2020 Nissan Maxima

MSRP $34,250

Ranked #10 in Fullsize Sedan

2020 Nissan Maxima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 27, 2021

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The 2020 Nissan Maxima's sale price starts from $34,450 and is available in S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum trims. It received few changes this year, including retuned suspension and chassis for a better driving experience. The 300-hp 3.5L V6 delivers seamless power and can sprint from 0-60 MPH in 6 seconds, which is quite good. 

2020 Nissan Maxima side view

The Maxima has a good-looking cabin with a good fit and finish. It features a user-friendly infotainment system with the latest features but has cramped rear legroom and a small trunk volume. Also, Nissan Safety Shield 360 is now standard on every Maxima, which is really great. The Maxima competes against the Dodge Charger, the Chrysler 300, and the Toyota Avalon

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Pros

Stylish exteriors

Powerful V6

Feature loaded cabin

Pristine handling

Outstanding reliability

Cons

Stiff ride quality

Less cargo area

Cramped rear legroom

What's New?

Nissan Safety Shield 360 is now standard

Enhanced suspension and chassis

Panoramic sunroof and 360-degree camera now standard in the SR trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34250

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

261 ft-lb. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

continuously variable speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.1 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

192.8 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

3552 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1126 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/24/30 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 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

S$34,250 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Nissan Maxima in Brilliant Silver Metallic color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

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

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


The Maxima is more fun and interesting than your run-of-the-mill large sedan, even if it's getting a bit old- Cnet

The Nissan Maxima is one of the top contenders in its class. Last year, it became sexier with the refreshed exterior styling. On top of that, it got new technology and updated safety features. Now in its eighth generation, the Maxima is what industry people call near luxury. The badge suggests a bargain price but the performance, style, and actual price are a few cuts above more generic Nissans like the Altima and the Rogue

Therefore, it is not surprising that its ownership costs are greater than its rivals. When including all costs such as maintenance, repair, fuel, depreciation, etc., the true cost to own the Maxima comes out to be approximately $9,000. Although this car is low maintenance, the depreciation value is higher. However, when it comes to reliability, the Maxima stands out in its segment with a J.D. Power score of 87 out of 100. 

2020 Nissan Maxima Angular Front View
2020 Nissan Maxima Angular Rear View

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2020 Nissan Maxima Buying Advice

The SL trim comes packed with a lot of features for the price it's being sold at and which is why it is the trim to go for. This trim adds a heated steering wheel, a 6-way power passenger's seat, two rear USB ports, dual-pane panoramic moonroof, front and rear parking sensors, an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system, and universal garage door opener. 

2020 Nissan Maxima side driving view

2020 Nissan Maxima Features

The 2020 Nissan Maxima is well-equipped across the range, but choose the SR model for the sportiest experience- The Car Connection

A total of five trims are offered for the Nissan Maxima. These include S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. The Maxima has a starting MSRP of $34,450 for the S trim and it climbs up to nearly $42,200 for the Platinum trim. These prices exclude the destination charge of $895. All the trims include essential features to suit the tastes of all kinds of customers. 

2020 Nissan Maxima side view

This year, Nissan has made the Nissan Safety Shield 360 standard in every Maxima. Also, a panoramic sunroof and a 360-degree camera are now standard in the SR trim. Exclusive to the Platinum trim is the $1,140 Platinum Reserve package that adds heated rear seats, a Charcoal-colored headliner, Rakuda Tan leatherette upholstery, and unique interior trim. 

