2016 Nissan Maxima Review

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The Maxima is Nissan’s entry in the executive sedan car market with a good price, a really nice interior, great engine and one of the more conservative looking cars. However, the 2016 Nissan Maxima is going to be a new page for this model because Nissan gave it a full rework. It gets a new engine, great exterior which is quite similar to the Sport Concept that debuted in 2013, as well as a more luxurious interior than those found in the previous generation.

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2016 Nissan Maxima Price

The 8th-generation model goes on sale this June for the recommended starting price of $32,410, which is still right were the previous model was. With shipping that’s about $33,235. However, the top-end Platinum model costs almost 7500 dollars more due to a few extras the 2016 Nissan Maxima is going to receive for its top trim level. The Platinum costs $39,860, while the SV, SL and SR models are priced at $34,390, $36,890 and $37,670 respectively. The sedan was first unveiled this April at the New York Auto Show while the actual production model can already be ordered.

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Exterior and Interior Design

At first there were a lot of rumors about the new model receiving a new platform. This would have meant that the Maxima was going to feature rear-wheel drive and a new engine, but in fact it won’t. It still received a front-wheel drive system, however the platform is new and modular, which allows the Japanese automaker to further improve the model over the years.


On the interior many things are upgraded, so the 2016 Nissan Maxima is not only bigger, but also seats, dashboard and other elements are made of a better quality materials. The standard interior now includes a premium leather and cloth upholstery, an infotainment center with an 8-inch display, which can be upgraded to a satellite navigation unit, as well as electric seats adjustable in several ways. There are also many modern connectivity features integrated inside and a 7-inch instrument cluster behind a steering wheel. The buyer will now be able to select an automatic parking system, which is going to use satellites and a sonar to park the car automatically. Such a nice and useful feature.


The outside of the 2016 Nissan Maxima, on the other hand, is not going to be a surprise for many people especially when you look at the Sport Concept. In fact, it is almost identical to that concept model, which is not that bad, because this sedan is aimed at younger buyers, and they will most certainly like this design. The front end reminds us of the original with a new touch, while the back and the curve of the roof give us the impression of a four door GT-R. A dual exhaust system is a standard feature, and so are the 18-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights and taillights. Available exterior colors include Deep Blue Pearl, Storm Blue, Coulis Red, Forged Bronze, Bordeaux Black, Super Black, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Pearl White (premium paint).


Engine, Specs, Fuel Economy

Under the hood of the 2016 Nissan Maxima is an improved version of the 3.5L V-6 gasoline engine with electronic fuel injection, which would make right around 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque. The transmission included here is Nissan’s Xtronic CVT gearbox coupled to the front wheels with the help of a limited slip differential. This reduces torque steer to a bare minimum while increasing the handling. The fuel economy has been improved, the car now returns 22 miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and over 30 mpg on average. Maxima can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 6 seconds, while its estimated top speed is 135 mph.


Pictures, Test Track Challenge Video

Below you can see more photos of the 2016 Nissan Maxima, as well as a test track challenge video.

front view

side view

rear view






2016 Nissan Maxima

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