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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Nissan Maxima.

  • 2016 - 2017 Nissan Maxima
  • Year:
    2016- 2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • 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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Exterior

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Essentially a slightly toned down Sport Sedan Concept, the new Maxima is stunning to look at

Essentially a slightly toned-down Sport Sedan Concept, the new Maxima is stunning to look at. The sedan is 1.3 inches lower and 2.2 inches longer than the previous generation, projecting a distinctive upscale look through its lower profile and wide stance. The sporty appearance is aided by the sculpted and streamlined body lines, and the bold front end that borrows nearly every cue from the Sport Sedan Concept. The boomerang-style headlamps with standard LED DRLs flank a massive V-shaped grille which extends deep into the bumper. The three-piece, horizontal foglamps further enhance the sedan’s wide footprint. The concept’s creased hood has been replaced by a smoother piece, but that’s far from upsetting as it adds a touch of elegance to the sporty front fascia.

The Sport Sedan Concept’s styling adorns the rear as well, including the taillights with boomerang-style LED signature and the chrome strip on the trunk lid. Even the bumper is nearly identical, with only the exhaust outlets sporting a more conventional shape. The black diffuser-like piece is also gone, replaced by a less aggressive, body-colored insert.

The profile is what makes the Maxima stand out in the full-size segment. The blacked-out pillars create a wraparound canopy appearance, which is enhanced by the Dual Panel panoramic moonroof, while the sloping rear glass gives it a coupe-like shape. The muscular fenders and the deeply scalloped doors exude strength and effervescence.

This gorgeous design can be had in nine exterior colors, including the Deep Blue Pearl shown here and the Maxima-exclusive Forged Bronze and Coulis Red.

Changes for 2017

The new personalization packages for the Maxima bring a lot more to the exterior than they do to the interior. As a reminder, the Midnight Edition, which is a carryover from last year, includes a sport spoiler, rear diffuser, and 19-inch gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels with center caps. The new Medallion Package includes a premium spoiler, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and exterior ground lighting. The new Dynamic Package brings a premium spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, and new side rocker molding.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 109.3 Inches
Overall length 192.8 Inches
Overall width 73.2 Inches
Overall height 56.5 Inches

Interior

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The interior of the new Maxima also takes its cues from the Sport Sedan Concept

The interior of the new Maxima also takes its cues from the Sport Sedan Concept. Both the dashboard and the instrument cluster are identical to the study’s, but come with production features such as larger HVAC vents and additional buttons and knobs on the center stack. The center console is also a lot more crowded, featuring more knobs, a stop-start button, a slightly different gear shifter and a pair of cup holders. But despite the clutter, the Maxima’s interior looks sharp and more premium than a Nissan badge might suggest.

The center stack is angled seven degrees toward the driver, a feature Nissan says it borrowed from the GT-R supercar, while the floating console sits higher than in the previous Maxima. The console also features luxurious padding on the sides, with contrast stitching, which is also present on the instrument panel and the door panels.

Nissan’s innovative Zero Gravity front seats with side bolsters come standard, and are eight- and four-way power-adjustable for the driver and the passenger, respectively. A new three-layer foam design provides increased softness. The seats are wrapped in premium cloth in the based models, but higher trims offer either leather or premium Ascot leather seating surfaces. The flat-bottom steering wheel features perforated leather inserts, while Alcantara is available as an option for certain surfaces around the cabin.

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The center stack is angled seven degrees toward the driver, a feature Nissan says it borrowed from the GT-R supercar

Maxima’s new in-car technology now includes NissanConnect with standard navigation on all trim levels, and an 8-inch color display with smartphone-like gestures. There’s also a Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant for Android devices and Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio. The instrument cluster is equipped with a 7-inch split-display that shows navigation routing, digital speed, and actual engine output.

