2018 Nissan Maxima vs 2018 Lincoln MKZ

The 2018 Nissan Maxima is an impressive luxury vehicle from a brand that people do not typically think of as making luxury vehicles. The 2018 Maxima provides drivers with a ton of awesome features for performance, comfort, safety, convenience and more, which are definitely hard to beat. Combine this with a sleek design, and you have a luxury vehicle that is sure to impress. But how does it stack up against the competition? Find out in this 2018 Nissan Maxima vs 2018 Lincoln MKZ comparison. 

Because we want to make sure you get a fair and accurate comparison between the 2018 Maxima and 2018 MKZ, we will be providing a comparison between the base trim of both vehicles. Continue reading to see these two luxury sedans compared with specific features and specifications. If you are in the Kansas City MO area and are considering the 2018 Nissan Maxima, follow this link to our inventory. 

2018 Nissan Maxima and 2018 Lincoln MKZ side by side

2018 Nissan Maxima


2018 Lincoln MKZ

300-hp, 3.5L V6 Engine 245-hp, 2.0L I4
2-Speed CVT Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Top Safety Pick IIHS Safety Awards None
$33,720* MSRP $35,445

Which Luxury Sedan is Right for You? 

This direct comparison has a very obvious result: the 2018 Nissan Maxima is hands-down a better choice than the 2018 Lincoln MKZ. It has way better performance and safety features, and does it all at a significantly lower price*. 

In terms of engine power, the 2018 Maxima gives the driver a ton of power, and way more than the Lincoln MKZ. The incredible 300 horsepower in the engine is definitely going to give the Maxima quite a bit of get-up-and-go. 

Because of the difference in transmission systems between these two vehicles, the 2018 Nissan Maxima manages to have more engine power, and better fuel efficiency at the same time. The continuously variable transmission is an innovative system that will also give you a very smooth ride. 

Finally, the 2018 Nissan Maxima was recently awarded the prestigious IIHS Top Safety Pick Award, which the 2018 Lincoln MKZ did not earn. This means that the new Nissan Maxima has what it takes to prevent collisions and minimize damage way better than the Lincoln MKZ can. 

*Disclaimer: All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.