2018 Nissan Maxima

MSRP $33,420 - $41,090

Ranked #1 in Sedan

8.4

Overall Rating

2018 Nissan Maxima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 30, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Starting at $33,420 the 2018 Nissan Maxima comes with only a couple of addition for this year out of which the highlights being Android Auto and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking now being offered as standard. The 2018 Maxima is powered by a 300 hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine which offers strong performance with under six seconds 0-60 mph timing. In the favor of better fuel economy, a lousy CVT gearbox does transmission duty which does ensure a fabulous 25 mpg of gas mileage in mixed driving conditions but robs away the performance potential of Maxima's V6 up to a certain extent.

2018 Nissan Maxima

The ride quality and overall comfort inside the cabin remain best-in-class while the feature list on offer is adequate to qualify it as a luxury product from a mass-market budget-friendly brand. The Maxima has always been known for its safety and this year it added a couple of more safety features as a standard, as a result, it once again bagged the top honors from IIHS. That said, the Maxima isn't without its set of cons and the first couple of things that come to our mind are lack of rear-seat space and a vague steering wheel. Are there more? and how's the 2018 Maxima overall? All that answered in our review below. 

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Pros

Loaded with features

Adept handling

Attractive cabin

Powerful V6 engine

Cons

Mediocre trunk space

Rear seats aren't spacious

Steep base price compared to the rivals

What's New?

Android Auto is now offered as standard on the 2018 Nissan Maxima.

Automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning are part of standard safety features.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33420

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 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

3478 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 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

520.0 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


Pictures & Videos


Trims

3.5 S$33,420 onwards

3.5 SV$35,420 onwards

3.5 SL$37,840 onwards

3.5 SR$38,680 onwards

Platinum$41,090 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Nissan Maxima in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

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

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.7

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.9

Exterior

8.5

Safety

9.5

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


The 2018 Nissan Maxima comes with a steep base price but offers the 3.5-liter V6 engine with a CVT gearbox and FWD as standard. The engine delivers respectable performance and impresses with its gas mileage although a hybrid Maxima could break the headlines for fuel efficiency. That said, the Maxima isn't exactly a fun-to-drive car instead it is more of a sedate and comfortable ride. While those who still want a sporty Maxima can look up to the SR trim that gets a sport-tuned suspension and other upgrades for some engaging drive but on a side note, the ride quality on the SR trim is stiff compared to the other model.

2018 Nissan Maxima Front Three-Quarter View

Coming inside, the Maxima has a well-appointed cabin with more than generous front row seats but in the process, the rear seats lack sufficient legroom which is a bummer considering the Maxima falls under a full-size sedan. While that's about the interior now coming to the safety section the Maxima bagged top honors from IIHS and got some really impressive safety scores from NHTSA too. That said, in this review, we will pitch the 2018 Nissan Maxima against the rivals like Toyota Avalon, Dodge Charger, and Chevrolet Impala to see how does it stack up against them.


8.0/10
Features

8.7/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.9/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

9.5/10
Safety


2018 Nissan Maxima Features

8.0/10

The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a full-size five-seater sedan that is offered in five trims and with a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a CVT gearbox. The trims available for the 2018 Maxima include S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. The S trim is the base trim with a starting price of $33,420, the equipment levels offered on this trim would have been adequate but the steep price makes it look under-equipped. The next-in-line is the SV trim priced at $35,420, this trim adds on a few more creature comfort features. 

2018 Nissan Maxima Side View

The SL trim is the mid-level trim priced at $37,840, this trim adds a lot of features like a premium sound system, panoramic sunroof, driver-assist features, etc. Next to it is the SR trim priced at $38,680, this trim is based on the SL trim and is the sporty version of the standard Maxima sedan. This trim gets away with the sunroof but adds performance parts and active engine braking to assist while aggressive driving.

2018 Nissan Maxima Rear Three-Quarter View

Sitting at the top is the Platinum trim commanding a price of $41,090 and is based on SL trim with a few features like LED headlights and ventilated seats being carried from the SR trim. There is also a Midnight Edition Package and a rear spoiler both optional on the SR trim. The Midnight package gets the exterior bits finished in black and also includes a 360-degree camera, auto-dimming driver-side mirror, and driver's seat memory function.