Nissan claims the Maxima brings luxury-level interior quietness to this segment by using laminated glass for the windshield and front door windows, and a new active noise-cancellation system that helps reduce unpleasant low-frequency sounds. The noise-cancellation system, unfortunately, is only available with the optional Bose audio system.

Naturally, the number of standard features differ from one trim level to another. The new Maxima can be had in five version. The Maxima S sits at the bottom of the lineup, while the SV, SL, and SR lead up to the range-topping Platinum grade. This model includes a standard moonroof, power tilt and telescoping steering column, premium Ascot leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted leather inserts, premium Ascot leather-wrapped steering wheel, Around View Monitor, driver-side memory seat, and mahogany wood-tone faceted finishers, among many others.

Changes for 2017

For 2017, the Nissan Maxima carries on practically unchanged inside, but Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity will now come standard for all trim levels. Furthermore, the Maxima is now available with two new personalization packages. For the interior, the new Medallion package adds illuminated kick plates and interior accent lighting to the cabin of the Maxima, while the new Dynamic package brings just illuminated kick plates.

Interior Dimensions

Front Back
Head room without moonroof 39.4 36.7
Head room with moonroof 38.9 35.8
Leg room 45.0 34.2
Hip room 54.2 53.5
Shoulder room 56.7 55.7

Drivetrain

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Using 60 percent new parts compared to the previous V-6, the revised engine cranks out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque

Hiding behind the Maxima’s aggressive new front fascia is a completely revised 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a performance-oriented Xtronic transmission. Using 60 percent new parts compared to the previous V-6, the revised engine cranks out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. That’s only 10 horses more and no torque improvement over the previous model, but the real highlight here is fuel economy, which has increased by 15 percent, according to Nissan estimates, to 30 mpg highway and 22 mpg city. The previous model returned 26 mpg highway and 19 mpg city.

Compared to its main competitors, the new Maxim is significantly more powerful than the 268-horsepower Toyota Avalon, while lacking only three horses compared to the Chevy Impala. Acceleration of 0 to 60 mph isn’t yet available, but the sprint should come in the low 6-second range, making it significantly faster than both the Toyota and the Chevy. And that’s a must given that Nissan promotes the Maxima as a sports sedan. As far as fuel economy goes, the new Maxima should best the Impala, but fall short of the Avalon by one mpg in highway conditions.

The revised transmission features a wider gear ratio range, which allows for stronger acceleration from a standing start and quicker shifts at high throttle openings. An all-new shift logic holds rpm when it detects high-G cornering, allowing for seamless re-acceleration on corner exit. Granted, Nissan did everything possible to make the Maxima sportier without ruining its full-size family car appeal.

Unfortunately, Nissan still won’t offer an all-wheel-drive system for this FWD sedan. That’s a shame!

Drivetrain Specifications

Name VQ35DE
Cam design DOHC
Orientation Transverse
Cylinders / configuration V-6
Block / head composition Aluminum / Aluminum
Displacement (liters / cc) 3.5 / 3498cc
Displacement (cubic inches) 214.0
Horsepower 300 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Torque 261 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM
Bore & stroke (mm) 95.5 x 81.4
Compression ratio (:1) 10.6
Spark plugs Double-tipped iridium
Maximum engine speed 6,600 rpm
Induction system Sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection
Engine mounts (6 mounts per vehicle) 2 vacuum liquid filled with membrane; 1 right side liquid filled; 1 left side solid; 2 solid w/anti-torque rod (upper/lower)
Recommended fuel Premium unleaded

Prices

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Pricing for the base Maxima increased only slightly with the extensive updates, now coming in at $32,410 versus $31,290 for the previous model. The SV trim, on the other hand, is 10 bucks cheaper than its predecessor, at $34,380. The newly introduced SL and SR grades start from $36,890 and $37,670, respectively, while the range-topping Platinum model fetches $39,860.

