2017 Nissan MaximaChange year or vehicle
Key specs of the base trim
—Compare 5 trims
- 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
We’re looking for the best deals on a Nissan near you…
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.
Truly the Four Door Sports Car
Having one of the best engines in the World! Pretty hard not to appreciate the refinement of the Maxima! Would highly recommend! One tour behind the wheel and I suspect you will understand Read full review
I love my 2017 Maxima Platinum
I love my 2017 Maxima Platinum in Black. Perfect car and after my lease was up I purchased the car. Performance, comfort, reliability, looks, sportiness and excellently designed interior with all the ... Read full review
The 2017 Nissan Maxima currently has 4 recalls
Crash and Rollover Test Ratings
New Car Program Benefits
36 months / 36,000 miles
60 months / 60,000 miles
36 months / 36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic Warranty Terms
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer Certification Required