Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Nissan Maxima VS 2015 Infiniti Q50 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Nissan Maxima

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2015 Infiniti Q50

Safety Comparison

The Maxima has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Q50 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Maxima Platinum’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q50 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Maxima and the Q50 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the Infiniti Q50:




5 Stars

4 Stars



5 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

212 lbs.

223 lbs.



4 Stars

3 Stars




Chest Compression

.7 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

132 lbs.

145 lbs.

Neck Compression

56 lbs.

85 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

554/51 lbs.

541/294 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the Infiniti Q50:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

188 G’s

262 G’s

Hip Force

286 lbs.

320 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Maxima’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 17th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Maxima gets better city fuel mileage than the Q50 RWD V6 (22 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/30 hwy).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the Q50 (245/45R18 vs. 225/55R17).

The Maxima’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q50’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Q50.

The Maxima has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Q50 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Maxima offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Q50, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the ’s turning circle is 36.7 feet tighter than the Q50’s ( feet vs. 36.7 feet). The ’s turning circle is 37.4 feet tighter than the Q50 AWD’s ( feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Maxima has .5 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room and 1 inch more rear hip room than the Q50.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Maxima has a larger trunk than the Q50 (14.3 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

The Maxima’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Q50 Base/Hybrid doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Maxima has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q50 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Maxima’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Q50 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

A manual rear sunshade is standard in the Maxima Platinum to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Q50 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Maxima SR/Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Q50 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Infiniti Q50 by almost four to one during the 2015 model year.

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