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2015 Audi A3 vs. 2014 Nissan Maxima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Nissan Maxima than the Audi A3, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Nissan Maxima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Audi A3.

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 similar torque, the Audi A3 and the Nissan Maxima do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

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.


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2015 Audi
A3

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MSRP*: $29,900 - $32,900

2014 Nissan
Maxima

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MSRP*: $31,290 - $34,380
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Low APR Loan: As low as 1.90% --
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 23 - 24 19
Highway MPG: 33 --
Engine(s): Inline-4 V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety Rating: Front
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Safety Rating: Side
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Safety Rating: Rear
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Good Marginal
Invoice*: $27,808 - $30,598 $28,988 - $31,845

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