Nissan Maxima vs Kia Stinger

2021 Nissan Maxima
2021 Nissan Maxima
$37,090MSRP
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2022 Kia Stinger
2022 Kia Stinger
$36,290MSRP
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2021 Nissan Maxima
$37,090MSRP
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2022 Kia Stinger
$36,290MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$37,090

MSRP

$36,290

Average price

$18,536

Average price

$29,747

Listings

3283

Listings

976
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.3 out of 10

Expert reviews

8.3 out of 10
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Powerful engine
  • Premium interior materials
Cons
  • All-wheel drive not available
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Cramped back seat
Pros
  • Excellent value for money
  • Great handling
  • Stylish design
Cons
  • Cramped back seat
  • Sluggish touchscreen response

Reviews Summary

The 2021 Nissan Maxima celebrates 40 years on sale, making it one of the oldest Japanese automotive nameplates in continuous use. While it’s impressive for any model to survive four decades, the Maxima has spent most of its history mired in mediocrity.

The Nissan Maxima name first appeared in 1981 as a rebranding of the Datsun 810 sedan. The original Maxima/810 was a true enthusiast’s car, boasting rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a sporty character that led Nissan to declare it a “four-door sports car.” However, that only lasted for a few years.

With its first redesign for the 1985 model year, the Maxima switched to front-wheel drive (FWD) and was positioned as Nissan’s flagship sedan. It’s been that way ever since. Nissan has continued to gesture in the direction of that original RWD model, but for most of its 40 years, the Maxima has been a slightly sportier alternative to full-size sedans like the Toyota Avalon, rather than a BMW beater.

So it is with the current, eighth-generation, Maxima, which debuted for the 2016 model year. It enters the 2021 model year with few changes, the most significant being a 40th Anniversary Edition option package for the top Platinum trim level, which sits above the base SV and mid-range SR trim levels. That’s what we test drove for this review.

Reviews Summary

When the Kia Stinger was introduced in 2017, the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) sports sedan was as eye-opening as it was refreshing. Combining German-tuned performance with Kia’s award-winning design, the Stinger was a defining moment in the automaker’s steady march toward offering upscale products. The Kia Stinger receives a mild refresh for 2022 to offer more power, particularly with the base engine, and it also gets updated design flourishes and technology features.
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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

3.5L 300 hp V6

Engine

2.5L 300 hp I4

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

RWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

300 hp @ 6400 rpm

Horsepower

300 hp @ 5800 rpm

MPG City

20

MPG City

22

MPG Highway

30

MPG Highway

32
2021 Nissan Maxima
2021 Nissan Maxima
$37,090MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2022 Kia Stinger
2022 Kia Stinger
$36,290MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2021 Nissan Maxima
$37,090MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2022 Kia Stinger
$36,290MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$37,090
$36,290
Average price
$18,536
$29,747
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.4
4.7
Expert reviews

7.3 out of 10

Read full review

8.3 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Powerful engine
  • Premium interior materials
Cons
  • All-wheel drive not available
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Cramped back seat
Pros
  • Excellent value for money
  • Great handling
  • Stylish design
Cons
  • Cramped back seat
  • Sluggish touchscreen response
Summary

The 2021 Nissan Maxima celebrates 40 years on sale, making it one of the oldest Japanese automotive nameplates in continuous use. While it’s impressive for any model to survive four decades, the Maxima has spent most of its history mired in mediocrity.

The Nissan Maxima name first appeared in 1981 as a rebranding of the Datsun 810 sedan. The original Maxima/810 was a true enthusiast’s car, boasting rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a sporty character that led Nissan to declare it a “four-door sports car.” However, that only lasted for a few years.

With its first redesign for the 1985 model year, the Maxima switched to front-wheel drive (FWD) and was positioned as Nissan’s flagship sedan. It’s been that way ever since. Nissan has continued to gesture in the direction of that original RWD model, but for most of its 40 years, the Maxima has been a slightly sportier alternative to full-size sedans like the Toyota Avalon, rather than a BMW beater.

So it is with the current, eighth-generation, Maxima, which debuted for the 2016 model year. It enters the 2021 model year with few changes, the most significant being a 40th Anniversary Edition option package for the top Platinum trim level, which sits above the base SV and mid-range SR trim levels. That’s what we test drove for this review.

When the Kia Stinger was introduced in 2017, the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) sports sedan was as eye-opening as it was refreshing. Combining German-tuned performance with Kia’s award-winning design, the Stinger was a defining moment in the automaker’s steady march toward offering upscale products. The Kia Stinger receives a mild refresh for 2022 to offer more power, particularly with the base engine, and it also gets updated design flourishes and technology features.
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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
3.5L 300 hp V6
2.5L 300 hp I4
Drive Train
FWD
RWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
300 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG City
20
22
MPG Highway
30
32
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