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2017 Nissan Maxima vs 2017 Chevy Impala in Joliet, IL

On the hunt for a new full-size sedan? Unsure where to start? Thomas Nissan is home to the exceptional 2017 Maxima, which is sure to check every box on your “must have” list. We are so sure you’ll fall in love with the Maxima, we have compared it to one of its top competitors with our 2017 Nissan Maxima vs the 2017 Chevy Impala in Joliet, IL, comparison, so you can see just how superior it truly is.

We started things off with a look under the hood of both the 2017 Nissan Maxima and the 2017 Chevy Impala. You’ll feel immense power from the standard 3.5L V6 engine in the Maxima, which produces a staggering 300 horsepower and 261 lb.-ft. of torque. The Impala falls short in a big way, as it is only standard with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with 196 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque. You’ll have to upgrade to a top trim of the Impala to feel such power. And, when you do, the Maxima will be more efficient with its fuel rating of 21/30 MPG city/hwy1. The V6 in the Impala only has a fuel rating of 18/28 MPG city/hwy2.

Our head-to-head between the 2017 Nissan Maxima vs the 2017 Chevy Impala in Joliet, IL, compared exterior features. The Maxima comes standard with fog lights, so you’ll have a clear view of the road during inclement weather. The Impala doesn’t have fog lights within any trim level. The Maxima even boasts standard LED Daytime Running Lights, which you won’t have on the Impala until you’re in a higher trim level.

There are even more differences once you have a seat inside. You’ll notice that the 2017 Maxima comes standard with push button start, dual zone climate control, and even a leather-wrapped steering wheel. You won’t have any of these features in the 2017 Impala until you upgrade to a higher trim level. For maximum comfort, only the Maxima comes with Zero Gravity seats, which were designed to reduce muscle fatigue as they take the pressure off your lower back. Even better, the Maxima boasts power-adjustable front seats as standard, so you can easily find your preferred driving position. In the Impala, your front seat passenger won’t have a power-adjustable seat until the LT trim of the Impala. To let in some Vitamin D into your cabin, open the available dual panel moonroof in the Maxima. In the Impala, you’ll only have an available regular-sized moonroof.

The Nissan Maxima triumphs over the Chevrolet Impala when it comes to exciting technology, too. The standard touchscreen in the Maxima is eight inches, while the one in the Impala is a measly 4.2-inch display. While both of these full-size sedans have Apple CarPlay™3,4, it is only standard in the Maxima. Most notable is that the Maxima has Bluetooth® technology5 standard for hands-free calling and audio streaming. The Impala only has standard Bluetooth® technology6 for hands-free calling, so if you’d like to stream your personal playlist, you’ll have to upgrade to the LT trim. And, since the Maxima comes with an 8-speaker sound system, these tunes will sound way better than they will in the Impala, which only has a standard 6-speaker sound system.

Here at Thomas Nissan, we think the choice between the 2017 Nissan Maxima vs the 2017 Chevy Impala in Joliet, IL, is an obvious one. When you’re ready to learn more about the Maxima, visit our showroom floor. Our sales staff can answer any question you may have about this dynamic full-size sedan. 

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  • Features
  • Specs



  • Interior
  • Safety
  • Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Exterior
  • Comfort



Steering ratio 15.3
Turns lock-to-lock 2.6


Driver seat power adjustments height, 8, reclining
Rear headrests 3, adjustable
Rear seat folding split
Front headrests 2, adjustable
Passenger seat power adjustments 4, reclining
Front seat type bucket
Upholstery cloth
Rear seat type 60-40 split bench


Seatbelt pretensioners front
Seatbelt force limiters front
Emergency locking retractors rear, front
Seatbelt warning sensor front
Rear seatbelts 3-point
Front seatbelts 3-point



Rearview monitor in dash
Autonomous braking
Pre-collision warning system audible warning, visual warning
Automatic emergency braking front
Child safety door locks
Child seat anchors LATCH system
Hood buckling creases
Energy absorbing steering column
Body side reinforcements side impact door beams
Emergency interior trunk release
Camera system rearview
Crumple zones front, rear


Airbag deactivation occupant sensing passenger
Side airbags front
Front airbags dual
Side curtain airbags front, rear
Side-curtain airbag rollover sensor


Power door locks anti-lockout, auto-locking
Anti-theft system engine immobilizer, alarm with remote
2-stage unlocking doors


Side mirror adjustments power, manual folding


Audio System

Radio voice operated, touch screen display, AM/FM, HD radio
Auxiliary audio input Bluetooth, jack, USB, iPod/iPhone
Antenna type diversity, element
In-Dash CD 6 disc, MP3 Playback
Total speakers 8
Radio data system
Digital Sound Processing
Speed sensitive volume control
Satellite radio SiriusXM


Electronic messaging assistance with read function, voice operated
Navigation app Traffic Data
Wireless data link Bluetooth
Phone voice operated
Navigation system touch screen display, voice operated

In Car Entertainment

Connected in-car apps SiriusXM Travel Link
Infotainment NissanConnect, Apple CarPlay ready


