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Nissan Maxima Review

The 2016 Nissan Maxima ranks 1 out of 11 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Maxima, as well as reliability and safety data.

The redesigned 2016 Nissan Maxima's price, size and amenities make it tough to categorize, but no matter what you compare it to, reviewers like its sporty handling, powerful engine and upscale interior.

The 2016 Maxima's V6 engine is one of the most potent non-turbo six-cylinder engines you can buy, test drivers say, and they like the Maxima's strong acceleration and ample highway passing power. Reviewers note that the Maxima's continuously variable transmission (automatic) feels more responsive than most CVTs because it simulates a conventional automatic. The 2016 Nissan Maxima gets an EPA-estimated 22/30 mpg city/highway, which is very good for a six-cylinder car. Some reviewers note that the Maxima's front-wheel drive design prevents it from fully living up to Nissan's "4-Door Sports Car" tagline. However, most critics think that the 2016 Maxima feels very sporty in corners, and they praise its responsive steering and brakes. They add that the Maxima has the quiet, smooth highway ride of a luxury car.

The 2016 Nissan Maxima's interior feels luxurious and features high-end materials, according to auto writers. Some critics say it's the most impressive interior that's available in the Maxima's price range. However, test drivers note that, despite its price, the Maxima is closer in size to a midsize car than full-size car, so it has a smaller trunk than its larger rivals, and taller adults may wish they had more head- and legroom in back. Standard features in the 2016 Nissan Maxima include a rearview camera, power-adjustable front seats and an infotainment system that features navigation, voice command recognition, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports and a touch screen. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, a Bose sound system and a dual-panel panoramic moonroof. New safety and convenience features available for 2016 include a 360-degree parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a driver alertness monitor and forward collision warning with automatic braking. The Maxima's touch-screen infotainment system can recognize smartphone-style gestures like swiping and pinching, and critics praise its ease of use.

  • "Nissan's target for the Maxima is not only traditional big cars like the Chrysler 300 and Ford Taurus, but smaller, sportier entries like the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. The big boys should be scared. The Maxima is a tour de force of style and content the likes of which the domestics are simply unable to match." -- Autoblog
  • "While it may not have the big rear seat of competitors like the Chevrolet Impala, it's a little smaller and more nimble, too." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Now in its eighth generation, the 2016 Nissan Maxima is more of a luxury car than it's ever been. It features a truly impressive cabin, ready and willing power, and a bold new design that gives the model some of the cache that the brand can't." -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2016 Nissan Maxima has a broad appeal for shoppers seeking a competent and capable sedan, as well as those who have an appetite for performance. Fortunately, comfort and convenience don't suffer as a result of the Maxima's relative athleticism." -- Edmunds

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The Chrysler 300's trunk is larger than the Maxima's, and auto writers say the 300 has a spacious back seat. Reviewers praise the 300's smooth ride and potent V6 engine. A V8 is available if you want even more power.

The BMW 3-Series and the Maxima have similar starting prices, and critics praise the 3-Series' athletic rear-wheel drive handling and strong, fuel-efficient engine lineup. Automotive journalists also note that the 3-Series has a well-built interior with premium materials and spacious rear seats.

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Details: 2016 Nissan Maxima

The 2016 Nissan Maxima is a five-seat sedan. Five trims are available: S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum. A 3.5-liter V6 engine, a continuously variable transmission (automatic) and front-wheel drive are standard in all trims. The Nissan Maxima has been completely redesigned for the 2016 model year.

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Review Last Updated: 6/22/15

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