Nissan Maxima

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Base MSRP price range:
$32,410 - $39,860
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CR Model Summary
The Maxima has been redesigned for 2016. It continues to use the smooth, powerful 3.5-liter V6, which is a highlight of the new car. This engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission that has artificial "shift" points for a more normal-feeling driving experience. The new car is sleeker, has a plush interior, more 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. An available SR version features a stiffer suspension for a more sporty flavor, but doesn't offer a sunroof.
General Model Specs
Body styles
Drive wheels
2 front, 3 rear
Engines available
3.5-liter V6 (300 hp)
Transmissions available
Basic: 3/36
Powertrain: 5 year/ 60,000 mile
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First Drive - Nissan Maxima
There's a lot to like about Nissan's redesigned flagship sedan, the Maxima.

The styling is fresh inside and out, complete with Nissan's signature flowing body creases, "boomerang" taillights, coupe-like silhouette, and an upscale c... More
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Reliability History - Nissan Maxima
Trouble spots by year 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
Engine Major
Engine Cooling
Transmission Major
Transmission Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Engine Minor
Electrical System
Safety Specs
Safety belts
Pretensioners, front/rear Yes/no
Air bags
Side air bags, front/rear Standard/no
Side curtain air bags Standard
Active safety features
Antilock brakes Standard
Traction control Standard
Stability control Standard
Daytime running lights Not available
Crash and rollover tests
IIHS front moderate overlap NA
IIHS front small overlap NA
IIHS side crash NA
IIHS rear crash NA
IIHS roof crush NA
NHTSA overall crash score NA
NHTSA overall frontal-crash score NA
NHTSA front-crash, driver/front passenger NA / NA
NHTSA overall side-crash score NA
NHTSA side-crash, driver/rear passenger NA / NA
NHTSA side pole-crash NA
NHTSA rollover, 2WD/4WD NA / NA
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