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2017 Nissan Maxima

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2017 3.5 S 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $32,610
2017 3.5 S 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $32,910
2017 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $34,590
2017 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $34,890
2017 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $37,250
2017 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $38,030
2017 3.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $40,340

Overview

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The Nissan Maxima, once called the four-door sports car, received a much-needed redesign in 2016. This ushered in a sharp, new look that was a tad polarizing. Can this sedan take hold of the competitive midsize sedan market, or will its high price and spotty performance hold it back?

Pricing and Equipment

The Nissan Maxima is an interesting proposition, as it competes in a class that seeks value and roominess, but the Maxima excels in neither. We’ll get to its roominess issues later, but its base price of $33,395 (destination fees included) is quite high for its class. For this price, however, the Maxima does have decent standard features, including:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Keyless ignition
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Eight-speaker sound system

Buyers looking for more features can opt for the SL, SR, or Platinum trims. There are also option packages, such as the SR Midnight Package ($1,020) and the Dynamic Package ($859).

Performance Pros

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The Maxima’s roots as a four-door sports car are evident in its 300-horsepower V6 engine, and they’re solidified by its responsive suspension system, particularly in the SR trim.

  • 300-horsepower V6 is plenty for straight-line performance
  • Quick to 60 mph for a midsize sedan
  • Handles well, particularly the sporty SR trim

Performance Cons

While the engine harks back to its sports-sedan roots, the Maxima's steering system’s unpredictable response and weight make it tough to truly push it to the limit. What’s more, the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) simply isn't cut out for serious performance.

  • The SR trim’s suspension is a little rough for some
  • Continuously variable transmission is far from sporty
  • V6 engine sounds pretty bland

Interior Pros

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The Maxima is more luxurious than ever in its latest generation. Its upscale features and peaceful cabin put it in a class it’s never competed in before. It's also a great car for longer trips, thanks to its uber-comfortable “Zero Gravity” seats.

  • Plenty of high-end materials make it feel more luxurious
  • Sporty wraparound dash and flat-bottomed steering wheel
  • Zero-gravity seats make long hauls quite comfortable
  • Lots of storage cubbies for phones and other pocket-dwelling items

Interior Cons

While it is well equipped, the Maxima’s 112.9 cubes of total interior room is on the smaller side of the midsize spectrum. Heck, it even has less room than its smaller sibling, the Altima. Additionally, though it has plenty of standard and optional features, its high prices kill the value a bit.

  • Despite being a midsize sedan, the cabin is quite cramped at just 112.9 cubic feet
  • A little pricey for what you get

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The sporty look and feel of the Maxima’s cabin is a pleasant surprise and a change of pace in this class. What’s more, it does a great job of combining this sportiness with comfort, thanks to its “Zero Gravity” seats.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

When a car loses its edge, it’s always depressing. The Maxima has done just that, thanks to its uninspiring CVT gearbox and unimpressive engine sound. We really expected more from this legendary sedan.

The Bottom Line

The Maxima is what it is: a niche sedan that will likely always hover in the middle of its class in sales. The Maxima requires a special buyer who’s looking for sporty straight-line performance and high-end standard features, but doesn’t need the precise handling and roominess that typically comes in this class.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 300 HP / 261 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Xtronic 2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 30 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 300 HP / 261 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 30 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$69
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
99 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
192.8 "
Exterior Width
73.2 "
Exterior Height
56.5 "
Front Headroom
39.4 "
Rear Headroom
36.7 "
Front Legroom
45.0 "
Rear Legroom
34.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,478 Lbs.
Wheel Base
109 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(4-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
8
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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