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 luxurious large sedan? Sadly, the new Nissan falters as a haven of opulence, as well.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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NA
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NA
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NA
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NA
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NA
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NA
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NA
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NA
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2000. Side air bags available, standard from 2004. Head protection air bags standard from 2004. ESC available from 2004, standard from 2009.
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 luxurious large sedan? Sadly, the new Nissan falters as a haven of opulence, as well. Throw in a $42,000 price tag for the Platinum version we tested and -- despite some high points -- the Maxima becomes a questionable purchase proposition.

We had high hopes for Nissan's new flagship, thinking that maybe this time Nissan would get it right. There's sleek styling. A potent engine. It looked promising. But despite Nissan's ambitions, the Maxima doesn't tick enough boxes.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (300 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Nissan Maxima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Apple CarPlay

"Apple Car Play does not have an easy interface; must be reset at every use."

Winston D., CA (2017 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"It sticks....pauses for several seconds/minutes....then starts again. It's random."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The system is supposed to sync with an iPOD classic and it will not read the iPOD. I have looked this up on the internet and others have experienced this problem and Nissan is not fixing it"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"1. The sim card keeps coming loose when the car is hot and then all selections are lost. 2. The map is the latest map, but horribly out of date"

John B., TX (2017 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)

"Display went completely blank; shut off engine & restarted and it came back to life"

Weldon W., NY (2017 Nissan Maxima S 3.5-L V6)

"GPS Data not updated with latest addresses."

Winston D., CA (2017 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"Radio stations did not stay set. Lose settings when engine is turned off"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"trim between rear quarter panels and side rear windows was loose and not attached at one end"

Kathy T., MA (2017 Nissan Maxima Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Fixed under warranty"

Charles E., FL (2017 Nissan Maxima SR 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Door seal, driver side, split."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Nissan Maxima 3.5-L V6)

"The interior fabric roof liner started to sag and it took the dealer almost 2 weeks to fix the problem."

Ronnie K., CA (2017 Nissan Maxima Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Paint flaked off while in a parking lot at work. There is clearly pre-existing rust underneath. Two body shops--one of them Nissan authorized--advised this should be covered by warranty, but Nissan so far is refusing. It is clear that the rust was just painted over."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Nissan Maxima Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Moonroof"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Nissan Maxima Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"rattle at 60 mph"

Gary K., FL (2017 Nissan Maxima SR 3.5-L V6)

"knock when hitting holes"

Ellis S., MA (2017 Nissan Maxima SV 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seat controls

"Cooled seats stopped working in the first 6 months of ownership. Required 4 day repair, complete removal of the seat and replacement of a blower and wire harness"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Nissan Maxima SR 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"The fabric cover on the sunroof became detached when opening and closing it within the first week. We had to clip it up to see out the rear window and for passengers to sit in the backseat without fabric in their faces. It took two trips and a total of 3 days for the dealer to fix it."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Nissan Maxima Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Front sonar disengages when raining. Also disables the adaptive cruise control"

Mark C., VA (2017 Nissan Maxima Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"FEB warning light which by association turns off ICC. The FEB sensor was bad and was replaced under warranty. No problems since. Sensor problem caused Cruise Control to be inoperative"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Nissan Maxima Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Recall"

S R., QC (2017 Nissan Maxima Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Factory recalled warranty issue"

Ronnie K., CA (2017 Nissan Maxima Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Front driver strut had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OK (2017 Nissan Maxima SR 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

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