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2020 Nissan Maxima Overview

The Maxima, Nissan's largest sedan, was last refreshed for 2019. For 2020, Nissan continues to demonstrate a commitment to making the Maxima competitive by adding new standard safety features. Competitors include the Toyota Avalon, Kia Cadenza, Chevrolet Impala, and Buick LaCrosse.

Exterior styling carries over unchanged, with the brand’s V-Motion grille holding the visual focus and the quad exhaust tips delivering a hint of sportiness.

Every Maxima gets a 3.5-liter V6 engine rated for 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque, plus a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive (FWD). Fuel-economy ratings come in at 20 mpg city, 30 highway, and 24 combined.

The Maxima is available in five trim levels. The base S trim features dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, and push-button start. The SV trim adds leather upholstery and heated front seats. The SL trim adds a panoramic moonroof and a heated steering wheel. With the SR trim, you get premium leather upholstery and ventilated front seats. The top-tier Platinum trim includes a power-adjustable steering wheel and rear power sunshade, and it offers a number of custom interior options, such as quilted leather upholstery.

The Maxima’s infotainment system features an 8-inch touchscreen. Standard features include an 8-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Options include navigation, HD Radio, and a premium Bose audio system.

The 2019 Maxima earned Good scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). All Maximas already included a reversing camera, forward-collision warning, driver-alertness monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. For 2020, Nissan adds the Safety Shield 360 package across all five trims. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, high-beam assist, and rear automatic braking. Optional features include a surround-view camera and adaptive cruise control.

With the Maxima’s latest update, Nissan demonstrates a serious commitment to this sedan. Shoppers in search of a value option should consider taking a look at the Maxima.


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 owns a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx XT, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, 2015 Honda Grom, and 1979 Boston Whaler Montauk.

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