2016 Nissan Maxima – Review and Road Test

By Jonathan Spira on 7 December 2015
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I thought there had been some kind of mix-up. We were expecting a Nissan Maxima but what appeared at the Frequent Business Traveler’s garage seemed to be more of an avant garde Italian sports sedan. While the 2016 Nissan Maxima in Deep Blue Pearl may not be to everyone’s taste, it did attract immediate attention.

Now in its eighth iteration (it was launched in 1981 as the Datsun Maxima), the Maxima is one of the older nameplates available in the United States but the “four-door sports sedan” as Nissan refers to it has improved with age.

The Tennessee-built Max is longer (by 2.2”), lower (by 1.3”), leaner (by 82 pounds), and Nissan has managed to nonetheless improve torsional rigidity by 25% thanks to the use of high-strength steel.


The venerable 3.5-liter V6 engine has more power, developing 300 hp at 6400 rpm, with no change in torque (261 pound-feet at 4400 rpm) and has been updated with sodium-filled exhaust valves, reshaped intake valves, and a more efficient intake manifold. The CVT transmission has been redesigned with a 17% increase in the delta between the lowest and highest ratios. All of this translates to greater fuel efficiency and the 2016 Maxima is rated at 30 mpg (7.84 l/100 km) on the highway, a 4 mpg increase over the outgoing model.


Ours was the Platinum edition, which comes with leather heated and cooled seats, and included a variety of driver assistance technologies.

An excellent rear-view monitor is standard on the base Maxima as is navigation with Nissan Connect Telematics and remote engine start.

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