Trims

S

SV

SL

SR

Platinum

MSRP (FWD)

$34,450

$36,650

$38,840

$41,650

$41,840

Key Features

Cloth upholstery

Adds/ Upgrades to S trim

Adds/ Upgrades to SV trim

Adds/ Upgrades to SL trim

Adds/ Upgrades to SR trim

  Dual-zone automatic climate control Heated exterior mirrors

Dual-panel panoramic sunroof

Ventilated front seats Ascot quilted leather upholstery
  Power-adjustable front seats Adaptive cruise control Universal garage door opener Driver's seat memory settings Power-adjustable steering column 
  8-inch touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Traffic sign recognition

Heated steering wheel

360-degree camera Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  8-speaker sound system

Heated front leather seats

6-way power passenger's seat

Paddle shifters Power rear-window sunshade
  Leather steering wheel Driver's seat power lumbar support 11-speaker Bose premium audio system Aluminum sport pedals NissanConnect services
  7-inch digital instrument cluster Navigation system Front & rear parking sensors Premium Ascot leather with Alcantara inserts  
  Proximity keyless entry   Two rear USB ports Panoramic sunroof  
  LED headlights `   19-inch alloy wheels  
  Voice recognition     Sport-tuned suspension  
  Blind-spot monitoring        

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2020 Nissan Maxima Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The Maxima's endearing dynamic traits live on, including its assertive V-6 power and predictable handling-CarAndDriver

The Nissan Maxima is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine paired with a CVT automatic transmission which drives 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. 

2020 Nissan Maxima engine

The Maxima handles quite well when on the road while the steering is a tad too stiff and slow when slow-rolling the car. 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 is noticeable although this doesn't seem to be that dramatic a problem yet worth noting. It hugs the corners when cornering and comfortable and agile while on the highway.

2020 Nissan Maxima driving view

The 301 horses of the Maxima gushes out to offer a smooth acceleration. The sedan takes 6 seconds to reach the 60 MPH mark from a standstill and continues to accelerate to complete the quarter-mile test in 14.6 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 130 MPH. The CVT transmission is nicely tuned for quick shifts. The brakes of the Maxima are light but the braking action is slightly slower. A braking distance of 125 feet is recorded when stopped from 60 MPH. 

Models

2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Toyota Avalon

2020 Dodge Charger

2020 Chrysler 300

MSRP

$34,450

$35,875

$29,995

$30,040

Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

CVT

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

300 hp @ 6,400 RPM

301 hp @ 6,600 RPM

292 hp @ 6,350 RPM

292 hp @ 6,350 RPM

Torque

261 lb-ft. @ 4,400 RPM

267 lb-ft. @ 4,700 RPM

260 lb-ft.  @ 4,800 RPM

260 lb-ft. @ 4,800 RPM

0-60 MPH

6.0 sec

6.1 sec

6.6 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

14.8 sec

15.1 sec

15.0 sec

Top Speed

130 MPH

132 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

The Maxima surprises with its excellent on-road performance and gives tough competition to the pricey Toyota Avalon. The Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300 are powered by the same engine and hence, similar performance stats. They are slower than the Maxima but they are RWD cars, meaning you won't experience torque steer. 


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2020 Nissan Maxima Fuel Economy

4.0/10

The fact that 91 octane is recommended adds even more cost- Edmunds

The Nissan Maxima's powertrain is pretty fuel-efficient in its field. In the city, it returns 20 MPG while the highway mileage is rated at 30 MPG. The combined mileage comes out to be 24 MPG. The Maxima's fuel estimates are quite similar to its rivals but the efficiency is better than the rest of the field. 

2020 Nissan Maxima side angle view

The credit goes to Nissan's X-Tronic CVT transmission which is known to be fuel-friendly. Unlike its rivals, the Maxima requires premium unleaded. Owing to the 18-gallon fuel tank, the Maxima can deliver up to 360 miles in the city and 40 miles on a highway which equates to 432 miles of combined range. This is the best in comparison to its class rivals. 

Models

2020 Nissan Maxima 2020 Toyota Avalon

2020 Dodge Charger

2020 Chrysler 300

MPG (City)

20

22

19

19

MPG (Highway)

30

32

30

30

MPG (Combined)

24 26 23

23

Tank Capacity (Gallon)

18.0

14.5 18.5

18.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

360/540/432 319/464/377 352/555/425 352/555/425

It's pretty obvious that the Toyota Avalon is the most fuel-efficient sedan in this segment. But due to its small fuel tank, it delivers the lowest range in this competition. Also, due to the same powertrain under the hood, the fuel estimates of the Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300 are the same. 