Trip computer
Gauge tachometer
Digital odometer
External temperature display
Multi-function display
Fuel economy display MPG, range
Warnings and reminders low oil level, low fuel level, low washer fluid, tire fill alert
Trip odometer 2



Drive mode selector
Axle ratio 5.25


Rear shock type monotube
Rear stabilizer bar diameter 27 mm
Front suspension classification independent
Rear suspension classification independent
Rear suspension type multi-link
Rear spring type coil
Front spring type coil
Front suspension type lower control arms
Front strut tower bar
Front struts
Front stabilizer bar diameter 24 mm
Front shock type twin-tube gas


Rear brake type ventilated disc
Front brake width 1.1
Rear brake diameter 12.1
Front brake diameter 12.6
Front brake type ventilated disc
Braking assist
Rear brake width .63
Electronic brakeforce distribution
ABS 4-wheel
Power brakes

Stability and Traction

Stability control
Traction control


Spark plugs iridium tipped
Battery saver
Alternator 150 amps
Battery maintenance-free



Daytime running lights LED
Front fog lights
Taillights LED, LED rear center
Headlights wiper activated, auto delay off, auto on/off, halogen

Tires and Rims

Wheels aluminum alloy
Spare tire size temporary
Tire type all season
Spare tire mount location inside
Spare wheel type steel
Tire Pressure Monitoring System


Window defogger rear
Front wipers speed sensitive, variable intermittent
Power windows safety reverse, remotely operated

Exterior Features

Mirror color black
Front bumper color body-color
Door handle color chrome
Exhaust tip color chrome
Grille color chrome surround, black with chrome accents
Rear bumper color body-color
Exhaust dual tip
Window trim chrome


Convenience Features

Cupholders front, rear
Steering wheel tilt and telescopic
One-touch windows 2
Reading lights front, rear
Power steering variable/speed-proportional
Multi-function remote illuminated entry, panic alarm, proximity entry system, trunk release
Cargo area light
Cruise control
Retained accessory power
Power windows lockout button
Overhead console front
Steering wheel mounted controls audio, cruise control, phone, multi-function, voice control
Push-button start
Vanity mirrors dual illuminating
Power outlet(s) 12V front
Assist handle rear, front
Remote engine start
Center console front console with armrest and storage
Rearview mirror auto-dimming
Universal remote transmitter Homelink - garage door opener
Storage front seatback, sunglasses holder, door pockets

Air Conditioning

Front air conditioning automatic climate control
Front air conditioning zones dual
Rear vents second row
Air filtration

Comfort Features

Shift knob trim leather
Armrests rear center with pass-thru, rear folding, rear center with cupholders
Steering wheel trim leather
Interior accents chrome
Floor material carpet



Drive Type

Drive Type FWD


Standard Seating 5
Max Seating 5
Head Room (front) 39.4 in
Head Room (rear) 36.7 in
Hip Room (front) 54.2 in
Hip Room (rear) 53.5 in
Shoulder Room (front) 56.7 in
Shoulder Room (rear) 55.7 in
Leg Room (front) 45 in
Leg Room (rear) 34.2 in
Seating Rows 2

Measurements of Size & Shape

Length 192.8 in
Width 73.2 in
Width (without mirrors) 73.2 in
Height 56.5 in
Wheelbase 109.3 in
Ground Clearance 5.3 in
Track Width (front) 62.4 in
Track Width (rear) 62.4 in

Measurements of Weight

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 4641 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight Range 4001-5000 lbs
Curb Weight 3478 lbs

Interior Dimensions

Cargo Volume 14.3 cu ft
Interior Volume 112.9 cu ft
Passenger Volume 98.6 cu ft

Performance Specifications

Aerodynamic Drag 0.29 Cd
Turning Circle 38.1 ft

Fuel Tanks

Fuel Capacity 18 Gallons

Wheels and Tires

Front Tire Type 245/45R18
Front Wheel Diameter 18.0 x 8.0 in
Rear Tire Type 245/45R18
Rear Wheel Diameter 18.0 x 8.0 in

Additional Vehicle Information

Current Inventory

There are currently no 2017 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (midyear release) for Sale in inventory


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1 2017 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate 21 city/30 highway. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only.

2 EPA Estimated, actual mileage may vary. See dealer for details.

3 Driving is serious business and requires your full attention. Only use feature when safe to do so. Compatible iPhone® required. Availability of specific feature is dependent upon the phone’s Bluetooth® support. Please refer to your phone Owner’s Manual for details. Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Nissan is under license. See for details. Text rates and/or data usage may apply. Services/features are provided by independent companies not within Nissan’s control. Should service provider terminate/restrict service/feature, service/feature may be suspended or terminated without notice or liability to Nissan and/or its agents. Nissan not responsible for any equipment replacement or upgrades, or associated costs, that may be required for continued operation due to service/feature changes. Apple’s terms and privacy statements apply. Apple CarPlay™ is a trademark of Apple, Inc.

4 Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

5 Availability of specific features is dependent upon the phone’s Bluetooth® support. Please refer to your phone Owner’s Manual for details. Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Nissan is under license. See for details.

6 Go to to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle.