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in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $31,290 - $34,380
Invoice: $28,988 - $31,845
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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Nissan Maxima Interior

Automotive journalists agree that the 2014 Nissan Maxima’s interior has an upscale design and features high-quality materials. They say the front seats are spacious and comfortable, though some think the rear seats could be roomier. Critics think the Maxima’s tech features are easy to use, especially the optional navigation system.

  • "While the Nissan Maxima's interior design does not look as fresh as that of many of its competitors, it does feel reasonably upscale. Materials quality is outstanding, and especially when loaded with all of the options, the Maxima's cabin comfort rivals that of some Infiniti and Acura models." -- Edmunds
  • "From the premium leather seats that are standard on SV versions, to its thick steering wheel, the 2014 Nissan Maxima's interior seems to scream, ‘Let's go driving!’" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Soft-touch surfaces are just OK in appearance, which is disappointing given Maxima's upscale pretensions." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The Maxima's upscale cabin could probably get away with an Infiniti badge. It draws elements from Infiniti's G and M sedans, and all told, it easily rivals the cabin in a Ford Taurus, another player in its segment." -- Cars.com (2013)

Seating

The 2014 Nissan Maxima seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Options include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a ventilated driver’s seat, a heated steering wheel and a power rear sunshade. Upgraded rear bucket seats with additional bolstering are included in the Premium and Sport packages. Critics think the 2014 Maxima’s front seats are comfortable, spacious and supportive. Some test drivers think that the rear seats are short on leg- and headroom, and several mention that the center seat cannot comfortably accommodate an adult. However, others say that the rear seats have adequate space. A few reviewers mention that the optional rear bucket seats are a welcome feature that is usually only available in luxury cars.

  • "The seats are comfortable both in front and in the rear, with support and plenty of room. The Maxima is one of the only non-luxury brand vehicles to offer optional rear bucket seats (part of the Premium package) with a console that effectively limits head count to four but adds a feel of premium exclusivity to the rear seating area." -- Edmunds
  • "For passengers in back, there is adequate but not great headroom and legroom, and the 2014 Maxima's hollowed-out rear seatbacks don't offer the kind of firm lumbar support found in the front seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Headroom can get tight due to the sloped roofline, and gets even more cramped beneath the sunroof housing. Legroom also disappoints given the car's exterior dimensions. The narrow center position is not suitable for adults or even large children." -- Consumer Guide (2013 rear seat)
  • "The seats are also thick, many-way adjustable and comfy." -- Autoblog (2010)

Interior Features

The 2014 Nissan Maxima comes standard with push-button start, Bluetooth phone connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control and an eight-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input and a six-disc CD changer. Options include a backup camera, a dual panel moonroof, navigation, a Bose stereo system, Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB port and satellite radio.

Reviewers say that the 2014 Maxima has an optional navigation system that is straightforward to use and quick to respond to route changes. A few automotive journalists think that the Maxima’s iPod integration is among the best on the market thanks to its intuitive interface. Others note that the Maxima’s instrument panel features large, highly legible gauges.

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  • "The Maxima's available technology features are exceptionally easy to use. The iPod interface is one of the best we've encountered; there's no learning curve, since the text categories exactly mirror Apple's. The interface is also notably quick, whether it's reading a device or accessing the various menus. The Maxima's optional navigation system is similarly pleasant to use, offering quick response and recalculation times." -- Edmunds
  • "Standard on the higher-trim SV model is a sleek infotainment system with a 7-inch color screen and visually appealing buttons and dials that are just as at home in vehicles from Nissan's Infiniti luxury division." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Navigation system is easy to use, and does not complicate audio functions." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The instrument binnacle is intelligently designed and filled with big, legible gauges, exactly what one would need if you were to take Nissan up on its renewed 4DSC (Four-Door Sports Car) boast." -- Autoblog (2010)

Cargo

The Maxima has 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is above average for an upscale midsize car. Reviewers say that there’s plenty of room and a wide trunk opening. S and base SV models come with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat to expand cargo capacity. SV models with the Premium or Sport package have rear bucket seats that feature a center pass-through, but do not fold.

  • "Maxima has a wide-opening trunk lid and a moderately low liftover height." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Out back the Maxima's trunk offers a healthy 14.2 cubic feet of cargo room." -- Edmunds (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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