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Nissan Maxima


The Maxima is Nissan’s flagship sedan, but it wasn’t always a household name. That changed in 1989, when Nissan positioned the Maxima as a performance sedan. Dubbed a “four-door sports car” at various points in its history, the Maxima began as a high-volume, six-cylinder sedan, but has evolved into an entry-luxury car with distinctive styling and a long list of creature comforts and safety features. 

Maxima – 6 Generations

  • 2016–23
  • 2015
  • 2009–14
  • 2004–08
  • 2000–03
  • 1995–99
  • 1992–94
  • 2016–23
  • 2015
  • 2009–14
  • 2004–08
  • 2000–03
  • 1995–99
  • 1992–94
Latest generation

2016–23 Maxima


With a high-rent interior and polarizing exterior styling, the 2016 iteration of the Maxima also offered high-tech safety features like available automatic emergency braking. Power came from a 300-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. 

  • MSRP range$38,340–$44,450
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 24
  • Body style Sedan

  • MSRP range$37,840–$43,150
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 24
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2022:
  • Five-seat premium sedan
  • 300-hp V-6 engine standard
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

  • MSRP range$37,090–$42,320
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 24
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2021:
  • 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

  • MSRP range$34,450–$41,840
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 24
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2020:
  • 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

  • MSRP range$34,050–$41,540
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 24
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2019:
  • Updated styling
  • More safety features
  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Available 360-degree cameras
  • Standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

  • MSRP range$33,420–$41,090
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 25
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2018:
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity standard
  • 300-hp V-6 standard
  • 8-inch navigation system standard
  • Collision warning with automatic braking standard
  • Performance-focused SR trim

  • MSRP range$32,610–$40,340
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 25
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2017:
  • 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

  • MSRP range$32,510–$39,960
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 25
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2016:
  • Redesigned for 2016
  • 300-hp V-6
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • 8-inch navigation system standard
  • Collision warning with autonomous braking available
  • Performance-focused SR trim

2015 Maxima

The Nissan Maxima was not produced in 2015.
Previous generation

2009–14 Maxima


Touting new sheet metal and an updated powertrain, this Maxima generation had a comprehensive list of upscale features and creature comforts that put it within a stone’s throw of its Infiniti luxury siblings. This Maxima was slightly smaller than its predecessor, but its V-6

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  • MSRP range$31,290–$34,380
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 22
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2014:
  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Front-wheel drive

  • MSRP range$31,000–$33,240
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 22
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2013:
  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT automatic, FWD
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Slots above Altima

  • MSRP range$32,420–$35,120
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 22
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2012:
  • Revised styling for 2012
  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Shares platform with Altima

  • MSRP range$31,750–$34,450
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 22
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2011:
  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Shares platform with Altima

  • MSRP range$30,690–$33,410
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 22
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2010:
  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Shares platform with Altima

  • MSRP range$30,160–$32,860
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 22
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2009:
  • Redesigned for 2009
  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT automatic
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Shares platform with Altima

2004–08 Maxima


With a wider stance, longer wheelbase and more power under the hood, this Maxima redesign was the most controversial in the car’s history. The rotund shape and unusual longitudinal fixed sunroof made either fans or foes of onlookers. A new multi-link rear suspension, adapted

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  • MSRP range$28,630–$30,880
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2008:
  • Updated for 2007
  • CVT
  • 255-hp V-6
  • Six airbags

  • MSRP range$28,050–$30,300
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2007:
  • Updated for 2007
  • Standard CVT automatic
  • Standard 255-hp V-6
  • Six standard airbags

  • MSRP range$27,900–$30,150
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2006:
  • 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Automatic or manual
  • Optional four-passenger version
  • Skyview sunroof
  • Shapely styling

  • MSRP range$27,500–$29,750
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2005:
  • 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Automatic or manual
  • Optional four-passenger version
  • Skyview roof
  • Shapely styling

  • MSRP range$27,100–$29,350
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2004:
  • 265-hp V-6
  • Automatic or manual transmission
  • Optional four-passenger version
  • New Skyview roof

2000–03 Maxima


A roomier cabin and power boost were among the Maxima’s significant upgrades for the 2000 model year. The 3.0-liter V-6 engine's output increased to 222 hp and a new Bose sound system was introduced. An SE trim level was geared toward enthusiasts, and this generation also

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  • MSRP range$24,899–$27,549
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

  • MSRP range$24,699–$27,099
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

  • MSRP range$21,249–$27,649
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

  • MSRP range$21,049–$26,249
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

1995–99 Maxima


The independent rear suspension of the previous-generation Maxima was replaced with a lighter and more economical torsion bar system, part of a general shift toward cost savings by Japanese manufacturers with the bursting of Japan's economic bubble of the late-1980s. Structural

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  • MSRP range$21,499–$26,899
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

  • MSRP range$11,499–$26,899
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

  • MSRP range$21,499–$26,899
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

  • MSRP range$11,499–$26,279
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

  • MSRP range$19,999–$25,139
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

1992–94 Maxima


Bigger dimensions made this generation Maxima the second Japanese sedan sold in North America to qualify as a mid-size car. Nissan added a driver's-side airbag, and this version was no longer offered in Japan. Equipped with an independent rear suspension, the V-6 engine featured

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  • MSRP range$22,429–$24,464
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

  • MSRP range$21,110–$23,260
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

  • MSRP range$20,425–$22,925
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan
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