2021 Nissan Maxima

Rating7.4

Ranked #7 in Midsize Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$42,150 - $44,345

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Key Spec of 2021 Nissan Maxima
fuel economy

20/25/30

fuel type

premium unleaded

horsepower

300 hp @ 6400 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2021 Nissan Maxima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The new 2021 Nissan Maxima embodies all that makes a true sports sedan tick, with sport touring comforts, premium styling and cutting-edge technology to raise the bar for mid-size luxury sedans. With an immensely spacious interior, available seating for up to five and abundant high-tech features, the 2021 Maxima is truly a car of tomorrow.


ProsConsWhat's New

Crisp handling

Mediocre infotainment system

Standardized features like navigation, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control and leather upholstery

Plenty of standard features

Visibility may be a concern for some drivers

S and SL trims were axed out

Appealing cabin

Less cargo space compared to its rivals

A 40th Anniversary edition with limited quantity

Powerful engine

Over All Rating

7.4

Out of 10

Pricing and Features6.00
Engine and Performance6.90
Fuel Economy8.40
Interior8.00
Exterior6.90
Safety8.90
Competition6.00
Notable Rankings

#7 in Midsize Sedan

#12 in Fullsize Sedan

#17 in Sedan


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Trims

SR$42,150 onwards

  • 1St row Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Navigation system

Platinum$42,220 onwards

40th Anniversary Edition$44,345 onwards



Colors and Styles

2021 Nissan Maxima in Gun Metallic color
Gun Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

With a price tag of $36,990, the 2021 Nissan Maxima delivers a rewarding driving experience with its efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine and responsive handling. In addition, it meets your family's needs with its accommodating room for up to five, along with advanced safety, connectivity and convenience technologies. With rivals like the Toyota Avalon and Chrysler 300, it competes in a hot segment. 

2021 Nissan Maxima Sedan front angle view
2021 Nissan Maxima Sedan rear angle view

Buying Advice

With regard to the aforementioned feature table, it is quite evident that even the base variant has plenty of features. However, the SR trim adds some additional features like ventilated and heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and sport tuned suspension. To grab the SR variant would be a clever deal that offers excellent value for money.

Features

Except for some new features, the Nissan Maxima largely remains unchanged for 2021, although it is offered in a new trim line. Starting at $36,990, there are 3 trim levels to choose from - SV, SR, and Platinum. Additionally, Nissan has launched an exclusive 40th anniversary package to commemorate the Maxima's rich history. However, this 40th anniversary package is only compatible with Platinum trims. Across the lineup, there have been no changes to the powertrain and mechanicals from the prior model.

A comprehensive selection of tech, safety, and driver assistance features is standard across all variants. Some standard features include Dual-zone automatic climate control, Leather upholstery, Keyless entry and ignition, 8-inch touchscreen, 8-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. With the Platinum trim, customers qualify for Premium leather upholstery, Rain-sensing windshield wipers, and rear window sunshades. As part of the 40th anniversary package, you will receive two-tone paint, premium leather upholstery, and heated rear seats. 

Trims

SV

SR

Platinum

MSRP (Manual)

$36,990

$42,150

$44,345

Key Features

Keyless entry and ignition

Adds/upgrades to the features of SV trim

Adds/upgrades to the features of SR trim

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Heated steering wheel

Premium leather upholstery

 

Leather upholstery

Paddle shifters

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

 

Heated front seats

LED Foglights

Rear window sunshade

 

LED Headlights

6-way power adjustable passenger seat

19" x 8.0" machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels

 

8-inch touchscreen

Rear parking sensors

SiriusXM Radio with 3-month complimentary trial access

 

8-speaker audio system

11-speaker Bose audio system

 
 

Satellite radio

Ventilated front seats

 
 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

Alcantara upholstery

 
 

In-car Wi-Fi hotspot

Sport tuned suspension

 
 

Navigation system

Panoramic moonroof

 
 

Two USB ports

19" x 8.5" gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels

 
 

Leather wrapped steering wheel

   
 

8-way power adjustable driver’s seat

   

 

Engine and Performance
6.9/10

With a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the Nissan Maxima has a power output of 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque. This vehicle's powerful V-6 engine is paired with a CVT, making for seamless power transfer and slick shifting. A front-wheel drive system is standard, and a four-wheel drive system is optional.

