After last year’s mid-cycle refresh, the 2020 Nissan Maxima enters the new model year with more standard safety features. All models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, the automaker’s suite of driver-assist technologies, which includes blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and more.
Content that was previously a part of the Premium Package, which include a surround-view camera system and a panoramic moonroof are now standard on the SR trim. Lastly, the Integrated Dynamics Control Module that includes things like active ride control, intelligent engine brake, and intelligent trace control is now standard throughout the entire Maxima lineup.
Choosing Your Nissan Maxima
The Nissan Maxima is available in six trims: S, SV, SL, SR, Platinum, and Platinum Reserve. Pricing starts at $35,145 including destination for the S and climbs to $43,575 for the Platinum Reserve.
Every Maxima comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that churns out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission is standard and helps route power to the front wheels. Fuel economy for the Maxima is rated at 20 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 24 combined, according to the EPA.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Now that every Maxima comes with Nissan Safety Shield 360, the large sedan comes with a good list of standard safety tech. This includes blind-spot monitoring, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams.
The SV trim and higher get adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition as standard, while front and rear parking sensors come standard starting with the SL. Lane keeping assist and a surround-view camera become standard on the SR.
The SL-Class still use
An 8-inch touchscreen is standard throughout the Nissan Maxima lineup. It includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, an auxiliary input jack, two USB ports, and satellite radio.
The SV trim and higher also get navigation and HD radio. Moving up to the SL brings an 11-speaker Bose audio system and a total of four USB ports.
With the Maxima S trim comes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, and a four-way power passenger seat. Keyless entry, push button start, and remote start are also included.
Over the S, the SV adds heated exterior mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and lumbar support for the driver's seat. Buyers can also opt for either a tan or a black interior.
As standard, the SL comes with a dual-panel panoramic moonroof, a universal garage door opener, ambient LED lighting, and a heated steering wheel.
The SR comes with 19-inch wheels, LED fog lights, a rear spoiler, exterior mirrors with a reverse tilt-down feature, and an auto-dimming exterior driver mirror. On the inside, memory functionality is added to the driver's seat and outside mirrors, the front seats are now ventilated, and the upholstery is now Ascot leather with Alcantara inserts.
Standard features on the Platinum include a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, steering wheel memory functionality, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rear window power sunshade, and maple wood interior trim.
Buyers can add heated rear seats, dark silver 19-inch wheels, bronze interior trim, and semi-aniline leather seats with leather inserts to their Maxima Platinum with the Reserve Package ($1,140).
The Platinum Reserve is marketed as a separate trim level, but, as its name implies, it's only a Maxima Platinum with the contents of the Reserve Package made standard.
Despite the automaker's claims, the 2020 Nissan Maxima isn’t exactly a sports sedan, but it's a comfortable large vehicle that has some luxurious features. With extra safety features, a Bose audio system, a panoramic moonroof, and a good mix of features, the SL is the sweet spot in the lineup in our opinion.