Skip to main content

2021 Nissan Maxima

Research, photos, specs, and expertise

Nissan Maxima highlights

Customer reviews

(not yet rated)

RepairPal reliability rating

4 out of 5

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 30 highway, 24 combined

Pricing for current inventory

(no current inventory)


All Nissan Maxima years

New for 2021

  • 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.

Explore Nissan Maxima details

SV 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • 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
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control

Optional Features

  • Rear Spoiler

Drive type


Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 45"/R 34.2"

Head room

F 39.4"/R 36.7"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




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).

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2021 Nissan Maxima is not yet rated. Help future customers learn about a car you've owned and write a review.

RepairPal reliability rating


RepairPal gave the Nissan Maxima an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Nissan Maxima 11th out of 14 among Fullsize Cars.

View RepairPal's full rating of the Nissan Maxima

2021 Nissan Maxima trims

More about the 2021 Nissan Maxima

Related articles

* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.

Unless otherwise noted, information related to these featured vehicles comes from third-party sources, including manufacturer information. Product and company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of third-party entities. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by these entities.