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2022 Nissan Maxima

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Expert Rating
3.3 (Good)

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

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2022 SV 4dr Sedan
most popular
Price:   -  From $37,840
2022 SR 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $43,000
2022 Platinum 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $43,150

Overview

What's New

The 2022 Nissan Maxima offers few changes this year, with the exceptions of heated rear seats in the top Platinum trim and a new red paint called Scarlet Ember Tintcoat. Besides those minor additions, this year’s Maxima is basically the same as last year’s.

Choosing Your Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima comes in just three trims: SV, SR, and Platinum. Prices start at $38,865 including destination for the SV and range up to $44,175 for the Platinum.

Engine Choices

The Maxima has a pretty sweet powerplant: a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, that engine is paired with a disappointing continuously variable transmission that doesn’t seem to know what it or the driver wants at any moment, even when using the vestigial paddle shifters on the SR trim. Ultimately, it robs the Maxima of any sporty potential that the engine may bring to the table.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorque0-60 MPH (secs)MPG (Combined)
3.5-liter V6300 hp240 lb-ft5.7 s24 mpg

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Maxima has enough seating for five, with ample legroom in both front and back. Trunk space is 14.3 cubic feet, which is a bit smaller than some competitors.

Nissan Maxima

Safety Features

All Maxima models are equipped with Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 driver assistance package. This package includes front automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warnings, automatic high beams, rear sonar, and rear automatic braking. The Maxima also comes standard with traffic sign recognition across the line.

Higher trim models get lane-keeping assist, adaptive wipers, front sonar, and a surround-view camera.

Connectivity

The Maxima’s infotainment system is based on an 8.0-inch touchscreen which includes navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and even a CD player. Base SV models come equipped with an eight-speaker audio system, but higher trims get an 11-speaker set up with active noise cancellation from Bose. All Maxima models also come with NissanConnect Wi-Fi hotspots and Amazon Alexa functionality.

Nissan Maxima

2022 Nissan Maxima SV – MSRP From $34,435 (including $1,025 in destination)

Even the base Maxima is well equipped, with well-bolstered, eight-way adjustable, heated front sport seats, and leather upholstery.

No packages or options are available for any trim.

2022 Nissan Maxima SR – MSRP From $44,025

The SR is the sportiest Maxima, with paddle shifters, a stiffer, sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch gloss black alloy wheels, and Ascot leather-appointed seats with Alcantara inserts. It also gets a driver seat position and mirror memory system, a panoramic moonroof, aluminum pedals, a heated steering wheel, and heated and cooled front seats.

2022 Nissan Maxima Platinum – MSRP From $44,175

The Platinum model eschews the sporty upgrades to the SR but gets a few more luxurious upgrades. Upgrades include rain-sensing wipers, real wood trim, power rear sunshades, and ambient cabin lighting.

Compare Maxima Trims Side-By-Side

CarsDirect Tip

Ultimately, Maxima’s transmission takes all the air out of the SR. If it had a more conventional automatic or even a manual, it would be a much better car. We’d recommend sticking with either the SV or Platinum, depending on your budget.

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Expert Review

Pros

Pros:
- Punchy V6 engine
- Striking exterior design
- Interior looks sporty
- Rides well

Cons

Cons:
- Unwieldy CVT
- Feels old
- Small trunk
- Can be pricey

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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Doing Things Its Own Way. There aren’t many mainstream large sedans on sale anymore. With consumers moving to SUVs, large sedans that didn’t focus on luxury were the first to get the ax. Out of the few that are still available, the 2022 Nissan Maxima is still on sale and continues to offer a noteworthy blend of performance and luxury.

While the full-size denotation is a little misleading for the Maxima, as the midsize Altima is nearly as long, it speaks more about where the Maxima resides in Nissan’s lineup. It’s the largest, most powerful, and most upscale sedan that Nissan sells. The Maxima also has a rich history of being one of the sportier Japanese sedans on sale.

In the dwindling class, the Maxima may be an oldie, but it’s still a goodie.

Good V6, Poor CVT. One of the highlights of the Maxima is its 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. Compared to the four-cylinder engines found in other Nissan sedans, the V6 is a standout. It generates a good amount of power and makes a decent sound. Mash the throttle and the Maxima can get to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.7 seconds.

We don’t have a lot to complain about with the V6 engine, but the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that it’s connected to is lackluster at best. It makes the V6 engine feel less peppy than it is and fails to find the right ratio under varying levels of acceleration. The CVT also drones, fails to respond well to the paddle shifters, and is well behind a traditional transmission in refinement. It’s a shame because the Maxima doesn’t need more power.

For a sedan of this size, the Maxima handles surprisingly well. The sedan has a firmer ride than the majority of other options, which results in sharp handling. There’s very little lean around corners and the Maxima drives like a smaller vehicle. Consumers that want to maximize on Maxima’s sporty feel should look at the SR, which comes with a sportier suspension.

The Maxima definitely isn’t the “4-door sports car” that Nissan claims that it is, but it is a sporty car that happens to have four doors.

Still Feels Upscale. Despite coming out in 2015, the 2022 Maxima still feels and looks like a premium vehicle on the inside – as long as you’re willing to shell out a lot of extra money. Move up to one of Maxima’s higher trims and you’ll nab wood trim, a rear-window power sunshade, diamond-quilted leather seats, a Bose audio system, and a large dual-panel panoramic moonroof. Overall, the Maxima has aged incredibly well.

Because of the sedan’s sporty design, the vehicle doesn’t offer nearly as much interior space as other competitors. The rear seats are a little too tight for two adults to sit comfortably, which is a shame because the front seats are well-bolstered and comfortable. For something that’s classified as a large sedan, you’ll be looking for more room.

Don’t look to the trunk to find the extra room, either. Compared to its rivals, the Maxima offers a tiny trunk with just 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space. A lot of smaller midsize sedans have more trunk space.

Nissan Maxima

Sporty, Yet Safe. Unlike a traditional sporty vehicle, the Maxima comes packed with the latest safety features and earned good safety scores in crash testing. The sedan comes with Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 suite, which includes features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and traffic sign recognition.

The few optional safety features the Maxima offers include a surround-view parking camera, lane-keeping assist, and front parking sensors. The surround-view camera is nice to have, but the quality of the image is subpar. The image gets worse at night and in inclement weather, but city dwellers could find it useful.

In crash testing, the 2022 Maxima earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS and a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

Don’t Expect To Get A Deal. The Maxima isn’t a strong value option, like some other large sedans. The base trim starts at $38,865 (with destination), which is more expensive than vehicles like the Dodge Charger, Toyota Avalon, and Chrysler 300. At the top end of the spectrum, the Maxima costs $44,175 but doesn’t bring a lot of extra features to justify its price tag.

Final Thoughts. Nissan is in a tough spot with the Maxima and we can sympathize with the automaker. The segment isn’t popular enough to warrant any large changes, but the competition is just better. Still, drivers looking for a sporty sedan with a luxurious side will find some qualities they may like in the Maxima.

The Toyota Avalon is a bolder large sedan with a spacious cabin, a large trunk, well-equipped trims, a 301-hp V6 engine, and an available hybrid powertrain. It’s newer and more well-rounded than the Maxima.

For absolute power, there’s the Dodge Charger. It’s a muscle car that happens to have a roomy sedan body. Is available with a 797-hp supercharged V8 engine, can get to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and has a top speed of 196 mph. You’ll also find an intuitive infotainment system, a spacious interior, and available all-wheel drive.

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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
3,609 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 / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Colored Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
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 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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