2017 Nissan Maxima Sedan Drive Review

2017 Nissan Maxima Sedan Drive Review
- completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, the Maxima receives minimal updates for 2017, Apple CarPlay is now standard on trim levels, Android Auto, is still missing, new Medallion and Dynamic accessory packages, includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, illuminated doorsills, and a rear spoiler while Medallion package adds interior and exterior accent lighting, while the Dynamic package offers unique side rocker moldings

- SR trim level,$38,655 includes sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch aluminum wheels, Leather seats with faux-suede inserts, Sport mode for heftier steering and sharper throttle response

- Maxima engine sounds good, is one of the quicker full-size sedans, 3.5-liter V-6, 300 horsepower, front-wheel drive

- mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that compromises fun for fuel efficiency

- quarter-mile in 14.4 seconds at 101 mph and zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds close to Buick LaCrosse and quicker than the Kia Cadenza, the Toyota Avalon, Dodge Charger SXT Blacktop

- 21 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, Buick LaCrosse matches the Maxima in the city, while Kia Cadenza provides 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway

- particularly sporty, comfortable driving, lifeless steering is the major disappointment, chassis setup is rather engaging

- SR trim level, has retuned springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars

- relatively quiet, harsh impacts are felt through the suspension and heard inside the cabin

- little body roll in aggressive cornering maneuvers, the Nissan Maxima SR easily outhandled its rivals

- braking performance is above average, the pedal feels spongy doesn’t inspire confidence, halted from 70 mph in just 168 feet

- cabin is comfortable and spacious, full of soft-touch materials, simple controls, and tons of high-end features

- front-seat legroom is among the best in the class, while headroom is average

- rear-seat space is not as generous as it is in larger rivals such as the Chevrolet Impala and the Toyota Avalon

- our Platinum test car includes dapper wood-tone trim, ambient interior lighting, leather throughout

- standard features includes 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, power-adjustable driver’s and front-passenger’s seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and push-button start

- base S models with cloth seats, but uplevel models have standard leather seating the SR trim with quilted faux-suede inserts

- forward visibility is average, rear field of view is excellent

- infotainment system touchscreen along with redundant buttons on the center stack for quick access to common adjustments such as audio volume and climate control. The system also provides vehicle monitoring, remote access, and emergency services

- Nissan’s more intuitive software makes it preferable to the systems offered in the Cadenza and the Toyota Avalon

- Maxima and the Cadenza offer Apple CarPlay, Android users to consider the Kia Cadenza

- offers 60/40-split-folding rear seats, smallest trunks in the category means the Maxima starts with a disadvantage in cargo hauling

- bold styling of the Maxima will make it a favorite among extroverts, standard 18-inch aluminum wheels, front and rear LED exterior lighting, and foglamps

- large panoramic sunroof comes on SL and Platinum trim levels

- SR and SR Midnight models have 19-inch wheels, rear spoilers

- offers add-ons as splash guards, rocker-panel moldings, a rear-bumper diffuser and exterior ground lighting

- active-safety features on SL trim levels and up,includes a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning, and automated emergency braking

- neither a lane-departure-warning system nor a lane-keeping-assist feature are offered

- backup camera is standard, Platinum trim levels have a 360-degree camera

- Nissan Maxima to provide better competition to Buick And Kia

Pros unique style, big engine, better equipped
Cons unsatisfying CVT, limited storage