2017 Nissan Maxima

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2017 MODEL
$32,610 - $40,340 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

Boasted as a 4-door- sports car by Nissan, the Maxima is an executive car which although does not carry the luxury moniker, but provides features and performance similar to some of the high-end cars in the top market.

The 2017 Nissan Maxima Sedan is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine with a CVT transmission, producing 300 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque, through the front wheels. It does 0-60 mph in 5.8s and quarter mile in 14.3s. It comes with a sporty and premium design and has a great fuel efficiency.


8.5/10
Features

 

8.9/10
Engine

 

8.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.1/10
Interior

 

8.7/10
Exterior

 

9.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

The Nissan Maxima has Chrysler 300 Limited, Kia Cadenza Premium, and the Ford Taurus SE giving it a good competition. These cars provide pretty much similar features and performance as that of the Maxima but the Maxima proves to be a steal. Find out why.

2017 Nissan Maxima Features

8.5/10

The Nissan Maxima comes in 5 trims - S, SV, SL, SR, and Premium - with each successive variants introducing expansive features while offering the same powertrain. All the models are powered by a 3.0L V6 engine with a CVC automatic transmission and comes standard as a front-wheel drive. The base trim, S, starts at $32,910 while the top-end Premium costs $40,340. Features like bigger wheels, high quality speakers, LED lights, high quality upholstery and seating, etc., are found as you go higher up the trims.

Trim MSRP Key Features
S 3.5 $32,910
  • Hydro-electric power steering (HEPS)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Dual power outside mirrors
  • NissanConnectSM with Navigation, featuring Apple CarPlay
  • Voice Recognition for audio and navigation
  • Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter and rear vents
  • AM/FM/CD audio system
  • Eight speakers
S 3.5 Ltd. Avail $32,610
  • Hydro-electric power steering (HEPS)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Dual power outside mirrors
  • NissanConnectSM with Navigation, featuring Apple CarPlay
  • Voice Recognition for audio and navigation
  • Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter and rear vents
  • AM/FM/CD audio system
  • Eight speakers
SV 3.5 $34,890
  • Hydro-electric power steering (HEPS)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • NissanConnectSM with Navigation, featuring Apple CarPlay
  • Voice Recognition for audio and navigation
  • Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter and rear vents
  • AM/FM/CD audio system
  • Eight speakers
SV 3.5 Ltd. Avail $34,590
  • Hydro-electric power steering (HEPS)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • NissanConnectSM with Navigation, featuring Apple CarPlay
  • Voice Recognition for audio and navigation
  • Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter and rear vents
  • AM/FM/CD audio system
  • Eight speakers
SL 3.5 $37,250
  • Hydro-electric power steering (HEPS)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • NissanConnectSM with Navigation, featuring Apple CarPlay
  • Voice Recognition for audio and navigation
  • Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter and rear vents
  • Bose Premium Audio System
  • 11 Speakers, including Bose Centerpoint Surround Technology
SR 3.5 $38,030
  • Sport-tuned suspension retuned dampers, stiffer springs and larger front stabilizer bar
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED low-beam headlights
  • NissanConnectSM with Navigation, featuring Apple CarPlay
  • Voice Recognition for audio and navigation
  • Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter and rear vents
  • Bose Premium Audio System
  • 11 Speakers, including Bose\xae Centerpoint\xae Surround Technology
Platinum $40,340
  • Hydro-electric power steering (HEPS)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED low-beam headlights
  • NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Services, featuring Apple CarPlay
  • Voice Recognition for audio and navigation
  • Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter and rear vents
  • Bose\xae Premium Audio System
  • 11 Speakers, including Bose\xae Centerpoint\xae Surround Technology

2017 Nissan Maxima Engine

8.9/10

The Maxima is one of the quicker full-size sedans, and its V-6 engine sounds good when it’s pushed hard. -CarandDriver

Engine & Transmission

The Nissan Maxima is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine with a CVT automatic transmission which drives it through the front-wheels. The powertrain produces 300 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque. The performance is pretty good and smooth for a sedan and with the CVT transmission, the car runs with no complaints. Nissan has tweaked the CVT transmission so it doesn't stay at higher revs most of the time, hence saving precious fuel and money in the process. It can drive from 0-60 mph within 5.8s which is quite good for a sedan with a V6, while the same can be said for quarter mile which it gets done in 14.3.

The other cars in the field get close to the Nissan Maxima yet remain further. They all offer pretty much similar performance while the Maxima remains quickest.

