2020 Honda Accord vs Nissan Maxima



Honda Accord

While you’re searching for your next new sedan, you’ll find an array of models. However, none surpasses the highly desirable 2020 Honda Accord and the 2020 Nissan Maxima. Both are known for their sporty performances, high-end interiors, and expansive selections of useful features.

Consequently, choosing between them may take some time to decide. We at Braman Honda are here to help you with that through this 2020 Honda Accord vs. Nissan Maxima comparison.

Below, you’ll see how these models stack up against each other in all the ways Miami, Doral, and Hialeah car shoppers care about most. Read on to see which model comes out on top!

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Performance: Save Fuel & Money

No matter which sedan you choose, you’re going to have plenty of power for your everyday activities. With the 2020 Maxima, however, you’re limited to the bulky V6 engine that eliminates a lot of potential for any kind of efficient fuel economy.

While the Maxima gives you 300 horsepower, the best you’ll get in terms of fuel efficiency is an EPA-estimated 20 city/30 highway MPG. This doesn’t seem too bad until you compare it to the 2020 Honda Accord.

For starters, this model gives you the choice between three different powertrain options whereas the Maxima has only one. Keep the standard 1.5L turbo engine and enjoy an EPA-estimated 30 city/38 highway MPG, or you can swap it out for the 2.0L turbo engine that generates 252 horsepower or the hybrid system.1 With the latter system, you’ll get an EPA-estimated 48 city / 47 highway MPG.1

The incredible fuel economy of the Honda Accord is due only in part to its impressive engine systems. However, they do not work alone. The Accord can also be equipped with an Eco Assist™ system that works diligently to maximize each drop of fuel in your powertrain.

Compare Interior Comfort & Convenience

Inside both the 2020 Honda Accord and the 2020 Nissan Maxima, you’ll find an array of premium comfort features. Standardly, both models are equipped with dual-zone automatic climate-control systems. You can also get leather seating surfaces and heated seats in either model.2021 Honda Accord Interior Space

Additionally, both models offer an array of similar convenience features. Equip either model with an available touch-screen infotainment system that can be used for following navigation, accessing your favorite smartphone apps, streaming audio, making hands-free phone calls, and more.

However, the Accord has the upper hand when it comes to available comfort options. With this model, you’ll be able to opt for a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar support. The best the Maxima can offer is its standard 8-way power driver’s seat.

You’ll also get a wireless phone charger with the Honda Accord. In addition to being able to plug your devices in to USB chargers, you’ll also be able to use the charging pad to keep mobile devices charged for when you arrive at your destination. You’ll never have to worry if you’ve forgotten to bring along your charging cable—just place your device on the charging pad and go.


In addition to having better comfort options, the Honda Accord also offers a bit more wiggle room for all five passengers on board. Overall, the Accord has considerably more passenger space at 105.6 cubic feet compared to the Maxima’s 98.5 cubic feet.

It’s easy to see where that difference is because the Nissan Maxima has virtually forgotten about space behind the driver’s seat. Rear passengers in the Maxima only have 36.7 inches of headroom and 34.2 inches of legroom. Meanwhile, the Accord offers 37.3 inches of rear headroom and an impressive 40.4 inches of rear legroom.

Go back even further to the trunk, and you’ll find that the Maxima only features 14.3 cubic feet of space. The Accord takes advantage of all its space by offering 16.7 cubic feet of room for cargo. With more than two extra cubic feet of cargo space, the Accord is the clear answer for anyone who prefers no limitations to their cargo capabilities.

Choose Safety with Your Next Sedan

In terms of safety, these two vehicles are among the best you can get. Both models offer blind spot monitoring systems that are designed to keep an eye on the surrounding areas that are obstructed by your own vehicle.2021 Honda Accord Interior Technology

Using a series of advanced exterior sensors, these systems can detect other vehicles around you on the road. When they detect another vehicle in one of your blind spots, they’ll alert you so that you don’t try to switch lanes and potentially become involved in a collision.

However, the Accord comes with the Honda Sensing® suite standard in every trim level. Standard means you’ll get all of these advanced driver-assistance features without having to pay more. With this standard safety suite, you’ll get:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR)

With the Maxima, you’ll only get a few of these features standard, but some you won’t be able to get at all. The Maxima’s active safety features are spread out among its trim levels, meaning that you’ll have to opt for the top trim level to ensure you get all of them.

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2021 Honda Accord Interior


Based on this comparison, it’s easy to see that the new 2020 Honda Accord and the 2020 Nissan Maxima are quite similar. However, on closer inspection, the Accord edges above the Maxima as the better choice for drivers thanks to its more fuel-efficient performance and dependable safety features.

Now that you have a better idea of what the Accord has to offer, it’s time to get behind the wheel and experience it for yourself. Car shoppers in the areas of Miami, Doral, and Hialeah can schedule a test drive today by giving us a call at Braman Honda!


1 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX, EX and EX-L 1.5T trims. 29 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T CVT trim. 26 city/35 highway/30 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T 6MT trim. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Sport and Touring 2.0T trims. 23 city/34 highway/27 combined mpg rating for EX-L 2.0T trim. 48 city/47 highway/48 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.