If you’re looking for a large sports sedan that looks the part, is likely to be incredibly reliable, and doesn’t cost an absolute fortune, you should probably check out the Nissan Maxima. This current eight-generation of the Maxima is now entering its third model year, so there are a few changes to consider even though this is only a modest refresh. So, let's take a look at what you can expect from the latest version of the Maxima.
Changes for 2018
As already mentioned, the changes are not huge by any means, but there's no reason to mess too much with a winning combination like the eighth-generation Maxima. A new color of Carnelian Red has been added to the palette, and the infotainment system is now Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay-enabled. But perhaps the most notable change is the swapping of the front grille, which brings the Maxima into line with the current signature Nissan look.
Some buyers might wish to question some of the performance aspects of the Maxima's sport sedan credentials, but not with the way it looks. The exterior is daring, dramatic and very contemporary, with more than a hint of a flattened version of many of the futuristic crossovers Japanese manufacturers are producing right now. Apart from the new grille, there's actually very little to be seen in the Maxima that appears to come from other models in the current Nissan lineup, which makes this a very individual vehicle. And there are not too many cars that can be said about at the moment.
Engine and performance
The Maxima probably doesn’t drive quite as sporty as its appearance might lead you to believe, but it's no letdown either. Instead of outright tire-blistering performance, the Maxima manages to strike a great balance between a comfortable ride and great driving. There's just a single powertrain on offer here, which is a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 300 horsepower and 261 lb.-ft. of torque that drives the front wheels through a CVT transmission. The CVT actually manages to make the Maxima feel sprightlier than the lighter Altima that also uses the same engine, with a sport mode that keeps revs even higher and institutes programmed "gear" steps to deliver an impressively smooth response.
Buyers will have to look very hard to find a large sedan with a greater emphasis on safety than the 2018 Nissan Maxima. Every version comes standard with six airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, a rearview camera, and automatic emergency braking with forward-collision warning. And SL models and above go even further with the likes of blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert all as part of their standard specification. When it comes to those all-important ratings for overall safety, the 2018 Maxima gets a full five stars from the NHTSA, and the IIHS rates the Nissan as a Top Safety Pick.
Despite its powerful V-6 engine, the Maxima uses less gas than many of its large sedan competitors. It obviously can’t rival the ratings of those with hybrid powerplants, but its EPA ratings of 21 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined are pretty good for a car of this stature.*
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*All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.