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2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Nissan Maxima

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$34,450 — $41,840 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 9 reviews

The Good

  • Accelerator response
  • V-6 power
  • Lush semi-aniline leather option
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Bold design

The Bad

  • Backseat room
  • Interior quality not up to premium-brand rivals
  • Controlled but firm ride
  • Unremarkable handling
  • Glitchy multimedia system
2020 Nissan Maxima exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Nissan Maxima
  • More standard active safety features
  • Five-seat premium sedan
  • 300-hp V-6 engine standard
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity
  • 360-degree camera system available

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2020 Nissan Maxima Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Brian Normile

Nissan refreshed the Maxima full-size sedan in 2019, and for 2020 has made its Safety Shield 360 suite of advanced safety features standard ...

Nissan refreshed the Maxima full-size sedan in 2019, and for 2020 has made its Safety Shield 360 suite of advanced safety features standard across the entire lineup and made the once-optional Premium Package for the Maxima SR standard for 2020. Prices for the base-level S model start at $35,145 — including an $895 destination charge — up $200 over the outgoing version.

Related: 2019 Nissan Maxima Review: Neither Nor

Most of the lineup sees similar minimal increases. The Maxima SV is now $37,195 — up $240 — and the SL will cost $39,535 — a $100 increase. Only the top Platinum trim sees no price change at $42,435. But meanwhile, the sporty SR model will cost just $90 less than the Platinum at $42,345, $1,820 more than its 2019 predecessor; that’s because the Premium Package, which includes a panoramic moonroof and Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor — which cost $1,820 in 2019 — is now standard. So from that perspective, it’s a wash.

Direct competition for the Maxima is slim, but the 2020 Toyota Avalon is priced slightly higher to start (but also offers a hybrid powertrain option) at $36,605, and the 2019 Chevrolet Impala is still being made for now and has a starting price thousands less than the Maxima at $28,895 before available discounts. All prices include a destination charge.

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.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
9 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

best suv!!!

by andrea from glendale on October 20, 2020

Had a fantastic experience buying my vehicle from Woodfield Nissan! Erika is great to work with. It was a one-stop shop for all of my questions and made car buying a worry-free experience. I also feel... Read full review

(5.0)

one of the most exciting and best vehicles..

by my Max and me ! from New Orleans la on October 9, 2020

over all this vehicle is awesome, I hope nissan continues to build this fine vehicle on in to the future..has the power to decelerate when needed . I am Completely satisfied!!! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Nissan Maxima currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

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

    N/A

  • Powertrain

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

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.
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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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