Friday, April 17, 2015

The 2016 Maxima Makes its Debut

The Nissan Maxima was usually slightly ahead of its class in terms of features and performance, but in recent years, it started slipping a bit. Nissan realized this and chose to overhaul the vehicle completely for 2016. At the 2015 New York Auto Show, the Japanese automaker revealed the new “four-door sports car.”

The first thing that pops on the new Maxim is the body, as Nissan gave the sedan its most current design language. This design includes the V-Motion front fascia and boomerang headlights. Otherwise, the Maxima’s entire body looks as if wind designed it, thanks to its swoopy lines and sleek roofline. Though the 2016 model is slightly larger than the last-generation Maxima, it is lighter, which will show up in terms of performance.

Speaking of performance, the 2016 Maxima continues with a 3.5-liter VQ-series engine, but Nissan has replaced about 60 percent of its parts. This retuning results in a bump to 300 horsepower – 10 horse more than the last-gen model – and an anticipated EPA rating of 30 mpg highway, which is up to a 4 mpg increase. Backing this engine is a new Xtronic continuously variable transmission that that features D-Step shifting logic for stiffer and sportier shifts.

The cabin also received a complete overhaul for the 2016 model year, giving it a more premium look and feel. Standard interior features include NissanConnect with navigation, a rearview camera, an eight-way power seat, a flat-bottom steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and a 7-inch Drive Assist Display. Moving through the trim level piles on so many features that the range-topping Platinum trim rivals many true luxury sedans.

Pricing for the 2016 Maxima starts out at $32,410 for the base S trim level. This jumps to $34,390 for the SV, $36,890 for the SL, $37,670 for the SR, and $39,860 for the Platinum. The 2016 Maxima will hit dealers in the summer of 2015, but you can build and reserve your own here.