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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 S60 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
Both the Maxima and the S60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, 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 S60 has not been tested, yet.
Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Maxima 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the S60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Maxima’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Maxima first among large cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The S60 isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 15 places higher in reliability than Volvo.
The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 50 more horsepower (300 vs. 250) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 258) than the S60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Maxima is faster than the S60 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:
Zero to 60 MPH
Speed in 1/4 Mile
The Maxima has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Maxima has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 15.9 gallons).
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 S60 doesn’t offer a CVT.
For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the S60 (245/45R18 vs. 235/45R18).
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 S60 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 S60, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.
The front and rear suspension of the Maxima uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.
The Maxima is 7.1 inches narrower than the S60, making the Maxima easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
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 S60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Maxima a Mid-size car, while the S60 is rated a Compact.
The Maxima has 2.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S60 (98.5 vs. 96).
The Maxima has 2 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.
The Maxima has a much larger trunk than the S60 (14.3 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).
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 S60 does not have an oil pressure gauge.
A power rear sunshade is standard in the Maxima Platinum to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The S60 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Maxima, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The Nissan Maxima outsold the Volvo 60 Series by almost four to one during the 2018 model year.
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