2016 Nissan Maxima

MSRP $32,510 - $39,960

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2016 Nissan Maxima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 14, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Maxima is another sedan offering from Nissan but a rather more comfortable and stylish sedan than the rivals. This car once held the moniker of the "four-door sports car." The 2014 Maxima, however, seems more like a sleeker Altima with much better performance and styling and can now be called the “four-door coupe.” The 2016 Maxima is a really comfortable refined sedan with a flowing fluid-like unique design, a lot of features, and good quality interior.

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Pros

Superb-quality interior

Great driving dynamics

Impressive safety

Cons

Price on the higher side

Less rear row space

Low cargo space

What's New?

New model is longer and lower than its predecessor

Lesser curb weight

3.5 L V6 engine producing 10 more hp


2016 Nissan Maxima Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.8

based on 5 ratings


6.8/10Features
6.6/10Interiors
7.8/10Design
7.4/10Safety
7.6/10Reliability
7.0/10Deal Value

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Mark

2016 Nissan Maxima

SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 14, 2022

affordable large sedan

Pros - Good safety features, luxurious interior, poised performance and reliable

Cons - Poor navigation system, less rear seating and cargo space.

large sedan with less practicality on offer My modestly priced Nissan Maxima achieves an eye-catching silhouette and delightful front-drive driving characteristics.It cost me roughly $33,000, which I believe is fairly reasonable given the technology in this car, which includes four cameras, lane departure sensors, accident avoidance sensors, and Bluetooth audio streaming. At night, the lighting within the wood panel looks quite cool. Nissan did a good job with this update, in my opinion.The interior design appears to be lavish, and the majority of the materials are of good quality. The combined fuel efficiency of 24 mpg isn’t great but does the job for me. The navigation system functions poorly and th...

6/10
Features
6/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
8/10
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J. Keith

2016 Nissan Maxima

S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 13, 2022

A perfect sedan for an affordable price!

Pros - Easy handling, Quick throttle response, Great tech-integration

Cons - Lacks AWD, Wind noise at high speeds

Highly recommended for a purchase The Nissan Maxima exceeded all my expectations and my wife can drive it effortlessly. Its 3.5L V6 engine has more than enough power and its CVT responds promptly to my throttle. It packs a lot of features for a reasonable price of $35K and the cabin quality looks splendid. I like to drive it on curvy roads more than straight-flat highways because of its sporty handling but this car lacks an AWD powertrain to launch on slopes without aggravations. My wife and I went to the Dartmouth Nissan and had the best experience with everyone; our consultant, Charles Cooper was super-friendly and made our purchasing experience painless. I highly prefer this dealership for yo...

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
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Emma Lee

2016 Nissan Maxima

Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 5, 2022

sedan with charming road manners

Pros - Top crash test scores, easy to use tech controls, good reliability, sharp driving dynamics and luxurious interior.

Cons - Less rear seat and trunk space and the price is a bit higher.

large sedan with poised performance and high end interior. This is THE CAR if you're searching for a luxury family sedan with performance, a sporty feel, and seating for four people comfortably. When I sit in the car, it seems more like a sports car than a regular sedan because of the opulent interior design, which surrounds the occupants with premium materials, including soft-touch surfaces on the majority of the important contact points.The front seat room is adequate, but the back sitting area and trunk capacity leaves me craving for more. Overall, my Maxima is a solid big sedan with an appealing design and delightful driving characteristics. I never had the call back from the dealership for ...

6/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
5/10
Deal Value
5/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32510

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

135 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

261 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

continuously variable speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

192.8 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

3471 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.3 cu ft.

payload capacity

1133 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/30 mpg

highway range

580.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$32,510 onwards

  • 8-Inch touchscreen display
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Eather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Led daytime running lights
  • Navigation system
  • Rearview camera
  • Remote engine start

SV$34,490 onwards

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Upgraded driver seat w/ extendable thigh support

SL$36,990 onwards

  • 12-Speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Active noise reduction
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Blind-Spot monitoring
  • Dual-Panel sunroof
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

SR$37,770 onwards

  • Active engine braking
  • Active Ride Control
  • Active Trace Control
  • Led headlights
  • Sport-Tuned suspension
  • Ventilated front seats

Platinum$39,960 onwards

  • 360-Degree parking camera
  • Auto-Dimming driver-side mirro
  • Automatic wipers
  • Driver-Seat memory settings
  • Nissanconnect services
  • Power-Adjustable steering column
  • Six-Way power passenger seat

Colors and Styles

2016 Nissan Maxima in Bordeaux Black color
Bordeaux Black

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.6

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.6

Competition

6.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


The base model of the Maxima starts off at $32,510 and goes up to the price of $39,960 for the top-end Platinum trim. There are five different trims in between this not too far off price point, and that puts this car in contention against the likes of Chevrolet Impala and the Toyota Avalon. Continue with the article to know how it performs in front of its rivals in the segment.


