2017 Nissan Maxima
Available in six trims: S, SV, SL, SR, SR Midnight Edition and Platinum, the 2017 Nissan Maxima appears to be your typical midsize sedan at first. However, it actually slots a notch above most other midsize sedans on the market. Closer inspection causes the competition to sweat, and you to get excited. Starting with the performance. While the single engine and fuel-efficiency is above average when it comes to performance, the new Maxima has exceptionally strong driving dynamics for a vehicle this size. Interior comfort is off the charts as well, given that the well-made and handsome cabin design truly rivals those of more upscale luxury sedans. Finally, top safety scores and plenty of standard and optional safety features put your mind at ease.
Not to mention, the Maxima has an abundance of features for the money, providing you great value-for-your-dollar. The Maxima is a vehicle that’s able to provide you with everything you could ever want in a midsize sedan, and then some.
Top Safety Scores
In 2016, the Nissan Maxima snagged top safety scores across the board. These are still relevant for the 2017 model, given that it carried over unchanged on the safety front.
For the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) government crash tests, the Maxima scored a perfect overall 5/5 stars, with five stars in the front-impact safety and total side-impact safety. When the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) tested the Maxima, it also earned top scores. Getting a rating of “Good” in the moderate- and small-overlap frontal-offset impact tests, side impact, roof strength, and seat/head restraint tests.
As an added bonus, since the Maxima has a forward collision mitigation system, it was able to test in another category, earning a top score of “Superior” in the front collision prevention test.
On the base trim, you’ll find features like airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System, LATCH System, high-strength steel side-door guard beams, Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System, Vehicle Security System, and crumple zones. All the standard safety features that you’d expect on a midsize sedan.
Go all the way to the top with the Premier trim though, and you’ll get a host of driver assist safety features that are typically optional – features like Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Moving Object Detection, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, and Forward Emergency Braking. All told, this Maxima has all the safety features you could want and more, with the top safety scores to prove that it’s truly a safe midsize sedan choice.
All-Around, Above Average Performance
The performance of the Maxima is above average in all the ways you can think of: engine output, fuel-efficiency, driving dynamics, and even acceleration.
Primarily though, the Maxima stands out from the rest of the pack thanks to its exceptionally sharp handling. This means you’ll not only experience precise handling around corners, but you’ll be taking corners at speeds you’d dare not to go in another midsize vehicle, creating a sportier and more fun driving experience. Naturally, fine-tuned handling also means an easier time driving on the highway, roads, and in fast-paced city traffic. It benefits the car (and driver) overall when it comes to the performance, and you’ll have a hard time finding another midsize sedan like this.
Furthermore, the Maxima’s athletic nature, exceptional handling, and refined ride quality may make you think you’re in a luxury sedan, not an affordable (even for this segment), entry-level midsize sedan.
Sport Mode further reinforces this athletic driving, and is part of the Maxima’s Drive Mode Selector. Throttle response is honed even more, steering is heavier, shifts are quicker, and the engine actually growls. All you need to do in order to get back to that fuel-efficient and refined handling? Just switch the Drive Mode Selector back over to Normal Mode.
The V6 engine found on the Maxima is the most powerful midsize sedan engine out there. Meaning not only is the ride quality and handling above-average, but so is the power of this engine, evidenced by its enhanced, sportier feel.
The engine in question is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower and 261 lb.-ft. of torque. It sends that torque to the front-wheel drive system, through a CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission).
On the fuel-efficiency front, you can expect the V6-powered Maxima to return up to 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway (25 mpg combined). Quite impressive, considering its quicker-than average 0-60 mph time, provided by the most powerful engine found in the midsize sedan segment, mind you.
The Maxima’s 0-60 mph time clocks in at 6.1 seconds, quicker-than-average for the midsize segment.
What’s the mark of any good luxury vehicle? Quality materials. Which midsize sedan isn’t considered a luxury vehicle, but has that same mark of high-quality materials? The 2017 Nissan Maxima.
On the highest trim level, you’ll find soft-touch surfaces, and leather upholstery on the seats and throughout the trim within the cabin. That leather trim mingling with wood trim, the grain of the wood running diagonally, creates a stark and even more upscale contrast compared to some of the other midsize sedans in the market.
Zero Gravity front seats are even present, and these are Nissan’s sport-styled heated and cooled front seats. They’re bolstered at just the right width and height, and are able to actually conform to your body. What does this do? Helps keep you in place when going fast, even around high-G cornering.
Or, if you’d rather have an even more luxurious look, premium ascot leather-appointed seating is available. If you want to take that luxury a step further, you could even get a diamond-quilted Alcantara seat insert. That Alcantara is a material that’s typically only seen in high-end (naturally, pricier) cars.
Ambient lighting provides a warm glow that spreads across the cabin of the Maxima. If you want to up the luxury feel even more, you can get a dual-peel panoramic moonroof that’s operated with one-touch for easy open and close.
These are only a fraction of what the Maxima is able to offer for interior comfort and luxury, and there’s many more standard and optional features to choose from. Regardless, this should prove that the Maxima really is punching way above its price range, with the interior alone putting it in more of a luxury car category.
Don’t be surprised if at first glance you mistake a top-trim Maxima for a Volvo. Even in pictures, the interior looks that good.
Everything and More – The 2017 Nissan Maxima
There’s no better way to describe it other than the Nissan Maxima is a midsize sedan that’s able to offer everything you could want and more. It comes at a devilishly good price point, especially for all the features you get. The all-around, above average performance is a huge bonus, too. On top of that, the cabin is made from high-quality materials, and looks like it belongs in a luxury trim. Top safety scores with all the necessary features ensure that you’re at peace-of-mind on the road. Along with all that, you can also expect a comfortable amount of passenger space, average cargo volume, and plenty of technology features to entertain and help make life on the road easier.