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2021 Lexus IS 300 vs. 2021 Nissan Maxima Review

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2021 Lexus
IS 300

MSRP*: $39,050 to $41,050
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2021 Nissan
Maxima

MSRP*: $37,090 to $42,320
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Invoice* $36,318 to $38,178 $34,623 to $39,497
MPG - City 19 - 21 MPG 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 31 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 10.8 ft3 14.3 ft3
Engine Inline-4, V-6 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Rear-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 241 - 260 hp 300 hp
Exterior Length 185.4 in 192.8 in
Exterior Width 72.4 in 73.2 in
Leg Room Front 44.8 in
Rear 32.2 in
Front 45.0 in
Rear 34.2 in
Head Room Front 38.2 in
Rear 36.9 in
Front 38.9 - 39.4 in
Rear 35.8 - 36.7 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**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
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Lexus IS 300 than in the Nissan Maxima, due to the Lexus IS 300's smaller rear head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Lexus IS 300, 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 Lexus IS 300 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Lexus IS 300 will have less of an impact on your bank account 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 Lexus IS 300 will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan Maxima.

Dimensions
The Lexus IS 300 is a little narrower than the Nissan Maxima, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. The Lexus IS 300 is slightly shorter than the Nissan Maxima, which may make it easier to park.

Performance
The Lexus IS 300 has less horsepower than the Nissan Maxima, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Lexus IS 300 and the Nissan Maxima do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Lexus IS 300 and the Nissan Maxima. The Lexus IS 300 has significantly less cargo room than the Nissan Maxima, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Lexus IS 300 than that of the Nissan Maxima.