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2017 Nissan Maxima

2017 Nissan Maxima

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$16,236 — $26,036 USED
5 Seats
25 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

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
2017 Nissan Maxima exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Nissan Maxima
  • 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

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2017 Nissan Maxima Review

from the expert editorial team

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.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Truly the Four Door Sports Car

by Dana from Phoenix on October 29, 2020

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

by DannyW from Plainview, NY on October 13, 2020

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


Recalls and crash tests


The 2017 Nissan Maxima currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Lower Leg/Foot
Overall Evaluation
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
Structure and Safety Cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.


New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms


  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


  • View All CPO Program Details

Latest 2017 Maxima Stories

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Maxima received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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