Direct steering; powerful V6 engine; comfortable ride; sport seats; lovely interior; futuristic exterior styling; standard collision warning and emergency braking system
Doesn't corner as well as some RWD sport sedans; interior feels a bit cramped; NissanConnect could be more app-friendly; small trunk
For 2019, the Maxima gains revised front and rear styling, standard Rear Door Alert, LED headlights and new wheel designs. Also on the standard equipment list are rear side airbags, front knee airbags, a USB Type C port and a driver attention monitor. Nissan's Safety Shield 360 that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, auto high beams, lane-departure warning and assist plus rear automatic emergency braking comes standard on the Platinum trim or as part of the SR Premium package.
If you're looking to the Maxima for its maximum performance potential, the SR is the clear choice. However, if you're looking for a less jarring ride with the same acceleration and luxury, the SV satisfies most needs. Unfortunately, if you want the advanced collision-avoidance systems obtainable on many of the Maxima's less expensive competitors, the more expensive SR and Platinum are the only ways to get them.
The 2019 Nissan Maxima from Nissan offers five distinct trims: S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum. Features are packaged by trim, leaving only some dealer-installed items as optional equipment.
The Maxima S ($34,845) features a manual tilt-and-telescopic steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18-in aluminum wheels, auto LED headlights, fog lights, an 8-speaker AM/FM/6-CD stereo with an 8-in color touchscreen, navigation with SiriusXM and Bluetooth streaming audio, NissanConnect mobile apps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two illuminated USB ports (Type A and Type C), a rearview monitor, cloth upholstery, an 8-way power driver's seat, a 4-way power passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, Intelligent Key with push-button start and a 7-in Advanced Drive-Assist Display. Standard safety features include Predictive Forward-Collision Warning (which can sense trouble at a distance of two cars ahead), Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking, rear seat side airbags and Intelligent Driver Alertness.
The SV ($36,855) adds driver's-seat manual thigh extension and power lumbar support, leather seating, heated front seats, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, navigation, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and front and rear parking sensors.
The SL ($39,335) adds a heated steering wheel, a dual-panel panoramic sunroof, an 11-speaker Bose audio, active noise cancellation and active sound enhancement.
The SR ($40,425) loses the panoramic sunroof, but gains a sport-tuned electronic adjustable suspension with Yamaha Performance Dampers, Nissan's Active Trace Control and Active Engine Brake, 19-in alloy wheels, upgraded leather seating with quilted-pattern Alcantara inserts, heated and ventilated front seats, aluminum sport pedals and Nissan's Safety Shield 360.
The Platinum ($42,335) adds to the SL's equipment list with upgraded leather seating, a power-adjustable steering column, rain-sensing wipers, NissanConnect Services, 2-position memory for the driver's seat, steering column and mirrors, a power rear sunshade and the Around View monitor. Additional safety features include moving-object detection and rear automatic braking and Nissan's Safety Shield 360 (see What's New section).
There are two options packages for the Maxima. The SR Premium Package includes a dual panoramic sunroof, Safety Shield 360, rear automatic emergency braking, outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down and driver's side auto dimming feature, driver's seat memory and the Around View Monitor. The Platinum Reserve package adds heated rear seats, 19-in alloy wheels, Rakuda Tan semi-aniline leather seating, Charcoal colored headliner and Satin Bronze interior faceted finishers.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2019 Chevrolet Impala -- The Impala isn't as sporty to drive, and its V6 engine is optional, but it's every bit as sophisticated as the Maxima, with more interior room and a better infotainment system.
2019 Volkswagen Passat -- The Passat is more conservatively styled than the Maxima, but offers a larger trunk and rear seat. The Passat's standard 4-cylinder turbo is no match for the Maxima's V6.
2019 Toyota Avalon -- The Avalon has a level of sophistication that trumps the Maxima's, plus it has a huge back seat, standard driver-assist features, less polarizing styling and a hybrid model.
Used BMW 5 Series -- A used 2012-2017 BMW 5 Series will give you about the same interior room as the Maxima, but with the ride and handling expected of a vehicle labeled as a sport sedan.