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2017 Nissan Maxima Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2017 Nissan Maxima

Elegance has nothing to do with the culture. It’s in the taste buds of every human. All that is required is the amount of elegance possessed by every person. In the same way, cars even depict certain levels of elegance. Same has been depicted by Nissan in its Maxima.

In 1981 Nissan introduced Maxima, which was initially marketed as Datsun Maxima. Since its launch Maxima has just been marketed in North America, Middle East, and China. It replaced the Datsun 810, which was known as Datsun 810 maxima in North America. In 1984, this car was badged to Nissan.

Until 2003 Nissan has been producing Maxima in its original location, Japan. Soon after planting a plant in Tennessee, United States, the production of Maxima started there. The car is also known as Nissan Cefiro and Teana. These names are used in those markets where Maxima was not released before 2000.

Maxima has gone through 8 generations. First being the Datsun 810 Maxima, while the second, dating from 1984 – 1988, being the Nissan Maxima. Subsequently, the next generations flowed as 1988 till 1994, 1994 till 1999, 1999 till 2003, 2003 till 2008, 2008 till 2014 and 2015 to present.

The model line of Nissan Maxima has six models, namely S, SV, SL, SR, SR Midnight Edition, and Platinum. The base price of the car is $32,610.

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2.5 – 3.5LCVT175 – 300 hp180 – 261 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
5.9s135 mphSedan22 city/ 30 highway


Hood of 2017 Nissan Maxima

Under the hood of Nissan Maxima, we meet a powerful drivetrain. The only configuration available for Maxima is the front – wheels – drive. The base model begins with the 2.5 L inline – 4 cylinder engine. This machine has 175 hp of power and 180 lb – ft of torque. This is actually the fuel efficient version of this car. You can expect an urban mileage from Maxima in this mode. Our tested mileage lied amid 30 – 32 mpg.

Nissan offer a 3.5 L V6 engine for the North American and some other markets. With 175 hp of power and 261 lb – ft of torque, the V6 Maxima is able to reach the 0 – 62 mph mark within 5.9 seconds. This is actually a revamped version of the V6 engine. The previous V6 available for Maxima was 10 hp shorter. This gives an EPA of 26 mpg combined. This is certainly a decent mileage offered by a V6 engine. This happens because of the application of the CVT gearbox, which compresses the ratio to deliver an increased average. If there had been a manual gearbox available for Maxima, it would have had weaker stats on EPA chart.

The manual and automatic gearboxes lag while shifting. But the CVT is smooth.

According to Nissan, the V6 Maxima shares some performance detail with the Nissan GT-R. The engine layout is mainly based on GT-R. For the adaptable sports – like performance, Nissan has added a Sport Tuned suspension in SR and SR Midnight Edition models.

Our tests didn’t reveal anything that would say that Maxima is a sports car. It’s a decent performance family car with a good handling and road grip.


2017 Nissan Maxima Exterior

The previous generations of Nissan Maxima had elegant body styles. It was launched as a mid – sized sedan. But it was a bit wider than the entry level sedan. But the later generations are the full sized sedans.

In the present day Maxima, the shape depicts a sporty style. The grille design, bonnet curves, and the elbow-line gives it a sporty look. Well, the major difference between the trim levels is distinguished on the basis of their wheels. The base SV and SL trims have the 18” alloy wheels. When we move the sporty suspension SR, we get the 19” alloy wheels. The SR Midnight Edition 19” Gross Black Aluminum Alloy wheels. While the Maxima Platinum even has the 18” alloy wheels.

The Maxima SR Midnight Edition is totally distinguished on the basis of its looks and feel. It has black colored spoiler, bumpers and side mirrors.

The Maxima features the Floating Roof in its body styling. In terms of design and fashion, it does apprehend with sport tuned styling, but this all actually incorporates a massive integration of aerodynamics.


Interior of 2017 Nissan Maxima

Maxima looks rich in material. It hosts a number of luxury ingredients such as the leather seats, ambient interior lights, and aluminum pedals. Driver’s seat is pretty comfortable to sit on. And even the first-row passenger seat is quite comfortable. When we move to the back, we can space in 3 adult passengers, quite comfortably.

There are a number of optional interior features available for Nissan Maxima. But all of them classify it as a family sedan rather than a sports sedan.

The Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition features some distinct interior designing. It has Charcoal Premium Ascot Leather seats and steering wrapping. It also features liquid chrome faceted finishers for the dash and steering panel hoods.


Features of 2017 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima has the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. NissanConnect, Navigation, and Apple CarPlay® are available over the infotainment system. The driver’s display has a 7” TFT screen with almost every necessary indication. The higher trims of the car feature ANC and ASE. These are the noise cancellation and sound enhancement features. These features prevent unnecessary sounds of the engine from entering into the cabin. But they bring in the necessary signals from the engine. These signals are indeed essential during driving.


2017 Nissan Maxima Safety

Nissan Maxima has earned numerous awards and recognitions. Among those awards, it has also earned the Top Safety Pick Plus award from IIHS. Overall Maxima is a safe car for families.

Maxima features a number of active safety and driver’s assistive features. These features have enhanced the safety ranking of the car. Maxima features the Intelligent and Adaptive Cruise Control system which accelerates and stops the car according to the environment. The cruise control is further enhanced by the application of Automated Emergency Braking system.


Kia Cadenza

The Japanese Maxima gets a competition from the Korean Kia Cadenza. Due to a hefty difference between the performance of both the cars, Maxima ranks higher than Cadenza. However, the performance schedule of Cadenza is more than Maxima, Still, it lacks some performance.

Indeed, we would prefer Maxima to those families who are intending to jump into a power machine with enough space to sit. Certainly, It is a family car full of performance.

You may also want to check out our 2018 review for the Nissan Altima and Nissan Micra.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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