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Nissan Maxima
2017
Nissan Maxima 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 Platinum sedan FWD CVT

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.

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2016
2016 Redesign Year
Nissan Maxima 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 SL/Platinum

The Maxima tried to bring German sports sedan performance and luxury at a Japanese price point. 2004 brought a complete redesign with a strong 3.5-liter V6. The ride remained stiff and jiggly, handling wasn't so agile, and the interior was just ordinary. The rear seating was very spacious, though. A CVT transmission and a freshening arrived for 2007. 2009 brought another redesign. The ride is composed, the cabin quiet, and the slick powertrain makes it very quick. Controls are simple and the front seats are comfortable. However, the steering is oddly weighted, the low roof inhibits visibility, and rear-seat room is unimpressive.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $24,725 - $30,900 $21,940 - $27,940
2009-2014
2009 Redesign Year
Nissan Maxima 2014 Trim Shown: 2014 Others

Model year 2009 brought a fairly successful redesign of Nissan's flagship, though some of our testers felt the car still didn't say much beyond what the Altima was already saying at a lower price point. Still, the Maxima's ride is well composed, its cabin is quiet and the slick powertrain makes it very quick. Controls are simple and the front seats are comfortable. However, steering is oddly weighted, the low roof inhibits visibility and rear-seat legroom room is unimpressive. Quality interior materials give a good first impression. But a closer look reveals mold lines, mismatched textures and exposed screws.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2014 $16,850 - $20,600 $14,250 - $17,900
2013 $15,025 - $17,875 $12,400 - $15,150
2012 $13,150 - $15,175 $10,550 - $12,450
2011 $11,650 - $12,725 $9,050 - $10,050
2010 $10,650 - $11,175 $8,040 - $8,540
2009 $9,800 - $10,325 $7,200 - $7,700
2004-2008
2004 Redesign Year
Nissan Maxima 2008 Trim Shown: 2008 Sedan

Even though the Maxima is Nissan's sedan flagship, in many ways it finds a formidable challenger in the more plebian Altima. To counter this, 2004 brought a complete redesign with a strong 3.5-liter V6 mated to a five-speed automatic. Expect 21 mpg overall on premium fuel. Despite strong acceleration, this version of the Maxima isn't a convincing sports sedan; it drives like a big car, coming up short in agility. The stiff and jiggly ride and wide turning circle prove annoying. Inside, there is generous room for three adults in the back seat, and the front seats are very comfortable, but cabin finish falls short of being luxurious. There are some nice features for the time, like a heated steering wheel and power adjustments for the steering column. A freshening arrived for 2007, with a revised dashboard featuring easier controls. The addition of a CVT improved acceleration, but fuel economy remained stalled at 21 mpg overall.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2008 $6,500 - $7,300 $4,060 - $4,810
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2007 $5,700 - $6,275 $3,270 - $3,820
2006 $4,950 - $5,325 $2,555 - $2,905
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2005 $4,325 - $4,725 $1,995 - $2,345
2004 $3,950 - $4,200 $1,690 - $1,890
2000-2003
Nissan Maxima 2003 Trim Shown: 2003 Sedan

With the Maxima, Nissan tried to offer German sports sedan performance and luxury at a Japanese price point. Model year 2004 brought a complete redesign with a strong 3.5-liter V6. The ride remained stiff and jiggly, handling wasn't so agile, and the interior was just ordinary. The rear seating was very spacious, though. A CVT and a general freshening arrived for 2007. The 2009 models brought another redesign. The ride is composed, the cabin is quiet, and the slick powertrain makes it very quick. Controls are simple and the front seats are comfortable. However, the steering is oddly weighted, the low roof inhibits visibility, and rear-seat room is unimpressive.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2003 $3,375 - $3,875 $1,215 - $1,620
2002 $3,200 - $3,700 $1,065 - $1,470
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A