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2020 Nissan Maxima Interior

8.0/10

The 2020 Nissan Maxima has a generally nice interior, marked by a user-friendly infotainment system- Cars.USNews

The Nissan Maxima's cabin is pleasing to look at and is made of high-quality materials. The interiors get contrast stitching made out of orange and a dark charcoal headline on the SR trim. The Platinum trim gets upgraded leather upholstery as well. What stands out in the interiors are the front seats, which for the segment is leagues ahead in terms of comfort and grip levels that it offers to the customers. The seats themselves are very supportive and offer multiple levels of adjustments.

2020 Nissan Maxima dashboard

The power-adjustable seats allow for a splendid view of the outside for the driver and the front passenger, which aids in the drivability of this big sedan. Heated and ventilated front seats are also available on the higher trims. The Platinum trim adds a power-adjustable, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. The front row offers abundant passenger space but the rear row falls short of legroom compared to other large sedans. The headroom is decent enough to accommodate a grown adult. 

2020 Nissan Maxima infotainment system

The NissanConnect infotainment system features an 8-inch touchscreen display and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The interface is straightforward and easy to use. The screen features clear graphics and the menu structure is simple to understand. The standard 7-inch digital instrument cluster also features good graphics. The lower trims come with an 8-speaker stereo while the top trim buyers will enjoy the Bose premium sound system with 11 speakers. 

Models

2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Toyota Avalon

2020 Dodge Charger

2020 Chrysler 300

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.4/56.7/45.0

37.4/58.3/42.1

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

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

36.7/55.7/34.2

37.5/57.1/40.3

36.6/57.9/40.1

37.9/57.7/40.1

Cargo Space (cu-ft.)

14.3

16.1

16.5

16.3

The Maxima continues to offer 14.3 cubic feet of space which aren't the biggest in the segment but is enough for carrying small suitcases or carry bags for a short weekend trip. The rear seats can be folded nearly flat to store longer items. The square-shaped trunk and the wide opening of the tailgate make it easy to store more items. Some other cabin features are:

  • Power tilt & telescopic multi-function leather, heated steering wheel 
  • Power front heated, ventilated seats
  • Ambient lighting
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Cloth & leather upholstery
  • 8-inch touchscreen display w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • 11-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • 7-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Voice recognition

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2020 Nissan Maxima Exterior

9.0/10

Nissan has packed a lot of styling into the Maxima sedan- Kelly Blue Book

The Nissan Maxima received a refreshed styling last year. So, the design remains unchanged. Upfront, in the middle, you get the latest Nissan's V-motion grille which is a bit edgier. The LED headlights ditched the projector beams for an elaborate array of reflectors. The Maxima sits on 18-inch alloys while higher trims get 19 inches. The Maxima has a short wheelbase due to which the rear row is short on legroom. 

2020 Nissan Maxima side driving view

The polished black windshield pillars, mirrors, and C-pillars create an illusion that the roof is floating above the body. The Maxima is a long car and the sheet metal shows off that length with dramatic effect from the hood to the trunk. At the back, the Maxima received quad exhaust pipes, a revised bumper, and fresher LED taillights. The sportier SR trim adds a rear decklid and bigger wheels but otherwise, all Maximas look sharp. 

Models

2020 Nissan Maxima

2020 Toyota Avalon

2020 Dodge Charger

2020 Chrysler 300

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,559

3,560

3,964

4,013

Length (in)

192.8

195.9

198.4

198.6

Width (in)

73.2

72.8

75.0

75.0

Height (in)

56.5

56.5

57.8

58.5

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

5.3

5.2

4.8

Wheelbase (in)

109.3

113.0

120.0

120.2

The Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300 have the widest wheelbase here and therefore a roomier second-row. However, the 300's ground clearance is low for an easy egress and ingress. The wheelbase of the Toyota Avalon is short but its cabin is spacious. In fact, this short wheelbase contributes for a quick burnout from a standstill. Some other exterior features are:

