabin
  • Excellent fuel economy
Cons
  • High price for a non-luxury brand
  • Below average safety score
  • Other sport sedans offer better performance
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Limited back-seat space
  • Some cheap materials in base models
  • Some switchgear is hard to use

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Premium Unleaded V-6 3.5 L/213 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122
MPG 19 City / 26 Hwy 23 City / 35 Hwy 24 City / 36 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan Coupe Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 109.3 110.6 110.6
Length, Overall (in) 190.6 182.6 182.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.2 71.9 71.3
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 54.2 56.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard
Power Windows Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3556 3470 3295

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 95.8
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 39.8 40.3
Front Leg Room (in) 43.8 42.2 42
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 55.3 55.1
Front Hip Room (in) 53.4
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 36.1 37.7
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 33.7 35.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 51.7 55.1
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.2 15.7 13

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard
A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Bucket Seats Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard
Side Air Bag Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Optional
Traction Control Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Premium Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Displacement 3.5 L/213 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 290 @ 6400 240 @ 5000 180 @ 5000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 261 @ 4400 255 @ 1250 200 @ 1250
Transmission CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 37.4 37.1 37.1

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 35 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 20 15.8 15.8

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.