2020 Nissan Maxima vs. 2020 Acura TLX

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  • V6 engine with more horsepower — Maxima’s 3.5-liter V6 engine has more horsepower than any of TLX’s engines.
    • 10 more horsepower than TLX’s 3.5-liter V6 engine (300 hp vs. 290)
    • 94 more horsepower than TLX’s 2.4-liter I-4 engine (300 hp vs. 206)
  • Zero Gravity front seats – Every Maxima comes standard with Zero Gravity front seats, which help reduce fatigue when driving long distances. TLX only offers a conventional seat design.
  • Rear Door Alert1 – Maxima’s Rear Door Alert system can alert the driver to check whether an object may have been left in the rear seats. TLX does not offer this feature.
  • More safety features – Maxima has many more standard and available safety features than TLX:
    • Standard driver and front-passenger supplemental knee air bags2 (vs. driver only)
    • Standard rear passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags2
    • Standard Blind Spot Warning3 (BSW) (vs. available)
    • Available Moving Object Detection system (Intelligent Around View® Monitor4 [I-AVM])
    • Standard Rear Cross Traffic Alert5 (RCTA) (vs. available)
    • Standard Intelligent Forward Collision Warning6 (I-FCW) (vs. standard, but not intelligent)
    • Standard Rear Automatic Braking7 (RAB)
  • More front head room8, front leg room8, and interior passenger volume8 — Maxima’s spacious interior offers more room than TLX in several categories including:
    • 1.7 inches more front head room (38.9 in. vs. 37.2 with moonroof)
    • 2.4 inches more front leg room (45 in. vs. 42.6)
    • 5.2 cubic feet more space inside Maxima without a moonroof (98.5 cu. ft. of interior passenger volume vs. 93.3)
    • 3.1 cubic feet more space inside Maxima with a moonroof (96.4 cu. ft. of interior passenger volume vs. 93.3)

Additional Advantages

  • Integrated Dynamics-control Module
    • Intelligent Engine Brake (I-EB)
    • Active Ride Control (ARC)
  • Available sport-tuned suspension
  • Vented front and rear disc brakes (vs. front only)
  • Larger standard wheels and tires (18-inch vs. 17)
  • Available Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof (vs. standard single panel)
  • Available climate-controlled (heated and cooled) front seats (vs. heated and ventilated)
  • Available power tilt/telescoping steering column (vs. manual)
  • Type-A and Type-C USB ports9 (vs. Type-A only)
  • Available power rear-window sunshade
  • Available two-driver memory for steering column
  • Available entry/exit assist
  • Standard Remote Engine Start10 with Intelligent Climate Control (vs. available)
  • Available Traffic Sign Recognition11 (TSR)
  • Intelligent Driver Alertness12 (I-DA)
  • Larger fuel tank8

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TLX is Acura’s midsize sedan, positioned between the entry-level ILX and the flagship RLX in the Acura sedan lineup. It replaces both the previous TL and TSX and is built on a modified version of the Honda Accord platform.

TLX is available with a choice of 4- or 6-cylinder engines. The 2.4-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine is mated to an 8-speed dual clutch transmission and is available only in front-wheel drive. The 3.5-liter SOHC V6 engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic and is available in front-wheel drive or Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™.

TLX is a well-equipped luxury sedan with more mainstream styling than the previous TL. Maxima offers its own distinctive and sporty design, along with a more spacious interior and comparable luxury amenities.


TLX carries over with the following changes:

  • Exterior colors: Performance Red Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl, Canyon Bronze, and A-Spec-exclusive Apex Blue Pearl.

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Maxima TLX
TLX 2.4 4-cyl.
SV TLX 3.5 V6
SL TLX 3.5 V6 with Technology Package
SR TLX 3.5 V6 with A-Spec Package
Platinum TLX 3.5 V6 with Advance Package
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1 Does not detect people or cargo. Always check rear seat before exiting.
2 Air bags are only a supplemental restraint system. Always wear your seat belt. Rear-facing child restraints should not be placed in the front-passenger’s seat. All children 12 and under should ride in the rear seat properly secured in child restraints, booster seats, or seat belts according to their size. Air bags will only inflate in certain accidents. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
3 Blind Spot Warning cannot prevent collisions and may not detect every object or warn in all situations. Driver should always turn and look before changing lanes. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
4 Intelligent Around View Monitor cannot eliminate blind spots and may not detect every object. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
5 Rear Cross Traffic Alert may not detect all vehicles. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
6 Intelligent Forward Collision Warning cannot prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
7 Rear Automatic Braking cannot prevent all collisions and may not provide warning or braking in all conditions. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
8 Final specifications subject to change prior to start of sale.
9 Driving is serious business and requires your full attention. If you have to use the connected device while driving, exercise extreme caution at all times so full attention may be given to vehicle operation.
10 State laws may apply. Review before using.
11 Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) may not detect and read all traffic signs in all conditions. Driver should monitor all traffic signs and obey all traffic laws.
12 Intelligent Driver Alertness cannot provide a warning in every situation. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.