|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Nissan Maxima
|Platinum||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||5.7 sec||14.2 sec @ 102 mph||21/30/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
2016 Nissan Maxima
|Platinum||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||5.7 sec||14.2 sec @ 100.5 mph||22/30/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Platinum||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||5.8 sec||14.3 sec @ 99.5 mph||22/30/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SR||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||5.9 sec||14.4 sec @ 101 mph||22/30/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SR||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||5.8 sec||14.3 sec @ 99.5 mph||22/30/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SR||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||6.0 sec||14.5 sec @ 99.3 mph||22/30/23.5 mpg||Motor Trend|
|SR||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||6.1 sec||14.3 sec @ 102 mph||22/30/---- mpg||Motor Week|
2013 Nissan Maxima
|SV||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||5.8 sec||14.3 sec @ 97.7 mph||19/26/23.7 mpg||Motor Trend|
2009 Nissan Maxima
|SV||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||5.8 sec||14.5 sec @ 98 mph||19/26/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SV||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||6.0 sec||14.5 sec @ 99 mph||19/26/20.8 mpg||Motor Trend|
|SV||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||6.1 sec||14.7 sec @ 96.1 mph||19/26/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SV||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||6.3 sec||14.7 sec @ 99 mph||19/26/22 mpg||Motor Week|
2005 Nissan Maxima
|3.5 SE||3.5L V6||FWD||5A||6.1 sec||14.9 sec @ 96 mph||18/26/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
2004 Nissan Maxima
|3.5 SE||3.5L V6||FWD||6M||6.4 sec||15.0 sec @ 95 mph||18/27/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
|3.5 SE||3.5L V6||FWD||6M||6.3 sec||14.77 sec @ 96.69 mph||18/27/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|3.5 SE||3.5L V6||FWD||5A||6.6 sec||14.91 sec @ 95.26 mph||18/26/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2003 Nissan Maxima
|SE||3.5L V6||FWD||6M||6.0 sec||14.7 sec @ 97 mph||19/26/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
2000 Nissan Maxima
|GXE||3.0L V6||FWD||4A||8.1 sec||16.2 sec @ 85.9 mph||18/26/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SE||3.0L V6||FWD||5M||6.7 sec||15.1 sec @ 94.4 mph||19/25/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SE||3.0L V6||FWD||4A||8.0 sec||16.1 sec @ 86 mph||18/26/---- mpg||Motor Week|
1995 Nissan Maxima
|GXE||3.0L V6||FWD||4A||7.6 sec||15.7 sec @ 89.9 mph||18/26/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SE||3.0L V6||FWD||5M||6.6 sec||15.2 sec @ 92.4 mph||19/25/23.2 mpg||Motor Trend|
|SE||3.0L V6||FWD||5M||7.0 sec||15.5 sec @ 92 mph||19/25/24 mpg||Motor week|
1985 Nissan Maxima
|SE||3.0L V6||FWD||5M||9.8 sec||17.5 sec @ 81 mph||17/23/25 mpg||Motor Week|
1983 Datsun Maxima
|I-6 Sedan||2.4L I-6||RWD||5M||9.8 sec||17.5 sec @ 79 mph||23/36/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
About Nissan Maxima
The current-generation Maxima was first launched back in 2009, and nowadays it seems to be getting long in the tooth. That’s why the industry has been abuzz about the reports coming in that the next Maxima is going to be based on a brand new sports sedan concept. The revolutionary design has already been dubbed “Best Concept” by Autoweek Magazine.
But that new Maxima is called the 2016 Maxima. As for the 2015 Maxima, there’s nothing new—Nissan simply left the 2014 Maxima as is. Still, the Maxima is Nissan’s flagship sedan, and there’s good reason why some car buyers may want to get their hands on it before it’s too late.
Driving the Nissan Maxima
It’s true that the front-wheel drive Maxima is quite engaging to steer along the roads, although some people may feel that it’s not really all that deserving of being called a 4-door sports car. It can’t be denied, however, that it’s sprightlier than many of its competitors in its class. That’s thanks to the firm suspension and the power of its 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine. It offers 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm and 261 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm, with the continuously variable transmission sending in the power to the front wheels.
Zero to 60 mph can be achieved in about 6 seconds or less. Fuel economy is 26 mpg highway and 19 mpg city.
With its all-purpose D-platform, the Maxima displays tight suspension tuning and sufficiently quick reactions to control inputs. But perhaps it’s best enjoyed on the freeways, so that you can really enjoy all the comfy features of the interior to the max. While relaxing at speed, it’s much easier to appreciate the posh-looking dashboard and the trimmings that may rival those in an Infiniti.
Standard for every Maxima are the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, and airbags to the front, side, and roof. The front seats offer Active Head Restraints, children have the LATCH system, and the structure is designed for maximum energy absorption to protect passengers.
Additional security features include the Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System and the Vehicle security system.
Choosing Your Nissan Maxima
The Maxima comes in two trims, with optional packages available as well.
The base S trim comes with a $31,290 price tag, and it comes with 18″ x 8.0″ aluminum-alloy fine silver finish wheels, a multi-functional trip computer, daytime illumination gauges, a Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter and rear vents, cruise control, an auto-dimming inside mirror, push button ignition, power doors and windows, a tilt/telescoping steering column, two 12-volt dc power outlets, and various pockets and bottle holders.
For entertainment, there’s the AM/FM/in-dash 6-CD changer audio system with 8 speakers, along with an Auxiliary audio input jack. The illuminated audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel.
With the SV, all the features on the S are included plus quite a bit more. The added features include leather seats, Xenon headlights, a rearview monitor, and outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators. You also get a manual thigh extension and power lumbar support for the driver’s seat and a universal garage door opener.
If you want things to be a bit sportier, you can go for the Sports package for your SV. This gets you 19-inch Dark Hyper Silver aluminum wheels, a sport suspension, trunk and chassis reinforcements, paddle shifters for the transmission, a sport-design grille, smoked headlights, a rear spoiler, and a metallic interior trim. That should definitely add just a bit more zing to your driving.
If, however, you’re more partial to creature comforts, then the Premium package may be more to your liking. This option gives you a dual-pane sunroof, interior mood lighting, a power rear window sunshade, and an Atlantic Cherry wood-tone trim.
Both of these packages also give you premium leather upholstery and heated front seats. The ventilated driver’s seat comes with an automatic entry/exit system, and the rear bucket seat design features a trunk pass-through. There’s also a power tilt-and-telescoping and heated steering wheel, memory for the driver’s settings, and a premium audio system.
It’s is true that the new concept for the maxima is rather exciting news, and that the current Maxima is approaching the twilight of its brilliant existence. But still, Nissan did its best for the Maxima, and its best is not half-bad at all. There’s a good reason why the Maxima is the flagship sedan. It still looks great, highlighted by the pointed “fish hook” headlights, the rather muscular build, and the wide stance.
It still drives fast, and inside the accoutrements can sure make you feel real good. The new Maxima has a lot to live up to if it is to deserve its name.
To learn more about Nissan Maxima, visit the official Nissan website.
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