2021 Nissan Maxima Sedan engine bay

The powerful V-6 motor accelerates the Nissan Maxima from zero to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. Similarly, the quarter-mile time is relatively swift, clocking in at 14.3 seconds while attaining a top speed of 132 mph. Interestingly, the Maxima feels heavy when traveling at low speeds, yet lighter and more agile when travelling at higher speeds.

Models

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Chrysler 300

MSRP

$36,990

$35,000

$31,400

Engine

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

CVT

8-speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

Power 

300 hp @ 6,400 rpm

301 hp @ 6,600 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

0-60 mph (sec)

5.7 seconds

6.0 seconds

6.3 seconds

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.3 seconds

14.6 seconds

15.0 seconds

Top Speed (mph)

132 mph

130 mph

140 mph

Comparatively speaking, the Toyota Avalon seems to be the closest competitor to the Maxima, with similar horsepower outputs and slightly higher torque. Nonetheless, the Maxima is the most rapid sedan on this list. As a result of having relatively less power than its competitors, the Chrysler 300 finishes last overall. 

How well does the 2021 Nissan Maxima handle?

With a powerful engine and smooth ride, the 2021 Nissan Maxima is a sure bet. In addition to providing a comfortable ride, the Nissan Maxima is also very compliant in corners. Sporty enthusiasts, however, might find the steering feedback mediocre.There are some rivals in the class that do offer better steering feedback and handling. As a result of its active damping suspension coupled with active trace control, the Nissan Maxima detects road surface changes and ruts as soon as it begins to turn, and adjusts the dampers accordingly for improved reaction time.

 2021 Nissan Maxima Braking Performance

The 2021 Nissan Maxima will give you a perfect combination of braking performance and driving dynamics. It provides drivers with the confidence they need when facing their toughest braking situations. It uses both the Nissan Intelligent Control System (NICS) and the Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) to ensure incredible stopping power.

Models

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Chrysler 300

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

12

12.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.1

11.1

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,552

3,560

4,013

60-0 (feet)

113

115

121

All four wheels have ventilated anti-lock brakes. Its front ends are equipped with 12.6-inch rotors, and its rear ends are equipped with 12.1-inch rotors. With all of these braking characteristics coupled with mechanical rotors, the 2021 Nissan Maxima can come to a standstill in just 113 feet. 

Fuel Economy
8.4/10

Despite packing a potent V6 engine under the hood, the 2021 Nissan Maxima achieves decent mpg numbers. It is capable of averaging 20 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highways, and a combined 24 mpg. With a fuel tank capacity of 18 gallons, the 2021 Nissan Maxima offers a combined range of 432 miles.

Models

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Chrysler 300

MPG (City)

20

22

19

MPG (Highway)

30

32

30

MPG (Combined)

24

26

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.0

14.5

18.5

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined)

360/540/432 miles

319/464/377 miles

352/555/425 miles

With the highest MPG ratings among its competitors, the Toyota Avalon keeps making a strong case for being the best value for money sedan. The Chrysler 300 consumes the most gas as reflected and features the bulkiest fuel tank. Although the fuel economy of the Nissan Maxima is mediocre, it could be quite adequate for the majority of its audience.

Interior
8.0/10

The 2021 Nissan Maxima interior offers luxury elegance and technology in a sophisticated cabin. The instrument panel has an uncomplicated design for easy everyday use with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 7-inch full-color driver information display. The center console houses an 8-inch infotainment screen for controlling smartphone and vehicle functions. Besides being heated and cooled, the seats feature a power-adjustable system with 10-way power settings and three-person memory. On the dashboard, we find a generous use of soft-touch plastic, which feels nice and rich.

2021 Nissan Maxima Sedan front seats

Five passengers can be comfortably accommodated within Nissan's 2021 Maxima. There is decent headroom for front passengers while rear passengers are treated to decent head and shoulder room with cramped legroom. Dual-tone leather upholstery will also be featured in the cabin if you opt for the 40th Anniversary Edition trim. In terms of cargo space, the vehicle offers 14.3 cubic feet of luggage space and can be further extended with the 60/40 split-folding rear seats. 

