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About The Nissan Maxima

Vehicle Summary

Featuring a powerful 300 hp engine and a stylish, upscale interior, the eighth generation Nissan Maxima is a large car that offers plenty for drivers to be excited about. Following the 2014 Nissan Maxima, Nissan skipped the 2015 model before completely redesigning the Nissan Maxima in 2016 as the vehicle entered its eighth and most recent generation. The eighth generation Nissan Maxima was updated to include a more powerful engine, a brand-new body style, and a wide range of new technology features. If you are looking for a large sedan that is as capable as it is stylish, the eighth generation Nissan Maxima is certainly worth checking out.

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Nissan Maxima Trim Configurations

The eighth generation Nissan Maxima includes all 2016-2019 models. Available trim configurations for the 2016-2019 Nissan Maxima include:

S - The base trim of the 2016-2019 Nissan Maxima, the S trim features dual-zone automatic temperature control, an eight-inch color touchscreen display, remote start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, LED daytime running lights, and more!

SV - The SV trim of the 2016-2019 Nissan Maxima features everything found on the S trim as well as leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, driver's seat power lumbar support, a front and rear sonar system, and more!

SL - The SL trim of the 2016-2019 Nissan Maxima features everything found on the SV trim as well as a dual-panel power panoramic moonroof, an 11-speaker Bose® premium audio system, a heated steering wheel, intelligent cruise control, blind spot warning, and more!

SR - The SR trim of the 2016-2019 Nissan Maxima features everything found on the SL trim* as well as heated and cooled front seats, a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, premium Ascot leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted Alcantara® inserts, and more. *The SR trim does not include the dual-panel power panoramic moonroof found on the SL trim.

SR Midnight Edition (2017 only) - The SR Midnight Edition trim of the 2017 Nissan Maxima features everything found on the SR trim as well as 19-inch gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels, a black sport spoiler, and a black rear diffuser.

Platinum - The Platinum trim of the 2016-2019 Nissan Maxima features everything found on the SL trim as well as mahogany wood-tone faceted interior trim, rain-sensing windshield wipers, driver's seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors memory, an Around View® monitor with moving object detection, and more!

Platinum Reserve (2019 only) - The Platinum Reserve trim of the 2016-2019 Nissan Maxima features everything found on the Platinum trim as well as heated rear outboard seats, semi-aniline leather-appointed seats with dynamic diamond-quilted leather inserts, a charcoal headliner, a two-toned leather-wrapped steering wheel with contrast insert, and more!

CarMax Rankings


Q: Is the Nissan Maxima considered a luxury car?

A: The Nissan Maxima does not technically fall under the luxury car category. However, it does feature a number of luxury features including a powerful engine and premium interior materials.

Q: Does the Nissan Maxima have AWD?

A: The eighth generation Nissan Maxima comes standard with a front-wheel drive (FWD) drivetrain. AWD is not an available option on any eighth generation Nissan Maxima models.

Q: When did the Nissan Maxima body style change?

A: Starting with the 2016 model, the Nissan Maxima was fully redesigned. This redesign included major changes to the Nissan Maxima's body style.

Reliability Research


RepairPal gave the Nissan Maxima an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Nissan Maxima 12th out of 14 among Fullsize Cars.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Nissan Maxima is $436, compared to an average of $453 for Fullsize Cars and $556 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Nissan Maxima owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.9 times per year, compared to an average of 0.8 times for Fullsize Cars and 1.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 13% for the Nissan Maxima, compared to an average of 11% for Fullsize Cars and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more.


Reviews for Nissan Maxima

Overall Rating

4.6 out of 5 (262 reviews)

Already had major engine trouble within three mont

I love this car, but until I come to a resolution about the major malfunction I have already had with this car I can not give it a positive recommendation. I drove the car for just over three months before I had internal engine noise (a loud knocking from starting the car until I shut it off). I took it to Nissan with my manufacturer warranty after Carmax sent me there. They say there was no oil in the engine after earlier that morning Goodyear said I was full on oil. Either way without a leak or engine malfunction a car does not run out of oil in three months. I am currently doing an "oil consumption test" for 2500 miles to find out if my engine needs to be replaced.


  • Seat Comfort: Great adjustments and leather heated seats
  • Ride and Handling: This car hugs the road and rides smooth
  • Braking: Can stop on a dime


  • Technology and Entertainment: The technology for this car is severely lacking
  • Interior Space: If you're 6' or taller the backseat is going to be cramped
  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg avg is not great

- Zane Adams, 2012 Nissan Maxima

Great blend of sports, luxury, and family sedans.

If you've ever seen the Nissan commercial where the new dad has to trade in his 370Z sports coupe for a family hauler, but still wants to have fun (spoiler: he gets a Maxima), that commercial really rings true with this car. I, myself, am a recent father (one year now) but I still want to have fun in my suburban street pounder. The Maxima is a great fit for that. With nearly 300 horsepower under the hood coming from Nissan's highly acclaimed and aggressive sounding VQ35 3.5 liter V6 engine, the car's got more than enough going for it to keep the blood flowing at stoplights. Couple that with a suspension that feels agile and athletic, even in the standard version, and you can't wait for the next family errand in it.


  • Power: Great, strong engine. Sounds aggressive too, inside and out. Really makes that 'four door sports car' label ring true. Most auto publications put the Maxima's 0-60 time between 5.7-6.3 seconds which is fast enough to keep a sporting dad happy.
  • Ride and Handling: Well balanced and very smooth highway ride with perfect steering feel at all speeds, yet still is taut enough to have plenty of fun on a twisty mountain road.
  • Seat Comfort: Great seats all around.


  • Fuel Economy: Fuel economy isn't stellar, and premium fuel is recommended, but if you're buying a car with a very nearly 300 horsepower V6 under the hood, economy probably isn't high on your list anyway.

- Daniel Hartman, 2012 Nissan Maxima

Solid Sports Sedan - better than my Infiniti G37

Very enjoyable ride. Lots to love. I like it better than the 2013 Infiniti G37 that I leased new, though there are pros and cons to each. My only reservations with the Maxima are that the CVT transmission is kind of plodding until the accelerator is pretty far down, and the tires for the 19-inch wheels on the Sport Package are quick to lose tread and expensive to replace. Overall I would recommend enthusiastically to anyone who wants something sporty in a sedan without being completely over the top with engine power, and doesn't mind a little road noise a stiff drive that comes with a sportier vehicle.


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- Mike Berger, 2013 Nissan Maxima

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