Trims S SV SL SR Platinum
MSRP $33,420 $35,420 $37,840 $38,680 $41,090
Key Features 300 hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine Adds or upgrades to 'S' Adds or upgrades to 'SV' Adds or upgrades to 'SL' Adds or upgrades to 'SL'
  18-inch alloy wheels Heated mirrors Adaptive cruise control 19-inch alloy wheels 360-degree parking camera
  Auto-dimming rearview mirror Leather upholstery Dual-panel sunroof Paddle shifters Automatic wipers
  Power-adjustable front seats Front and rear parking sensors 12-speaker Bose premium sound system Sport-tuned suspension Upgraded leather upholstery
  8-inch touchscreen w/ eight-speaker sound system Heated front seats Active noise reduction Active ride and traction control Power-adjustable front seats w/ driver's seat memory function
  LED daytime running lights   Heated steering wheel Sunroof delete NissanConnect services
  Foglights   Blind-spot monitor w/ rear cross-traffic alert Ventilated front seats Power rear sunshade
  Keyless entry and ignition   Ambient interior lighting LED headlights  

We Recommend:

The mid-level SL trim priced well under forty-grand hits the sweet spot in terms of features on offer and being value for money. This trim commands a slightly above three grand premium over the base trim and for the premium, it offers a long list of additional features. First and foremost you add a few more driver-assist features followed by a premium sound system, active noise cancellation, a panoramic sunroof, and a couple of other creature comfort features. Thus doing complete justice to the price premium.

2018 Nissan Maxima Engine and Performance

8.7/10

"We like to think of the Maxima as a sporty entry-level luxury sedan that has more to offer than your run-of-the-mill Camry or Accord." – Kelley Blue Book

2018 Nissan Maxima Engines and Transmission

The 2018 Nissan Maxima gets a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine that comes married to a continuously variable transmission or a CVT gearbox that solely sends power to the front wheels. The V6 engine puts out a stout 300 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque.

2018 Nissan Maxima Engine

The CVT gearbox gives priority to fuel economy over performance but if you can work this engine then it has a lot of grunt on offer and when revved hard there is a sweet-sounding exhaust note for some adrenaline rush with a strong surge of power.

Models 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Toyota Avalon 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 Dodge Charger
MSRP $33,420 $33,500 $27,895 $28,995
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6 2.5-liter Inline-4 3.6-liter V6
Transmission CVT 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Power 300 hp @ 6400 rpm 268 hp @ 6200 rpm 197 hp @ 6300 rpm 292 hp@ 6350 rpm
Torque 261 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 248 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm 191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

In this comparison, the Dodge Charger is the cheapest sedan with a V6 while the Chevrolet Impala remains the overall cheapest sedan among all. The Impala is the least powerful sedan among all while the Nissan Maxima puts out the best power and torque figures among all.

2018 Nissan Maxima Acceleration

The 2018 Nissan Maxima does 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds. Both the figures are real quick and impressive considering the fact that it gets a lethargic CVT gearbox. That said we feel if the Maxima gets a proper 6- or 8-speed automatic gearbox then it can further improve its timing.

Models 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Toyota Avalon 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 Dodge Charger
0-60 MPH (sec) 5.8 sec 7.4 sec 6.3 sec 6.4 sec
Quarter-mile (sec) 14.3 sec 15.7 sec 14.9 sec 14.8 sec
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6 2.5-liter Inline-4 3.6-liter V6

Being the most powerful sedan the Nissan Maxima dominates this comparison with the fastest 0-60 mph and quarter-mile times. Surprisingly, the least powerful Impala clocks the quickest 0-60 mph time among the rivals. Although it was 0.5 seconds slower when compared to the Maxima.

2018 Nissan Maxima Ride and Handling

Being an FWD drive car with all of 300 hp going to the front wheels there is minor understeer in the Maxima. The handling though remains spot-on and you can have some really good time driving it. But driving it hard kicks in traction and stability control too early thus limiting the amount of fun you can have here. While an AWD is a thing that Maxima genuinely needs to exploit its true potential.

2018 Nissan Maxima Driving

That said, the competent handling of the Maxima is let down by its vague steering wheel which at times feels disconnected from what's happening on the road. But as you pick pace the steering wheel regains its composure while at parking speed it goes back to being vague and heavy. 

2018 Nissan Maxima Braking

The 2018 Nissan Maxima gets a 12.6-inch disc at the front and a 12.1-inch disc at the rear which ensures that it took just 125 feet to stop from 60-0 mph under panic braking. The brake bite feels reassuring and the pedal has a good feel to it. Even after continuous braking over a long duration, the braking power remained consistent showing negligible brake fade. 

Model 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Toyota Avalon 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 Dodge Charger
Brake Front (in) 12.6 11.7 12.6 12.6
Brake Rear (in) 12.1 11.1 12.4 12.6
Curb Weight (lbs) 3,478 3,461 3,730 4,020
60-0 MPH (ft.) 125 120 118 110

In this comparison, the heaviest Dodge Charger gets the biggest set of brakes and as a result, took the least 110 feet to stop from 60-0 mph. Compared to the Maxima it took around 15 feet less which is a considerable margin for a car this size.

