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2016 - 2017 Nissan Maxima

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  • Nissan Maxima
  • Year:
    2016- 2017
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    300 @ 6400 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    261 @ 4400
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    6.3 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    135 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    front engine, FWD
  • Price:
    32560 (Est.)
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The Maxima sees a small price increase for 2017 and gets two new personalization packages

The eighth-generation Nissan Maxima comes 40 years after the name was launched as a trim level for the 1976 Bluebird. It was first unveiled to the public during a surprise impression during Nissan’s 2015 Super Bowl ad, which was then followed by a couple of pictures to hold us off until it officially debuted at the New York Auto Show. In short, it was a revolutionary design that brought more sports DNA to the car than was had in all the previous generations combined. Outside, the car a very sculpted body profile, a longer and wider footprint, and a very bold front end. The inside, just like the outside, was heavily inspired by Nissan’s Sport Sedan Concept. The center console is crowded but functional, and the two-tone coloration of the interior is more than inviting. The large infotainment screen in the center stack is angled toward the driver, and the overall feel is comparable to that of more expensive full-size sedans on the market.

After a total of 24 years and six redesigns, the Maxima is finally the car it was always meant to be. It’s got the room for hauling the family around and the looks to make just about any man who is stuck driving a sedan happy. On top of the new looks, that revised 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood packs a decent 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t bad for a car that starts out below $32,500. Of course, it does have some strong competition from models like the Chevy Impala and the Toyota Avalon, so it should come as no surprise that Nissan went the extra mile to bring us something truly magnificent.

The funny thing is, over all the generations, the Maxima has progressively gotten better. If you position a picture of each generation in order from oldest to newest, it shows an evolution similar to that shown in evolutionary charts derived from Darwin’s theory of evolution. It’s a good thing, so check out our full review on the all-new Maxima before it evolves into something else.

Updated 6/10/2016: Nissan has announced pricing and a couple of new personalization packages for 2017. Check out the Exterior, Interior, and Pricing sections below for all the details.

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2018 Nissan Maxima - Driven

2018 Nissan Maxima - Driven

The Nissan Maxima is something of an oddity in the automotive landscape. It used to be that the Max was the biggest car in Nissan’s lineup — hence its maximum name. But for the last couple of generations, the Maxima’s size has been matched by its cheaper sister, the Nissan Altima.

This creates all sorts of confusion for some consumers. A friend saw me comparing a Camry to an Altima and said, “Shouldn’t you compare Camry to Maxima?”

No, no you should not. The Maxima is much more of a driver’s car than any Camry, though I admit the new-for-2018 Camry closes the gap a little (more on that in a minute.)

As for anyone else who may be confused by Maxima’s place in the family sedan world, let me put it this way: It punches well above its weight — so much so that, if I were considering spending my money on an entry-level luxury car like a Mercedes CLA or Lexus ES, I’d honestly consider the Maxima in that same pack.

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Nissan Brings Star Wars to L.A. with Six Wild-Looking Concept Cars

Nissan Brings Star Wars to L.A. with Six Wild-Looking Concept Cars

Would you go to war in a flying Nissan?

The Los Angeles Auto Show is the perfect occasion for carmakers to launch their late-in-the-year models for the U.S. market, but Nissan decided to go with something different in 2017. Having signed a collaboration with Lucasfilm for the upcoming "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" movie, the Japanese automaker unveiled no fewer than six Star Wars-themed concept cars. Each of them is based on characters and crafts from the upcoming film, set to debut on December 15, and are built around Nissan’s most popular models in the U.S., the Rogue, Rogue Sport, Altima, and Maxima.

The vehicles were developed at the Lucasfilm studios, where artists penned everything from the design, colors, textures, and graphics, all inspired by the Star Wars franchise. The sketches were then brought to life using hydro-dipped graphics and aged exterior design to show simulated use in battle. Don’t worry; you won’t be seeing any flying Nissans in the movie, but also don’t expect any of these concepts to make it into production. Let’s have a closer look at each of them below.

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Nissan's Rolling Out The Goods With Its New Midnight Edition Package

Nissan’s Rolling Out The Goods With Its New Midnight Edition Package

A total of six Nissan models will eligible to get the Midnight Package

In a day and age where add-on packages and accessories have become commonplace in the auto industry, Nissan is doing its part to ensure that its customers are taken cared of in that regard. The Japanese automaker unveiled its Midnight Edition package last year on the Maxima sedan and after incessant public demand. In fact, 85 percent of Maxima SR sales come with the Midnight Edition package. Nissan is now expanding the availability of the package to six of its current models, including the Maxima.

Together with Nissan’s full-sized sedan, the Midnight Edition package is now available on the Altima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, and Sentra.

Naturally, the specific changes vary depending on the model. The Sentra, for example, gets a set of 17-inch wheels as opposed to the Pathfinder, which finds itself on the receiving end of a bigger set of 20-inch wheels. But by and large, the blacked-out theme of the package remains consistent across all models.

