The 2017 Nissan Maxima has some of the most unique styling seen on a full-sized sedan in today's marketplace. Styling is swoopy, futuristic and undeniably sporty. Blacked-out A- and B-pillars, along with a black strip on the rear C-pillar, make the roof appear to float and gives the whole car a unique look.
Underneath the hood rests a 3.5L V6, a revised version of the engine that powered the previous Maxima generation. Here, it makes an even 300 horsepower. That power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT.) Rather than having set gears, CVT transmissions are able to choose any ratio, essentially adapting on the go to whatever the driver is demanding, be it smooth fuel efficient cruising on the highway or hard acceleration up an onramp. This combination leaves the Maxima capable of out-accelerating several modern sports cars, such as the Subaru BRZ or the Mazda Miata. Not bad for a car with spacious back seats.
While the outside of the Maxima is striking, the interior has received equal attention, too. The new interior design is clean and functional, but not without its little flourishes. Keeping with the sport sedan theme, the cockpit is now more focused on the driver and features hand-stitching on several of the trim pieces.
The Maxima is offered in five different trim levels: S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum. Standard equipment on the base S model is still somewhat comprehensive. The S includes an eight-inch color screen housing the standard navigation system, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat and 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a rearview camera, a 7-inch advanced driver assist display, HD radio with a subscription to SiriusXM, 18-inch wheels, LED daytime running lamps, LED taillights and dual exhaust tips.
The SV trim improves upon the interior of the S by adding leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, and additional movement settings for the power front seats.
The SL trim adds several safety features, a massive moonroof and a Bose premium sound system. Included safety features on the SL include a predictive front collision warning system and a blind-spot monitoring system. The front sensors on the car also enable intelligent cruise control, which will automatically speed up and slow down the Maxima in order to maintain a set distance to the car ahead of it on the highway.
The SR trim is for buyers who are a bit more serious about using the Maxima as a 4-door sports car. Nissan's integrated dynamic-control module allows for active changes to the suspension and engine, allowing drivers to tune their car for better handling or more engine braking at the push of a button. The SR also gets 19-inch wheels and Alcantara, diamond-stitched seats, and though it comes with most of the features on the SL trim, it does not include the moonroof.
Platinum models, of course, offer the most of everything. In addition to getting the trick interior seating from the SR trim, the Platinum trim also includes the huge dual-pane moonroof from the SL trim. Other goodies on the Platinum trim include an around-view monitoring system, fully climate-controlled front seats, a motorized tilting and telescoping steering wheel, rain sensing wipers and wood accents for the interior.
Efficient CVT Transmission
Sporty Driving Experience
Upscale Luxury Features
Following a top-to-bottom redesign for the 2017 model year, the Nissan Maxima carries over with just a one change -- the addition of Apple CarPlay smartphone integration to all trims.
The Nissan Maxima starts at a little below $33,000, so while it would never be accused of being an economy car, it is also priced below most luxury vehicles in the marketplace. The Maxima offers more space than an equivalently priced Audi, BMW or Mercedes, but it also offers more pace than a high-end Camry or Accord. The Maxima tries to let buyers have their cake and eat it too, reproducing the fun driving experience offered by European sports sedans, without reproducing their higher prices and smaller cabins.
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs and Brake Assist
Wheels: 19" Diamond Cut Machined Aluminum Alloy
Tires: P245/40R19 W-Rated AS BSW
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Body-Colored Front Bumper
Body-Colored Rear Bumper
Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
Chrome Door Handles
Black Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
Light Tinted Glass
Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
Trunk Rear Cargo Access
Front Fog Lamps
Programmable Projector Beam Led Low Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Radio: AM/FM/HD/CD Audio System -inc: MP3/WMA reader, Bose sound system, 11 speakers, NissanConnect w/Navigation featuring Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio and auxiliary audio input jack
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and NissanConnect External Memory Control
Digital Signal Processor
Window Grid Diversity Antenna
Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
2 LCD Monitors In The Front
Siriusxm Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
Front Zero Gravity Heated Seats -inc: 8-way power driver's and 4-way power front passenger's seat, driver's seat power lumbar support, driver's seat manual thigh support extension and driver-side memory seat
Bucket Front Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
Ventilated Front Seats
10-Way Driver Seat
60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
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