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Despite the fact that Nissan markets the Maxima as a four-door sports car, its true identity lies closer to that of a luxury sedan. Its spacious front and rear seats, eight-inch touch screen, standard navigation combined with front-wheel drive give it a luxury feel at a very affordable price.

The Maxima underwent a dramatic update in 2016, with a brand new body design, a sporty SR trim level and upgrades throughout, which mean that the Maxima will stay mostly the same for 2017.

What's New for 2017

After the complete revision of the Maxima in 2016, very little is changing for this year. Apple CarPlay will now come standard on all trim levels and a couple of new option packages will be introduced. Called the Medallion on the Platinum trim level and Dynamic on the SV trim, they both trick out the look of the Maxima by adding a spoiler, illuminated kick plates, 18-inch wheels and side rocker molding

The entire 2017 Maxima lineup is equipped with a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and performance-oriented Xtronic transmission. Prices start at $32,560 for the S trim, and go all the way up to $39,990 for the top-of-the-line Platinum.

Choosing Your Nissan Maxima

The Maxima comes in a variety of trim levels. While option packages are basically non-existent, there are a number of accessories such as a spoiler, floor mats and body molding that can be added to any model.

Regardless of the model you choose, a 3.5-liter V6 will be nestled under the hood and paired with an Xtronic transmission, ensuring high performance in a luxury package.

The Maxima is available in five trim levels: S, SV, SL, SR and range-topping Platinum.

S

The base model Maxima starts at $32,560 and is loaded with features you might not expect on a base model vehicle. NissanConnect with Navigation and Apple CarPlay comes standard, as does an 8-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth, voice recognition and a text-messaging assistant to help keep your eyes on the road. The S model comes standard with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels as well as a remote engine start, LED headlights and a rearview monitor.

SV

Moving up to the SV trim will push the starting price to $34,540 and adds leather-appointed seats throughout as well as powered and heated front seats. A front and rear sonar system puts sensors on all four corners of the vehicle that are constantly looking out for objects in your path; they sound audible warnings if you get too close to anything. Powered and heated side mirrors have a LED turn signal indicator.

SL

The SL trim level starts at $37,040 and adds a host of cool features. The massive panoramic moon roof reaches all the way to the back seats, letting your passengers take in the view of the sky. A upgraded Bose audio system includes 11 speakers and center point technology. Intelligent cruise control will keep you safe, and a heated steering wheel ensures your hands are always toasty warm.

SR

The sportiest edition of the Maxima will set you back $37,820 but includes a number of upgrades. You can use the Drive Mode Selector to tighten up the steering and throttle response, giving it an even sportier feel. The SR sits on 19-inch "diamond-cut" aluminum-alloy wheels giving it a very cool look. Nissan didn’t forget the interior, the SR hasclimate-controlled seats finished in premium Ascot leather and diamond-quilted Alcantara inserts. Paddle shifters add to the sporty feel and safety features such as blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and predictive forward collision warning enhance safety.

Platinum

The top-of-the-line Platinum is a true luxury vehicle. It starts at $39,990 and includes NissanConnect Services, which is a suite of high-tech, vehicle-centric features such as automatic collision notification, remote start via smartphone, emergency call, and stolen vehicle locator. A driver’s memory system, rain sensing wipers and reverse tilt-down side mirrors add to the luxurious feel of the Platinum.

The Medallion Package includes a premium spoiler, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, illuminated kick plates, interior accent lighting and exterior ground lighting.



CarsDirect Tip

The SL offers luxury features at an excellent price, making it possibly the best value in the Maxima line-up. If your heart lies with a more sports car feel, the SR is probably the best bet. For a true luxury car experience without the price tag of a BMW or Mercedes, consider the Platinum trim.

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