A veteran that is trying to find its feet in the highly competitive market

The 2019 Nissan Maxima has made its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It looks much better than the outgoing model, comes with added safety features, but does not get any sort of performance upgrades. Sure; it may be powerful enough, but did Nissan miss out on an opportunity to stand out from the competition?

The 2019 Nissan Maximum Has Nothing New Under the Hood

2019 Nissan Maxima Has a Cleaner Look But Lacks any Performance Upgrades
- image 807257
Talking about the elephant in the room, the new Maxima carries forward the previous model’s 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 300 horses.

No updates whatsoever. Forget about a hybrid variant; Nissan could have added at least five horses just to make it count as a change and show that it is still interested in selling its flagship car. But, whatever!

The 2019 Nissan Maxima Looks Sharper

2019 Nissan Maxima Has a Cleaner Look But Lacks any Performance Upgrades
- image 807260

The 2019 Maxima comes with redesigned front and rear fascias and looks much sharper than the previous iteration.

Nissan’s flagship car now has a larger V-motion grille, boomerang LED headlights, new intake grille in the fog lamp housing, and smart 19-inch “Hyper Silver” wheels that are limited to the Platinum Reserve package only.

The other five trims – S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum – also get new wheel designs. The Maxima is offered with a new ‘Sunset Drift’ exterior shade as well. The rear adds integrated quad exhaust tip finishers and a new sport spoiler just above the trunk.

The 2019 Nissan Maxima has a Premium Interior

2019 Nissan Maxima Has a Cleaner Look But Lacks any Performance Upgrades
- image 807269

The Maxima comes with lot of new additives inside the cabin while retaining the ‘Gliding Wing’ layout from the previous model.

The top two trims are offered with new seat inserts and a charcoal headliner to make it look like a cockpit.

The layout comes with Satin Bronze interior finishing treatments, heated rear seats, and a dual panoramic sunroof on the SR Premium Package. To make it feel all the more special, the Platinum Reserve Package includes Rakuda Tan leather. This is the same material that is found in the the GT-R sports car as well.

In Terms Of Safety

2019 Nissan Maxima Has a Cleaner Look But Lacks any Performance Upgrades
- image 807263

The 2019 Nissan Maxima is available with Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 active safety and driver-assist features. It is included in the Platinum trim and SR Premium Package. The lower trims come with safety features like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist, and rear automatic braking.

What They Had To Say

2019 Nissan Maxima Has a Cleaner Look But Lacks any Performance Upgrades
- image 807249

Nissan’s senior vice president of sales and marketing for North America, Dan Mohnke, said, "As our flagship sedan, Maxima is an important contributor to the Nissan brand. Maxima is our longest running nameplate, having thrilled owners for four decades with style, performance, and quality."

Our Take

2019 Nissan Maxima Has a Cleaner Look But Lacks any Performance Upgrades
- image 807256

It’s widely agreed that people don’t prefer sedans anymore, but I feel Nissan should have upgraded its powertrain to make the Maxima a little more exciting. In fact, the Maxima’s sales dropped by 39.4-percent within a year (October-to-October), which is definitely something to worry about since this is Nissan’s longest running nameplate and its flagship car. Gone are the days when luxurious interiors were limited to only sedans; even SUVs and compact crossovers are as good as, or perhaps, even better than some of the best sedan interiors today. For instance, check out the amazing interior and rich feature-list on the reincarnated new Lincoln Aviator SUV.

The 2019 Nissan Maxima is expected to hit the dealers in December, although there is no word on pricing. We speculate it to start retailing for $34,000; a slight increase from the previous iteration. Do you think these modest new updates can pull the Maxima out of the trenches? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Further Reading

2018 Nissan Maxima - Driven
- image 768523

Read our full driven review on the 2018 Nissan Maxima.

2016 - 2017 Nissan Maxima
- image 625157

Read our full review on the 2018 Nissan Maxima.

2019 Nissan Altima Exterior
- image 775568

Read our full review on the 2019 Nissan Altima.

With its captivating performance stance, 19-inch diamond-cut wheels, boomerang signature LED lighting framing the enlarged V-motion grille, the new 2019 Nissan Maxima made an impressive debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Maxima also offers available Nissan Safety Shield 360, a suite of advanced driver-assist systems that supports the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision to redefine how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.