Interestingly enough, Nissan says there are no options available for the Maxima. Instead, six factory installed accessories can be ordered, including splash guards, illuminated door sills, premium spoiler, sport spoiler (SR only), 19-inch tires with full-size aluminum-alloy wheel spare (SR only), and unique 18-inch alloy wheels.

2017 Pricing

For 2017, Nissan saw fit to increase the pricing of its sports sedan just a little bit. The entry-level S trim level will now set you back $32,560. The SV comes in at $34,540; the SL commands $37,040, the SR demands $37,820, and the range-topping Platinum will hit the bank for $39,990. Overall, the increase in price is minor with the bottom four trim levels increasing by only $150 and the range-topping Platinum being increased in price by just $130. Nissan has yet to release pricing for the new personalization packages, but the new Medallion Package is available on the Maxima Platinum, the Dynamic Package is available on the Maxima SV, and the existing Midnight Edition is available on the Maxima SR. I wouldn’t expect either of the new packages to cost more than $1,000 before taxes.

2016 Pricing

Maxima 3.5 S 3.5 Liter V6 Xtronic $32,410
Maxima 3.5 SV 3.5 Liter V6 Xtronic $34,390
Maxima 3.5 SL 3.5 Liter V6 Xtronic $36,890
Maxima 3.5 SR 3.5 Liter V6 Xtronic $37,670
Maxima Platinum 3.5 Liter V6 Xtronic $39,860

2017 Pricing

Maxima 3.5 S 3.5 Liter V6 Xtronic $32,560
Maxima 3.5 SV 3.5 Liter V6 Xtronic $34,540
Maxima 3.5 SL 3.5 Liter V6 Xtronic $37,040
Maxima 3.5 SR 3.5 Liter V6 Xtronic $37,820
Maxima Platinum 3.5 Liter V6 Xtronic $39,990

Competition

Toyota Avalon

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The Toyota Avalon takes a more reserved approach to the full size, entry-level luxury sedan segment. Even with its updated styling, the Avalon skips the “sport” and aims more for comfort. Despite this, the Avalon and Maxima are somewhat similar. Like the Nissan, the Toyota comes powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 turning the front wheels. In Toyota’s case, a six-speed automatic does the shifting and horsepower is rated at 268, while torque is listed at 248 pound-feet.

The Avalon comes with its fair share of swanky gadgets and technology, including Toyota’s Entune infotainment system, available radar cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring. Pricing for the Avalon squares up evenly with the Maxima, starting $31,340. Adding options to a top-trim model results in an MSRP of more than $42,000. Find out more about the Avalon in our detailed review here.

Chevrolet Impala

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The Chevrolet Impala is another option in the game of entry-level luxury. Though its base trim models come with four-cylinder engines and cloth seats, the middle and upper trim levels come equipped with a 303-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6. Front-wheel drive is the only option and power is delivered through a six-speed automatic transmission.

Like the Avalon, the Impala aims more towards the classy and luxurious side of things verses the sport-luxury segment. Still, the Impala holds its own against the Maxima. Technology wise, it includes Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system and the available built-in 4G LTW Wi-Fi hotspot.

Pricing for the Impala starts at $27,535, but the more comparable V-6 models start at $30,760. Fully loaded, an Impala can break the $40,000 mark. Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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Although the full-size segment doesn’t lack stylish sedans, none of them are as gorgeous as the 2016 Maxima. And it’s not just beautiful to look at. Its design is unique, daring, and sportier than anything else you can buy in this segment in 2015. Compared to the Maxima, the Toyota Avalon is a brick on wheels. The Maxima’s interior is another strong point, as it introduces a range of premium features otherwise not available on entry-level vehicles. It’s like the Maxima was built by a new brand created to bridge the gap between Nissan and Infiniti. Nissan is obviously going up the premium ladder, and that’s excellent news for buyers in need of a family sedan that’s lavish without commanding Audi A8 or BMW 7 Series stickers.

