2019 Nissan Maxima vs. 2019 Genesis G70

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Maxima are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The G70 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Maxima (except S/SV/SL) offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The G70 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Maxima and the G70 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Maxima the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The G70 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Genesis dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Maxima’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Maxima first among large cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The G70 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 48 more horsepower (300 vs. 252) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 260) than the G70 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 45 more horsepower (300 vs. 255) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 260) than the G70 2.0T Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Maxima is faster than the G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Maxima

G70

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.5 MPH

91.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Maxima has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the G70 (18 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Maxima has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The G70 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the G70 (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The Maxima’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the G70 (245/45R18 vs. 225/40R19).

The Maxima has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The G70 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

The Maxima SL/SR/Platinum uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The G70 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Maxima a Mid-size car, while the G70 is rated a Compact.

The Maxima has 4.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the G70 (98.5 vs. 93.8).

The Maxima has 2.4 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the G70.

Cargo Capacity

The Maxima has a much larger trunk than the G70 (14.3 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Maxima offers cargo security. The G70’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

The Maxima’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The G70 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

If the front windows are left open on the Maxima the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the G70 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Maxima’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The G70’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the Maxima Platinum to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The G70 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Maxima, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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