2019 Nissan Maxima vs. 2019 Genesis G80

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 G80 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 G80 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Maxima (except S/SV/SL) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The G80 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Compared to metal, the Maxima’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Genesis G80 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Maxima and the G80 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear 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 and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the Genesis G80:

 

Maxima

G80

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Compression

20 lbs.

22 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

67/94 lbs.

268/514 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the Genesis G80:

 

Maxima

G80

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

188 G’s

195 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 G80 was rated second in its category.

Engine

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Maxima is faster than the G80 3.8 DOHC V6:

 

Maxima

G80

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.3 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.1 MPH

95.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Maxima gets better fuel mileage than the G80 3.8 RWD (20 city/30 hwy vs. 18 city/26 hwy).

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 G80 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Maxima’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the G80 3.8 are solid, not vented.

The Maxima stops much shorter than the G80:

 

Maxima

G80

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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 G80 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Maxima offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the G80, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Maxima SR handles at .87 G’s, while the G80 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Nissan Maxima may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1050 pounds less than the Genesis G80.

The Maxima is 3.7 inches shorter than the G80, making the Maxima easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 G80 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity

The Maxima’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G80 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

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 G80 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 G80 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Maxima SR/Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The G80 only offers an air-conditioned driver’s seat.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Maxima will be $409 to $16222 less than for the Genesis G80.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Maxima and the Genesis G80, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Maxima second among large cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The G80 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Genesis G80 by over four to one during the 2018 model year.

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