Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2016 Nissan Maxima OVERVIEW
The Nissan Maxima brands itself as a four-door sports car, but with front-wheel drive, an automated continuously variable transmission (CVT) and options to rival the big name luxury brands, it’s a practical and affordable alternative to European sport sedans.
What's New For 2016
The Maxima has been completely redesigned.
Choosing Your Nissan Maxima
All Maximas have a 3.5-liter V6 and a CVT with a sport mode for faster throttle response, improved steering feel and transmission programming. There are no options. Rather, buyers choose from five trim levels that add features progressively as they graduate from the base S to the range-topping Platinum.
Most buyers will find what they're looking for in the mid-range SV and SL. The performance-oriented SR is still a good value, though, as is the Platinum, which is a luxury car without a luxury car's price tag or pretense.
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