2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Nissan Maxima

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Arteon has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Maxima doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Arteon offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Maxima doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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

Warranty

The Arteon comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Maxima’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Maxima’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Maxima’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Arteon FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Maxima (22 city/31 hwy vs. 20 city/30 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Arteon’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Maxima doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Arteon’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Maxima:

 

Arteon

Maxima

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

12.13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Maxima’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Arteon has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Maxima’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Arteon’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Maxima (111.9 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

Passenger Space

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

The Arteon has .3 inches more rear headroom and 6 inches more rear legroom than the Maxima.

Cargo Capacity

The Arteon has a much larger trunk than the Maxima (27.2 vs. 14.3 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Arteon SEL Premium’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Maxima doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

The Arteon’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Maxima’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Arteon’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Maxima’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Arteon R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Maxima doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Arteon’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Maxima SV/SL/SR/Platinum.

The Arteon’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Maxima doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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