newcars.com®

2015 Audi A3 vs. 2014 Nissan Maxima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Audi A3 offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Nissan Maxima with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Audi A3, drivers may find the Nissan Maxima a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Audi A3 as you will with the Nissan Maxima, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Audi A3 is somewhat more expensive than the Nissan Maxima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Audi A3 will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan Maxima.

Dimensions
Since the Audi A3 is much slimmer than the Nissan Maxima, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Audi A3, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Nissan Maxima.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Audi A3 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Nissan Maxima.

Handling
The Audi A3 has a smaller turning radius than the Nissan Maxima, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Audi A3 is significantly less powerful than the Nissan Maxima. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Audi A3 and the Nissan Maxima.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Audi A3 than that of the Nissan Maxima.

Watch Video

Compare the 2015 Audi A3 and the 2014 Nissan Maxima.

Get your best price before going to the dealer!

2015 Audi
A3

More Details & Photos New 2015 Audi A3
MSRP*: $29,900 - $32,900

2014 Nissan
Maxima

More Details & Photos New 2014 Nissan Maxima
MSRP*: $31,290 - $34,380
Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $500
Low APR Loan: As low as 1.90% --
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 23 - 31 19
Highway MPG: 33 - 43 --
Engine(s): Inline-4 V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
NHTSA Safety Information

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

***** ****
Frontal Crash Rating
NHTSA Safety Information

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

**** ***
Side Crash Rating
NHTSA Safety Information

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

***** *****
Invoice*: $27,808 - $30,598 $28,988 - $31,845

Days On Lot: Comparing Ease of Negotiation

Days on Lot measures the average number of days a model sits on a dealer's lot before it's sold. This is one predictor of a dealer's willingness to negotiate.

Monthly Trend for:
2015 Audi A3

No Days On Lot Data

No Data

Monthly Trend for:
2014 Nissan Maxima

No Days On Lot Data

No Data

Car Chooser

Still Deciding?

Use Car Chooser from NewCars.com to narrow your new car search by body type, price, make, fuel economy and much more!

Compare your contenders side by side and review the details of each new car you've filtered down to. See available styles, options, rebates and incentives for the models you're looking at.

There's no other tool quite like it!

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.