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3.1 (Good)

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Generations

The 2019 Nissan Maxima, the brand's flagship sedan, gets a mid-cycle refresh with emphasis on style and safety technology. The Maxima retains the sophisticated character that has always defined it as a premium offering.

2016 - 2020 Nissan Maxima

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 Nissan Maxima

Major changes included:

All Maximas have a 3.5-liter V6 and a CVT with a sport mode for faster throttle response, improved steering feel and transmission programming. There are no options. Rather, buyers choose from five trim levels that add features progressively as they graduate from the base S to the range-topping Platinum. Read more »

2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

2009 - 2014 Nissan Maxima

3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Nissan Maxima

Major changes included:

The Maxima is offered in two trims: 3.5 S and 3.5 SV. The 3.5-liter V6 engine now features 290-hp. All that power is fed to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic (CVT) transmission with traction control. Standard safety fare includes; dual-stage front air bags, front-seat side-impact air bags, curtain side-impact air bags for... Read more »

2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

2004 - 2008 Nissan Maxima

3/4 Front Glamour 2008 Nissan Maxima

Major changes included:

The all-new 2004 Nissan Maxima is quick and stylish. With the Altima assuming the role of a bigger, more powerful car, the Maxima has moved up market to a pricier position. The latest Maxima is intended to dazzle its driver with refinement and available equipment, and it will likely sell to a fraction of the... Read more »

2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008

2000 - 2003 Nissan Maxima

3/4 Front Glamour 2003 Nissan Maxima

Major changes included:

The complete 2000 redesign adds more interior room and amenities to the Maxima and boosts horsepower from the standard V6 engine to 222. A 20th Anniversary edition with a 227-horsepower engine and cosmetic enhancements bowed in '01. In 2002 a 255-horsepower V6 engine became standard on all trims.

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2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003

1995 - 1999 Nissan Maxima

null 1999 Nissan Maxima

Major changes included:

During its 14-year production life, the Nissan Maxima has survived four evolutions. The last version, which went out of production at the end of the 1994 model year, is perhaps the most familiar. Its distinctive appearance and sporty character - emphasized by an advertising campaign that stressed performance - made it reasonably popular with the... Read more »

1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999

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