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About the Maxima

The Nissan Maxima first arrived back in 1980 and is currently the largest sedan offered in the Nissan range, above the Altima. The Maxima comes at a cost premium compared to other sedans in the range, but with that comes a great deal more power and technology at one’s disposal.

The original Maxima was released in 1980, inspired by the Datsun Bluebird. Nissan made the Maxima longer to accommodate a larger inline-6 engine, something that previous similar models had never had the capacity for. The car was developed over 7 more generations to deliver the current 8th generation, which was released in 2016 and facelifted in 2019.

The new Nissan Maxima is a sports sedan powered by a 3.5L V6 gasoline engine that even when delivering up to 300-hp can still manage 20-mpg in the city and 30-mpg on the highway. The base-level SV starts at just under $38,500, and the other 2 trims, SR and Platinum start at $43,625 and $43,775 respectively.

The engine isn’t just a cosmetic addition. It makes a meaningful difference to the performance of this car, giving the Maxima class-leading acceleration and power. One small problem for some fans of the more “spirited” drive, however, is that the powertrain is paired with a CVT transmission, which seems to take away from its potential. These CVT units are most often used in lower-spec cars where they work well.

Having said that, people buying it as a large, powerful and comfortable sports sedan are seldom disappointed. The suspension is well damped and allows for a quiet and relaxing ride. The car also handles tight corners well, showing minimum lean. The interior is spacious enough for 5 adults and is packed full of quality soft-touch materials.

Those who are Nissan fans who want a comfortable sedan that easily rivals the Toyota Avalon or VW Arteon would not have to look any further. It’s competitively priced and well-stocked with features to make it extremely appealing.