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2014 Nissan Maxima vs. 2015 Lexus IS 250 Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Nissan Maxima than the Lexus IS 250. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Nissan Maxima and the Lexus IS 250 in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Nissan Maxima as you will with the Lexus IS 250, 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). Based on MSRP, the Nissan Maxima is clearly a better financial choice over the Lexus IS 250. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Nissan Maxima carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Lexus IS 250.

Dimensions
Since the Nissan Maxima is much wider than the Lexus IS 250, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Nissan Maxima, which is slightly longer than the Lexus IS 250.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Nissan Maxima does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Lexus IS 250.

Handling
The Nissan Maxima has a larger turning radius than the Lexus IS 250, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Nissan Maxima has a much more powerful engine than the Lexus IS 250. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Nissan Maxima and the Lexus IS 250. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Nissan Maxima as you will in the Lexus IS 250.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Nissan Maxima is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Lexus IS 250.

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2014 Nissan
Maxima

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MSRP*: $31,290 - $34,380

2015 Lexus
IS 250

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MSRP*: $36,550 - $43,690
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Visit Rebate Center
Low APR Loan: -- --
Lease Incentive: As low as 3.05% As low as 2.52%
City MPG: 19 20 - 21
Highway MPG: 26 27 - 30
Engine(s): V-6 V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $28,988 - $31,845 $33,994 - $40,707

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