2017 Nissan Maxima

MSRP $32,610 - $40,340

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8.4

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2017 Nissan Maxima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 20, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Boasted as a 4-door- sports car, the 2017 Nissan 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.

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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

145 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

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

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.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1133 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/25/30 mpg

highway range

600.0 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

3.5 S$32,610 onwards

3.5 SV$34,590 onwards

3.5 SL$37,250 onwards

3.5 SR$38,030 onwards

Platinum$40,340 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Nissan Maxima in Bordeaux Black color
Bordeaux Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.6

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.8

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.7

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


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.


8.5/10
Features

8.6/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.8/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.7/10
Safety


2017 Nissan Maxima Features

8.5/10

The 2017 Nissan Maxima is offered in a total of 5 trims - S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. All trims are powered by a 3.5L V6 engine mated to a CVT transmission, driving the front wheels of the sedan. The Nissan Maxima does not get AWD even as an option. 

The 2017 Nissan Maxima's range starts from $32,610 for the base S variant and ranges up to $40,340 for the range-topping Platinum variant. This is excluding the $835 destination and handling fee that the Maxima invite. 

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

2017 Nissan Maxima Engine and Performance

8.6/10

"Nissan has been a leader in CVT development, and the Maxima suggests this once-reviled device is edging toward acceptability among folks who like to drive." - Car and Driver

Engine & Transmission

The 2017 Nissan Maxima is powered by a 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 engine cranking out 300 hp and a peak torque of 261 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission that drives the front wheels of the sedan. AWD is not available even as an option with the 2017 Maxima. 

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 fuel and money in the process. 

Models 2017 Nissan Maxima S 2017 Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium 2017 Ford Taurus SE
MSRP $32,910 $33,000 $31,990 $27,345
Engine 3.5L V6 3.6L V6 3.3L V6 3.5L V6
Drivetrain FWD RWD FWD FWD
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

When compared against the rivals, the 2017 Nissan Maxima's specs seem pretty impressive. The Chrysler 300's 3.6L V6 slots in the second spot with 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Kia Cadenza and Ford Taurus make a close chase with their engines belting out 290 hp and 288 hp respectively. However, the Maxima is the only contender in this class that gets a CVT transmission as opposed to automatics that other rivals offer. 

Acceleration

The Maxima exhibits impressive acceleration performance and feels eager to move as soon as you pin the pedal. The 2017 Nissan Maxima can go from 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds while clocking the quarter of a mile lap in 14.3 seconds. 

As opposed to other CVTs, Maxima's gearbox does not showcase the rubber band characteristics, all credits to simulated gear ratios that Nissan has added. However, what's really a downside here is the engine noise that becomes particularly coarse at higher RPMs. 

Models 2017 Nissan Maxima S 2017 Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium 2017 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's acceleration performance is at the top of its game as well as its rivals. The 3.5L V6 pushes the Maxima from 0-60 in just 5.8 seconds, which beats all the other rivals. The other 3 contenders are in the same ballpark when it comes to acceleration, with a 0-60 time close to 6.5 seconds each. 

Handling and steering

The 2017 Nissan Maxima's handling is in sync with its sports sedan tag as it handles curves and corners with ease. The body motions are nicely controlled and there is ample grip even when going around corners at higher speeds. The higher trims of the 2017 Maxima also get you a sport-tuned suspension, which does improve handling but trades it off with the comfort of the ride. 

The steering of the Maxima is kind of slow to respond at lower speeds and becomes lighter as you climb up the speed, hence limiting the feedback. Moreover, there's also an evident level of torque steer. Apart from this, it's all easy going for the Maxima as it provides a sharp and comfortable ride quality spontaneously. 

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. The 2017 Maxima's front and rear brake rotors measure 12.6 inches and 12.1 inches respectively. This setup helps the Maxima decelerate from 60-0 mph in a distance of 125 feet. 