Prices also vary depending on which model is getting the package, although for the most part, Nissan’s keeping the extra costs relatively affordable as the most expensive versions of the package. The ones for the Altima, Murano, and Pathfinder all cost $1,195. The expanded Midnight Edition package is making its debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. And with the exception of the Rogue Midnight Edition, all other editions are already on sale. The package for the Rogue will be available beginning in March 2017.

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2016 - 2017 Nissan Maxima

2016 - 2017 Nissan Maxima

The Maxima sees a small price increase for 2017 and gets two new personalization packages

The eighth-generation Nissan Maxima comes 40 years after the name was launched as a trim level for the 1976 Bluebird. It was first unveiled to the public during a surprise impression during Nissan’s 2015 Super Bowl ad, which was then followed by a couple of pictures to hold us off until it officially debuted at the New York Auto Show. In short, it was a revolutionary design that brought more sports DNA to the car than was had in all the previous generations combined. Outside, the car a very sculpted body profile, a longer and wider footprint, and a very bold front end. The inside, just like the outside, was heavily inspired by Nissan’s Sport Sedan Concept. The center console is crowded but functional, and the two-tone coloration of the interior is more than inviting. The large infotainment screen in the center stack is angled toward the driver, and the overall feel is comparable to that of more expensive full-size sedans on the market.

After a total of 24 years and six redesigns, the Maxima is finally the car it was always meant to be. It’s got the room for hauling the family around and the looks to make just about any man who is stuck driving a sedan happy. On top of the new looks, that revised 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood packs a decent 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t bad for a car that starts out below $32,500. Of course, it does have some strong competition from models like the Chevy Impala and the Toyota Avalon, so it should come as no surprise that Nissan went the extra mile to bring us something truly magnificent.

The funny thing is, over all the generations, the Maxima has progressively gotten better. If you position a picture of each generation in order from oldest to newest, it shows an evolution similar to that shown in evolutionary charts derived from Darwin’s theory of evolution. It’s a good thing, so check out our full review on the all-new Maxima before it evolves into something else.

Updated 6/10/2016: Nissan has announced pricing and a couple of new personalization packages for 2017. Check out the Exterior, Interior, and Pricing sections below for all the details.

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2016 Nissan Maxima – Driven

2016 Nissan Maxima – Driven

Nissan shoots for sport with its flagship sedan

The Maxima has been around since 1981, but never has it been so focused on performance and driver engagement. All new for 2016, the eighth generation Maxima pushes the limits of what Nissan has ever done with its family sedan, making it far more appealing to those who refuse to sacrifice driving pleasure with the addition of kids. It might not be a four-door GT-R, but the Maxima has its sights squarely on the being BMW 5 Series for the everyman.

Much of that spunk comes from the 3.5-liter V-6. Naturally aspirated, the all-aluminum engine kicks out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. Ironically, a CVT sends power to the front wheels, though Nissan says it tirelessly worked to make the CVT behave less like a rubber band gun. The attention pays off, though nobody will mistake the gearbox for a traditional automatic.

Of course, power and performance are only half the story. The overall design screams to be looked at – the long nose, aggressive grille, sweeping beltline, and coupe-like rear roof make the Maxima one of the best-looking sedans on the market. Or at least one of the most stylized. The story continues inside. Out Platinum tester packed quilted leather atop Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats, contrast stitching along the center console and dash, and modern in-dash technology.

So how does all this translate into the real world? We spent a week with the Maxima to find out. Keep reading for the full run-down.

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2016 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition

2016 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition

Nissan adds a Midnight Edition Package as an option for the Maxima SR

Last year, Nissan offered a limited run of its Midnight Accessories package. The demand for the package was so strong, Nissan decided to one-up its previous production run and start offering the Midnight Edition Package as a factory option for the Nissan Maxima. The downside to the package is that it’s only available on the Maxima in SR trim, so if you’re looking to get your hands on a “dark” Maxima, you’ll have to go with the Sportiest trim available.

The best part about the whole package as a factory installed option is that it comes at a considerable discount. Dan Mohnke – Vice President, Chief Marketing Manager and Marketing Operations – said, “Customer response to our limited production Maxima ’Midnight’ accessories package last summer was so strong, we’ve now made it a factory installed option – and we’re launching it at a $1,000 discount versus what it would cost to order and install the features individually. This special edition combines a more aggressive look with an affordable price, taking the popular SR grade level to an even higher level as enthusiasts’ favorite Maxima.”

An overall discount of $1,000 doesn’t sound too bad at all, does it? The package consists of several different body color options, as well as several exterior modifications. There are a few modifications to the interior, but this package is mainly designed for exterior gratification, so don’t expect much. So, without wasting anymore time, let’s look at what comes on the Maxima SR Midnight Edition.

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Nissan Highlights "The Evolution of the Sports Sedan" At Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Nissan Highlights "The Evolution of the Sports Sedan" At Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Practically every car on display each year at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is worthy of being in some sort of museum, but while most arrive to the event on a trailer, Nissan will be taking two of its museum cars on a 300-mile road trip from L.A. to Monterey. To show the “evolution of the sports sedan,” Nissan will be hitting the road in a 1967 Datsun 411 and 1972 Datsun 510, and these cars will be accompanied by their modern successor, the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima.

