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Nissan Maxima | CarMax

This generation of Nissan's much-loved sedan, the Maxima, was launched in 2015. For the 2020 model, a plethora of driver-assistance tech has been added as standard. Oozing with high-quality touches throughout the cabin, the Maxima will not disappoint if you're seeking the comfort and style of a luxury sedan.

While we currently do not have many 2020 Nissan Maximas on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Nissan Maxima with similar features.

Below are average prices of prior model year Nissan Maximas at CarMax.1

  • 2016 - Average prices less than $21,5001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $22,0001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $22,0001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Nissan Maxima review:

Key Specs and Features


  • The 2020 Nissan Maxima with the standard 3.5L engine with AWD and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • 14.3 cubic feet

Seating Capacity:

  • Five

Engine Options:

  • Every 2020 Nissan Maxima includes a 3.5L V6 engine generating 300 hp

Tech Features (standard on all trims):

  • Touchscreen display
  • Nissan Intelligent Mobility (smart innovations that enhance the driving experience)
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability
  • USB and USB-C ports
  • Advanced driver-assistance display


The Nissan Maxima has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Driver-Assistance Technologies

Nissan Maxima: Tech Dash | CarMax

The 2020 Nissan Maxima boasts a variety of standard driver-assistance technologies, including cruise control, intelligent forward-collision warning, automatic braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rearview monitor, intelligent driver alertness, and much more. These technologies can increase your driving confidence. If you drift a little toward the line, the driver-assistance controls are designed to nudge you back toward the center of your lane.

2. A Stellar Standard Package

The base S model of the 2020 Nissan Maxima includes an incredible array of standard features. From a drive mode selector with both Normal and Sport modes to high-beam assistance to convenient USB and USB-C ports in every Maxima, you'll know that no matter which trim you select, you're getting terrific value. Available in seven brilliant colors and seven coordinated interior options, the 2020 Nissan Maxima will stand out in a crowd.

3. Zero Gravity Seats

Nissan Maxima: Front Seat | CarMax

Whether you drive down the street or across the highway, comfortable seats are a must. The seating cradles you gently, with a thoughtful design that keeps your body in a neutral position to reduce stress and fatigue. With touchpoints all the way up and down the back of your seat and beneath you, you can enjoy maximum comfort and minimum fatigue.

4. Moves Like a Sports Car

Your 2020 Nissan Maxima may purr like a content house cat on the outside, but inside lurks the heart of a lion. With premium ascot leather appointments, microfiber suede-like trim steering wheel and on the seats, and more as standard, the interior is sleek and luxurious. The 2020 Nissan Maxima SR—the sportiest trim of this model—includes 19-inch gloss black wheels; an expansive moonroof with two panes; and an upgraded, tuned suspension that gives the sedan its roar.

5. Smart Infotainment System

The eight-inch touchscreen is delightful and easy to use; paired with smart buttons located in logical places on the dashboard, you and your co-pilot in the passenger seat have quick access to all the controls. Plus, the steering wheel integrates more one-touch controls designed to ensure you keep your eyes on the road. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and with eight smartly located speakers, the sound system sounds terrific.

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What You Need to Know

2020 Nissan Maxima: Available Trims

  • S: Includes Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto; hands-free text messaging assistant; adjustable drive modes; power front seats; leather-wrapped steering wheel; rearview camera; blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert; and more.
  • SV: Adds leather seats, navigation, adaptive cruise control, and heated front seats.
  • SL: Includes a panoramic sunroof, active noise canceling, and an updated Bose audio system.
  • SR: This sporty trim includes an upgraded suspension, paddle shifters, simulated-suede seat accents, cooling front seats, lane-keeping assistance, and more.
  • Platinum: Offers ventilated front seats, rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers, memory settings for driver preferences, upgraded leather upholstery, and more.

2020 Nissan Maxima: Available Colors

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Carnelian Red Tintcoat
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Gun Metallic
  • Pearl White Tricoat
  • Sunset Drift Chromaflair
  • Super Black

2020 Nissan Maxima: Interior

  • 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Nissan Maxima: Trunk Cargo | CarMax
  • Seating capacity for five
  • Nissan Maxima: Backseat | CarMax
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Speed-sensitive volume control

Nissan Maxima: Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 Nissan Maxima is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Nissan Maxima:

  • 2016 - Average prices less than $21,5001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $22,0001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $22,0001
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Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the Nissan Maxima3

The 2020 Nissan Maxima is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Nissan Maximas with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Nissan Maxima.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 3.5/5.0
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $539.00

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Nissan Maxima

The 2020 Nissan Maxima is currently unrated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Nissan Maxima, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima was fully redesigned in 2019, with a larger grille and sleeker, more integrated body lines. For the first time, Nissan offered an AWD option on this sedan, and with an improved chassis, upgraded powertrain, better noise control, and lateral support and side bolstering in the seating, the 2019 Altima is an excellent choice. It's a full inch wider in its stance than the 2018 model, and includes the first rack-mount electric power steering, which is designed to give the 2019 Altima better control than ever. The following features are standard on all trims of the 2019 Nissan Altima:

  • 188 hp, 2.5L four-cylinder engine
  • Automatic headlights
  • Keyless entry
  • Forward-collision warning

Nissan Versa

This compact sedan feels magically bigger than it looks on the outside, which means it can take you where you need to go in comfort. The 2019 Versa is part of the second generation launched in 2012, and it's a great match for anyone seeking a versatile sedan. With a generous 14.9-cubic-foot trunk, the 2019 Nissan Versa matches up favorably for cargo space not only in the compact segment, but also for midsize sedans. If you choose a 2018 or 2019 Versa, these features are standard:

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Power mirrors

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry began its eighth generation in 2017, and it continues to be a very popular model. The 2019 Camry is offered with two engines: the standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine, or a 3.5L V6 engine, which is offered on the XLE and XSE trims. With a number of driver-assistance and tech features, as well as thoughtful updates designed to add confidence to every drive, the Camry is a must-see on your list of sedans. For the 2019 model, these features are standard:

  • Amazon Alexa connectivity and Apple CarPlay capability
  • Lane-departure alert with steering assistance
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward-collision warning system with automatic emergency braking

The Bottom Line

The 2020 Nissan Maxima is everything you're looking for in a modern sedan. It's packed with innovative technology, wonderfully comfortable seats, and a robust infotainment system. With a gorgeous view from the inside out, the Maxima is an ideal choice.

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1Based on prices on carmax.com in December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
3RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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