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2018 Nissan Maxima Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Nissan Maxima 3.5 S include VQ 3.5L V-6 300hp engine, 2-speed Xtronic CVT transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control.

2018 Nissan
Maxima Sedan

Starting at: $33,270

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - HomeLink
  • Navigation system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 8
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 3.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 300hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Engine torque - 261 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 95.5mm x 81.4mm (3.76" x 3.20")
  • Compression ratio - 10.60 to 1
  • GVWR - 2,105kg (4,641lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,897mm (192.8")
  • Exterior body width - 1,859mm (73.2")
  • Exterior height - 1,435mm (56.5")
  • Wheelbase - 2,776mm (109.3")
  • Front legroom - 1,143mm (45.0")
  • Rear legroom - 869mm (34.2")
  • Front headroom - 1,001mm (39.4")
  • Rear headroom - 932mm (36.7")
  • Front hiproom - 1,377mm (54.2")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,359mm (53.5")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,440mm (56.7")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,415mm (55.7")
  • Passenger volume - 2,792L (98.6 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 405 L (14 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 405 L (14 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 3.5
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 300hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Torque - 261 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - continuously variable automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 25mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.0gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 21mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 30mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/45VR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/45VR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear - RearView Monitor yes


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
3.5 S 2018 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 S Search New $33,270   300-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  21 / 30  
3.5 SV 2018 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SV Search New $35,270   300-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  21 / 30  
3.5 SL 2018 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SL Search New $37,690   300-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  21 / 30  
3.5 SR 2018 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SR Search New $38,530   300-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  21 / 30  
3.5 Platinum 2018 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 Platinum Search New $40,940   300-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  21 / 30  


Driving Impression

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Despite having 300 horsepower beneath its hood, a Maxima isn’t likely to deliver many driving thrills to enthusiasts. The V6/CVT combination doesn’t constitute the most refined powertrain, either.

For most drivers, though, the Maxima accelerates with suitable swiftness, while emitting more gruffness than expected. Pushing harder than usual on the gas pedal may be needed when accelerating, but the specially-tuned transmission yields a more spirited experience than most CVTs can deliver. Sport mode helps, and when D-Step logic is selected, the preset ratios arrive in a delectably smooth sequence.

Helped by surprisingly high-effort steering, a Maxima feels markedly more nimble than typical rivals like Toyota’s Avalon. Certainly, its sense of sportiness transcends that of most big sedans. Even when breezing along curvy roads, Nissan’s top sedan feels composed and confident. Wandering on straightaways seldom occurs, courtesy of great on-center tracking capability.

Moderate torque steer might be felt, but only when accelerating hard. Electric power steering delivers almost no feedback to the driver, but the thick-rimmed, flat-bottom steering wheel is an unexpected delight.

Still, ride comfort is this sedan’s main attraction. With standard 18-inch wheels, smoothness approaches luxury level. Even in SR trim with 19-inch tires and stiffer shock absorbers, the ride doesn’t become excessively firm.

Engine noise is reasonably muffled, but other sounds entering the cabin seem inappropriate for a car in this price league.

Thriftier than many full-size sedans, the Maxima is EPA-rated at 21/30 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined. Premium gasoline is needed.

Walk Around

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Styling might not please everyone. More than most, though, Nissan’s Maxima stands out from the big-sedan pack. Daring and dramatic, if not wholly cohesive, the biggest Nissan four-door lacks the cleanly finished look of a Chevrolet Impala, but resembles no other full-size sedan. No design elements are shared with the mechanically-related Nissan Altima.

The freshly-revised grille does present a cleaner appearance. Viewed from the front, the roof appears to float above the vehicle, helped by black pillars. A fine chrome line runs just below the windows, striving to conceal the Maxima’s girth. On the whole, the Maxima favors voluptuous curves over a svelte tone. SR sedans flaunt more prominent sporty touches, including a rear spoiler.

Interior Overview

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Top models are luxurious.Front occupants can savor comfortably supportive seats and a lavish aura.

The Maxima seats four and is even better for two. It has a low roofline that makes the rear bench feel tight. Taller riders may find the roofline impedes entry and exit. The two outboard rear passengers drop into wide, bucket-like seats. A center position is provided, but it’s not intended to be used often and it’s not comfortable. Rear passengers in the Nissan Altima have more space.

Fitted with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, the dashboard cants assertively toward the driver. The tall center console constricts knee space more than in most large sedans.

Interior materials rank above average in cloth-upholstered base models, becoming nearly decadent in top-dog Platinum trim. Soft-touch materials abound, complemented by classy upholstery stitching. Even the metallic and simulated-wood trim panels look stylishly contemporary.

Trunk volume is a moderate 14.3 cubic feet, versus 15.4 for the Altima.


New Car Test Drive

Regardless of trim levels, the Maxima delivers an upscale feel. In both layout and materials quality, but not in back-seat space, Nissan’s full-size sedan ranks above the midsize Altima. As far as design goes, not many large four-doors can be called daring or dramatic. Altogether, Maxima promises good value for its price.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Nissan Maxima S ($33,270) comes with power front seats, cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, remote start, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and 18-inch wheels. Infotainment includes an 8.0-inch screen with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $885 destination charge.)

Maxima SV ($35,270) features leather-appointed seat upholstery, heated front seats, a driver-seat thigh extension, and front/rear parking sensors. Maxima SL ($37,690) adds a panoramic moonroof, active noise cancellation, 11-speaker Bose audio, LED interior lighting, blind-spot warning, adaptive cruise control, and extra USB ports.

Maxima Platinum ($40,940) comes with quilted leather seat inserts, a surround-view camera system, power rear sunshade, height-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats and LED headlights.

Maxima SR ($38,530) has a sport-tuned suspension and 19-inch wheels, but lacks the panoramic moonroof. Premium leather seats with Alcantara inserts, LED headlights, and ventilated front seats are standard.

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