Members of the media will be among the lucky drivers piloting the trio of sedans on the daylong drive that departs L.A. on August 13th, and once in the Monterey Peninsula, Nissan will offer test drives of all three cars to additional media outlets. After that, the cars will head to the Monterey Motorsports Reunion held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as part of Nissan’s display, which will also include the 1994 Nissan 300ZX IMSA No. 75 race car.

While the old Datsuns will definitely draw deserved attention, it was interesting to hear Steve Millen, who drove the aforementioned race car, talk about the new Nissan’s newest sport sedan.

“I think the new Maxima could give some of the race cars back then a run for the money today, straight from the showroom," Millen said.

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Nissan Halts Sales Of Certain 2016 Maxima Sedans

Nissan Halts Sales Of Certain 2016 Maxima Sedans

Nissan issued a stop-sale order for the 2016 Nissan Maxima due to an unidentified quality problem. The announcement covers only certain cars, identified by the vehicle identification number (VIN) rather than by a trim package as usually happens in such cases.

According to Auto News, quoting Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger, it is not yet clear what the quality concern is or how many vehicles are affected. Though the stop-sale order has been sent to all U.S. dealerships over the past few days, it is not affecting production of the 2016 Maxima, Yaeger added.

The carmaker will make a public statement about the issue as soon as it manages to isolate the precise quality concern. The number of vehicles involved in what could become a recall is expected to be small.

The 2016 Maxima went on sale in June, when deliveries of the sedan increased 14 percent to 4,037 from the same month last year. The new Maxima retails from $32,410.

Nissan’s largest sedan in the U.S. was overhauled for the 2016 model year, receiving new styling heavily based on the 2014 Nissan Sport Sedan Concept of 2014. The interior was also rebuilt and it now includes a more premium feel, the brand’s innovative Zero Gravity front seats, and an 8-inch color display with smartphone-like gestures. The revised 3.5-liter V-6 engine contains 60 percent new parts and cranks out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque.

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Nissan Could Actually Build Maxima Nismo

Nissan Could Actually Build Maxima Nismo

Remember the goofy NISMO mashups that Nissan created last year? Well it turns out that while some of the creations like the Sentra/NISMO Z and the mashup of the Xterra and the Juke were pure Photoshop (or MS Paint) fantasy, it sounds like Nissan may have been onto something with the 2016 Nissan Maxima NISMO.

The Detroit Bureau is reporting that the product planner for the 2016 Nissan Maxima, Vishnu Jayamohan, hinted at the possibility of a NIMSO-tuned version of the sedan. Nissan has been marketing the Maxima as a “4-Door Sports Car” (or 4DSC) for some time, so adding more power and a tighter chassis would sure help back up this claim.

No details or timeline are given in the report, but the first order of business would be to pull a few extra ponies from the 3.5-liter V-6. In stock form, this engine produces 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque, and the Juke (NISMO RS), 370Z and GT-R all produce higher outputs with the NISMO model. This probably wouldn’t be too hard for Nissan as the Maxima’s VQ35DE has been in production since the early 2000s, including under the hood of the 2003-2006 350Z. It doesn’t sound like Nissan would be interested in investing the added engineering to installing a bigger engine – say the 370Z’s 3.7-liter V-6. And there’s no need.

With styling also a key element of NISMO cars, expect to see an even flashier exterior design if a Maxima NISMO does go into production. This would almost definitely include bigger, wider wheels, a special lower body kit and a sizable rear spoiler. It certainly won’t look anything like the mashup of the previous-gen Maxima and the GT-R that can be seen below.

If it does become a reality, the Maxima NISMO would be priced well above the 2016 Maxima’s $32,410 starting price.

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2016 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight

2016 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight

When the 2016 Nissan Maxima first rolled out, most people had to take a step back, as the redesign was pretty dramatic. Now that everyone has had their opportunity to take it in, Nissan is showing off what buyers can do with their four-door sports car, by releasing the Maxima SR Midnight at the BET Experience.

The additional equipment that makes up the 2016 Maxima SR Midnight gives the sports sedan a dark and sporty look. While I can appreciate the additional bits that give it this look, I have to tell you that there is nothing special about this car. This is simply a Maxima SR with a handful of optional equipment added in.

Despite not being anything special, is this group of options worth adding to your Maxima SR?

Continue reading my full review to find out.

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Nissan Almost Axed the Maxima Four Years Ago

Nissan Almost Axed the Maxima Four Years Ago

The 2016 Nissan Maxima goes on sale in June, 2015 with an impressive, concept-like design and Infiniti-like premium interior features, but the sports sedan almost didn’t happen. That’s the word from Pierre Loing, vice president of Nissan’s U.S. product planning, who told Auto News that the Japanese brand was planning to kill the nameplate just four years ago.

