2016 Nissan Maxima – Review and Road Test

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The Xtronic CVT’s software looks at six variables, accelerator-pedal position, acceleration, cornering g-force, braking g-force, road grade, and road speed and adjusts accordingly (there are, of course, no gear changes since there are no gears in a CVT; it merely changes the drive ratio). The driver has a choice of Normal and Sport modes (we stayed largely in Sport). Just step on the accelerator pedal and see.

Driver assistance technologies abound and are included on the all versions but the base S and SV lines. These include radar cruise, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking in the event the system determines a crash is imminent. Other signs that the engineers recognize what drivers really need include automatically tilting side-view mirrors with front and rear sonar for parking, and the Around View 360° exterior camera system that includes detection of moving objects.

Driver Attention Alert, a drowsiness detection feature that we refer to as coffee-cup alert, detects changes in the manner in which the driver is driving that would indicate he is fatigued and lights up an alert on the dashboard asking if it’s time to “Take a Break?”.

BOTTOM LINE

The combination of a lavish interior that could easily raise the belief of being in a car costing the equivalent of ten Maximas, a sporty and distinctive (some might say avant garde) exterior design, good fuel economy, and excellent overall handling will lure many buyers to the showroom and a test drive should seal the deal.

THE DETAILS

2016 Nissan Maxima
Base price/price-as-tested $39,860/$40,905
Drivetrain Front engine, front-wheel drive
Engine 3.5-liter inline six
Horsepower/Torque 300 / 261
Transmission CVT
Curb weight (lbs) 3,593
Wheelbase (inches) 109.3
Length x width x height (inches) 192.3 x 73.2 x 56.5
0-60 mph (seconds) 5.9
Fuel economy (mpg) (city/hwy) 22/30

 

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