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Nissan Maxima

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2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
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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 it 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. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard.
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2016-2018
2016 Redesign Year
Nissan Maxima 2018
Redesigned for 2016, the Maxima continues to use the smooth, powerful 3.5-liter V6, which is a highlight of the new 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, 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. For 2018, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $21,350 - $27,275 $19,080 - $24,780
2017 $19,050 - $24,150 $16,880 - $21,780
2016 $18,000 - $21,600 $15,200 - $19,250
2009-2014
2009 Redesign Year
Nissan Maxima 2014
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 $11,900 - $13,475 $8,930 - $10,380
2013 $9,900 - $10,800 $7,035 - $7,835
2012 $8,950 - $9,650 $6,105 - $6,755
2011 $8,200 - $8,725 $5,370 - $5,870
2010 $7,500 - $7,875 $4,690 - $5,040
2009 $6,850 - $7,075 $4,080 - $4,280
2004-2008
2004 Redesign Year
Nissan Maxima 2008
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 $5,075 - $5,225 $2,390 - $2,540
2007 $4,475 - $4,675 $1,910 - $2,060
2006 $4,050 - $4,225 $1,550 - $1,700
2005 $3,700 - $3,875 $1,270 - $1,420
2004 $3,475 - $3,675 $1,080 - $1,230
2000-2003
Nissan Maxima 2003
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 $3,250 - $3,550 $895 - $1,125
2002 $3,100 - $3,375 $770 - $995
2001 $2,950 - $3,225 $640 - $865
2000 $2,850 - $2,875 $560 - $590
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2019 Nissan Maxima Ratings & Reliability
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 it 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. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard.
2016-2018
2016 Redesign Year
Nissan Maxima 2018
Redesigned for 2016, the Maxima continues to use the smooth, powerful 3.5-liter V6, which is a highlight of the new 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, 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. For 2018, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $21,350 - $27,275 $19,080 - $24,780
2017 $19,050 - $24,150 $16,880 - $21,780
2016 $18,000 - $21,600 $15,200 - $19,250
2009-2014
2009 Redesign Year
Nissan Maxima 2014
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 $11,900 - $13,475 $8,930 - $10,380
2013 $9,900 - $10,800 $7,035 - $7,835
2012 $8,950 - $9,650 $6,105 - $6,755
2011 $8,200 - $8,725 $5,370 - $5,870
2010 $7,500 - $7,875 $4,690 - $5,040
2009 $6,850 - $7,075 $4,080 - $4,280
2004-2008
2004 Redesign Year
Nissan Maxima 2008
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 $5,075 - $5,225 $2,390 - $2,540
2007 $4,475 - $4,675 $1,910 - $2,060
2006 $4,050 - $4,225 $1,550 - $1,700
2005 $3,700 - $3,875 $1,270 - $1,420
2004 $3,475 - $3,675 $1,080 - $1,230
2000-2003
Nissan Maxima 2003
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 $3,250 - $3,550 $895 - $1,125
2002 $3,100 - $3,375 $770 - $995
2001 $2,950 - $3,225 $640 - $865
2000 $2,850 - $2,875 $560 - $590