2016 Nissan Maxima – Review and Road Test

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The drop-dead gorgeous and rather comfortable quilted leather seats and the mahogany accents in the top-of-the-line Platinum edition gave the car the air of a far more expensive vehicle, as does the contrast stitching on the dash, which Nissan likes to point out is real stitching, not part of the mold. Indeed, the materials Nissan uses in the interior are lavishly finished and there has been great attention paid to detail.

The car’s electronics have been greatly simplified (navi has far fewer buttons, for example) and the 8” touch display is oriented towards the driver. The display can understand swipe, pinch, and slide touch gestures as well. The driver can opt to display navi instructions on the 7” display in the dashboard cluster, allowing him to better keep his eyes on the road.

Rear-seat comfort is quite good for two passengers although a third passenger in the middle seat will hope it’s a short trip and be grateful the car doesn’t have a driveshaft hump.

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DRIVING THE 2016 NISSAN MAXIMA PLATINUM

Press the start button and listen to the growl of the 3.5-liter engine, in part courtesy of Nissan’s Active Sound Enhancement system.

The column-mounted paddle shifters are a bit oversized but the heated leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel is comfortable to grip and it’s power adjustable as well.

The 19” wheels and tires are grippy (they are standard on the sporty SR, one level down from the Platinum edition as well) and the suspension offers the right combination of poise on straightaways and fun on twisties, as well as sufficient road feel to remind you this isn’t your father’s Oldsmobile. The car’s excellent road manners and quiet cabin will reinforce the occupants’ belief of being in a far more expensive vehicle.

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