  • LED auto high-beam headlamps
  • LED taillamps
  • LED fog lights
  • LED DRLs
  • Chrome door handles
  • Quad exhaust chrome tips
  • Black grille with chrome accents
  • Chrome window trim
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • 18, 19-inch alloy wheels

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2020 Nissan Maxima Safety

9.0/10

The 2020 Nissan Maxima has great crash-test scores and active safety tech is now standard across the range- The Car Connnection

The Nissan Maxima is one of the safest cars in its segment. It received a 5-star rating for its overall performance in crash tests by NHTSA. It was also honored with the Top Safety Pick+ award by IIHS, which is considered the highest rating by the organization. It received top ratings in all categories except for the headlights for which IIHS gave an 'Acceptable' rating. 

2020 Nissan Maxima IIHS crash test

Nissan doesn't compromise on safety features on its flagship sedan, the Maxima.  You get all the bells and whistles in terms of the safety equipment on offer. Nissan Safety Shield 360 is now standard on every Maxima, which is a suite of top driver-assist features. More safety features add to the list as you move up the trim level. Some of these safety features include:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rearview camera
  • 360-degree camera
  • Front & rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Forward & reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Driver attention monitor
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Auto high-beam headlights

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2020 Nissan Maxima Competition

6.0/10

2020 Nissan Maxima vs 2020 Toyota Avalon

Both the sedans are similarly priced but the Toyota Avalon is more fuel-efficient and handles better on the road. Inside, the Avalon's interior is more good-looking and has a roomier second-row. Trunk space is also better in the Avalon but it is similar to the Maxima in terms of infotainment features. Like the Maxima, the Avalon offers a bundle of standard driver aids. 

2020 Toyota Avalon 

2020 Nissan Maxima vs 2020 Dodge Charger

The Dodge Charger is much cheaper than the Maxima and also offers the option of a monstrous V8. However, the Maxima excels in ride quality. When it to comes to fuel efficiency, the Maxima is a tad bit better. The cabin of the Charger uses low-quality plastics but it is spacious while its cargo capacity is also greater than the Maxima. The Charger's list of safety techs is smaller than the Maxima. 

2020 Dodge Charger

2020 Nissan Maxima vs 2020 Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 is a luxurious sedan, still not quite as modern as the Maxima. It looks elegant but seems like it belongs to the last generation. The interiors are well-appointed but lack the aesthetics of the Maxima. Yes, it has good ride quality and a quiet cabin but so does the Maxima. The Maxima would be a much better car to live with options and comes with a good variety of advanced safety features.

2020 Chrysler 300 front view

2020 Nissan Maxima Final Verdict

The 2020 Nissan Maxima is an all-rounder. It offers good performance, superb driving dynamics, precise handling, and a stylish exterior. In the current market where the sales of the full-size sedans are slowing down, the Maxima offers stupendous value for the kind of money that you are paying for it. Also, with a lot of competition bowing out this year, Nissan has a good chance to garner those sales and make a strong impact on the market.

2020 Nissan Maxima three-quarter view

2020 Nissan Maxima FAQs

Is the 2020 Nissan Maxima fast?

The 2020 Nissan Maxima is very quick in its class. It takes 6 seconds flat to sprint from 0-60 MPH and has a top speed of 130 MPH. 

Why is Nissan Maxima so expensive?

Unlike other Nissan cars, the Maxima has premium and luxurious appointments in its interior. Hence, its initial price is higher.

Is Nissan Maxima a luxury car?

No, the Nissan Maxima is not a luxury car. But certain features available in this car do not make it hard to seem like one. 

Does the 2020 Nissan Maxima have a CD player?

A single-disc CD player is standard in the Maxima, which is a rare feature nowadays. 

Which Nissan Maxima comes with a sunroof?

The SL trim gets a dual-panel panoramic sunroof but the SR and Platinum trims add a panoramic sunroof. 

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