Direct steering; powerful V6 engine; comfortable ride; sport seats; lovely interior; futuristic exterior styling
Doesn't corner as well as some rear-drive sport sedans; interior feels a bit cramped; NissanConnect could be more app-friendly; small trunk; no advanced collision-avoidance technology on lower trims
The 2017 Maxima gains Apple CarPlay as standard equipment. The Medallion and Dynamic packages join the Midnight Edition package in offering unique wheels and exterior add-ons for a more custom look. See the 2017 Nissan Maxima models for sale near you
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 SL, SR and Platinum are the only ways to get them. Find a Nissan Maxima for sale
The 2017 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 ($33,425) features a manual tilt-telescopic steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18-inch aluminum wheels, auto 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, two illuminated USB ports, a rearview monitor, cloth seating, 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 starting, and a 7-in Advanced Drive-Assist Display.
The SV ($35,405) adds driver's-seat manual thigh extension and power lumbar support, leather seating, heated front seats, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, and front and rear parking sensors.
The SL ($37,905) adds a heated steering wheel, a dual-panel panoramic sunroof, 11-speaker Bose audio, active noise cancellation and active sound enhancement. Standard safety features include a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, Intelligent Cruise Control, predictive forward-collision warning (which can sense trouble at a distance of two cars ahead) and forward emergency braking.
The SR ($38,685) 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, LED projector headlights, upgraded leather seating with quilted-pattern Alcantara inserts, heated and ventilated front seats, and aluminum sport pedals.
The Platinum ($40,855) adds to the SL's equipment list with upgraded leather seating, a power adjustable steering column, LED projector headlights, 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 the driver-attention alert system.
Optional appearance packages include the Midnight Edition (SR grade), Dynamic (SV grade) and Medallion (Platinum grade).
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2017 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.
2017 Hyundai Azera -- The Azera is more about luxury and content for a good price than performance. It isn't as fun to drive, but it delivers a more comfortable interior and an unbeatable warranty.
2017 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 2010-2015 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.