2018 Nissan Maxima Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2018 Nissan Maxima has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 21 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg in mixed driving conditions. These figures are average in the segment while the Maxima doesn't offer a hybrid model thus putting it at a disadvantage in front of rivals like the Toyota Avalon, which has a claimed 40 mpg of gas mileage in mixed driving conditions from the hybrid model. That said, the Maxima sedan comes with an 18-gallon fuel tank capacity which is sufficient to cover 378 miles in the city and 540 miles on the highway from a tankful of gas.

Model 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Toyota Avalon 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 Dodge Charger
MPG (city) 21 21 22 19
MPG (highway) 30 30 30 30
MPG (combined) 25 24 25 23
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 18.0 17.0 18.5 18.5

In their comparison, the Chevrolet Impala has the highest city gas mileage which is 1 mpg more than what the Maxima returns while on the highway all the sedans offer a similar 30 mpg of gas mileage. 

2018 Nissan Maxima Interior

9.9/10

“The surprise bonus is an interior that’s beautifully detailed, lavishly finished, and sensibly configured. Instead of options, there’s a staircase of five different trim levels.” – caranddriver

2018 Nissan Maxima Seating and Comfort

With the 2018 Nissan Maxima's cabin, Nissan has tried to set the luxury bar high. Mostly known for making budget cars, the cabin of the Maxima is a far cry from being budget. There is soft-touch plastic used all-around with top-notch fit and finish level seen all-around. The dashboard is ergonomically laid out with the central part that houses the infotainment and HVAC controls slightly tilted towards the driver for easy reach. That said, ingress and egress from the Maxima is a bit of a hassle due to the low slung ride height. 

2018 Nissan Maxima Dashboard

The cabin of the Maxima feels big and roomy with an ample amount of space in the first row. But the same isn't the case at the rear. The rear seats come with a rather small legroom and courtesy of the sloping roofline the rear headroom also remains tight. Thus sitting two tall passengers back to back in the Maxima will be an issue. That aside, the seat comfort is really good while the higher trims with quilted stitching and leather upholstery could give luxury sedans a run for their money. 

Model 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Toyota Avalon 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 Dodge Charger
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.4/ 56.7/ 45.0 38.5/ 58.2/ 42.1 39.9/ 57.9/ 45.8 38.6/ 59.5/ 41.8
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg (In.) 36.7/ 55.7/ 34.2 37.9/ 57.0/ 39.2 37.4/ 56.9/ 39.8 36.6/ 57.9/ 40.1

Compared to the rivals the Maxima with the smallest wheelbase isn't the most spacious sedan. While the Dodge Charger with the longest wheelbase also isn't the most spacious instead it is the Chevrolet Impala that comes with 111.7-inches of wheelbase and provides the perfect balance of front and rear cabin space. That said, the Charger being the widest offers the best shoulder room in both rows. 

Interior Features:

  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Fabric-trimmed seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available driver's seat memory function

2018 Nissan Maxima Infotainment System

The 2018 Nissan Maxima from this year comes with Android Auto as standard while Apple CarPlay was made standard last year itself. As for the infotainment, it gets an 8-inch touchscreen unit as standard. Other standard features include navigation, an eight-speaker sound system, USB ports, CD player, satellite radio, etc.

2018 Nissan Maxima Infotainment

Moving up to the SL trim adds a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system. While top-of-the-line Platinum trim adds NissanConnect services through which provides vehicle location, remote start, emergency calling, and automatic collision notification. 

2018 Nissan Maxima Cargo Capacity

The 2018 Nissan Maxima offers 14.3 cubic feet of space in its trunk which is not the biggest in the full-size sedan segment.

2018 Nissan Maxima Trunk

However, the rear seats can be folded to increase the boot space while there are a couple of storage spaces in the cabin to keep small items. 

Model 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Toyota Avalon 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 Dodge Charger
Cargo Volume (ft³) 14.3 16.0 18.8 16.5

In this comparison, the Chevrolet Impala offers the biggest 18.8 cubic feet of trunk space which compared to the Maxima is more than 4.5 cubic feet.

2018 Nissan Maxima Exterior

8.5/10

“Nissan has packed a lot of styling onto the Maxima sedan. Nissan’s V-Motion grille treatment dominates the front end, and like it or not, you sure know what’s coming your way. ” – kelleybluebook

2018 Nissan Maxima Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Nissan Maxima carries forward the looks which were last changed two years back. The redesign gave the front fascia a completely new look while the design of the headlight remained similar its just that it grew bigger in size. In short, Nissan has incorporated a lot of design elements to the front which in our view looks well executed and delivers an aggressive yet premium look to the Maxima. 

2018 Nissan Maxima Front Three-Quarter View

Move to the sides and the sloping roofline immediately catches your attention which does look great but seriously hampers the rear headroom. While the rest of the side profile is plain and straight forward with you getting 109.3-inches of wheelbase between the wheels, this happens to be the smallest in the segment. At the rear, the LED brake lights wear a similar design as the headlights while two exhaust pipes at extreme ends poke out from the bottom of the rear bumper.