Model 2017 Nissan Maxima S 2017 Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium 2017 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.) 3471 4013 3633 3969
60-0 MPH (ft.) 125 120 120 N/A

Speaking of rivals, the Ford Taurus' specs are the most impressive here as it gets the biggest rotors in this class. The Chrylser 300 and Kia Cadenza follow the suit, both of them posting a 60-0 distance of 120 feet, which is quite impressive considering their heavy curb weight. 

2017 Nissan Maxima Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Being a mid-size sedan the Nissan Maxima posts impressive economy figures. The Nissan Maxima can roll for 21 miles in the city or can cruise through 30 miles on the highway for every gallon of gasoline. Summing it up, the 2017 Nissan Maxima is good for a combined 25 mpg.

Furthermore, the Maxima gets a fuel tank capacity of 18-gallons which is decent but definitely not the best in this class. However, credits to its impressive mpg figures, the Maxima returns a city/highway range of 37/540 miles. 

Model 2017 Nissan Maxima S 2017 Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium 2017 Ford Taurus SE
MPG (City) 21 19 20 18
MPG (Highway) 30 30 28 27
MPG (Combined) 25 23 23 21
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons) 18.0 18.5 18.5 19.0
Range (City/Highway; miles) 378/540 352/555 370/518 342/513

The Nissan Maxima dominates all the other rivals in terms of economy with 25 mpg combined. The Chrysler 300's mpg and Kia Cadenza's mpg slot in the second spot with 23 mpg combined, while the Ford Taurus is the least fuel-efficienct sedan in this comparison. 

2017 Nissan Maxima Interior

8.8/10

"The 2017 Maxima may not have the brand name of a luxury car, but it has the interior of one." - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Nissan Maxima's interior envelops the passengers in a plush and comfortable environment. Most of the surfaces are covered in premium quality materials including soft-touch surfaces and woodgrain trim. The cabin insulation is decent and most of the road and wind noise is eliminated by the acoustic windshield. However, the engine noise is quite evident at higher speeds. 

The seats are comfortable and snug as the Maxima comes standard with Nissan's Zero Gravity seats. The seats also get additional bolstering to provide the occupants more support during extended journey hours. All the trims of the Maxima get power front seats, heated seats are present on all trims above the base, while the SR and Premium trim also add the ventilated feature. 

Model 2017 Nissan Maxima S 2017 Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium 2017 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

Speaking of the space factor, the Nissan Maxima provides ample space to all the occupants, in all directions, at all times. However, considering how the Maxima is now closer than ever to the Nissan Altima, space may still seem meek as compared to the latter. Some of the most intriguing interior features of the 2017 Nissan Maxima are:

  • Rear Cupholder
  • Metal-Look/Piano Black Inserts
  • Front Cupholder
  • Proximity Key
  • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid
  • Compass
  • Front And Rear Map Lights
  • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
  • Air Filtration

Infotainment

The 2017 Nissan Maxima gets a NissanConnect 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay. The setup is surrounded by a couple of knobs and physical control to further ease the interaction. Moreover, Voice Control is also present to control a basic selection of apps.

The screen is vivid and displays all the information in the form of crisp and clean graphics. The visibility is not affected even under direct sunlight and all the controls are in easy access to the driver. What further makes it a delight to operate is its user-friendly approach with big icons and easy-to-navigate through menus. Some of the most prominent infotainment features of the 2017 Nissan Maxima are:

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • CD Player
  • SiriusXM Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
  • Streaming Audio
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Voice Control
  • Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Digital Signal Processor

Cargo Volume

The 2017 Nissan Maxima gets a trunk capacity of 14.3 cubic feet, which is not that great compared to the segment standards. The trunk isn't particularly big, however, its wide opening makes loading/unloading cargo an easy task. Furthermore, the rear seats can also be folded to increase the available storage space. 

