The 2016 Toyota Avalon and 2016 Nissan Maxima show us that, despite the proliferation of crossovers and hatchbacks, there’s still a place in the automotive world for large sedans of good quality. And that the word “quality” is a deliberate choice.
These cars represent the topmost level of each marque’s products. The Avalon is about as close as it can get to being a Lexus while still wearing a Toyota badge. And the Maxima is likewise approaching Infiniti in terms of build and materials.
The Maxima is all-new for the 2016 model year, the debut of its eighth generation. This generation of the Avalon (the fourth) has been around since 2013. So these candidates are close in many ways, but, as you shall discover, differ in others. Ultimately, it’s the differences that will influence the decision.