Model 2018 Nissan Maxima 2018 Toyota Avalon 2018 Chevrolet Impala 2018 Dodge Charger
Curb Weight (lbs) 3,478 3,461 3,730 4,020
Length (in) 192.8 195.3 201.3 198.4
Width (in) 73.2 72.2 73.0 75.0
Height (in) 56.5 57.5 58.9 58.2
Ground Clearance (in) 5.3 5.5 N/A 4.9
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 111.0 111.7 120.2

In this comparison, the Nissan Maxima comes out as the smallest sedan dimensionally. While the Chevrolet Impala is the longest and the tallest car. As for the Dodge Charger, it remains the widest sedan with the longest wheelbase.

2018 Nissan Maxima Rear Three-Quarter View

Exterior Features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Foglights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Available front and rear parking sensor
  • Available 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Available automatic wipers
  • Available LED headlights 

2018 Nissan Maxima Safety

9.5/10

In terms of safety features, the 2018 Nissan Maxima is decently equipped right from the base trim. As a result, it scored a perfect overall safety score from NHTSA with a four out of five stars rating in the front crash test and a perfect score in the side crash and rollover mitigation test. That's not all the IIHS gave the 2018 Maxima 'Top Safety Pick' award with the highest rating of 'Good' in all its six parameters. 

2018 Nissan Maxima NHTSA Crash Test

Safety Features:

  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Forward Collision Warning w/ Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) w/ Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • Available Blind-spot monitor w/ rear cross-traffic alert

2018 Nissan Maxima Competition

2018 Nissan Maxima vs 2018 Toyota Avalon

The 2018 Toyota Avalon is the direct rival of the Nissan Maxima. It also offers a V6 engine but comes mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox whereas Maxima gets a CVT. Both the sedans are mile munchers but when it comes to performance the more powerful Maxima definitely takes the lead. While as for the interiors both the sedan offers a long list of creature comfort features and a luxurious cabin for the segment.

2018 Toyota Avalon

While both the sedans offer a similar set of safety features what does give an edge to the Avalon is the available hybrid model which strikes with buyers with a high daily running as the hybrid Avalon returns an impressive 40 mpg of gas mileage under mixed driving. That said, you won't go wrong with either of the sedans but if you need better gas mileage then the Avalon hybrid should be your pick.

2018 Nissan Maxima vs 2018 Dodge Charger

The Dodge Charger is a completely different sedan and caters to a different set of customers. To put it in simple words the Dodge Charger is a  muscle car masquerading as a practical sedan. It has a long list of trim that offers above-average to atrocious levels of performance. This is what the Nissan Maxima can't boast about also it has a higher base price compared to the Charger thus putting it at a further disadvantage.

2018 Dodge Charger

What separates the Maxima from the Charger though is the cabin. The cabin of the Maxima is leaps and bound ahead of the Charger both in terms of quality and comfort levels. Thus if you want a practical muscle car then only go for the Charger otherwise the Nissan Maxima would be a better fit for sedate drivers who prefer comfort over anything else.

2018 Nissan Maxima Final Verdict

The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a family sedan with a dash of luxury. It has a fine blend of offerings for a wide set of audiences. The base trim is spot on for people on a tight budget, The SL and SV trim is for those who need more luxury amenities while the SR trim has been given to keep in mind the enthusiast buyers. While the top-end Platinum trim is targeted at customers who don't want to spend a lot of money yet prefer a feature-rich and luxurious ride. So with one shot, Maxima tries to hit a lot of targets and has been successful up to a certain extent.

That brings us to the cons of Maxima, the first thing it desperately needs is an AWD and a proper 6- or 8-speed automatic gearbox, the other thing it needs is to work on the steering wheel, and lastly the cabin could be slightly reconfigured to distribute space proportionally in both the rows. If Nissan fixes these things then for sure they have a perfect winner under their stable which would be a near-perfect full-size sedan.


FAQs on the 2018 Nissan Maxima:

Is the 2018 Nissan Maxima reliable?

The 2018 Nissan Maxima got a reliability score of 86 out of 100 and a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 from J.D. Power. Thus making it one of the most reliable full-size sedan.

Are there any recalls for the 2018 Nissan Maxima?

As of this writing, there have been no recalls for the 2018 Nissan Maxima.

How much horsepower does the 2018 Nissan Maxima have?

The 2018 Nissan Maxima powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine puts out 300 hp.

How fast is the 2018 Nissan Maxima?

The 2018 Nissan Maxima can do 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds.

How much price to pay for the 2018 Nissan Maxima?

The 2018 Nissan Maxima has an MSRP of $33,420 for the base S trim and goes up to $41,090 for the top-most Platinum trim.

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