On the other hand, the new drivetrain is not as impressive as the car’s exterior design and cabin, but I don’t see it as an issue. And that’s because the Maxima is still a full-size sedan and not a sports car. As far as I’m concerned, 300 horsepower is more than enough, and the fact that fuel economy is better makes the package that much sweeter. What doesn’t make the Maxima perfect is the lack of all-wheel-drive. Every FWD large sedan should have that option if you ask me. Hopefully, Nissan will add an AWD system with the next facelift.

  • Leave it
    • Still only FWD with a CVT
    • Mild output improvement
    • Looks quite large, even for a full-size sedan

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Update History

Updated 04/02/2015: The new generation Nissan Maxima made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show and will be put on sale later this summer at a starting price of $32,410.

Press Release

Created by driving enthusiasts for driving enthusiasts, the dramatically styled 2016 Nissan Maxima looks like nothing else on the road today – and drives like nothing in the segment. The all-new Nissan flagship not only resets Maxima’s iconic "4-Door Sports Car" positioning, it sets a new standard for style, performance and technology in the large sedan segment.

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Now offered in five grade levels, including new SL, SR and Platinum grades, the 2016 Maxima goes on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in summer 2015.

The 4-Door Sports Car – Reimagined and Re-Energized
A virtual clone of the stunning Nissan Sport Sedan Concept, the new Maxima is 1.3 inches lower and 2.2 inches longer than the previous generation design. It is also lighter and offers greatly increased torsional rigidity, all of which help Maxima push the performance envelope in its segment.

While the new Maxima’s exterior projects a distinctive upscale look through its lower profile and wide stance, the heart of this newest generation 4-Door Sports Car is its completely revised 300-horsepower 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine and new performance-oriented Xtronic transmission.

The engine utilizes more than 60 percent new parts (compared to the previous generation 3.5-liter V6), applying lessons learned from the Nissan GT-R such as sodium filled valves, to achieve a high specific output of 85.7 horsepower/liter. Torque is rated at 261 lb-ft.

The comprehensive re-engineering effort also resulted in a considerable 15 percent increase in highway fuel economy, to an estimated 30 miles per gallon***. City fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg.

Well-matched to the new powerplant is a new Xtronic transmission, which, with its lack of fixed ratios, affords the specific advantage of always being in the right gear at the right time. A wider gear ratio range allows for stronger acceleration from a standing start and an all-new D-Step shifting logic allows rapid shifts at high throttle openings. An all-new shift logic holds rpm when it detects high-G cornering, allowing for seamless re-acceleration on corner exit.

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The all-new Maxima also features for the first time a Drive Mode Selector (Sport and Normal modes) that adjusts throttle response, transmission tuning, steering feel and Active Sound Enhancement tuning. In Sport mode, the engine throttle response increases, the Xtronic transmission programming changes for more aggressive shifting under braking and gear holding, the steering weight increases and the Active Sound Enhancement system further amplifies the engine note in the cabin.

The foundation for the new Maxima’s enhanced handling and ride comfort starts with a redesigned platform that features increased use of high strength steels, including the first use of 1.2GPa high strength steel in a Nissan sedan. This allows the 2016 Maxima to not only boast a 25 percent improvement in torsional rigidity, but also contributes to an 82-pound weight reduction (versus the previous generation), giving Maxima a better power-to-weight ratio** than a BMW 335i or Acura TLX V6.

The suspension is an independent subframe-mounted strut/coil spring design in front. In the rear is an independent multi-link double wishbone design with ZF Sach dampers. The rear dampers features a monotube design, often found in performance applications, for enhanced performance and fade resistance. Large stabilizer bars are found front (26.0 mm) and rear (26.5 mm).

Responsive braking is provided by 4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes, standard 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Steering is provided by a vehicle speed-sensitive hydro-electric power-assisted steering (HEPS) steering system. Maxima comes with standard 18-inch machined finish aluminum-alloy wheels with painted inserts and 245/45R18 all-season tires.

