Styling updates. Having gone through its last redesign back in 2016, the Nissan Maxima was due for a refresh, and that’s exactly what the 2019 model delivers. The 2019 Nissan Maxima rolls in with the same basic design it’s had since 2016, but it gets a new front end that includes a bolder grille, a larger V-Motion grille insert, and new jewel-like LED headlights. Around back, the Maxima gets all-new LED taillights with squared-off outer edges and a new, more squared-off bumper with new quad-tip exhaust outlets.
The interior has a few updates too, including new seat-insert pattern, and charcoal-colored headliner and A-pillars in the SR and Platinum Reserve Package. There's also a new Rakuda Tan semi-aniline leather treatment in the Platinum Reserve Package.
Class-disrupting style. The Nissan Maxima has never been one to bow to the masses and deliver the same ol’ vanilla sedan you see crowding the streets. This theme continued into its fifth generation and receives a shot in the arm with the 2019 refresh. Some may not appreciate this bold take on the family car segment, but that's obviously not the 2019 Nissan Maxima’s target market.
Inside, the Maxima’s refresh made its already sporty cabin feel just a touch more upscale – not that it needed the boost, as it already featured a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel, a thick center console that creates a cockpit-like feeling, a stubby gear shifter, and just enough seat bolstering.
Not-so-family sedan. The 2019 Nissan Maxima falls short of pampering its front-seat occupants, but it does treat them to plenty of comfort. These seats also have a handful of material options, but the grippy synthetic suede inserts are our favorite for tackling a curvy country road. Plus, the front seats come standard with power adjustment, which isn't common in this class.
In the rear, your thoughts of this being a family sedan may fall apart. With just 34.2 inches of rear leg room, this space is tolerable for adults but not ideal. For larger families, the Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Malibu each offer 38 inches of rear leg room, while the Honda Accord delivers 40 inches.
Fully loaded with price tag to match. There's no stripped-down, econo-box version of the 2019 Nissan Maxima – every level comes loaded with all the goodies buyers want. In its base S trim, it includes a 300-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine, 18-inch wheels, power seats, Bluetooth, automatic emergency braking, and more.
The Maxima also has the latest in tech with a standard 8-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2019 Malibu matches these features, but the Camry and Accord come up one inch short in screen size and lack the standard smartphone connectivity.
While all these premium standard features are great, they come with a serious price tag. The base 2019 Maxima starts at $34,845 (all prices include destination fees). The base Accord, Camry, and Malibu are all cheaper with starting prices of $24,615, $24,765, and $22,965, respectively.
Final thoughts. Tired of the plain family sedans you see every day on your commute? The 2019 Nissan Maxima is a way to stand out from the crowd in looks and performance. Plus, its sportier interior makes you feel like you’re driving a more premium sedan.
If you need room for adults in the rear seats, you can throw a dart at a list of mid-size sedans and hit one that has more leg room. If you're looking for serious fuel economy, the Camry and Accord excel beyond the Maxima.