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2017 Nissan Maxima Review

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Nissan's "4-Door Sports Car" was introduced as a whole new model last year. Bigger, longer and lower than the outgoing vehicle, the new Maxima sports a very sculpted body profile and "in-your-face" front grille and fascia. The interior also was revamped and wouldn't be out of place in a more expensive luxury brand. 

 

2017 Nissan Maxima Trim Levels

Still, Nissan is not an automaker to rest on its laurels. This is especially true with the Maxima, which is considered the flagship of the automaker's car fleet which includes the Altima, Sentra and Versa. For 2017, the Nissan Maxima comes with Apple CarPlay for all five trim levels: S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum. Two new appearance packages are also offered. The first, the Medallion, adds exclusive 18-in. wheels, exterior puddle lights, illuminated door sills and a trunklid spoiler. The interior also gets accent lighting. It's available on the Platinum. 

The second, called the Dynamic Package, enhances the already eye-catching SV with its own unique wheels, a spoiler, and illuminated kick plate and side rocker moldings. 

Engine & Transmission

Continuing to power the full-size sedan is a 3.5-liter V-6. Horsepower and torque are 300 and 261, respectively, which are channeled to the front wheels via Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission. Fuel economy continues to be competitive at an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon city and 30 mpg highway. These mileage figures are based on 2017 estimates. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving style and vehicle maintenance. Do not compare to models before 2008. 

The New 2017 Nissan Maxima Features

As a flagship, the Maxima comes extremely well-equipped even in the base S. Power front seats, push-button ignition, a rearview camera and navigation are all standard. Same with Bluetooth connectivity and automated climate control. Step up to the higher trims and the list of features grows considerably. Leather seating is standard on the SV while a premium audio system from Bose, a blind-spot monitor and an expansive panoramic sunroof are all found on the SL. Unsurprisingly, the top-of-the-line Platinum comes with everything from the lower trims. Exclusive to the trim is NissanConnect, a subscription-based telematics system. 

The SR is the sporty variant in the lineup. Though equipped similarly to the lower S, SV and SL, it then adds or replaces their features with such performance-oriented gear like aluminum sport pedals, active ride control, Alcantara seat inserts and an active braking system. 

As summarized by CarGurus: "Boasting the completely new look it received for 2016, the 2017 Nissan Maxima midsize sedan, now in its eighth generation, furthers its aspirations of entry-level luxury by offering a combination of unique dimensions, distinctive features, and comfortable accommodations."