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2020 Nissan Maxima

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Expert Rating
3.3 (Good)

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2020 3.5 S 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $34,450
2020 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $36,650
2020 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $38,840
2020 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $41,650
2020 3.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $41,840

Overview

What's New

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.

Engine Choices

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

All Nissan Maxima models have seating for up to five, while the trunk offers 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space. The cargo capacity figure is low compared to other large sedans. For example, the Toyota Avalon has 16 cubic feet of cargo space, and even the smaller Nissan Altima offers 15.4 cubic feet.

Nissan Maxima

Safety Features

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.

Connectivity

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.

Nissan Maxima

S - From $35,145

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.

SV - From $37,195

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.

SL - From $39,535

As standard, the SL comes with a dual-panel panoramic moonroof, a universal garage door opener, ambient LED lighting, and a heated steering wheel.

SR - From $42,345

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.

Platinum - From $42,435

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).

Platinum Reserve - From $43,575

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.

Compare Maxima Trims Side-By-Side

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Good V6 engine
  • Great looks
  • Sharp SR trim
  • Strong standard safety
Cons
  • Stuck with a CVT
  • Cramped in the back and trunk
  • Front-wheel drive only
Expert Rating
3.3 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: 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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Automotive Editor

Faster, not bigger. Given the 2020 Nissan Maxima’s name and its position at the top of the brand’s sedan lineup, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s also Nissan’s biggest sedan.

But it’s not. In fact, it has the exact same dimensions as the mainstream Nissan Altima. So, what is it that sets it apart?

The biggest answer is under the hood. Every version of the Maxima comes with a 3.5-liter V6 making 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. That’s a lot for a mid-size sedan, especially one with front-wheel drive, and the car will do the 0-60 mph sprint in under six seconds.

But for all that power, the Maxima can’t shake its econo-car roots. The willing V6 is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which drones and holds revs too high. We’d rather have an option for all-wheel drive, too.

Looking the part. To live up to its engine, the Maxima received a new sporty look in a 2019 refresh. Nissan’s V-grille works well here, set off by slanting chrome and LED headlights.

The effect continues around the sides, with distinctive lines and a trendy floating roof. It’s all nicely put together, striking without being offensive. If sportiness were judged on looks alone, the Maxima would be a winner.

This generation of Maxima dates back to 2015, and the button-filled center stack betrays its age. Depending on how you feel about touchscreens, that may not be a bad thing. Sporty touches like a flat-bottomed steering wheel help to rescue the Maxima’s interior, and material quality is generally good.


Nissan Maxima

Comfort and compromise. The Maxima is never going to be a true sports car, so it needs to follow through on the comfort of a mid-size sedan. Up front, it does so nicely.

Front seats are supportive and power adjustable, even when upholstered in cloth. Upper trims can wear synthetic suede or real leather, both of which are nice.

But the second row suffers, with just 34.2 inches of leg room. The Toyota Camry offers 38 inches, and the Honda Accord more than 40. The difference is noticeable, and it means that the Altima won’t be very comfortable for five adults. The sloping roofline eats into some of the available head room, too.

The trunk is similarly inhibited, holding only 14.3 cubic feet of cargo. Again, that’s down on competitors, with the Camry carting 15.1 cubes and the Accord 16.7.

Despite sharing dimensions, Nissan’s own Altima beats out the Maxima on both leg room and cargo capacity. If your sedan is primarily for family duty, you may want to look across the showroom.

Value at the extremes. All Maximas start with a good set of base features, including an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and full smartphone compatibility. But that’s expected for the price.

Even better is Nissan’s comprehensive suite of safety tech, which includes lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. With those features, the base Maxima is a reasonable value.

But it still doesn’t quite feel like a sports sedan. For that, buyers should look to the SR trim. At $42,345, it’s a pricier choice, but it adds a stiffer suspension, more responsive brakes, and a sharp exterior with blacked-out accents and 19-inch wheels. It comes closest to duplicating the excitement that made the Maxima a hit in the first place.

Final thoughts. Nissan makes a noble effort toward a sports sedan in the 2020 Maxima. The style is alluring, and the SR trim very nearly lives up to the billing, but the V6 engine is held back by a slow CVT, and it lags behind competitors in interior space.

The deck isn’t stacked in Nissan’s favor – the market for sports sedans seems to be shrinking. You could do worse than the Maxima, but these days, we’re not sure that’s enough.

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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
20 / 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
20 / 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
3,552 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 / Tri-coat 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/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 Sport
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
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Automatic Emergency Braking (aeb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Warning (bsw) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning (ldw) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Automatic Emergency Braking With Pedestrian Detection (p-aeb) Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Intelligent Driver Alertness (i-da) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
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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