9.0/10
Features

8.6/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.6/10
Safety


2016 Nissan Maxima Features

9.0/10

The 2016 Nissan Maxima starts off from a price point of $32,510, and for that price, we get the base S trim that offers pretty good features like an 8-way power driver’s seat, Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Bose Premium Audio System with eight speakers, and a lot more. The SV trim comes next and starts at the price of $34,490 and adds some features, including heated front seats and leather upholstery. The next trim level is the SL trim, which starts at $36,990 and adds some features such as Intelligent Cruise Control, 11 Speakers, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The fourth trim in the lineup is the SR, which is more performance-oriented and comes with a sport-tuned suspension, Integrated Dynamics-control Module with Active Ride Control, Active Trace Control, and Active Engine Brake, all of this at a price of $37,770. The topmost trim of the lineup is the Platinum, which costs $39,960 and is loaded with top of the line features like Premium Ascot leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted leather inserts, a Memory System for driver’s seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors, and Moving Object Detection along with other features.

Trim

S

SV

SL

SR

Platinum

MSRP

$32,510

$34,490

$36,990

$37,770

$39,960

Features

8-way power driver’s seat

8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support

Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)

Front performance chassis damper

Memory System – driver’s seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors

 

Bose Premium Audio System with AM/FM/CD Eight speakers

Heated front seats 

11 Speakers, including a center channel

Climate-controlled front seats (heated and cooled)

Power-tilt/telescoping steering column

 

Cloth seat trim

Leather-appointed seats

Blind Spot Warning (BSW)

Premium Ascot leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted Alcantara inserts

Premium Ascot leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted leather inserts

 

Advanced Drive-Assist Display with 7.0" color display

Driver’s seat manual thigh support extension

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) 

Aluminum sport pedals

Moving Object Detection (MOD)

 

NissanConnectSM with Navigation and 8.0" multi-touch control color monitor

Power heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators

Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW

Paddle shifters

Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers

 

Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System

Dual Panel Power Panoramic Moonroof with one-touch open/close

Forward Emergency Braking (FEB)

Integrated Dynamics-control Module (IDM) – Active Ride Control (ARC), Active Trace Control (ATC), Active Engine Brake (AEB)

Premium Ascot leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter and rear vents

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

Sport-tuned suspension

Mahogany wood-tone faceted trim 

We Recommend

With the price difference between each of the trims not being too much and all of the line up coming in within a difference of only $10,000 price point, we would go for the fully loaded Platinum trim. It comes loaded with all the available goodies and is the car of the lineup that is more inclined towards performance.

2016 Nissan Maxima Engine and Performance

8.6/10

The Nissan Maxima S comes with a 3.5 L V6 mated to a CVT transmission churning out 300 hp of maximum power and 261 lb-ft of maximum torque. The Maxima takes 5.8 seconds to reach a speed of 60 mph and 14.3 seconds to cross the quarter-mile mark. The Maxima is limited to a top speed of 135 mph, making it the second fastest option after the Chevrolet Impala.

The sedan is a fun-to-drive machine, even though the CVT gearbox does hold back in giving the feel of aggressive shifts. The SR trim, especially with its sports-tuned suspension, front performance chassis damper, and Integrated Dynamics-control Module which includes Active Ride Control, Active Trace Control, and Active Engine Brake, performs a lot better than the other trims and feels more planted and stable around the twisties.

Model

2016 Nissan Maxima S

2016 Chevrolet Impala LT

2016 Toyota Avalon XLE

MSRP

$32,510

$30,435

$32,650

Engine

3.5 L V6

3.6 L V6

3.5 L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

Power

300 hp

305 hp

268 hp

Torque

261 lb-ft

264 lb-ft

248 lb-ft

0-60 mph (seconds)

5.8

6.2

6.3

Quarter-mile (mph)

14.3

14.9

14.8

Top Speed (mph)

135

153

130

The Chevy is the most powerful of the lot, outputting 305 hp and 264 lb-ft, followed by the Maxima that outputs 300 hp and 261 lb-ft, whereas the Avalon produces 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of power and torque, respectively. The Nissan is the fastest to reach 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, followed by the Impala and Avalon in 6.2 and 6.3 seconds, respectively. The Chevy has the highest top speed of 153 mph, followed by the Maxima which is limited at 135 mph, and the Avalon which can get upto 130 mph.

2016 Nissan Maxima Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The Maxima returns 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined mileage. These figures are no joke and are actually great, making the Maxima one of the most efficient cars in the segment. To add to this, the fuel tank is quite sizable at 18 gallons, and all of this together gives the Nissan a range of 96 miles in the city, 540 on the highway, and a combined range of 450 miles.

Model

2016 Nissan Maxima S

2016 Chevrolet Impala LT

2016 Toyota Avalon XLE

MPG (City) (mpg)

22

19

21

MPG (Highway) (mpg)

30

29

31

MPG (Combined) (mpg)

25

22

24

Fuel Capacity (gallon)

18

18.5

17

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

396/540/450

351/536/407

357/527/408

When compared with the rivals in the competition, the 2016 Maxima is the most fuel-efficient car here, it is followed by the Toyota that returns 24 mpg, while the Chevy comes in at last delivering 22 mpg. The Impala has the largest fuel tank of 18.5 gallons but fails to offer the best range, which is again dominated by Nissan as it offers a class-leading range of 450 miles combined.

