Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima

Pros: Delivers an extra dose of style and performance while maintaining mainstream 4-door-sedan practicality and affordability; classy interior trimmings; good selection of trim levels and available features

Cons: Rear-seat space and trunk room are stingy compared to many midsize-sedan competitors; stiff ride with SR model’s sport suspension and 19-inch wheels; non-SR models aren’t quite as agile as the “4-door sports car” moniker promises

CG Says: After a brief hiatus for the 2015 model year, Nissan’s “4-door sports car” midsize sedan is redesigned from the ground up for 2016. The new Nissan Maxima is 1.3 inches lower and 2.2 inches longer than the model it replaces. It gets dramatic new styling, a substantially revised 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 300 horsepower, and a host of new safety and technology features. As with the previous-generation Maxima, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the lone gearbox available, but it’s a performance-oriented “XTronic” unit with Nissan’s D-Step shifting logic for a more-responsive feel. Among the 2016 Maxima’s new features are remote engine start, a Drive Mode Selector that offers Normal and Sport settings, and a standard navigation system. Available safety features include Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning, and Driver Attention Alert. The Maxima’s aggressive styling, 300-hp V6, and various tech features help it stand out from all the Altimas, Honda Accords, and Toyota Camrys. However, it’s not as spacious inside as the top midsize sedans, and it’s not as prestigious or athletic as luxury-brand sport sedans. As such, the 2016 Nissan Maxima is a fine choice for buyers who are looking for a bit more spice in their mainstream midsize sedan, but don’t want to step up to the higher costs of a luxury-brand sport sedan.

The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices S: $32,510
SV: $34,490
SL: $36,990
SR: $37,770
Platinum: $39,960

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

2016 Nissan Maxima
2016 Nissan Maxima