Nissan Maxima

Arriving 40 years after Nissan launched the name as a trim level for the Bluebird in 1976, the revolutionary eighth-generation of the Nissan Maxima is here. Heavily based on the Sport Sedan Concept showcased in 2014, the 2016 Nissan Maxima retains about 90 percent of that design. Each year, Nissan seems to blow the public away with their abilities to make massive leaps and departures over the previous generation’s styling and performance. Base MSRP $32,410


Compared to the previous generation of Nissan Maximas, the 2016 Maxima is 1.3 inches lower to the ground and 2.2 inches longer in total wheelbase. Through this lower profile and wider stance, the Nissan portrays a distinctive upscale look. The sporty appearance is evident due to the streamlined bodylines and the bold front end, borrowed heavily from the Sport Sedan Concept. New, boomerang-style headlights with LED DRLs as standard are perched next to a V-shaped grille, extending deep into the bumper. Redesigned, 3-piece horizontal fog lamps enhance the sedan’s wide silhouette even further. The taillights feature the same boomerang-style LED signature as the headlights, accentuated by a chrome strip on the trunk lid.


Again taking its cues from the Sport Sedan Concept, the interior of the 2016 Nissan Maxima is crammed full of technology and luxurious materials. Both the instrument cluster and the dashboard remain unchanged from the Sport Sedan Concept, but unlike the Concept, the Maxima comes with production features such as HVAC vents, additional buttons for comfort, and all of the amenities that are thought of as “standard” these days. The center stack is angled seven degrees towards the driver, while the floating console sits higher than in the past. For navigation, an 8-inch color-touch display acts and feels just like a smart device in the way that the driver interacts with it.


Hiding behind the Maxima’s new aggressive front fascia is a completely revised version of Nissan’s 3.5-liter V6 motor, paired with a performance-oriented Xtronic 7-speed transmission. This beast of an engine cranks out 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque. While that is only a 10 horsepower gain form previous models, the real improvement is in the fuel economy, which has increased by 15 percent. Reaching 60 miles per hour is estimated to be in the low 6-second range with an unconfirmed top speed.


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