2018 Nissan Maxima - Exciting New Features and Enhancements

2018 Maxima

There's no getting away from the new 2018 Nissan Maxima and the fact that they’ve added new features and enhancements to meet with continuing growth in a market that seeks high demands. So, let’s take a closer look and see what has been refreshed for the new 2018 model as Nissan Maxima is showing no signs of slowing down in keeping up with technology.

Exterior styling

This current generation of the new Nissan Maxima was introduced for the 2016 model year, and it's not an exaggeration to say the exterior became considerably more daring and dramatic than it was previously. It doesn’t look much like any other four-door sedan in the market, and it doesn’t even share any styling cues of note with the Nissan Altima it's related to. This year, the Maxima has the benefit of a new revised, more prominent, V-shaped grille that cleans up the front fascia nicely, and also brings it a little more into line with the rest of the current Nissan family. The manufacturer has also expanded the color palette of the sedan as the exterior can now be specified in the new Carnelian Red shade with black accents for the grille. Instead of being sleek and svelte like a sports car, the overall look is definitely more fulsome and voluptuous, which actually makes a pleasant change.

New technology features

Although already equipped with Apple CarPlay, the Maxima now benefits from Android Auto compatibility as part of its standard specification for the 2018 model year. It may not be a revolutionary shift, but it's an important move by Nissan to make the car appeal to a wider audience who may have overlooked it before if they didn’t own and use an iPhone. Another important technology upgrade is the addition of a pair of USB ports in the back for rear-seat passengers to use for charging any of the myriad of mobile devices they're likely to have with them on a long journey.

An automatic emergency braking system is also now a standard feature for much of Nissan's 2018 lineup, which now includes the Maxima. This advanced safety feature uses radar to monitor the distance from vehicle’s in front and warns the driver if a collision is a possibility. If there’s no response from the driver, the system is able to automatically start to reduce the speed of the car.


There's still a single drivetrain underneath the attractive exterior of the Maxima, which is a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 300 horsepower and 261 lb.-ft. of torque driving the front wheels through a CVT transmission. The CVT in this particular application has been specifically tuned, which makes this Maxima most peppy than the lighter Altima it shares this particular powerplant with. There's even a sport mode for keeping the revs even higher than normal and delivers programmed "gear" steps to deliver a response that's as smooth as silk, while delivering a wonderfully comfortable ride.


Despite being a full-size sedan, the cabin of the Maxima is spacious with ample room for the whole family. The interior is luxurious and comfortable, with most models featuring leather upholstery. The outboard rear seats are cosseting buckets carved out to hold you in place perfectly. There are soft-touch materials everywhere, lots of dressy stitching, and some very swish metallic and wood-like trim panels.

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