2017 Nissan Maxima

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Nissan Maxima. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    300-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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

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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2017 Nissan Maxima Overview

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Consumer Reviews

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Value For The Money

What Drivers Are Saying


Very spacious car

by Dennis Miles from Grapevine, Texas on August 14, 2018

Meets all my expectations. Very good performance and spacious interior. Value for money on mpg! Normal maintenance costs. Definitely recommend it for first time buyers Read full review


Love this car!!

by Fielda from Cookeville TN on August 6, 2018

This car is a beautiful car with lots of power. It suits my family perfectly, and is very comfortable as well! We look forward to having this car for a long time. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2017 Nissan Maxima currently has 2 recalls

IIHS 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
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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.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Nissan

Program Benefits

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

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original in-service date; $50 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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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