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The Maxima continues to use Nissan's smooth, powerful 3.5-liter V6, which is a highlight of the car. The continuously variable transmission works well for loafing around, but it saps any aspirations of sporty driving. Handling is mundane, and the ride is too stiff for a sedan that costs $40,000. The Maxima has a plush interior and a number of high-tech safety and connectivity features, and uses a fairly straightforward infotainment system. A low roofline inhibits access and visibility. Controls are simple to use, and the front seats are very comfortable and supportive. The rear cabin, however, is rather cramped. An SR version with a stiffer suspension is available, but it lacks a sunroof.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Nissan Maxima recalls.

Road Test

Producing an honest sports sedan has eluded Nissan for the last two decades. Unfortunately, the new Maxima still falls short of that promise. Although touted as a sporty four-door, the Maxima is nothing of the sort. Is it at least a convincingly luxu...

Highs

  • Quick acceleration
  • Good fuel economy

Lows

  • Suffers an identity crisis; fails to be truly sporty, truly luxurious, or truly generous with accommodations
  • Ride neither plush nor steady

Best Version to Get

We'd choose an SL or Platinum trim for their added safety equipment. The SR trim also has these features, but the stiffer suspension and larger wheels hurt the ride while providing little improvement in sportiness. While the Platinum trim's surround-view camera and quilted seats are rather n...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (300 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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