Model 2017 Nissan Maxima S 2017 Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium 2017 Ford Taurus SE
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 14.3 16.3 16.0

20.1

When compared against the rivals, the Nissan Maxima's practicality is not its A-game. The Ford Taurus offers the best in class cargo capacity with 20.1 cubic feet of storage space. The Chrylser 300 ranks second with 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space, followed up closely by the Kia Cadena that is rated at 16 cubic feet. 

2017 Nissan Maxima Exterior

8.0/10

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

The 2017 Nissan Maxima remains majorly unchanged from the previous year's model in terms of its appearance. The front-end is characterized by a big-grille and LED headlights. The same look is duplicated by most of the Nissan lineup, which the company calls V-Motion. The side profile boasts some bold lines and creases flowing towards the back. 

The rear-end gets a tall tail complemented by an illusional floating roof established via blacked-out rear pillars. The Maxima rolls on 18-inch wheels, while the more sport-oriented SR trim gets 19-inch alloys. There is also a Medallion Edition on offer that ups the ante with highlights such as illuminated kick plates, a special spoiler, and interior accent lighting. 

Model 2017 Nissan Maxima S 2017 Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium 2017 Ford Taurus SE
Curb weight (lbs.) 3471 4013 3633 3968
Length(in) 192.8 198.6 195.7 203.0
Width(in) 73.2 75.0 73.6 76.2
Height(in) 56.5 58.5 57.9 60.7
Ground clearance (in) N/A 4.7 N/A N/A
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 120.2 112.4 113.0

The Nissan Maxima 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. Some of the most noteworthy exterior features of the 2017 Nissan Maxima are: 

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

2017 Nissan Maxima Safety

9.7/10

The 2017 Nissan Maxima has 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 ratings in every test conducted by the NHTSA. Below is a detailed breakdown of the 2017 Nissan Maxima's IIHS and NHTSA safety ratings:

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

Some of the prominent safety and driver-assistance features on offer in the 2017 Nissan Maxima are:

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with supplemental front airbags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors
  • Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags
  • Roof-mounted curtain supplemental airbags 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

2017 Nissan Maxima Competition

2017 Nissan Maxima vs 2017 Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 Limited starts at $33,000 and is powered by a 3.6L V6 belting out 292 hp and a torque of 260 lb-ft. The Chrysler 300 is a quiet, comfortable family sedan that although may not boast as good looks compared to the Nissan, is still a decent alternative. Packed with a good performance, good drivability, big and spacious, the Chrysler can give the Nissan a good run for its money.

2017 Nissan Maxima vs 2017 Kia Cadenza

The Kia Cadenza comes at a price of $31,990, for which it gets a 3.3L V6 engine belting out 290 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. The Kia Cadenza lacks behind the Nissan Maxima in terms of performance but makes up for it with a better interior that's more spacious as well as better appointed. However, if packing light is not an issue with you, we suggest you go for the Maxima as it's miles ahead of the Cadenza in terms of performance, and that too without compromising on the economy. 

2017 Nissan Maxima Final Verdict

The 2017 Nissan Maxima is a hoot and an absolute bang for the buck; it offers 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 it's worth.

2017 Nissan Maxima FAQs:

How much is the Nissan Maxima?

The 2017 Nissan Maxima is offered in 5 trims with prices ranging from $32,610 for the base S variant and ranges up to $40,340 for the range-topping Platinum variant.

Does 2017 Nissan Maxima require premium gas?

Premium gas is recommended for the 2017 Nissan Maxima but not required. 

Is the 2017 Nissan Maxima a good car?

The 2017 Nissan Maxima is a great car with impressive performance, luxurious interior, and great safety and reliability. 

How many miles will a 2017 Nissan Maxima last?

With regular and proper maintenance, the 2017 Nissan Maxima is designed to last between 100,000 to 200,00 miles. 

What transmission does a 2017 Nissan Maxima have?

The 2017 Nissan Maxima gets a Continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). 

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