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2019 Nissan Maxima Overview
With customer interest in sedans fading, the Nissan Maxima works to capture interest, going up against other sedans like the Toyota Avalon. Nissan revealed a refreshed Maxima at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show after a full redesign in 2016.
Nissan’s flagship sedan gets an aggressive new look for the new year with a larger and more angular grille and updated design wraps around the back, centering on a new taillight design and a new rear fascia, which integrates quad exhaust tips for a sporty look.
The Maxima will retain its powertrain, consisting of a 3.5-liter V6 engine rated for 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive (FWD). The Maxima earns average EPA fuel-economy ratings for this class, coming in at 20 mpg city, 30 highway, and 24 combined.
The cabin gets updated with new upholstery and trim materials, including an available upgrade to semi-aniline leather, finished in a diamond quilted pattern. The Maxima comes in five trim levels: S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. The base S trim offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard, along with LED headlights and daytime-running lights. The SV trim gets more driver-assist features like navigation, blind-spot monitoring, and intelligent cruise control, along with heated front seats. A panoramic moonroof comes standard on the SL trim, along with a heated steering wheel and a Bose stereo system. The SR trim, the sportiest of the group, gets paddle shifters, a sport-tuned suspension, and 19-inch wheels. The Platinum trim focuses on more premium touches, like leather-appointed seats and memory function for the driver’s seat, steering wheel, and mirrors.
The 2018 Maxima earned a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). All Maxima models come with a reversing camera, forward-collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Optional features include a surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver-alertness monitoring, high-beam assist, and rear automatic braking.
The Maxima has something for all shoppers, ranging from sporty to premium.
Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.
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