Models

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Chrysler 300

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.4/56.7/45.0

37.4/57.8/42.1

38.6/59.5/41.8

Rear (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.7/56.7/34.2

37.5/57.1/40.3

37.9/57.7/40.1

Cargo Volume (cubic feet)

14.3

16.1

16.3

In comparison, the Nissan Maxima ranks low, with only 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space whereas the Chrysler 300 has fantastic seating and room for cargo. Almost equally as popular is the Toyota Avalon, which falls around Chrysler's figures. However, the Maxima offers the most versatile and well-equipped interior of its competitors. 

 Standard interior features of the 2021 Nissan Maxima include:

  • Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition
  • Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control
  • Remote front windows down and trunk release via Nissan Intelligent Key
  • 7-inch Driver information Display 
  • Power adjustable front seats with heating
  • Multifunction D-shaped steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment
  • Premium Ascot Leather upholstery on seats and steering wheel
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control with rear vents
  • Power windows 
  • 60/40-split fold-down rear seats
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
  • Power door locks with auto-locking feature

How intuitive is the 2021 Nissan Maxima’s Infotainment System?

The 2021 Nissan Maxima is loaded with features that keep you connected and entertained in style. Powered by the intelligent, evolved NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps system, the new Maxima also comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriXM Satellite Radio. This system includes an 8-speaker audio system and an 8-inch touch screen as standard. A BOSE premium sound system with 11 speakers is offered in the upper trim levels. It offers all the latest connectivity features, such as Bluetooth and an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot. 

2021 Nissan Maxima Sedan infotainment screen

All the standard Infotainment features are listed below:

  • NissanConnect 8-inch touch-screen display
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Compatibility 
  • Bluetooth Hands-free calling 
  • NissanConnect with Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Bose Premium Audio System with 11 speakers
  • NissanConnect Services
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Active Sound Enhancement
  • MP3/WMA CD playback capability
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Auxiliary audio input jack 
  • USB ports and Type C charging port
Exterior
6.9/10

The 2021 Nissan Maxima exterior and styling come with an array of advanced, performance-focused features. Like the V-motion grille which shows off a sporty, sharp look. Or the boomerang-shaped headlights that frame the large chrome Nissan badge. Its sleek and sharp styling, sets it apart from every other sports sedan. With numerous color options to choose from, you will be able to find a Maxima that meets your style.

​  2021 Nissan Maxima Sedan 

The bold character lines, more rounded edges and striking front grille are purposely designed to give Nissan's most popular sedan a look that commands attention. Its abundant air intake not only looks good but also improves cabin cooling. Our attention is drawn to the beautiful 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires on the sides. A sleek and stylish LED taillight remains the same at the back, as do the quad exhausts. With the Floating-Roof design as the focal point, the Nissan engineers did an admirable job in terms of design. 

Models

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Chrysler 300

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,552 lbs

3,560 lbs

4,013 lbs

Length (inches)

192.8

195.9

198.6

Width (inches)

73.2

72.8

75

Height (inches)

56.5

56.5

58.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.3

5.3

5.3

Wheelbase (inches)

115.0

113.0

120.2

As the big guy here, the Chrysler 300 is the longest and widest, so it makes sense that it is also the heaviest with 4,013 lbs of curb weight. Avalon is positioned in the middle with its balanced body measurements. Compared with its rivals, the Nissan Maxima is compact and lightest. However, the Nissan Maxima stands out as far as styling is concerned, with its one-of-a-kind design.

Some standout exterior features of the Nissan Maxima include:

  • 18-inch/19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • LED Headlamps 
  • LED DRLs
  • LED Taillights
  • Chrome grille
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Power side mirrors with heating 
  • LED Turn indicators in side mirrors
  • Quad exhausts
Safety
8.9/10

According to the NHTSA, the 2021 Nissan Maxima received the highest safety score from the crash tests with a 5-star rating, while the IIHS is yet to release the vehicle's safety score. It comes equipped with Nissan Intelligent Mobility and Nissan Safety Shield 360, as well as a number of safety features and driver assistance packages that make it an ideal daily cruiser and family sedan. 