Models Nissan Maxima S Chrysler 300 limited Kia cadenza premium Ford Taurus SE
MSRP $32,910 $32,340 $31,990 $27,345
Engine 3.5L DOHC 24-Valve V6 3.6L V6 24V VVT 3.3L GDI V6 3.5L Ti-VCT V6
Transmission CVT automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 300 hp @ 6400 rpm 292 hp @ 6350 rpm 290 hp @ 6400 rpm 288 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque 261 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm 253 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm 254 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

Acceleration

Powered by a 3.5L V6 and CVT transmission, it takes 5.8s to reach 0-60 mph while quarter mile is done in 14.3s. This is quite good for a sedan with a V6 while the other cars in the field are slower in comparison but take around the same time when pitted against each other. In the quarter mile, only the Kia is under 15s while the Chrysler 300 Limited and the Ford Taurus SE take a shy more than 15s.

The Nissan is the clear winner in this field whereas the Kia comes second to it. The Chrysler is the slowest in the field.

Models Nissan Maxima S Chrysler 300 limited Kia cadenza premium Ford Taurus SE
0-60 MPH 5.8 sec 6.6 sec 6.5 sec 6.5 sec
Quarter mile 14.3 sec 15.2 sec 14.8 sec 15.1 sec
Engine 3.5L 3.6L 3.3L 3.5L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1 7.6 7.6 8.4

The Nissan Maxima also takes the crown for being the least emitting CO2 vehicle, at 7.1, while the Ford emits the most at 8.4.

Handling and steering

It handles quite well when on the road while the steering is a tad too stiff and slow when slow-rolling the car. But the suspension and chassis are a testament to Nissan; they are well grounded while offering good amounts of grip. Weirdly, when quick accelerated, the torque steer, i.e., car weaves a bit from left to right, is noticeable although this doesn't seem to be that dramatic a problem yet worth noting.

Yet, the Maxima responds to the input of the driver, steers with precision and drives very balanced. It hugs the corners when cornering and comfortable and agile while on the highway.

Braking

The Maxima has good braking while it does take a tad too long to come to a standstill, compared to the other cars in this field. Its front brakes measure 12.6in while the rear measure 12.1 and the car weighs 3478, not too light yet not too heavy. Under 60-0 mph brake test, the Maxima takes 125ft to come to a standstill, which is less than average of cars of this segment.

The Chrysler and the Kia take around 120ft, a bit better than the Maxima yet below average. The Ford has the biggest brake measurements of all the cars in the field. Comparing curb weight, the heaviest is the Chrysler while the Maxima takes the crown for being the lightest.

Model Nissan Maxima S Chrysler 300 limited Kia Cadenza premium Ford Taurus SE
Brake Front (in.) 12.6 12.6 12.6 13.9
Brake Rear (in.) 12.1 12.6 11.8 13.6
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3478 4029 3633 3917
60-0 MPH (ft.) 125 120 120 N/A

2017 Nissan Maxima Fuel Economy

8.1/10

The Nissan's powertrain is pretty fuel efficient in its field; in the city, it gives 21 mpg while 30 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined. These numbers are better than the rest of the field, where the cars are quite similar in their efficiency but the Nissan performs just a tad better than the rest. What is more satisfying to know is the Nissan uses a CVT transmission, which is not known to be fuel-friendly, yet have tweaked it to have drink fewer amounts of gas.

Model Nissan Maxima S Chrysler 300 limited Kia cadenza premium Ford Taurus SE
MPG (city) 21 19 20 18
MPG (highway) 30 30 28 27
MPG (combined) 25 23 23 21

2017 Nissan Maxima Interior

8.1/10

The 2017 Maxima may not have the brand name of a luxury car, but it has the interior of one. Passengers are surrounded by quality materials, including soft-touch surfaces on most of the major touch points.-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Kia Cadenza provides better headspace and legroom than the Maxima while the Chrysler is less spacious while the Ford is also not that great.

Model Nissan Maxima S Chrysler 300 limited Kia cadenza premium Ford Taurus SE
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.4/56.7/45.0 38.6/59.5/41.8 40.2/58.3/45.5 39.0/57.9/41.9
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.7/55.7/34.2 37.9/57.7/40.1 37.9/56.5/37.2 37.8/56.9/38.1

Cargo Volume

Maxima allows 14.3 cubic feet of cargo while the Ford offers a generous 20.1 cubic feet. The Kia Cadenza and the Chrysler offer almost the same, at 16 cubic feet and 16.3 cubic feet respectively.

Nissan, along with the 300 Limited and the Cadenza, offers just adequate boot space compared to the cars in this price range. The Ford has the best cargo volume when compared to the field.

Model Nissan Maxima S Chrysler 300 limited Kia cadenza premium Ford Taurus SE
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 14.3 16.3 16.0 20.1

2017 Nissan Maxima Exterior

8.7/10

The 2017 Nissan Maxima is a fresh take on a full-sizer that looks good now. How it ages is less certain. -thecarconnection

Nissan Maxima comes unchanged in its exterior, as compared to the previous iteration. It still sports a well designed look, while remaining sporty and elegant. It is still based on the design of the 2016 model.

