of the 2017 Nissan Maxima base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Aggressive styling
- Tight handling
- Smooth, effortless power
- Unobtrusive CVT
- SR's steering feel
- Upscale interior overall
- Rough-riding SR model
- Lack of steering feedback (non-SR)
- Limited front and rear headroom with moonroof
- Appearance of cabin's simulated-metal trim
- Sport mode button location
- Small trunk
- Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity now standard
- 300-hp V-6 standard
- Continuously variable transmission standard
- Navigation system standard
- Collision warning with automatic braking available
- Performance-focused SR trim
What Is the 2017 Nissan Maxima?
The 2017 Nissan Maxima is a four-door mid-size sedan that Nissan calls a "four-door sports car." The Nissan Maxima's trim levels are the S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum. Its competitors include the Acura TLX, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger and Toyota Avalon.
What's New on the 2017 Nissan Maxima?
New for 2017 are two appearance packages - the Medallion Package for the Platinum trim and the Dynamic Package for the SV trim. Both of these packages add a special spoiler, illuminated sill plates and more. NissanConnect, still standard on Maxima models, adds Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity for 2017.
How Does the 2017 Nissan Maxima Compare to Other Sedans?
The Nissan Maxima appeals to a specific niche: sports car lovers who enjoy the practicality of a sedan. With its 2016 redesign, Nissan says the Maxima is positioned to compete with entry-level luxury sedans, making it a viable alternative to vehicles like the Acura TLX or the Dodge Charger.
What Features in the 2017 Nissan Maxima Are Most Important?
The 2017 Nissan Maxima comes standard with a 300-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Its standard tech features include Bluetooth streaming audio, Apple CarPlay and a navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen. For safety, the Nissan Maxima comes with LED daytime running lights and taillights, a backup camera and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Other notable standard features include 18-inch aluminum wheels and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. In compliance with new-car requirements, the Nissan Maxima has standard front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.
Significant available features of the 2017 Nissan Maxima include LED headlights, a dual-pane panoramic moonroof, leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, a Bose premium stereo, a surround-view camera system, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.
Should I Buy the 2017 Nissan Maxima?
The 2017 Nissan Maxima boasts tight handling and smooth power - especially for a mid-sized sedan. The CVT enhances the smooth feel of the drive, and the sleek style and upscale interior round out the experience. If you're looking for that sports car feel in a mid-size sedan, the Maxima is worth a test drive. However, if you want more headroom or storage, the Maxima may feel a bit tight, and its small trunk has limited cargo space. While the SR trim has a responsive steering feel, the majority of the Maxima's trims lack steering feedback, making for an awkward drive if you're used to a more responsive driving experience.
Cars.com's Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.
What it is: Redesigned last year, Nissan calls the Maxima a "four-door sports car" and it fits the bill with a 300-horsepow... Read More
2018 New England International Auto Show: 5 Things You Can't Miss
CARS.COM — On the heels of a particularly brutal winter storm that tested the resilience of the most seasoned Bostonians, even the coldest of East Coast car shoppers and ... Read more
10 Cars Pass IIHS' New Passenger-Side Crash Test
CARS.COM — When it comes to annual crashworthiness evaluations of vehicles by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one thing is always for sure: It doesn't get any ... Read more
Nissan Adds Amazon Alexa Support for Select Cars
CARS.COM — Nissan has joined the growing list of automakers that enable owners to control certain car functions using Amazon's Alexa voice service. The new Alexa skill ... Read more
I LOVE IT********
ITS A NICE LUXURY RIDING CAR. HAVE ALL FEATURES!!!!!!! CAN EVEN START THIS CAR INSIDE THE HOUSE. GONNA LOVE IT THROUGH THE WINTER AND FALL. NO MORE GOING OUTSIDE TO START THE VEHICLE. Read full review
Perfect mix of power, luxury and technology.
For it's size, this car can really move and handles very well. The sport suspension, cornering tech, along with all the other tech and comfort goodies make this car one of the most fun cars I have ... Read full review
36 months / 36,000 miles
60 months / 60,000 miles
36 months / 36,000 miles
24 Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance, Towing Assistance, Trip Interruption Benefits, 3-month free subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio on properly equipped vehicles, Complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ and 3-Year CARFAX® Buy Back Guarantee
7 years / 100,000 miles7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original in-service date; $50 deductible
Under 6 years / 80,000 milesVehicles receive a 167 point inspection and reconditioning.