2021 Nissan Maxima

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  • Many driver assist features standard
  • Sports-tuned handling
  • Standard active noise cancellation


  • Visibility is somewhat compromised
  • Small back seat
  • Limited cargo space

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 30 highway, 24 combined

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What is new for the 2021 Nissan Maxima?

  • The S and SL trims have been discontinued for 2021.
  • The SR trim now comes with CD Audio as standard equipment.
  • The Platinum trim now comes with CD Audio as standard equipment.

2021 Nissan Maxima trims

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Nissan Maxima

1. Lots of engine power

While the 2021 Maxima may only be available in one engine configuration, it's an impressive one. Specifically, this midsize sedan is equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine that cranks out a whopping 300 hp for plenty of power from underneath the hood. This motivated engine is paired with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for smooth shifting.

2. Standard driver-assistance suite

Every 2021 Nissan Maxima offers a standard suite of driver-assistance features for added convenience behind the wheel. This suite includes frontal collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, traffic sign reader, rear automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning. It also comes with adaptive cruise control so you can effortlessly maintain a consistent distance between the cars in front of you.

3. Plenty of tech features

From a tech standpoint, there's a lot to love about the 2021 Nissan Maxima. Standard on the base SV trim, for example, is an eight-inch touchscreen display and eight-speaker sound system for cranking out your favorite road trip tunes. Meanwhile, you and your passengers will also enjoy standard smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto. Stepping up to the SR trim adds some additional tech features, including a premium 11-speaker sound system.

4. Smooth and quiet ride

The cabin of the 2021 Maxima is designed with plenty of acoustic glass and other sound-muffling materials to achieve a quieter ride. This midsize sedan is even equipped with active noise cancelation—a feature that is more commonly found on luxury sedans—and utilizes onboard speakers and microphones to cancel out unwanted road noise and other bothersome sounds. Additionally, the 2021 Maxima's suspension helps to deliver a smooth and composed ride, even on rougher roads.

5. Sporty equipment

If you're looking for a midsize sedan with sporty performance, the 2021 Maxima has some surprising features—especially on its SR trim. Specifically, this model features a sport-tuned suspension for even sharper handling. It's also equipped with steering wheel paddle shifters that give you the control and excitement of manual gear-shifting without sacrificing the convenience of the 2021 Maxima's continuously variable transmission (CVT).

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Ratings & reliability

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Above Average

RepairPal gave the Nissan Maxima an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Nissan Maxima 8th out of 13 among Fullsize Cars.

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Nissan Maxima features and specs

Platinum 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • CD Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Spoiler

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 45"/R 34.2"

Head room

F 38.9"/R 35.8"

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