For the ultimate 4-Door Sport Car enthusiast, the new SR trim was conceived with the specific goal of pushing Maxima’s performance boundaries further than ever before. The Maxima SR-exclusive hardware starts with unique suspension damper tuning and a larger front stabilizer bar. Monotube rear dampers, which provide better high-temperature fade resistance than twin-tube designs and are typically found on higher-end sports cars, were originally specified for the SR grade only. The development team found that the benefit of the monotube dampers was so significant that the damper design was carried across to all grades of Maxima.

The Maxima SR-exclusive performance upgrade also includes a segment-first Performance Chassis Damper, which is installed on the front section of the chassis to help quell high frequency vibration in the body that can result from the stiffer suspension. A similar damper is used on the Nissan 370Z NISMO. In addition, the Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof offered on Maxima SL and Platinum grades was eliminated to help lower the SR’s center of gravity and further enhance torsional rigidity (versus moonroof-equipped models).

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And, along with special Alcantara® seating inserts and steering wheel insert for high-grip at key touch points, Maxima SR’s Integrated Dynamic-control Module (IDM) system adds a completely new element of electronic chassis management to the Maxima.

For example, Active Ride Control (ARC), a feature within the IDM system, uses targeted brake applications after the vehicles encounters a bump or undulation to immediately improve the level of the body, allowing the SR to offer a ride quality that defies its sporting intention.

A Design Masterpiece, Inside and Out
While a groundbreaking presence is exactly what you’d expect of a sports car wrapped in a 4-door sedan body, Maxima’s global design team went far beyond expectations. In order to design a groundbreaking sports sedan, Nissan designers visited the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels®****. The cockpit design of their aircraft is echoed in the wrap-around design of the Maxima. Externally, Maxima is lowered, sculpted and streamlined to achieve a sweeping aerodynamic profile that has more than a little jet fighter to it. To bring all this inspiration to life, a special metal stamping technique was developed, adding the distinctive powerful gesture to its bodyline and deeply scalloped doors.

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Back on the ground, Maxima’s bold front end combines Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille and new lighting features, which add to its defining presence on the road. The boomerang-style headlights include standard LED Signature Daytime Running Lights. In the rear, two-piece taillights with their own integrated LED signature complete the distinctive lighting theme.

Maxima’s highly distinctive profile comes from its floating roof appearance with blacked-out A-pillars similar to the Nissan GT-R. Combined with the same blackout treatment applied to the B and C pillars, it creates a wraparound canopy appearance. The 2016 Maxima’s canopy look is accented with an available Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof (standard on SL and Platinum grades), which gives front and rear occupants an uninhibited view of the sky above.

The futuristic appearance is finished off with large dual exhaust chrome tailpipe finishers and 18-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels. Maxima SR adds 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels that use a unique a diamond-cut machined finish. One of the most unique design aspects of the new Maxima is the "4DSC" embossed within the taillights and headlights, a subtle reminder of Maxima’s signature 4-Door Sports Car heritage.

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The new Maxima is available in nine exterior colors: Bordeaux Black, Storm Blue, Super Black, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Pearl White, Deep Blue Pearl and two Maxima-exclusive exterior colors – Forged Bronze and Coulis Red.

Maxima’s totally redesigned interior is anchored by a "command central" driver’s cockpit and a premium bespoke style crafted execution. The focus on the driver begins with a center stack angled seven degrees toward the driver (a lesson learned from the legendary GT-R) and a floating console that sits higher than the previous generation Maxima design and puts key controls within easy reach. For example, the standard Nissan Intelligent Key™ start switch is now located on the console and pulses when the driver enters the cabin. The console also features luxurious padding on the sides with contrasted stitching. A new Display Commander control on the console allows fingertip control of the center display as befitting a premium sport sedan.

Maxima’s interior execution was a strong focus from the onset of development, with the goal of offering an interior that truly rivals luxury vehicles. It offers genuine stitching on the instrument panel, doors and console, available ambient lighting, available premium Ascot leather seating surfaces with diamond-quilted inserts, unique faceted finishers and a sporty D-shaped (flat-bottom) steering wheel.

