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2020 Acura RLX vs. 2021 Nissan Maxima Review

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2020 Acura
RLX

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2021 Nissan
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MSRP*
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$54,900
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$37,090 to $42,320
Invoice* $50,947 $34,623 to $39,497
MPG - City 20 20
MPG - Hwy 29 N/A
Engine(s) V-6 V-6
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**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.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Acura RLX than the Nissan Maxima. The Nissan Maxima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Acura RLX.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Acura RLX 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 Acura RLX will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Nissan Maxima, which has a much lower MSRP. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Acura RLX will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan Maxima.

Dimensions
The Acura RLX is a little wider than the Nissan Maxima, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Acura RLX, which is slightly longer than the Nissan Maxima.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Acura RLX transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Nissan Maxima.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Acura RLX is somewhat more powerful than the Nissan Maxima.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Acura RLX and the Nissan Maxima. The Acura RLX has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Nissan Maxima.

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