Nissan pondered the idea in 2011, only a couple of years after it had introduced the seventh-generation Maxima. Amidst hiking fuel prices and an industry that was still struggling to recover after the recession, Nissan shifted most of its resources to building more compact and fuel-efficient cars. It introduced the electric Leaf and had already began to focus on cost-efficient, global platforms. As it was sold almost exclusively in North America, the Maxima started to make less sense in the company’s big picture.

Fortunately, Loing stepped in to make a case for the big sedan and convinced Carlos Ghosn to greenlight the an eight-gen car in early 2012.

"A lot of people assume it was a forgone conclusion that, of course we will continue with another Maxima. But frankly, the forgone conclusion at that moment was that there would not be another Maxima," said Loing. "There were big reasons to fight for it," he added, including the fact that it is Nissan’s longest-selling nameplate in the U.S.

He even went as far as to say that the Maxima has better name recognition than the Nissan brand itself. Axing it would’ve taken a big chunk out of the brand’s image in the U.S.

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2016 Nissan Maxima Bests BMW and Audi Sports Sedans on the Track: Video

2016 Nissan Maxima Bests BMW and Audi Sports Sedans on the Track: Video

When it unveiled the 2016 Maxima at the New York Auto Show, Nissan left enthusiasts in awe. The new full-size showcased a concept-like exterior design and an interior packed with premium features previously not available in this class. It had just one fault in the fact that it didn’t have AWD. Despite that, Nissan is very optimistic about the Maxima, claiming it is one of the sportiest full-size vehicles. To prove it, the company took it to the Buttonwillow Raceway Park for a comparison against other sedans with sporty ambitions: the BMW 328i, Audi A4 2.0T, and the Acura TLX V6 Tech.

The test itself was more that just a couple of times laps. Nissan did put all four cars through their paces on the 1.8-mile track, but it used all sorts of technology to see which performed better and was fastest around corners. All cars were driven by professional racer Andy Lally, who also took his time to explain the intricacies of the test.

The result was a bit surprising, as the Maxima proved to be the quickest of the pack, beating the BMW 3 Series to the finish line by nearly a second. The reason why it’s surprising is because although the 328i is less powerful than the Maxima, it’s significantly lighter. Not to mention that, according to most tests, it’s also one of the most agile compact sedans. So what does this mean? Well, either Nisssan has pulled a fast one on us or the 2016 Maxima is simply that good!

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New Nissan Maxima Goes Into Production

New Nissan Maxima Goes Into Production

Love it or hate it, the 2016 Nissan Maxima is now one step closer to hitting the streets. Following its surprise debut during a touching Super Bowl XLIX commercial and its official introduction at the New York Auto Show, the all-new Maxima has officially entered production at Nissan’s Smyrna, TN assembly plant.

The Maxima has been built in the U.S. (for domestic and export markets) since 2003, and Nissan has rolled out about 800,000 of the sporty sedans since then. Nissan’s self-proclaimed “4-Door Sports Car” has changed a lot over the last 12 years, but it has been one of the most fun-to-drive mid-size sedans on the market. And that doesn’t seem to be changing for the 2016 model year.

Though its looks are definitely polarizing, the 2016 Nissan Maxima finally has a styling that matches its attitude, and backing up this new look is a familiar powertrain, consisting of the 300-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 paired to Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission. Rolling off the same assembly line as the Altima, Leaf, Rogue, Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60, the new Maxima goes on sale this summer with a base MSRP of $32,410.

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C-Pillar Design Comparison: Lexus RX Vs. Nissan Maxima

C-Pillar Design Comparison: Lexus RX Vs. Nissan Maxima

If you’ve been following us lately, you probably noticed our new focus on comparisons. They helped us conclude the new Focus RS is a better alternative to the Golf R, and that the Porsche Boxster has the upper hand over the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Also, comparing the Focus RS and the 2015 Mustang made us realize Ford is brave enough to let use choose between two fantastic and highly desirable performance cars. If you enjoyed those, than be prepared for more, but until we roll out our next comparo, we will take a closer look at the 2016 Nissan Maxima and 2016 Lexus RX.

Confused? Than let me say that this isn’t a regular comparison. That would be impossible since the two come in different shapes and sizes, and, more importantly, compete in completely different segments. So what do the Maxima and the RX have in common, you may ask? Well, besides being made by Japanese manufacturers, these new models share a common design feature, which seems rather awkward with both cars having been introduced at the New York Auto Show. Keep reading to find out more about it.

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Making Of Nissan's "With Dad" Super Bowl Ad: Video

Making Of Nissan’s "With Dad" Super Bowl Ad: Video

Nissan tugged at the heart strings of many Super Bowl XLIX viewers with its “With Dad” commercial that proved to be the simultaneous global debut of two completely different cars: the GT-R LM NISMO racecar and the 2016 Nissan Maxima sedan. Now with both cars ready to make their live action debuts – Maxima at New York Auto Show next month and GT-R LM NISMO at Le Mans in June – Nissan has released a new video that reveals how the emotional advertisement was created.

