When we compare the Nissan Maxima's and the Lexus IS 250's specifications and ratings, the Nissan Maxima has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume and base engine power. The Lexus IS 250 has the advantage in the area of fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Nissan Maxima's and the Lexus IS 250's specifications and ratings, the Nissan Maxima is a better car than the Lexus IS 250.
Nissan Maxima vs. Lexus IS 250 Pricing
A used 2014 Nissan Maxima ranges from $6,999 to $17,995 while a used 2014 Lexus IS 250 is priced between $14,839 to $25,996.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Nissan Maxima’s base engine makes 290 horsepower, and the Lexus IS 250 base engine makes 204 horsepower. The Maxima is rated to deliver an average of 22 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 520 miles. The IS 250 is rated to deliver an average of 24 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 522 miles. This gives the Lexus IS 250 the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Nissan Maxima. Both models use gasoline.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Nissan Maxima has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The Lexus IS 250 has the advantage in the areas of front leg room and rear head room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
The Nissan Maxima has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars based on NHTSA's crash test ratings.