Dimensions and weight

It measures 192.8 in length while being 73.2in wide and 56.5in tall. It is 5.3in high from the ground with a wheelbase running 109.3in. Amongst its rivals, its wheelbase measures the shortest while being well built in other areas. It is shortest, thinner and a tad too high from the ground compared to the Chrysler, the Kia and the Ford.

While taking into considering the curb weight, the Nissan Maxima is the lightest car in the segment while the Chrysler weighs the heaviest. The Kia sits right between them while the Ford Taurus is right behind the Chrysler.

Model Nissan Maxima S Chrysler 300 limited Kia cadenza premium Ford Taurus SE
Curb weight (lbs.) 3478 4029 3633 3917
Length(in) 192.8 198.6 195.7 202.9
Width(in) 73.2 75.0 73.6 76.2
Height(in) 56.5 58.4 57.9 60.7
Ground clearance (in) 5.3 4.7 6.4 5.1
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 120.2 112.4 112.9
Track width (in) F/R 62.4/62.4 63.4/63.8 63.3/63.6 65.3/65.5

Exterior features

  • 18 alloy wheels
  • Keyless ignition
  • LED running lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Foglights

Optional features include -

  • Rear spoiler
  • Splash or mud guards

2017 Nissan Maxima Safety

9.1/10

Safety Features

Some safety features on the sedan include -

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors
  • Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for side-impact and roll - over head protection for front and rear-seat outboard occupants
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • RearView Monitor Back-Up Camera
  • Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) Forward Collision
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert

The Nissan Maxima has an excellent IIHS and NHTSA ratings and is thus a very safe car to own and drive. It has a "Superior" rating for front crash prevention while being almost 5 rating in every test conducted by the NHTSA.

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Acceptable
Child seats anchors (LATCH) Acceptable

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 4 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 5 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 4 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

2017 Nissan Maxima Competition

Chrysler 300 Limited vs Nissan Maxima

The Chrysler 300 Limited starts at $32,340 and is powered by a 3.6L V6 and 8-speed automatic transmission boasting a performance of 292 hp and a torque of 260 lb-ft. It comes with an optional V8 and is a quiet, comfortable family sedan which although may not boast as good looks as compared to the Nissan, it still is a decent alternative to it. Packed with a good performance, good drivability, big and spacious, the Chrysler can give the Nissan a good run for its money.

Kia Cadenza Premium vs Nissan Maxima

At a price tag of $31,990, the Kia Cadenza is powered by a 3.3L V6 and 8-speed automatic transmission with a performance of 290 hp and 253 lb-ft torque. It has better braking, cargo volume, better seating and space, good fuel efficiency, excellent ride quality, a variety of advanced safety features and a premium interior design. The Kia is an excellent alternative to the Maxima and should be on the buyer Lets at least give it a try list when considering the Nissan.

2017 Nissan Maxima Final Verdict

Yet, even the base model seems to be a decent buy if money is a concern; it offers a good performance, highly rated by safety standards, excellent build, great feature list, and that can further be upgraded with few available optional features. The Maxima will not disappoint buyers for what its worth.

Pros

V6 power

Premium design

Sporty driving

Great fuel efficiency

Luxurious interior design

Cons

Less spacious interior

Cargo volume could've been more

What's New?

Improved infotainment system; added support to Apple CarPlay

Forward Collision warning with automatic emergency braking


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32610

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

133 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

213 cu. in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

261 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

cvt

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.1 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.6 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

192.8 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

3471 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/25/30 mpg

highway range

540 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Nissan Maxima in Super Black color  2017 Nissan Maxima in Pearl White color  2017 Nissan Maxima in Gun Metallic color  2017 Nissan Maxima in Forged Bronze color  2017 Nissan Maxima in Deep Blue Pearl color  2017 Nissan Maxima in Coulis Red color  2017 Nissan Maxima in Brilliant Silver color  2017 Nissan Maxima in Bordeaux Black color
Super Black

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine

8.9

Fuel Economy

8.1

Interior

8.1

Exterior

8.7

Safety

9.1

Driving

8.6

Comfort

7.7

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S

3.5 S

power
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$32,610 - $32,910


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.5 S 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 04/17 (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $32,610 MSRP (21/25/30) 300 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5 NA
3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $32,910 MSRP (21/25/30) 300 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV

3.5 SV

power
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$34,590 - $34,890


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.5 SV 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 04/17 (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $34,590 MSRP (21/25/30) 300 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5 NA
3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $34,890 MSRP (21/25/30) 300 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL

3.5 SL

power
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$37,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $37,250 MSRP (21/25/30) 300 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR

3.5 SR

power
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$38,030


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $38,030 MSRP (21/25/30) 300 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Nissan Maxima Platinum

Platinum

power
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$40,340


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $40,340 MSRP (21/25/30) 300 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 5 NA

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