2016 Nissan Maxima Interior

8.2/10

The Nissan Maxima has a spacious cabin with seats that are comfortable and supportive. The materials used in the interior are definitely top-notch, and considering the fact that it is a Nissan, the interior feels more premium and expensive. There is a lot of space in the interior of the cabin. From the SL trim and above, there is Active Noise Cancelling on offer that ensures that the cabin is quiet. Various seat fabrics are available across the trims, ranging from cloth to premium Ascot leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted Alcantara or leather inserts. The seats are also climate-controlled.

Model

2016 Nissan Maxima S

2016 Chevrolet Impala LT

2016 Toyota Avalon XLE

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/56.7/45.0

39.9/57.9/45.8

38.5/58.2/42.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.7/55.7/34.2

37.4/56.9/39.8

37.9/57.0/39.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

14.3

18.8

16.0

The Chevrolet is the most spacious, followed by the Toyota Avalon, and then comes the Maxima in the same order. The Maxima falls short in the rear legroom, while the Avalon and the Chevy have plenty of that space. In terms of cargo capacity too, the Maxima falls short of its rivals, offering just 14.3 cu-ft, while the Toyota offers 16 cu-ft and the Impala offers significantly better cargo space, measuring 18.8 cu-ft. Few key interior features include-

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter and rear vents
  • Premium Ascot leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted Alcantara or leather inserts
  • 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support
  • Climate-controlled front seats (heated and cooled)
  • Memory System – driver’s seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors
  • Driver’s seat manual thigh support extension

How intuitive is the 2016 Nissan Maxima infotainment unit?

The Nissan Maxima comes with a large instrument cluster display and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit that houses a navigation system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, two USB ports, and an eight-speaker sound system with satellite radio, HD radio, and a six-disc CD changer. The higher trims get an 11-speaker Bose audio system. Other important infotainment features include-

  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB ports
  • Satellite radio
  • 8-Speaker audio system

2016 Nissan Maxima Exterior

8.0/10

The 2016 Maxima looks great, although that said, the looks of the Maxima are entirely subjective. Some might seem to like the curves, lines, and grille as attractive and many find it bizarre. The Nissan Maxima, with a curb weight of 3,471 lbs, is lighter than the curb weight of the Chevrolet Impala in the competition. The Maxima has a ground clearance of 5.3 inches, which is the lowest in the competition.

Model

2016 Nissan Maxima S

2016 Chevrolet Impala LT

2016 Toyota Avalon XLE

Curb Weight (lbs)

3471

3800

3461

Length (in.)

192.8

201.3

195.3

Width (in.)

73.2

73.0

72.2

Height (in.)

56.5

58.9

57.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.3

N/A

5.5

Wheelbase (in.)

109.3

111.7

111.0

The Chevrolet Impala is the heaviest at 3,800 lbs, followed by the Maxima which weighs a significantly lower 3,471 lbs, and then the lightest is the Avalon that weighs 3,461 lbs. The Chevrolet Impala is also the longest and tallest with a length and height of 201.3 and 58.9 inches, respectively, followed by the Avalon and the Maxima. The Toyota Avalon has a slightly better ground clearance of 5.5 inches than the Maxima. Standout exterior features of the sedan are-

  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • Power heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators
  • Front and Rear Sonar System
  • Dual mufflers with rolled chrome-tipped finishers
  • Dual Panel Power Panoramic Moonroof with one-touch open/close

2016 Nissan Maxima Safety

9.6/10

The Nissan Maxima comes with a lot of safety features as standard like anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and a rearview camera. Moving up to the higher trims, there is more advanced safety tech such as a blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, and a forward collision warning and mitigation system with automatic braking. The top-end Platinum trim gets a 360-degree parking camera system along with a moving object detection system. The Maxima stops from 60 mph at 122 ft, which is a good distance. Standout safety features include-

  • Traction Control
  • Stability Control
  • Rear-Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rearview Camera
  • 360 degree Camera
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring 

2016 Nissan Maxima Final Verdict

The 2016 iteration of the Nissan Maxima might be one of the best options in the segment. It offers decent space inside the cabin, and the premium features are also adequate for the segment. All in all, the Maxima is a good value for money option and a bang for the buck. The car is not too expensive, and the features and performance on offer are tremendous for that price point.

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affordable large sedan

large sedan with less practicality on offer

by Mark

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User Overall Rating

A perfect sedan for an affordable price!

Highly recommended for a purchase

by J. Keith

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User Overall Rating

sedan with charming road manners

large sedan with poised performance and high end interior.

by Emma Lee

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User Overall Rating

handsome and affordable large sedan

safe large sedan with strong performance

by Jennifer Hill

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safe and reliable large sedan

handsome sedan with sporty driving dynamics

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