The redesigned 2017 Nissan Maxima is sporty and upscale and worth a look if you’re searching for a car that’s more exciting than a typical family sedan. It offers plenty of features for the money, hush and well-appointed cabin, and a sporty driving character. Its release date should be expected sometime during the 2nd Q of 2017.
Without a doubt, the new model is one of the more dramatic-looking sedans to come out this year. It sits 1.3” lower and is 2.2” longer than the model it is replacing, enabling better aerodynamics and sleeker styling.
For starters, the Maxima has always been Nissan’ luxury leader, but a too-similar resume to the Altima and a conservative styling have made it a tough sell for many consumers in recent years. This could change with the debut of the all-new model later on next year. Nissan has made concerted efforts to make it a stand out between the entry-level luxury cars and mainstream family sedans.
Overall structural rigidity has improved while the curb weight has reduced slightly, changes that Nissan says contribute to handling and fuel efficiency. The engine department however remains the same in terms of output but suspension upgrades are inevitable.
Cabin technology has been improved. A new touchscreen technology is in place and allows the driver to customize it the way he feels best. Upper trims’ surfaces are stuffed with leather and simulated suede upholstery, which contribute to the Maxima’s sporty and premium feel. In overall, the interior design looks and feels luxurious than before.
Like wearing high heels to a daylong party, sacrificing functionality over style has its own detriments. In the quest to achieve a sleek appeal, the Maxima has given up some chunk of its rear seat space. Hopefully, there are some options available in the segment that can offer you a bigger backseat if that’s what you’re after. Spacious sedans include the 2017 Hyundai Azera, 2017 Buick LaCrosse, 2017 Toyota Avalon, and 2017 Kia Cadenza.
Rear wheel drive competitors include 2017 Hyundai Genesis, the 2017 Chrysler 300, and the luxury branded 2017 Acura TLX. Others include the 2017 BMW 3 Series, and the 2017 Audi A4. But if you’re looking for a fun and sleek-looking family sedan that’s still relatively affordable, we think the 2017 Nissan Maxima is an excellent choice.
Nissan Maxima – Offered Trims
Five trims are available for the five-passenger midsize 2017 Nissan Maxima sedan: Platinum, sporty SR, SL, SV, and base S. the 3.5 connotation before the trim model indicates the engine capacity under the hood.
Interior Review & 2017 Nissan Maxima Exterior Changes
Standard accessories and changes available for the Maxima 3.5 S model include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a rear 60/40-split folding seat, automatic dual-zone climate control, 18” alloy wheels, an 8” touchscreen display, a six-disc CD changer, an eight-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, dual USB ports, a navigation system, rearview auto-dimming mirrors, power front seats, foglights, automatic headlights, and keyless entry and ignition.
The Maxima 3.5 SV steps up with extendable thigh support, rear and front parking sensors, heated exterior mirrors, and a leather upholstery.
The Maxima 3.5 SL model in addition to what the SV offers, adds an 11-speaker Bose audio system, ambient interior lighting, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a slew of safety features (blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alerts, automatic braking, lane-departure warning and mitigation, hill assist, and adaptive cruise control), active noise cancellation, and a tri-zone automatic climate control.
The Sporty 3.5 SR adds Active Trace Control, a sport-tuned suspension system, 19” wheels, Active Ride Control, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated and heated front seats, premium leather upholstery, and LED headlights.
2017 Nissan Maxima Engine Specs
Under the hood of the 2017 Nissan Maxima is a 3.5L V6 engine mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission system. The system then takes up the power – 300 hp and 261 lbs. ft. of torque to the front wheels.
The Maxima SR, according to various test drive, should be able to saunter from 0-60 mph in just 6.2 seconds – an average time for a sedan in this segment. The Maxima top speed is unknown during the writing of this review, but will be available weeks to its release date.
EPA estimates fuel economy to be 22/30/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, regardless of the trim model.
Price & 2017 Nissan Maxima Release Date
The new 2017 Nissan Maxima should be expected to debut sometime during the 2nd Q of next year. As for the window sticker, the Maxima Sedan is rumored will go for sale for $32,510, and $41,000 for the 2017 Nissan Maxima Nismo.
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