The commercial was shot at the Circuit of the Americas (CotA) while Nissan was testing its LMP1 racecar, which created a unique challenge in that the filming took the racecar away from engineers who were getting the car ready for Le Mans. One example given by Ben Bowlby, Nissan’s LMP1 technical director, is that the team was unexpectedly forced to finish wrapping the car’s body for filming rather than fitting the car with an energy recovery system for the hybrid drive.

Perhaps the best part of this video is a behind-the-scenes look at how the commercial’s intense crash scene was created, but there are also a couple Easter Eggs within the video like seeing the Nissan GT-R as the World’s most awesome camera car and getting a sneak peek at the GT-R LM NISMO’s front brakes.

Check out the seven-minute video that shows just some of what it took to create the 90-second finished product, which is posted below.

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Nissan Renders Two #NISMOmashup Cars

Nissan Renders Two #NISMOmashup Cars

I’m not sure if Nissan is simply toying with us or if it’s subtly giving us a preview of things to come within its lineup. While I do know that the former is the case, I’m holding out hope that the latter will come to fruition down the road. In the meantime, do check out these renderings of two models that the Japanese automaker doesn’t have in its lineup…at the moment.

These models are actually concept renderings done as part of Nissan’s #NISMOmashup program. One model combines the Nissan GT-R Nismo with a Nissan Maxima sedan and the other features a combination of the Nissan 370Z Nismo and a Nissan Sentra sedan. You probably didn’t recognize them at first, did you? Don’t worry, I didn’t either.

Of course, Nissan doesn’t plan on building these two models anytime soon, even though their reception has been incredibly positive. The 370Z/Sentra mashup, in particular, looks incredible with its beefier and sportier dimensions. I’m not as big of a fan of the GT-R/Maxima mashup, as it kind of looks like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI at first glance.

Hopefully, Nissan submits to public clamoring and builds these two models in concept form for an upcoming auto show — SEMA may be a good place to show them off. I’ve even thought of names on what the company can call them. How does the "370 SentraZ" sound? How about the "MaxiGT-R"?

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2014 Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

2014 Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

Nissan has pulled the covers off its third design concept today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Rounding out the launches of the Resonance Concept in Detroit last year and the Friend-Me concept first seen in Shanghai last April, Nissan’s new and boringly named Sports Sedan Concept has bowed in the Motor City.

Seen as more than just a design study, the Sports Sedan Concept has real potential for seeing its shapes and curves move into production, possibly in the for of the next-gen Maxima. Especially with the same cues mirrored in the other two vehicles, it’s a pretty safe bet this is the design direction Nissan is taking for its mid-decade makeover.

After giving the four-door sedan a chance to soak in our minds, it looks rather good. The sharp, dominating V-shaped grille sits between familiar fish-hook or boomerang-style headlights followed by a flowing, fluid-like motion along the sides, culminating together in a more angular rear trunk lid. A small, black strip visually cuts the C-pillars — combined with the blacked-out A-pillars — make the roof appear to be floating in mid air. The GT-R-esque, steeply-raked windshield rises to meet the steeply-angled roof right above the front passengers’ laps, then continues down and back, ending just behind the 21-inch wheels. It all works together making the car an aesthetically interesting and congruent collaboration of curves and angles.

As said before, the possibilities for the Sports Sedan Concept to see production are high, though not under that vague name. It’s likely to be the next Maxima. Nissan seems to be quite regarding details and specs of the under-body greasy bits, but some experts are reporting the venerable 3.5-liter V-6 will return, as will its current CVT powering the front wheels.

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2016 Nissan Maxima Nismo

2016 Nissan Maxima Nismo

The Nissan Maxima’s replacement is finally on track for arrival next fall as a 2015 or early-2016 model, with a shift in focus toward performance to better differentiate Nissan’s flagship sedan from the popular (but bland) Altima sedan.

Exclusive TopSpeed Renderings show a speculative preview of this hot new sports sedan, which looks to shake off the front-drive proportions and goofy grin in favor of a wider, lower and meaner style like the 370Z and GT-R.

Nissan’s sports car lineup has never been this strong, and continued support for the company’s two tiers of performance cars has really helped the brand’s image, despite being diluted from selling millions of basic Sentra’s and Versa econoboxes to pay the bills.

The Maxima was really at a crossroads before this current re-alignment to its 4DSC roots. The next generation was even mooted to go the full EV route, with the cab-forward styling of the 2011 Nissan Ellure concept thought to be previewing both the just-launched Altima and next Maxima.

Another option on the table would adapt the 370Z’s latest chassis for use in a rear-drive sedan, or even a stretched GT-R of our dreams. These two scenarios are far less likely than a continued front-drive layout, but low and dramatic proportions that evolve the boring Nissan look very nicely.

Keeping the existing Maxima layout is a safe bet because it is the only way to continue the current model’s $31,000 to $36,000 price range. Nissan’s ability to sell a volume sedan for more than $40,000 is less than a sure thing, especially with Infiniti’s billion-dollar name changes and new Q50 sedan to replace the G37.

