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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    300 @ 6400
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    261 @ 4400
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    3.5 L
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    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
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2016 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight High Resolution Exterior
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For the 2016 model year, the Maxima underwent a huge transformation, giving it a bolder and more daring appearance. In fact, the appearance is so bold and daring that it is polarizing. The Midnight model takes this polarizing look and adds a touch more sportiness to it.

The first addition is the obligatory deep-black exterior hue that Nissan calls Super Black. Following the hue, Nissan added in a rear sports spoiler, rocker-panel moldings, a rear diffuser, splash guards, and 19-inch aluminum wheels.


Inside, the 2016 Maxima also underwent a transformation, putting the four-door sports car in the company of more premium sedans. The Midnight edition has just one interior upgrade, and that is the charcoal-colored premium Ascot leather upholstery with Alcantara seat inserts.

With the SR trim level that it is based upon, the Midnight models also gets premium features like heated and cooled front seats, aluminum sport pedals, paddle shifters, and an Alcantara insert on the steering wheel.


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The drivetrain carries over from the standard 2016 Maxima, which is a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. This engine mates to an Xtranic continuously variable transmission that delivers the ponies to the front wheels. This revised powertrain bumps the highway fuel economy by 15 percent to 30 mpg.

Because the Midnight is based on the SR trim level, it has a sport-tuned suspension with upgraded dampers.


Pricing for this special model remains unknown, but it shouldn’t be too big of a bump over the Maxima 3.5 SR’s $37,670 base price.


2016 Toyota Avalon

2016 Toyota Avalon High Resolution Exterior
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The Toyota Avalon is a key competitor for the Maxima, and the trim that would best compete with this model is the XLE Touring Sport. This model has 18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, premium leather trim with heated front seats, HID headlights, aluminum door-sill panels, and more.

Under the hood of the Avalon is a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, putting it at a huge disadvantage when compared to the Maxima Midnight.

Read our full review of the Avalon here.

2016 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition

2016 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition High Resolution Exterior Test drive
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The Impala is yet another big sedan that the Maxima must take on. What’s more, the Impala actually has a Midnight Edition all its own. This special package, like the Maxima’s Midnight model, only adds a few style features to the sedan. Its additions include a Jet Black exterior, 19-inch machined aluminum wheels with black accents, black Chevy bowties, a Jet Black interior, sport pedals, and a rear spoiler.

Unlike the Maxima Midnight, the Impala Midnight Edition has two drivetrains available. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 195 horsepower or a 3.6-liter with 303 ponies.

The Impala Midnight Edition is available only with the Impala 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trim levels, and it adds between $995 and $1,595 to the base MSRP.

Read out full review of the Impala Midnight Edition here.


I am likely in the minority here at TopSpeed, as I actually like the looks of the new Maxima, and I think this package is pretty neat. However, I don’t like how Nissan deceptively showed it off as if it were some special-edition model. Instead, the Maxima Midnight is nothing more than a black Maxima with a few options checked.

  • Leave it
    • * Nothing more than an optioned-up Maxima SR
    • * CVT kills most of the fun
    • * Expensive

Press Release

Though the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima only went on sale earlier this month, a new Maxima SR Midnight is already raising the bar for sporty style and sophistication. The new vehicle, which adds a selection of factory and dealer-installed accessories to a black-on-black Maxima SR, debuts this week during the BET Experience in Los Angeles. Nissan is once again the official automotive sponsor of the four-day event, which takes place at LA Live and includes concerts, fashion shows and other events.

The 2016 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight includes:

Super Black exterior paint
Charcoal premium leather-appointed interior with Alcantara® seat inserts
Rear sport spoiler
Rocker panel moldings
Rear bumper diffuser
Splash guards
19-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels

Backing up Maxima’s longstanding reputation as the “4-Door Sports Car,” a 2016 Nissan Maxima SR recently posted the lowest average lap time in independent third-party testing at Buttonwillow Raceway against the 2015 Acura TLX 3.5 (FWD) with Technology Package, 2015 Audi A4 2.0T quattro® Premium Plus Tiptronic and 2015 BMW 328i sedan*. Read the results from the test here.

All 2016 Maximas feature a revised 300-horsepower 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine and new performance-oriented Xtronic transmission. The comprehensive re-engineering effort also results in a 15 percent increase (over the previous generation Maxima) in highway fuel economy to 30 miles per gallon**.

The new 2016 Maxima also embodies the latest Nissan design language and projects a distinctive upscale look through its unique combination of a lower profile and a wide stance, bold front end, Nissan signature V-Motion grille and floating roof appearance. The new Maxima also features a premium-crafted interior featuring standard NissanConnectSM with navigation and available 11-speaker Bose® premium audio system, NissanConnectSM Services powered by SiriusXM® (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) and Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD).

The 2016 Maxima also offers an extensive range of available safety, security and driving aids, including Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system***.

The 2016 Maxima is available in five well-equipped models (all equipment is grade standard, no available options). The Maxima SR, which serves as the foundation for the Midnight treatment, includes 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.

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