2018 Nissan Maxima

2018 Nissan Maxima
Save up to $9,039
MSRP range
$33,270 - $40,940

Pros

  • Well-made and attractive cabin rivals those of luxury-branded sedans
  • Tech controls are easy to use
  • Lots of features for the money
  • Sharp handling for a midsize sedan

Cons

  • SR trim level's firm ride
  • All-wheel drive is not available
  • High price given the car's size and Nissan badge
  • Back seat and trunk aren't very spacious
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Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Nissan Maxima.

Smiling Sun Day's
Ravi Rozier, 6/24/2018
Every day the sun shines and I walk out to my parked vehicle, I can't help but smile. I'm still in the honeymoon phase where I just adore the sight of my car right before I prepare myself to sit inside and drive to work. I must confess, I smile if it's a rainy day, foggy day, whatever day it is, I smile. Still, the way the sun shines off my 2018 Carnelian red Nissan Maxima Platinum edition is extraordinary. I know I picked the right color. I just purchased the car last month and I had to make a quick decision. I had a gut feeling that if I didn't get off my couch that Sunday afternoon, I would have missed out on the exact color I wanted. I've recently checked and there are only 3 red Platinum editions within 100 miles of here. I bought the car at a dealer 2 miles away from my house so I'm still happy about that. As far as getting in the car, I've read that the Platinum is like a entry level luxury car. That's good enough for me and this car is an upgrade over my 2011 Maxima. The seats are pretty nice. The computer is awesome and it integrates with my Samsung Galaxy with Android Auto. I love it because my old Maxima didn't have the capability to stream music. I'm still geeked up by the fact I can stream all of the latest albums without any issues. There are two USB ports right in the front, so now when I pick up a friend, they don't have to unplug my phone to charge their phone. We can both get to the restaurant with 100% battery power. Also, the obvious prize is no longer having to buy car chargers when the one your using inevitably stops working. Also, the all-around camera is pretty cool. I like it a lot, especially when I realized that most of the Maxima trims don't have it. It helps with parking and now I'm always in the lines in the supermarket parking lot. The other thing that I absolutely love about this Platinum are the LED headlights. In my last Maxima, I thought age was finally catching up to me. I couldn't see too good at night and frequently turned on the bright lights when I was alone on some local streets. The first night I drove the Platinum and those LED automatically came on, it was OMG! In fact, I'm not aging at an accelerated rate, it's just the headlights on my old SV were absolutely horrible. Well, they did work so maybe I'm going a little too hard with the criticism, but the difference is astounding. I love those LED lights and every car I purchase in the future will have to have them. Like I said, I'm still in the honeymoon phase and the car is still pristine. Only had it for a month. Maybe in 6 months I'll be so-so about the car. But as of now, every time I go outside and get ready to go work, I smile as bright as any sun can shine it's glorious rays on my 2018 Carnelian red Maxima Platinum edition.
Our second Maxima
Tim Judd, 7/11/2018
We look be the new Maxima. We had a 2012 and absolutely loved it. Very stylish cars, sporty and reliable. Drives like a sports car - love the power of these cars. A great vehicle to own!
Too low to ground
Ron Cozort, 6/11/2018
Knocked engine guests off twice retrying rosdwsy with high pitch! Hit parking barriers with front of fender causing $1,000 worth of repairs!
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$40,940
MPG
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
MSRP
$37,690
MPG
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
MSRP
$33,270
MPG
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
MSRP
$38,530
MPG
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Maxima safety features:

Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
Warns the driver if a front collision is imminent.
Automatic Emergency Braking
Works with the Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system. Automatically applies the brakes to lessen the impact of a front collision.
Intelligent Around-View Monitor
Provides a 360-degree, top-down view of the Maxima to help when parking.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.5%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2018 Nissan Maxima

The 2018 Nissan Maxima is enigmatic. While its modestly sized interior places it firmly in the midsize sedan class, it comes at a price on par with the cost of a larger sedan. The Maxima has humble badging yet is unexpectedly refined, impressing with a stylish interior and quality you can feel, the type we'd expect from an entry-level luxury model. Its power performance runs right with the pack for the midsize class, but its nimble handling and polished driving feel point again to entry-luxury rivals. These difficult-to-classify attributes leave us feeling a bit quizzical. In any case, the Maxima is exciting and stylish and etches out a unique niche that just might attract buyers who value driver experience over brand cachet.

Fully redesigned two years ago, the Maxima carries forward into 2018 largely unchanged. It does get a technology upgrade in the form of Android Auto, which joins the Maxima's already easy-to-use NissanConnect infotainment system. Drivers can rest assured that underneath its desirable styling the Maxima offers stellar safety features. It earned an overall five stars, the highest rating, in government crash tests in both total front-impact and total side-impact tests. There are, however, a few areas where we think the Nissan Maxima falls short. While it has better handling than we'd expect from a midsize sedan, there's no all-wheel-drive option like that offered on many other comparatively priced models. Additionally, the tight back seat and trunk leave us wanting more room, especially at the Maxima's price point.

The midsize Maxima seats five passengers and is offered in five trim levels: S, SV, SL, a sporty SR and a plushly optioned Platinum. An impressive electronics suite comes standard on the base level S and up. SV and SL models add a plethora of cabin-comfort features while the SL and higher boast safety technology for the concerned driver. The SR appeals to performance lovers with its paddle shifters and sport-tuned suspension (though overly firm in our evaluation). The Platinum trim offers a finely honed mix of additional luxury and safety upgrades.

It may have an odd assortment of characteristics, but the 2018 Maxima is reasonably affordable and polished beyond the average family sedan. If you're in the market for a midsize sedan, the Maxima is one of the most interesting, defies easy classification and is worth consideration. Edmunds is here to help find the perfect 2018 Nissan Maxima for you.

2018 Nissan Maxima Overview

The 2018 Nissan Maxima is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), and 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT).

What do people think of the 2018 Nissan Maxima?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Nissan Maxima and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Maxima 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Maxima.

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What's a good price for a New 2018 Nissan Maxima?
2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,085. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $8,220 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is21% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,665. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $9,039 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is24.7% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,665. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $8,953 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is25.8% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Maxima Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Maxima Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,335. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Maxima Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $8,943 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,943 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$33,392.

The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Maxima Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is21.1% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,425. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $8,443 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is21.4% below the MSRP.

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