"As our flagship sedan, Maxima is an important contributor to the Nissan brand," said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan Division U.S., Nissan North America, Inc. "Maxima is our longest running nameplate, having thrilled owners for four decades with style, performance and quality."

In the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Maxima was ranked number one in the Large Car segment and was the second highest ranked model among all vehicles in the study. The 2019 Maxima also continues its reputation as an exciting near-luxury sports sedan with its standard 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and sport-tuned steering, braking and suspension.

"Maxima checks all the boxes for sports sedan enthusiasts, and now, with the refreshed appearance, refined interior and enhanced safety and security technology, there are even more reasons that Maxima stands out from every other mid-size sedan on the market today," added Mohnke.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility and Nissan Safety Shield 360
The new 2019 Maxima embraces the visionary Nissan Intelligent Mobility philosophy – which provides technology in a way that moves people to a better world. For Maxima, this includes the availability of Nissan Safety Shield 360, a suite of six advanced active safety and driver-assist technologies designed to help provide 360 degrees of active driver assistance, crash avoidance and pedestrian detection.

Safety Shield 360 includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking. For the 2019, it comes standard on Maxima Platinum and as part of the SR Premium Package.

Nissan Safety Shield 360 is also available on the 2019 Altima, Rogue, Rogue Sport and Murano. It will be offered as standard equipment on one million new Nissan vehicles sold annually in the U.S. by 2021.

In addition to Safety Shield 360, the 2019 Maxima also expands the availability of Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), High Beam Assist (HBA) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR). Maxima’s innovation Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA) is now standard on all grade levels.

Refreshed exterior and interior
Maxima’s aggressive, updated exterior appearance was created by Nissan Design America in La Jolla, Calif. and features a more voluminous front grille with a deeper V-motion flow that carries into the hood and down the body to the redesigned rear tail lamps and rear fascia. The standard jewel-like LED headlights and Nissan Signature Daytime Running Lights add to the Maxima’s premium, high performance appearance, along with the new, deep fascia design.

The new rear fascia includes integrated quad-tip exhaust finishers, while a new sport rear spoiler is also added to the Maxima SR grade. New wheel designs have been developed for all five Maxima grade levels – capped off by the new 19-inch Hyper Silver Platinum Reserve Package wheels. In addition, a new premium exterior paint color, Sunset Drift, has been added to the Maxima color palette.

Inside, the dramatic Maxima body is a driver-oriented cockpit and comfortable seating for all five occupants. Enhancing the Maxima’s already high level of quality and premium luxury appointments is a new seat insert pattern and charcoal headliner and pillars for SR and Platinum Reserve Package grades. The Platinum Reserve Package features special Rakuda Tan semi-aniline leather appointments, similar to that available on the Nissan GT-R Premium Interior Package.

The interior retains the Maxima’s "Gliding Wing" interior layout that emphasizes the horizontal movement and easy access to all controls, but offers updated trim finishers and materials. Depending on grade level, the instrument panel, door panels, steering wheel insert, stitching, seat materials, headliner, pillars and A-pillar speaker grilles have been upgraded, providing a more premium look and feel.

"There’s crafted precision to the Maxima interior that has been enhanced for the 2019 model year. For example, the Maxima SR features new orange accent stitching, ’Dynamic Diamond’ quilting, orange-accented Alcantara appointments and Dark Satin chrome finishers," said Mohnke.

The new Platinum Reserve Package interior offers Satin Bronze faceted interior finishers, diamond quilted Rakuda Tan semi-aniline leather appointments, Rakuda Tan steering wheel insert for a two-tone appearance and heated rear seats.

Other interior enhancements include standard Rear Door Alert (RDA) for all grade levels, revised SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with Advanced Auto Features (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately) and revised Nissan Door to Door Navigation system, which is standard on all grades except S.

Five grade levels, on sale in December
The refreshed 2019 Nissan Maxima goes on sale at Nissan dealerships nationwide beginning in mid-December 2018. It will be offered in five well-equipped grade levels: S, SV, SL, the sporty SR and the top of the lineup Platinum.

Just two options are available. The SR Premium Package includes Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof, Safety Shield 360 technology, Intelligent Around View® Monitor and more. The Platinum Reserve Package features exclusive 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, heated rear seats and the Rakuda Tan semi-aniline interior treatment.

View the full press release Hide press release
Press release
What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: