2017 Nissan Maxima

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2017 Nissan Maxima
2017 Nissan Maxima

Key specs

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The good:

  • Aggressive styling
  • Tight handling
  • Smooth, effortless power
  • Unobtrusive CVT
  • SR's steering feel
  • Upscale interior overall

The bad:

  • 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

5 trims

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Notable features

  • 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

2017 Nissan Maxima review: Our expert's take

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.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


3rd Maxima

This is my 3rd maxima having owned a 2007, 2012 and now the 2017. My favorite for sure. Fast, stylish and comfortable. No complaints. Great gas mileage!


Total package!

Purchased new 2017. A monster on the highway. Highly recommend. 94,000 miles and rolling. Very comfortable and roomy. Good trunk space. Lots of features come with this car.


First maxima but, maybe not the last!

So my wife wanted another car. Yeah she drove a Hyundai elentra a couple of years and a fusion before that etc. I've always liked Maximas but never thought of buying. So we head out to the dealer to take a look. Now we looked at these and other cars however, the curiosity about the maxima had us thinking "try it" . My wife and I test drove it and wow! The styling, the acceleration, the super comfortable leather...man! They brought a 2018 Honda accord ex and we told that salesperson to get rid of it! Never even tried to test drive it! Now I want to give her my roaring, powerful Silverado so I can drive that quiet, smooth, comfortable, powerful, excellent handling maxima sv!!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
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
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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