Click past the jump for a closer look at these exclusive renderings, with the 2015 Nissan Maxima debuting as soon as this fall or winter at one of the major auto shows.

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2014 Nissan Maxima

2014 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima is back for 2014 with only a handful of updates late in this model’s life cycle. A new Limited trim on the base model offers all the coolest elements from the $36,000 SV Sport package for only $31,750. Upgrades include a new dark-grey wheel design, dark grille and light surrounds and xenon low beams.

As equipped, the Maxima looks far more youthful and sporty than its tenure on the market would suggest. In fact, there is even a little bit of modern-day Infiniti Q45 about the slinky lights, giant fender arches and boxed jaw. The Nissan Maxima’s best asset is still its $31,000 base price, which holds the line for 2014. The SV trim is now about $700 more expensive, but brings big upgrades in equipment and handling.

The classic 4DSC is no longer the golden performance car that it once was, when it was a standout with its standard V-6 engine and manual transmission. Those days are gone for the Maxima in this generation, as a CVT automatic saps some of this big sedan’s hot rod charisma.

The sports sedan idol at Nissan was clearly passed to Infiniti almost a decade ago, so where does that leave this flagship in buyers’ minds versus the Acura TL or the new Chevrolet Impala?

lick past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Nissan Maxima, with info on the latest updates and specs on the latest Limited Edition styling updates.

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Nissan Displays Images of a GT-R -Inspired Sedan; Could be a New Maxima

Nissan Displays Images of a GT-R -Inspired Sedan; Could be a New Maxima

Motor Authority was at the Nissan 360 event this past week and managed to snap a few teaser images of a wildly styled sedan. This four-port car features a profile that is eerily similar to the GT-R, and the timing f these images leads us to believe that this may be a new Maxima concept will possibly make its way to the Detroit Auto Show in 2014.

Nissan refers to its Maxima as a "four-door sports car" and at one point, that classification was true, as early Maxima models outperformed nearly every other midsize sedan on the market. In recent years, however, the Maxima’s styling has become flabby and the CVT that hooks up to its powerful V-6 is not best suited for anything with "sports car" in the title. Yes, its 6.2-second run to 60 mph is still one of the best in its class, but the flab-tastic styling and droning CVT gotta go!

If these teasers at Nissan 360 bear conceptual fruit sometime in 2014, it means that the Maxima may well regain the looks and drivetrain to match its classification as the "4DSC." With a new bedmate in the GT-R — at least in profile view — this leads to the possibility of the Maxima ditching front-wheel drive in favor of a sportier all-wheel drive system or even a — GASP — rear-wheel-drive setup. That would make this the first non-front-wheel-drive Maxima since it switched from the Datsun 810 platform in 1985.

If this is all not just hyperbole, then we expect to hear an announcement of a new Concept Maxima — or at least a "concept sedan" — coming very soon, so stay tuned.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Nissan Maxima and to see a Comparison image that shows the current Maxima, this teaser image and the GT-R.

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2012 Nissan Maxima

2012 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima has been a pillar model for the Japanese brand for many years, so it wasn’t all that surprising that the company decided to freshen up the model for its 2012 release. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of changes done on the car - both aesthetic and performance - to make it look different from the 2011 model.

For one, there are limited modifications done on the exterior of the car. The car’s powertrain also remains the same, which is a bummer considering that the engine has been around for the past three generations.

What we do like about the 2012 Nissan Maxima is that it’s got optional upgrades that customers can avail to for a pretty reasonable price. For only $750, you can get plenty of new goodies that can turn your Maxima into a full-fledged eye-catcher.

It’ll still carry the same powertrain, which is pretty disappointing, but hey, you can’t fault Nissan for at least trying to improve the new Maxima, even if the only thing they are offering is optional features.

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2011 Nissan Maxima

2011 Nissan Maxima

Not much has changed for the Nissan Maxima since last year, so this little update will be short and sweet. For starters, in 2011 Nissan offers a new rolled edge tailpipe finisher, new smoked headlights (Sport models), new dark chrome grille (Sport models), and unique shiny gray interior stitching (Sport models). Nissan is also offering two new exterior colors; Metallic Slate and Brilliant Silver.

The 2011 Maxima will come standard with many little perks including a premium audio system, RearView Monitor and Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and XM NavWeather (XM subscription required, sold separately), Voice Recognition and 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive.

Prices haven’t changed all that much either. Last year the Maxima’s price began at about $30,460. This year the 2011 Nissan Maxima’s prices start at $30,810 for the S version and at $33,530 for the SV version, both on sale now. Both models are powered by a 290-HP 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ-series V6 engine mated to a Xtronic CVT transmission with manual and “Ds” (drive sport) modes. Paddle shifters are also available.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Nissan Maxima

2010 Nissan Maxima

Improved for the 2009 model year, the Nissan Maxima premium sedan is entering the 2010 model year with a few new touches, including the fine-tuning of its color palette and available option packages. For 2010 Maxima will be offered in two trim levels: S and SV, with prices starting from $30,460.

