NISSAN MAXIMA

Overview

With sufficient comfort to please a luxury buyer, enough athleticism to keep an enthusiast driver engaged, and ample gadgetry to appeal to tech connoisseurs, the 2019 Nissan Maxima is a well-rounded full-size sedan. Its sporty, aggressive lines add visual punch and invite attention. The Maxima makes a value play, too, as many of its virtues are standard across the range—including touchscreen infotainment, in-dash navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and automated emergency braking. A powerful and fuel-efficient V-6 is under the hood, and an optional sport-tuned suspension turns up the heat in corners without punishing occupants when driving over rough roads. Compared with the competition, the Maxima offers the most balanced mix of style, luxury, and sport.

What’s New for 2019?

A light refresh of its exterior styling adds some polish to the Maxima for 2019 in the form of a redesigned front grille, a rear bumper with four exhaust finishers, and new exterior lighting elements. SR and Platinum models receive new interior upholstery; leather and microsuede with orange accents adorns the sporty SR’s seats while Platinum models get semi-aniline leather with quilted inserts and a new color option: Rakuda Tan. Nissan is including its Safety Shield 360 driver-assistance features as an option on the SR and standard on the Platinum; the package includes front and rear automated emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlamps, blind-spot monitoring, and more. A rear-door alert, a driver-attention monitor, and two USB-C ports are now standard across the range rv covers class c.

Nissan Maxima Pricing and Which One to Buy

S: $34,845

SV: $36,855

SL: $39,335

SR: $40,425

Platinum: $42,335

The sporty SR trim is our favorite. Its performance-oriented bent endears it to enthusiast drivers like us and includes equipment we find exciting, such as a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, and leather-and-microsuede covered seats. These options get the 2019 Maxima as close as possible to the sporting ethos for which it was once known, and they provide a welcome dash of athleticism without compromising ride quality or overall luxuriousness.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

 

Likes: Brisk acceleration, sonorous V-6, athletic handling from the SR version. Dislikes: CVT holds revs too high, vague steering feel, big bumps are felt and heard inside the cabin. The Maxima is one of the quicker full-size sedans, and its V-6 engine sounds good when it’s pushed hard. The 3.5-liter V-6 makes 300 horsepower and moves the Maxima along with purpose. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), however, detracts from the Maxima’s sports-sedan mission. Although it will mimic the shifting traits of a typical automatic under heavy throttle, the CVT otherwise spoils the V-6’s fun. All Maximas are front-wheel drive, which is fine under normal circumstances. In our testing, a Maxima Platinum sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, out accelerating rivals such as the Kia Cadenza and the Buick LaCrosse. The Maxima handles well for its size. The suspension is nicely damped and firm to the point of being perhaps too stiff for the class, especially in the SR trim level, which has retuned springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. It’s relatively quiet, but harsh impacts are felt through the suspension and heard inside the cabin. The Maxima exhibits little body roll in aggressive cornering maneuvers, and in our testing, the Maxima SR easily outhandled its rivals. Light and vague in its default setting, the steering grows weightier when Sport mode is activated, but it doesn’t provide additional feedback from the road.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

With good fuel-economy ratings as well as above-average real-world results, the Maxima’s powertrain proves itself adept at blending performance and efficiency. Its long highway cruising range also makes it a perfect long-distance companion. During our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test route, we exceeded the Maxima’s EPA rating, achieving an impressive 32 mpg.

Interior, Infotainment, and Cargo

Likes: Upscale interior design and materials, roomy front seat, intuitive infotainment system. Dislikes: Smallish trunk, rear-seat headroom is pinched, navigation not standard. The Maxima offers room for five in a well-executed cabin that’s full of soft-touch materials, simple controls, and tons of high-end features. Front-seat legroom is among the best in the class, while headroom is average. Rear-seat space is not as generous as it is in larger rivals such as the Chevrolet Impala and the Toyota Avalon. Power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and push-button start are standard across the board.

An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard across the Maxima range, and we found it easy to use. The infotainment system can be used as a touchscreen, but there also are redundant buttons on the center stack for quick access to common adjustments such as audio volume and climate control. The system also provides vehicle monitoring, remote access, and emergency services. Parents of teenage drivers may appreciate the speed, boundary, and curfew alerts, and the system automatically contacts emergency services when the airbags deploy after an accident. Being able to track the Maxima’s location in the event of theft is handy, as are remote start and door-lock access. One of the smallest trunks in the category means the Maxima starts with a disadvantage in cargo hauling; however, its larger cubbies are convenient places to stash everyday items, and its rear seatbacks fold down to accommodate larger items. We managed to fit six carry-on suitcases inside the Maxima’s trunk with the rear seats up and 15 cases with the seats folded.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Maxima boasts superior crash-test results as well as recognition for its driver-assistance features, earning it a Top Safety Pick rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Basic driver-assistance features are standard and more advanced tech is available on the SR and Platinum models. Key safety features include:

