2021 Nissan Maxima

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2021 Nissan Maxima
2021 Nissan Maxima

Key specs

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The good:

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

The bad:

  • Backseat room
  • Interior quality not up to premium-brand rivals
  • Firm ride
  • Unremarkable handling

3 trims

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Notable features

  • New 40th Anniversary Edition
  • Five-seat premium sedan
  • 300-hp V-6 engine standard
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

2021 Nissan Maxima review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Nissan Maxima?

The five-seat, front-wheel-drive Maxima is Nissan’s flagship sedan, slotting above the Altima in the Japanese automaker’s lineup. Three trim levels are offered: SV, SR and Platinum. All are powered by a 300-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine working with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Competitors include the Acura TLX and Volvo S60

What’s New on the 2021 Nissan Maxima?

A new 40th Anniversary Edition Package adds unique features to the Platinum trim, including  a contrasting black roof, gloss-black 19-inch aluminum wheels, semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats, white gauges and special badging.  

What Features in the 2021 Nissan Maxima Are Most Important?

Standard features include: 

  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Push-button start 
  • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity
  • Satellite radio
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear automatic braking
  • Adaptive cruise control

Available features include: 

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Dual-panel panoramic moonroof 
  • Bose premium stereo
  • 360-degree camera system  
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Sport-tuned suspension (SR)

Should I Buy the 2021 Nissan Maxima?

The Maxima’s powerful V-6 engine is one of its key selling points and a differentiator from the Altima. The Maxima’s interior, however, isn’t quite as premium as it needs to be when you consider its price, and the backseat isn’t particularly roomy. 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


Nice to Drive

I own a 2021 Maxima. It is fun to drive with good power. I like the firm ride which is a definite positive. I dislike soft suspension and the Maxima is good and firm. Drives well on the highway. The seats are very comfortable. The trunk has good room.


Good looking reliable drives like a dream

This car drove just like a dream and she really loves it recommended with over 300 horsepower it will go classy look call fun to drive


Nissan MAXIMA is one of the coolest cars of 2021!

I had owned a MAXIMA in the 80's and when I saw the 2021 model I knew I had to have it! It is so fun to drive and the numerous safety features help keep me focused. Nissan definitely covered all their bases with this one.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Nissan and non-Nissan vehicles less than 10 years old and less than 100,000 miles. (Nissan vehicles less than 6 years from original new car in-service date must have more than 60,000 to qualify for Certified Select.)
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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