The 2010 Maxima is powered by a 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine that delivers a total of 290 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque. All 2010 Maximas come equipped with a refined Xtronic CVT with manual mode, tuned specifically for Maxima’s sporty driving character.

Revisions to the 2010 Maxima include new wheel finishes for 18-inch (Fine Silver) and 19-inch (Hyper Silver) wheels; Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System is now standard on all models; a 7-inch color monitor, RearView Monitor, auxiliary audio/video input jack, iPod net and 2GB Music Server are added to the new optional Monitor Package (USB connectivity also included); DVD playback capability, streaming audio via Bluetooth technology and XM NavWeather are added to Technology Package; XM Satellite Radio becomes standard on Maxima 3.5 SV; and the previous iPod connectivity is changed to USB connectivity. Also added are two new exterior colors, Crimson Black and Ocean Gray.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Nissan Maxima prices revealed

2010 Nissan Maxima prices revealed

Nissan today announced prices on the 2010 Maxima sedan which is now on sale. For 2010, Maxima is being offered in two different models, with prices starting from $30,460 USD for the Maxima 3.5 S and $33,180 USD for the Maxima 3.5 SV.

Revisions to the 2010 Maxima include new wheel finishes for 18-inch (Fine Silver) and 19-inch (Hyper Silver) wheels; Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System is now standard on all models; a 7-inch color monitor, RearView Monitor, auxiliary audio/video input jack, iPod net and 2GB Music Server are added to the new optional Monitor Package (USB connectivity also included); DVD playback capability, streaming audio via Bluetooth technology and XM NavWeather are added to Technology Package; XM Satellite Radio becomes standard on Maxima 3.5 SV; and the previous iPod connectivity is changed to USB connectivity. Also added are two new exterior colors, Crimson Black and Ocean Gray.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Nissan Maxima

2009 Nissan Maxima

Nissan unveiled today at the New York Auto Show the 2009 Maxima, a model that marks a return to the longtime Nissan flagship sedan’s roots as a commanding 4-door sports car – a vehicle that is unique in both appearance and driving feel.

For five previous generations, Maxima has been built on a front-wheel drive (FWD) platform. Yet with the new Maxima’s development team everything was open for discussion, including the benefits of front-wheel drive versus rear-wheel drive (RWD). Although there are well-known advantages of RWD in terms of sporty handling, it was ultimately decided that by switching Maxima from its previous platform to Nissan’s new “D platform,” which was first introduced on the current Nissan Altima Sedan, Hybrid and Coupe, the target Maxima performance could be delivered – without giving up the added FWD benefits of lower costs, lower weight and enhanced roominess versus a RWD platform.

For 2009, Maxima again features a standard 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine, enhanced and refined to take its driving performance to new levels. The engine delivers 290 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque (estimated), increases of 35 horsepower and 9 lb-ft of torque over the 2008 Maxima. All 2009 Maximas come equipped with a revised Xtronic CVT with manual mode, tuned specifically for Maxima’s sporty driving character.

Full details after the jump.

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2008 Steve Millen Sports Cars Maxima

2008 Steve Millen Sports Cars Maxima

Nissan, in cooperation with Steve Millen Sports Cars revealed at the SEMA Show a customized version of the 2009 Maxima.

Nissan likes to think of the Maxima as its "4-Door Sports Car", so it receives the full aftermarket treatment from well-known Nissan race driver and builder Steve Millen. Modifications include engine airflow management improvements, rear roof and deck lid spoilers, custom wheels and tires and a two-tone black-and-silver paint treatment. Like any good SEMA project, many of these parts can already be purchased for your commuter 2009 Maxima.

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Nissan announced priced increased for 2009 Maxima

Nissan announced priced increased for 2009 Maxima

Nissan announced that the 2009 Maxima, launched last June, will cost more due to increased raw materials costs. Effective immediately, the price for the Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV are $30,160 and of $32,860 respectively. Both models are equipped with an advanced 3.5-liter V6 and CVT transmission.

For the extra price, you will also gain extra horsepower. For 2009, the VQ-series V6 engine will deliver 290 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque (estimated), an increase of 35 horsepower and 9 lb-ft of torque over the 2008 Maxima.

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2009 Nissan Maxima pricing announced

2009 Nissan Maxima pricing announced

Nissan announced pricing on the all-new, flagship 2009 Nissan Maxima, which goes on sale today at Nissan dealers nationwide. The seventh generation Maxima returns to its heritage as "The 4-Door Sports Car(TM)," combining thrilling performance with premium sedan comfort, quality and amenities.

It features all-new sports styling, a driver-oriented interior and an enhanced 290hp 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine - offering 35 more hp than the previous generation Maxima and better fuel economy (EPA estimated 19 mpg City/26 mpg Highway versus 19/25 mpg for the 2008 Maxima).

The 2009 Maxima is offered in two well-equipped models, Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV, each equipped with standard 3.5-liter V6 and intelligent Xtronic CVT(TM) (Continuously Variable Transmission). Prices start at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $29,290 for the Maxima 3.5 S and $31,990 for the Maxima 3.5 SV.