Standard and available safety features include:

  • Blind-spot warning
  • Lane Deaprture warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Front and Rear Sonar System 
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System 
  • Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
  • Rollover Sensor for Airbag deployment
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning 
  • Rear Automatic Braking 
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System 
  • Intelligent Cruise Control
  • Active Ride Control
  • High Beam Assist
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control
  • Traction Control System
Competition
6.0/10

2021 Nissan Maxima vs 2021 Toyota Avalon

This is a pair of cars that do the job well and get the job done efficiently. The Maxima, however, is a bit more expensive. With potent V6 engines, a long list of standard safety features, and above-average starting prices, both the Toyota Avalon and the Maxima pack a punch. The Avalon, however, has a larger trunk and back seat, as well as a more responsive steering system, which makes it a better option to consider.

2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Nissan Maxima vs 2021 Chrysler 300

Despite having been redesigned for 2021, the Chrysler 300 will remain the long, luxurious sedan that it has always been. Interestingly, it is the biggest one here, having the largest cabin and most cargo space compared to the Maxima. However, the Chrysler 300's only distinguishing feature is its interior and this is where the 2021 Nissan Maxima wins. Nisan offers a more dynamic and high-quality drive. 

2021 Chrysler 300

 

Final Verdict

The new 2021 Nissan Maxima is a very impressive mid-size sedan. Inside and out, this car is attractive, well-appointed and enjoyable to drive. This is an excellent value in our opinion. Most buyers, however, will find that value to be insufficient to justify the price jump between the base model and the Platinum model. (and if people are okay with buying the lower trims then they can likely save over $5,000). There are few better options to choose from at the same price point for those seeking the high trim line, Platinum.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$44345

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
transmission

CVT


2021 Nissan Maxima User Reviews

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[6.0%] [3 Reviews]

2

[14.0%] [7 Reviews]

3

[20.0%] [10 Reviews]

4

[51.0%] [26 Reviews]

5

[10.0%] [5 Reviews]

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Elwood Garrison

2021 Nissan Maxima

SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 2, 2022

Confined sedan with poor performance

Pros - Attractive cabin and a user-friendly infotainment system.

Cons - Below average trunk space, confined seats, compromised visibility, firm ride quality, and numb steering.

Disappointing sedan with compromised features I expected wonderful sedan features with the latest version of the Maxima, but I am very dissatisfied with the vehicle's performance as well as it is really uncomfortable to drive due to the confined seats. Thank goodness I had the Maxima leased to check it out and didn't buy it. Staff is quite pleasant, there is no pressure, and there is only r...

6/10
Features
3/10
Interior
6/10
Design
6/10
Safety
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

MM

Miranda Minter

2020 Nissan Maxima

SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 30, 2022

Deands a premium pice

Pros - Design, Interior quality, Handling.

Cons - Trunk space, Rear legroom, Price.

Well built The Maxima didn't come cheap and cost me $39,833 but the car does looks sporty and premium. Its only been a week since I got the car and I am already impressed with the way this car handles and the cabin layout and design is rather premium. Sadly, the maxima doesn't boast a large trunk and the rear space feels a bit cramped. I was there on time but they ended up keeping me waitin...

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
7/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
3/10
Dealer Review

J

Jonathan

2020 Nissan Maxima

Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 15, 2022

Stylish large sedan with poor practicality

Pros - Stunning exterior looks, potent engine, driver centric cabin and plenty of features.

Cons - Small trunk, sluggish CVT and less head and leg room.

Impractical Sedan with sharp handling. I've just had the 2020 Nissan Maxima for about six months. I chose the top of the line platinum model as it offered: Ascot quilted leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a power rear-window sunshade. It has a powerful V-6 engine and a well-tuned suspension that blends ride comfort and handling con...

7/10
Features
5/10
Interior
8/10
Design
7/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
4/10
Dealer Review

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Nissan Maxima 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$40,196
5 Year Cost To Own
$60,420
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $60,420
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$11,873$2,435$2,259$2,698$2,514$21,779
Insurance$1,809$1,859$1,912$1,939$2,042$9,561
Fuel$2,194$2,227$2,338$2,406$2,471$11,636
Maintenance$501$735$642$1,251$1,980$5,109
Repairs$30$3$151$227$406$817
Financing Interest$2,465$2,045$1,546$929$387$7,372
Taxes and Fees$3,339$241$227$188$151$4,146
Total Cost-To-Own$22,211$9,545$9,075$9,638$9,951$60,420
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