On sale now at Nissan dealerships, the 2017 Maxima received five stars in the front, side and rollover crash tests.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, brake assist, vehicle dynamic control and traction control.
Standard on the top-of-the-line Maxima Platinum model is a Driver Attention Alert system that can sense drowsiness and prompt the driver to take action to prevent an accident.
Forward-collision alert, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert systems are standard on Maxima SL, SR and Platinum models.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2017 Maxima.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2017 Chevrolet Impala also earned the highest five-star safety rating from NHTSA. The 2017 Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon have not been rated.