The team even turned to unique material choices like Alcantara®, typically found on high-end exotics, to deliver on the premium promise.

Nissan’s unique Zero Gravity front seats with sport bolstering are standard (8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way power-adjustable front passenger’s seat) and offer increased softness provided by a new three-layer foam design. They are offered in premium cloth, leather-appointed or premium Ascot leather-appointed seating surfaces. Heated and Climate-Controlled front seats and steering wheel are available depending on grade level. The rear seat now features a standard 60/40 split fold-down design.

As with the exterior, interior colors were carefully considered to fit with Maxima’s exclusive sports-premium personality. While most large sedans stick with black and beige motifs, the new Maxima SR is offered with an additional deep, rich Camel interior. Even the standard Charcoal color seating features blue contrasting stitching and the Cashmere (beige) seat color is lighter than usual, offering a higher contrast with the black surface areas.

Resetting the Expectations of Next-Generation Technology
Maxima’s next-generation premium-level technology features include NissanConnect with standard navigation on all trim levels. The 8.0-inch color display features multi-touch control for intuitive smartphone-like gestures such as swiping and pinch-to-zoom. Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant (Android only) and Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio are also standard.

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Along with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link™ applications (Sirius XM subscription required, sold separately), Online Search with Google® and other connectivity features, the system is paired with an also standard 7.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD) within the instrument cluster.

The ADAD display was a specific focus during development. Two screens in particular were developed including a Home screen that shows navigation routing, digital speed and audio information on the same screen, giving the driver all requisite information at a glance without having to scroll through separate screens. A Sport screen offers the Maxima driver a unique "Power" meter, which shows actual engine output, flanked by gauges that display oil pressure and transmission oil temperature respectively for the discerning enthusiast. Swipe-to-Navigation is another hidden feature this system offers, allowing the driver to set a route on the navigation screen and the swipe towards the ADAD to bring up the directions.

The available 11-speaker Bose® audio system was developed to deliver the ultimate premium audio experience befitting Nissan’s flagship sedan. The development team benchmarked luxury sedans several classes above Maxima with the goal of delivering the highest audio fidelity experience in the segment.

Enhancements (versus the previous generation audio system) include a more optimal placement of the tweeters to enhance staging, addition of more speakers and introduction of new sound processing technologies. These technologies include Bose® Center Point® Surround Stage technology, which can deliver a surround sound experience from even a two-channel audio source, and a driver’s seat optimization mode that allows for a driver-centric audio stage.

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All Maximas are equipped with two USB inputs with music playback capability enabled through either port. These ports are housed in the media bin on the console, which is large enough to fit an iPhone® 6 Plus.

Maxima’s luxury-level interior quietness is enabled by the application of laminated glass, not only on the windshield but also on the front door windows – the latter being a hallmark of upscale luxury vehicles. An Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) system works much like noise cancelling headphones and helps reduce unpleasant low-frequency sounds (available with Bose® audio system only).

All the efforts to quell unwanted noise simultaneously introduced a new issue – how to ensure an authentic engine note in the cabin during spirited driving, as would be expected by the Maxima owner. The solution was the all-new Active Sound Enhancement (ASE) system that works by enhancing existing engine sound from the legendary VQ35 V6 powerplant into the cabin, delivering a stirring experience. Engaging "Sport" mode takes the stirring engine note a step further with the system allowing even higher engine note amplitude in the cabin.

Convenience features befitting a luxury vehicle are part of the Maxima’s suite of available equipment. Many of these features are not even offered on many luxury nameplates and are found standard on various Maxima trims. These include a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel with an "Easy Entry" system, heated steering wheel, Around View® Monitor, Remote Start via Key Fob and a power rear sunshade.

