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Nissan Maxima

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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. 

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6 Generations

Maxima - 6 Generations

2016–2018 Maxima

Redesigned in 2016
2016–2018 Maxima Generation, 2018 Nissan Maxima model shown Showing the 2018 Nissan Maxima Find out if this car is the best match for you

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 $33,270–$40,940
  • Consumer Rating
    (5.0) 17 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25
  • Body Styles:

    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 $32,910–$40,340
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 130 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25
  • Body Styles:

    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
  • Current List Price $17,896–$28,856
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 63 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26
  • Body Styles:

    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

2009–2014 Maxima

Redesigned in 2009
Showing the 2014 Nissan Maxima Find out if this car is the best match for you

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 output increased to 290 hp.

  • Current List Price $5,579–$28,051
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 79 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2014
  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Current List Price $7,618–$19,130
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 42 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2013
  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT automatic, FWD
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Slots above Altima
  • Current List Price $5,375–$18,795
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 50 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2012
  • Revised styling for 2012
  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Shares platform with Altima
  • Current List Price $7,053–$14,801
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 62 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2011
  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Shares platform with Altima
  • Current List Price $5,749–$14,217
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 53 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2010
  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Shares platform with Altima
  • Current List Price $4,041–$13,845
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 41 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2009
  • Redesigned for 2009
  • 290-hp V-6
  • CVT automatic
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional panoramic moonroof
  • Shares platform with Altima

2004–2008 Maxima

Redesigned in 2004
Showing the 2008 Nissan Maxima Find out if this car is the best match for you

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 from the Japanese Skyline sports car, was added, elevating the Maxima's cornering and maneuverability. For 2007, a CVT was added, curbing some enthusiast devotion for the car.

  • Current List Price $3,360–$10,224
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 28 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2008
  • Updated for 2007
  • CVT
  • 255-hp V-6
  • Six airbags
  • Current List Price $2,132–$9,644
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 66 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2007
  • Updated for 2007
  • Standard CVT automatic
  • Standard 255-hp V-6
  • Six standard airbags
  • Current List Price $2,283–$8,547
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 38 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2006
  • 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Automatic or manual
  • Optional four-passenger version
  • Skyview sunroof
  • Shapely styling
  • Current List Price $1,567–$8,495
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 31 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2005
  • 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Automatic or manual
  • Optional four-passenger version
  • Skyview roof
  • Shapely styling
  • Current List Price $1,524–$7,244
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 46 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2004
  • 265-hp V-6
  • Automatic or manual transmission
  • Optional four-passenger version
  • New Skyview roof

2000–2003 Maxima

Redesigned in 2000
Showing the 2003 Nissan Maxima Find out if this car is the best match for you

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 saw Nissan introduce a Bridgestone-made engine mount with sensors to communicate with the car's electronics. The 3.0-liter V-6 was replaced in 2002 with a 255-hp, 3.5-liter V-6.

  • Current List Price $807–$6,811
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 38 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $45–$6,725
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 43 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 2002 Model 2002 Maxima Articles
  • Current List Price $9–$5,925
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 19 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $237–$6,065
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 42 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 2000 Model 2000 Maxima Articles

1995–1999 Maxima

Redesigned in 1995
Showing the 1999 Nissan Maxima Find out if this car is the best match for you

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 revisions for 1997 improved crashworthiness, and the Maxima's exterior was refreshed with plastic headlights instead of the previous glass ones, plus tweaks to the front and rear. 

  • Current List Price $1,058–$4,958
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 13 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $16–$6,608
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 17 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 1998 Model 1998 Maxima Articles
  • Current List Price $914–$4,494
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 20 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 1997 Model 1997 Maxima Articles
  • Current List Price $469–$5,977
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 23 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 1996 Model 1996 Maxima Articles
  • Current List Price $1,396–$4,988
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 12 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 1995 Model 1995 Maxima Articles

1989–1994 Maxima

Redesigned in 1989
Showing the 1994 Nissan Maxima Find out if this car is the best match for you

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 a variable intake manifold on both automatic- and manual-transmission models. 

  • Current List Price $2,999–$2,999
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 6 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-23
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $500–$500
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 6 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-23
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $2,441–$3,345
  • Consumer Rating
    (5.0) 1 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-23
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 1992 Model 1992 Maxima Articles

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