What Is It?
2016 Nissan Maxima
What's New About This Model?
This is a fully redesigned version of Nissan's flagship sedan. In addition to the radically altered exterior styling, the Maxima also gets an updated interior that edges close to luxury territory. In terms of size, this Maxima is 2.2 inches longer overall and 1.3 inches lower, but its wheelbase is no longer than before.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Nissan said the new Maxima will arrive in dealers in June with a starting price of $33,325.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The Maxima is strictly a four-door, five passenger sedan. It will be offered in five levels of trim — S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum. Base model Maxima S sedans come well equipped with features like a navigation system, LED running lights, 18-inch wheels and an eight-way power driver seat.
Stepping up to the Maxima SV adds heated leather front seats, front and rear parking sensors and heated outside rearview mirrors with turn signal indicators. The midgrade SL adds notable features like a panoramic sunroof, Bose sound system, adaptive cruise control and electronic safety systems like blind spot alert and a forward collision warning system.
The Maxima SR is the performance-oriented version of the Maxima. It features a retuned suspension, unique 19-inch tires and wheels and adjustable drive modes. If performance isn't your priority, there's the Platinum model that emphasizes luxury with features like diamond-quilted leather seats, wood interior trim and a power-adjustable steering wheel.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
The Maxima comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Rated to deliver 300 horsepower, the V6 has been heavily revised to deliver improved mileage while maintaining the same level of performance as the previous model.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
The Maxima offers a new Driver Attention Alert system that can sense when a driver is drowsy and prompt them to take action to prevent an accident. This feature is offered in addition to more common systems like forward collision alert, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, which are standard on all trims except the base Maxima S model.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
In addition to the Active Noise Cancellation system that aims to reduce outside sounds to a minimum, the Maxima also offers an Active Sound Enhancement system that delivers even more noticeable engine sounds when the car is put into Sport mode.
Maxima Platinum models also feature Nissan's 360-degree camera system, which offers a complete view around the car to help make parking and maneuvering in tight spaces easier.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Chevrolet Impala: This big sedan from Chevrolet doesn't promise the athleticism of the Maxima, but it does pack plenty of value into a sharply styled car that drives well in almost any situation. It also offers a hybrid version if you're looking for maximum mileage.
Hyundai Azera: Another strong entry in the full-size category, the Azera delivers a comfortable, full-featured sedan with solid performance.
Toyota Avalon: A recent redesign has breathed some life into Toyota's biggest sedan. It now features a very sleek interior design to go along with a much improved exterior look.
Should You Wait for It?
There aren't many sedans in this price range that make people take a second look. The dramatic new styling of the Maxima certainly makes a statement, and it has an interior to match. If you're in the market for a full-size sedan that's still fun to drive, waiting until June is certainly advisable.