The Nissan Maxima sedan hits the fourth model year of its current generation for 2019, and in car years, that means it's time for a refresh. Nissan did just that, giving us an updated Maxima at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show that has fresh styling both in front and in back, as well as some new safety features.
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Styling adopts a never version of Nissan's "V-Motion" grille, which extends a little farther than before, though not all the way down to the bottom of the bumper as it does on the new Altima. The bumpers themselves have been redesigned to flair out a little bit more, while redesigned LED headlights are reminiscent of what you see in a lot of Acura models. In back, the taillights have some new lenses, and the exhaust goes from two tips to four.
Inside, Nissan touts new colors and materials — though the current Maxima wasn't exactly lacking for cabin quality. The Maxima's 3.5-liter V-6 with 300 horsepower carries over, as does its continuously variable automatic transmission.
On the safety front, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking remains standard. New safety options include a pedestrian detection feature for the automatic braking, as well as rear automatic braking, lane departure warning, high-beam assist, traffic sign recognition and a rear door alert system. Unfortunately Nissan's ProPilot Assist system of semi-autonomous features like full-speed lane-centering steering remains unavailable on the Maxima. Nissan tells us ProPilot assist requires things like electric power steering, and the Maxima retains a hydraulic setup.
Watch the video above for more, and stay tuned to Cars.com for plenty more information about the updated Maxima, which goes on sale right around the corner in December.
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