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2009 Nissan Maxima goes into production

2009 Nissan Maxima goes into production

The first production model of the all-new 2009 Nissan Maxima today rolled off the assembly line at Nissan North America’s Smyrna, Tenn., manufacturing plant, signaling the return of Nissan’s flagship to its roots as a commanding 4-door sports car.

Sporting a bold new look, as well as a more powerful V6 under the hood, the “Job 1″ 2009 Maxima was driven off the assembly line during a midday celebration attended by Nissan employees and executives.

The 2009 Maxima is built on Nissan’s new D platform that provides responsive handling and virtually eliminates the torque steer associated with high horsepower front wheel drive vehicles.

It also boasts a new Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with manual mode, tuned specifically for Maxima’s sporty driving character.

The Maxima’s 3.5 liter DOHC 24-valve VQ series V6 engine is now rated at 290 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque, increases of 35 horsepower and 9 lb-ft of torque over the 2008 Maxima.

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Nissan Maxima

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2009 Nissan Maxima - first images

2009 Nissan Maxima - first images

Nissan will unveil tomorrow at the New York Auto Show the 2009 Maxima, a new facelift of the sedan first launched in in 1976.

The 2009 Maxima will be powered by a V6 engine, and also a diesel version is rumored to come at a later date.

More details will follow tomorrow after the unveiling in New York.

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2009 Nissan Maxima to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show

2009 Nissan Maxima to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show

Nissan does not have big plans for the Detroit Auto Show. It seems the company saves all the strengths for the New York Auto Show, where they will unveil a completely redesigned 2009 Maxima, a Nissan spokesman confirmed on Thursday.

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Infiniti G35, Lexus ES350 & Nissan Maxima did 'Excellent' in Consumer Reports tests

Infiniti G35, Lexus ES350 & Nissan Maxima did ’Excellent’ in Consumer Reports tests

Three of the six upscale sedans tested for the June issue of Consumer Reports, the Infiniti G35, Lexus ES350, and Nissan Maxima, posted "Excellent" overall ratings. It’s rare for so many cars to be scored so highly in a monthly test group.
The top-scoring and sporty G35 now ranks as the best car tested by Consumer Reports in the Upscale Sedan category, outpointing the previously- tested Acura TL. The quiet and comfortable E350 came in very close behind the G35. The Maxima rated (...)

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2009 Nissan Maxima - a CLS-style car?

2009 Nissan Maxima - a CLS-style car?

According to Automobile Mag. the 2009 Nissan Maxima will be "unlike anything we’ve ever done" as Nissan insiders said. A concept version will be unveiled next winter as part of Nissan’s fiftieth anniversary celebration (which will also include the production GT-R and a new Z-car.)
It should be an aggressive, Mercedes-Benz CLS-style car sharing some cues with Nissan’s other halo vehicles. The new Maxima will use the same VQ engine family found throughout the Nissan/Infiniti range, but to (...)

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Nissan Maxima to get Clean Diesel Engine by 2010

Nissan Maxima to get Clean Diesel Engine by 2010

Nissan today announced its plans to launch its first clean diesel engine in the United States for use in the Nissan Maxima in 2010. The passenger car will be powered by an all-new Alliance engine co-developed with its partner, Renault, and will clear stringent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier II Bin 5 emissions requirements. Further details about the car, including its launch date, will be announced later. "Nissan is fully engaged in reducing emissions and improving (...)

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Nissan announces pricing on 2007 Maxima

Nissan announces pricing on 2007 Maxima

Nissan North America, Inc. today announced pricing on the flagship 2007 Nissan Maxima premium sports sedan, which goes on sale June 8 at Nissan dealers nationwide. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the new Maxima, which features significant interior upgrades and more refined and sculpted exterior, has been increased by just $150 from the 2006 model.
The 2007 Nissan Maxima is available in two well-equipped models: 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL. Starting MSRP for the 2007 Maxima 3.5 (...)

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2007 Nissan Maxima

2007 Nissan Maxima

The new 2007 Nissan Maxima, which is scheduled to go on sale in early summer 2006, elevates Maxima’s position as Nissan’s flagship sedan with a redesigned exterior, a greatly refined interior and the addition of new, available technology features. Another significant change is the adoption of the smooth, efficient Nissan Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) in place of a traditional automatic transmission design on all models.

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2006 Nissan Maxima SE

2006 Nissan Maxima SE

2006 Nissan Maxima Continues Its Six-Generation Legacy of Superior Performance

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2004 Nissan Maxima

2004 Nissan Maxima

The new 2004 Nissan Maxima continues the formula passed down from five previous generations - an unmatched blend of performance and luxury. The sixth generation combines Maxima’s traditional high level of performance from the award-winning VQ engine with expressive sports styling and bold design innovations. The 2004 Maxima’s SkyViewâ„¢ features a glass panel roof running lengthwise over the front and rear seats, while a new Elite Package includes a fixed, full center console that creates true 4-place seating.

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