The Nissan Maxima entered its eighth generation in the 2016 model year, bringing in a strikingly upscale look that brought a new level of class to the “Four-Door Sports Car.” In 2019, it received a mild refresh that included updated front and rear styling. Other than some new safety and comfort features, the Maxima has remained unchanged since the refresh, and we expect the 2021 Nissan Maxima to be a carryover too.
The current Nissan Maxima carefully blends sportiness with luxury by combining a sleek body, flowing lines, and a wide stance with a premium-looking V-Motion grille, upscale LED lighting, and upscale wheel options. Folks looking for something sportier can opt for the SR trim and receive a quad-tip exhaust, rear spoiler, and other aggressive-looking accents. We expect this exterior design to remain the same in the 2021 Maxima.
Inside, the sporty-meets-luxury design continues. On the sporty side is its cockpitlike setup, flat-bottom steering wheel, well-bolstered seats, and stubby gear shifter. On the luxury side of the coin are available premium materials, optional quilted leather seating, and two-tone color schemes. We expect this cabin setup to remain unchanged in the 2021 Maxima.
Even in its base trim, the current Maxima is well-equipped. Its standard features include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 18-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable front seats, and two USB ports. Optional equipment is also broad and includes leather seating, quilted seats, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, Bose audio, a 360-degree camera, and more. We expect the standard features and options to remain the same in the 2021 Maxima. However, early documentation suggests that the S and SL trims will no longer be available.
Under its hood, we expect the 2021 Nissan Maxima to continue with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine that cranks out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. It's aslo likely stick with a continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive.
In 2020, Nissan made the Safety Shield 360 suite of safety gear standard on all Maxima models. This suite includes automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. These features and “Good” IIHS crash test scores earned it a Top Safety Pick+ designation. We expect the standard safety equipment and Top Safety Pick+ designation to remain in the 2021 Maxima.