2020 Nissan Maxima

MSRP range: $34,450 - $41,840
4.8 out of 5 stars(6)
MSRP$35,375
Edmunds suggests you pay$32,144

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BRYN MACKINNON: I'm Bryn MacKinnon, and this is an Edmunds Expert Rundown of the 2017 Nissan Maxima. One thing we'll say for the latest Maxima is that there's nothing else quite like it on the road. The styling is guaranteed to stand out, especially in the large sedan segment, which isn't exactly known for adventurous design. On the road, the Maxima does its darndest to live up to Nissan's four door sports car label. The driving feel is certainly sportier than the norm, and the big v6 engine's got plenty in reserve. We just wish there was a little less torque steer, which is when the wheel tugs this way and that when you really slam on the gas. It's pronounced in the Maxima, but for some that's a fair trade off for all that power on tap. The back seat is a bit of a disappointment, as large sedans usually have copious room back there, and the Maxima just doesn't. But the real story is up front, where Nissan has created a sports car-like environment for the driver. The center console rises high, and the controls wrap around, making for a cockpit-like feel. There's a great place for your smartphone ahead of the shifter, and the zero gravity front seats are super comfortable. Really nicely done. The bottom line with the Maxima is that it's not for everyone. Many large sedan shoppers will gravitate toward traditional models, like the Buick Lacrosse and Toyota Avalon-- but if you're looking for some uniquely sporty character in this class, this Maxima could be the only test drive you'll need. For more Edmunds Expert Rundowns, click the link to subscribe.

2017 Nissan Maxima Expert Rundown Review

NOTE: This video is about the 2017 Nissan Maxima, but since the 2020 Nissan Maxima is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Looking for a car that's a step above the typical family sedan experience in sportiness and style? Then check out the 2017 Nissan Maxima. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.

FAQ

Is the Nissan Maxima a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Maxima both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.4 out of 10. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Maxima has 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Nissan Maxima. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Nissan Maxima?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Nissan Maxima:

  • Safety Shield 360 package is now standard
  • Ride and handling updates for all trims
  • Midlevel SR trim gets a panoramic sunroof and a 360-degree camera
  • Part of the eighth Maxima generation introduced for 2015
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Is the Nissan Maxima reliable?

To determine whether the Nissan Maxima is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Maxima. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Maxima's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Nissan Maxima a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Nissan Maxima is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Maxima and gave it a 7.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Maxima is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Nissan Maxima?

The least-expensive 2020 Nissan Maxima is the 2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $34,450.

Other versions include:

  • Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) which starts at $41,840
  • 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) which starts at $38,840
  • 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) which starts at $41,650
  • 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) which starts at $36,650
  • 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) which starts at $34,450
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What are the different models of Nissan Maxima?

If you're interested in the Nissan Maxima, the next question is, which Maxima model is right for you? Maxima variants include Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), 3.5 SL 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). For a full list of Maxima models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Nissan Maxima Overview

The 2020 Nissan Maxima is offered in the following submodels: Maxima Sedan. Available styles include Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), and 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT). Nissan Maxima models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 300 hp, depending on engine type. The 2020 Nissan Maxima comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The 2020 Nissan Maxima comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2020 Nissan Maxima?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Nissan Maxima and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Maxima 4.8 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 2020 Maxima.

Pros

  • Well-made and attractive cabin
  • Tech controls are easy to use
  • Sharp handling for a midsize sedan

Cons

  • The back seat and trunk aren't very spacious
  • The ride is firm, and even firmer in the SR trim

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Nissan Maxima and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Maxima featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Nissan Maxima?

2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2020 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 $35,375. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $3,297 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,297 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,078.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is 9.3% below the MSRP.

2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2020 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 $37,575. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $2,248 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,248 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,327.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is 6% below the MSRP.

2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2020 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 $39,765. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $3,831 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,831 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,934.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is 9.6% below the MSRP.

2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2020 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 $42,575. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $3,553 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,553 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $39,022.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is 8.3% below the MSRP.

2020 Nissan Maxima Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2020 Nissan Maxima Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,765. The average price paid for a new 2020 Nissan Maxima Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $3,635 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,635 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $39,130.

The average savings for the 2020 Nissan Maxima Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is 8.5% below the MSRP.

Which 2020 Nissan Maximas are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2020 Nissan Maxima?

2020 Nissan Maxima Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
24 mpg compined MPG,
20 city MPG/30 highway MPG

2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
24 mpg compined MPG,
20 city MPG/30 highway MPG

2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
24 mpg compined MPG,
20 city MPG/30 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG24
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement3.5 L
Passenger Volume110.7 cu.ft.
Wheelbase109.3 in.
Length192.8 in.
WidthN/A
Height56.5 in.
Curb Weight3678 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 Nissan Maxima?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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