Available NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM feature emergency preparedness, remote access, customizable alerts and concierge services (subscription required, sold separately). The system, which is offered on Maxima Platinum with a six-month free trial subscription, allows the driver to set customized alerts for family and friends – such as speed, curfew and boundary notifications.

Advanced Safety, Security and Driving Aids
The new 2016 Maxima offers an extensive range of safety, security and driving aids – many included as standard equipment (depending on grade level). For example, Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Blind Spot Warning (BSW) are all standard equipment on the SL, SR and Platinum grades.

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Additionally the Maxima Platinum grade features Nissan’s innovative Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection (MOD) that provides a 360-degree "surround view" of the vehicle.

Maxima Platinum also offers standard Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system*****, which helps alert the driver when drowsy or inattentive driving is detected. Studies have shown that drowsy driving is involved in as much as 21 percent of fatal car accidents (Automobile Association of America Study, Nov. 2014). The Driver Attention Alert system provides an audible and visual warning if the system judges that the driver may not be attentive (using analysis of steering inputs to detect changes in the driving behavior).

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Maxima comes equipped with standard Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) for the driver and front passenger seats, which includes supplemental front air bags, seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor (for the front passenger seat), front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear outboard occupant head protection.

Also standard are 3-point rear seat belts for all seating positions, front seat belts with dual pretensioners, load limiters and adjustable upper anchors, emergency inside trunk release, Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert. Maxima also features standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS).

Five Models, Assembled in Tennessee
The 2016 Maxima is available in five well-equipped models: Maxima S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum. All equipment is grade standard and no options are offered, simplifying ease of finding the ideal Maxima for customers’ needs and desires.

The Maxima S includes standard NissanConnect navigation with 8.0-inch display paired with the 7.0-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display in the instrument cluster, Remote Engine Start via Intelligent Key, Dual USB ports, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link™ applications (Sirius XM subscription required, sold separately), Online Search with Google®, LED Signature Daytime Running Lights, 18-inch machined finished aluminum-alloy wheels, 8-way Power Driver Seat and 4-way Power Passenger Seat, Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control with front and rear vents, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver and more.

Maxima SV adds leather-appointed seating, heated front seats, driver’s seat power lumbar support and manual thigh support extension, front and rear parking sensors and heated outside rearview mirrors with turn signal indicators.

Maxima SL adds the Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof, Bose® audio system with 11 speakers, Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Blind Spot Warning (BSW), heated steering wheel and ambient lighting. This grade is notable for its long list of standard safety and driving aids that are typically found at a much higher entry price point on competitors.

The Maxima SR offers a sport-tuned suspension, Integrated Dynamics-control Module (IDM), a front chassis performance damper, premium Ascot leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted Alcantara® inserts, Climate-controlled front seats, Ascot leather-appointed steering wheel with Alcantara® insert, paddle shifters, aluminum sport pedals, Liquid Chrome faceted finishers, LED low beam headlights, 19-inch diamond-cut machined aluminum-alloy wheels and 245/40R19 all-season tires developed uniquely for Maxima.

Finally, the new Maxima Platinum grade includes an extensive array of premium equipment, including Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof, power tilt and telescoping steering column with easy access feature, premium Ascot leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted leather inserts, premium Ascot leather-wrapped steering wheel, Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), rear window power sunshade, driver-side memory seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel, rain detecting windshield wipers, Driver Attention Alert, NissanConnect Services (subscription required, sold separately), mahogany wood-tone faceted finishers, auto-dimming driver-side outside mirror, and outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature.

2016 - 2017 Nissan Maxima
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No options are offered on Maxima. Six factory installed accessories can be specified for additional customization and include splash guards, illuminated kick plates, premium spoiler, sport spoiler (SR only), 19-inch summer tires with full-size aluminum-alloy wheel spare (SR only) and unique 18-inch alloy wheels.

The 2016 Nissan Maxima is assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee, with engines assembled in Decherd, Tennessee.

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