Standard automated emergency braking

Standard forward-collision warning

Available adaptive cruise control

Although just three years on the market, the latest generation of the Nissan Maxima shows us a new face thanks to an update that the brand presented during the Auto Show in Los Angeles . Although it does not look radically different from the 2018 model, the changes are enough to make them worth mentioning. Starting with the body, on the front we find a new defense that has new fog lamps and air intakes. It also has a new design in the headlights with LED technology. In the back there are new skulls, fascia and in the SR version we find four-way exhaust as well as a subtle spoiler on the trunk. A new design was added for the 19-inch wheels, as well as a new color called Sunset Drift.

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The interior has also undergone modifications. Now we can find a new pattern for the seats next to the roof covering and the carbon-colored pillars for the SR and Platinum Reserve Package versions . Depending on the version we select there will be many other changes, including new instrument panel, door panels, steering wheel inserts, seams, seat materials and speakers on the A pillars. All versions except the base receive SiriusXM satellite radio and the navigation system Nissan Door to Door. Evidently it will have the Safety Shield 360 system that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic high beams and automatic reverse braking. This system comes as standard equipment in the Platinum version and will be optional for the SR Premium package .

Nissan Maxima 2019

But as in the vast majority of facelifts, the mechanical part remains intact. It will continue to use the 3.5-liter V6 engine with 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque with the Xtronic CVT transmission. We would have liked an increase in power, even if it was a light one, since it is well known that this engine can deliver more than the 300 horses it has.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

With every new car it sells, Nissan offers an entirely average protection package. Additional coverage is available at extra cost through dealerships, but the standard periods—a three-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty—should suit most buyers. Within the segment, the LaCrosse and the Cadenza offer greater coverage.

Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles

Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles

No complimentary scheduled maintenance

2019 Nissan Maxima Technology Features

2019 Nissan Maxima rearview camera display

The interior of the 2019 Nissan Maxima sports sedan can be filled with the auto industry’s latest and greatest technology features. With such a lengthy list of innovative technology features to choose from, it’s easy to understand why the new 2019 Nissan Maxima is such a popular choice for a new car with so many drivers. The impressive list of high-tech features available in the 2019 Nissan Maxima include gadgets like Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™, NissanConnect™ Services, a hands-free text messaging assistant, a navigation system, USB port, a USB-C connectivity, SiriusXM™ Travel Link, satellite radio, touchscreen display, Drive-Assist® display, Bluetooth® connectivity, a rearview camera, a Bose® audio system, and much more.

2019 Nissan Maxima Comfort Features

2019 Nissan Maxima front interior seats and dashboardOn the inside of the sporty 2019 Nissan Maxima sedan, you’ll be treated with an interior that offers the elegance and comfort you deserve thanks to a long list of available comfort features. The lengthy list of standard and available comfort features you can get in your new 2019 Nissan Maxima sports sedan include luxurious amenities like dual-zone automatic temperature control, heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery, remote engine start, power windows and locks, power front seats, zero-gravity seats, memory system for driver’s seat, and many others that will help you enjoy every drive. Although just three years on the market, the latest generation of the Nissan Maxima shows us a new face thanks to an update that the brand presented during the Auto Show in Los Angeles . Although it does not look radically different from the 2018 model, the changes are enough to make them worth mentioning. Starting with the body, on the front we find a new defense that has new fog lamps and air intakes. It also has a new design in the headlights with LED technology. In the back there are new skulls, fascia and in the SR version we find four-way exhaust as well as a subtle spoiler on the trunk. A new design was added for the 19-inch wheels, as well as a new color called Sunset Drift.

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The interior has also undergone modifications. Now we can find a new pattern for the seats next to the roof covering and the carbon-colored pillars for the SR and Platinum Reserve Package versions . Depending on the version we select there will be many other changes, including new instrument panel, door panels, steering wheel inserts, seams, seat materials and speakers on the A pillars. All versions except the base receive SiriusXM satellite radio and the navigation system Nissan Door to Door . Evidently it will have the Safety Shield 360 system that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic high beams and automatic reverse braking. This system comes as standard equipment in the Platinum version and will be optional for the SR Premium package .

Nissan Maxima 2019

But as in the vast majority of facelifts, the mechanical part remains intact. It will continue to use the 3.5-liter V6 engine with 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque with the Xtronic CVT transmission. We would have liked an increase in power, even if it was a light one, since it is well known that this engine can deliver more than the 300 horses it has.