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Nissan Maxima Makes 10 Best Engines List for 2016

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Editors at vehicle authority WardsAuto has awarded the new Nissan Maxima engine – the one is supposed to go in the 2016 Nissan Maxima – a listing on the top 10 Best Engines list for the coming new year. It’s a prestigious honor that began in 1994. Nissan has made the list 17 times – their VQ-series V6 engine making the list 15 times.

Nissan Maxima engine

It’s a Big Deal

WardsAuto spent two months evaluating 31 different engines with the base price of under $61,000 to create this list. This list is unique because of the way each of the vehicles is tested. They’re not tested using specialized instruments that could easily place an unfair bias toward one of the vehicles. Instead, the testers test the vehicle the way an owner would use the vehicle – they would take the vehicle to and from work, school and other everyday activities. The general feel the vehicle including torque noise attenuation, fuel economy, and application of new technology are all measured and scrutinized.

2016 Maxima Hit Dealerships in May 2015

The new vehicle is hit Nissan dealerships in May 2015. The 3.5 L, V-6 engine was completely redesigned for Nissan the flagship vehicle. The car manufacturer is proud to be a part of this award as it stands as a testament “to the outstanding design, performance and value” of the vehicle, says Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc.

Guiding Principles of the Award

Other than the general feel, there’s a couple guiding principle that can that tip the scales of the award. They ask themselves questions such as, “Does the engine or electric propulsion system truly sell the car or raise the bar for its competitive set?” The Nissan Maxima clearly raises the bar. 61 percent of its engine uses newly designed parts resulting in an engine that has reduced the weight and friction, a new intake manifold and more.

Nissan Maxima Is in Its Eighth Generation

The new 2016 Nissan Maxima is the vehicles eighth generation of the vehicle. Since its inception, Nissan has led the way and cutting edge design, innovation and performance. It features an Xtronic transmission to go along with this completely revised 300-horsepower engine.

External Features

The vehicle outputs a grand total of 85.7 horsepower per liter and a 15 percent increase in fuel economy which brings it up to 30 miles per gallon. Their new Xtronic is a performance-oriented transmission with a wider ratio range. This allows the new vehicle to have a stronger acceleration from a standstill and incorporates all-new D-step shifting logic.

Nissan identifies the new look of the Nissan Maxima as an upscale look with a lower profile, wide stance and a bold front with its signature V-Motion grille.

Internal Features

The interior has been crafted after a command central, fighter jet-inspired cockpit. It features a standard NissanConnect navigation system and 11-speaker Bose sound system. NissanConnect is powered by SiriusXM satellite radio and Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD).

The car comes with optional packages such as:

Predictive Forward Collision Warning
Forward Emergency Braking
Intelligent Cruise Control
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Driver Attention Alert System
Blind Spot Warning

The vehicle is assembled in Decherd, Tennessee and comes in five distinct models: Maxima S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum.

Modestly Priced, Too

The new Maxima starts with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $32,410 for Maxima S. The Maxima SV is $34,390, while the Maxima SL is $36,890. The sporty Maxima SR is priced at $37,670 and the top-of-the-line Maxima Platinum is $39,860.

A Bit about WardsAuto

WardsAuto has covered the auto industry for more than 80 years, serving those within automakers, dealerships, suppliers and others serving or observing the industry with a wide range of information products. WardsAuto’s flagship product is WardsAuto.com, a comprehensive online resource and community filled with unique news, data and analysis, with full access available as a premium subscription. Other services include online data products, magazines, print and digital newsletters, and more. Plus, WardsAuto operates the WardsAuto Interiors Conference, North America’s only event focused on the automotive interior.


The Nissan Maxima is No More… Almost

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

2016 Nissan Maxima

If you walked up to the average US resident and asked them which name sounded more familiar, “Nissan” or “Maxima”, most of them would pick the latter. That’s according to Pierre Loing, vice president of Nissan NA product planning, from an interview between him and Automotive News.

And yet, even though the Maxima is a Nissans all the longest-selling nameplate in the US and more recognized than the brand name itself, just four years ago, Nissan almost axed the car from their lineup completely.

2016 Nissan Maxima rear

With the next-generation Nissan Maxima set to go on sale in the US in barely a week’s time on June 2, we’re certainly glad that Nissan decided to keep the family size sedan in their lineup. You’ve probably already seen the Maxima several times this year… It first debuted in a Super Bowl ad, then made its in-the-metal premiere at the 2015 New York Motor Show back in April.

What will be the eighth-generation of Nissan’s “4 Door Sports Car” is substantially sportier than the car you’ll find it Nissan dealerships today. It’s got Nissan’s new V-motion front-end design, complete with a lower, more aggressive roofline, a curvier body and an all-around better powertrain. The next-gen Maxima runs on a new 3.5L V6 that outputs 300 horsepower, which is a noticeable boost in performance over the current model year. In a classic “have your cake and eat it too,” Nissan has somehow managed to eke 15% more fuel-efficiency out of the upgraded engine, made possible by stripping and replacing a full 60% of the old engine’s parts.

2016 Nissan Maxima side

Inside, the new Maxima is even better. It boasts a truly plush interior with quilted leather, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and a modern, premium-feeling design. Takeshi Yamaguchi, the VP for vehicle engineering and program management for the Maxima project, says, “When I look at this car, I’m proudest of the fact that it’s here at all.” Yeah, us too Yamaguchi. “And on top of that, I’m proud of the fact that we took the Maxima beyond where it was, instead of taking it backward.”

… Apparently that was the other option on the table. Nissan was thinking about gutting the sedan to make it cheaper to both manufacture and sell. Instead they went the opposite direction, and what they came up with is perhaps the best, most refined execution of a non-premium sedan we’ve seen in the past 10 years.

So, in a month as you start seeing those sleek new 2016 Nissan Maximas on the road, be thankful for the sight… It almost didn’t happen!


2016 Nissan Maxima Swoops into New York Auto Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Official 2016 Nissan Maxima

The 2015 New York Auto Show is officially underway, and one of the first cars to break cover is the new 2016 Nissan Maxima. We’ve been anxiously awaiting this car’s official debut ever since Nissan showed us a brief little snippet of the car in their Super Bowl ad spot. For the New York reveal, they opted to show the Maxima in a stunning royal blue, and as you can see it looks spectacular.

Nissan is calling their new Maxima a throwback to its roots as a “4 Door Sports Car”. This makes sense since their conceptual preview for the new Maxima was called the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept. Apparently, this sportiness is an image that they always have wanted to convey with their Maxima… While we certainly wouldn’t agree with the title in previous years, this new version actually lives up to the name, at least in looks. In fact, this Maxima looks sportier and more refined than some premium cars in the segment.

2016 Nissan Maxima profile

With that being said, it should come as no surprise that this is the best execution of Nissan’s latest V-motion front-end that we’ve seen to date. The front fascia is bold and eye-catching, but not overly literal… It’s not like they just plastered a big V on the fender. We love the mesh grille that peeks through behind the Nissan logo, and the angry-looking boomerang headlights perfectly accentuate the front clip as a whole, as well as the sporty two-tone alloy wheels.

Nissan also made upgrades to the powertrain. The 3.5L VQ-series V6 engine has had a full 60% of its parts exchanged or upgraded, and the new powertrain outputs a very decent 300hp. They’ve also managed to increase fuel economy by 15% over the 2015 model year for a manufacturer estimated 30 mpg. No official EPA rating though, so take that with a grain of salt.

2016 Nissan Maxima Interior

Even after all that, the interior is definitely the part of the car that most definitively separates the new Maxima from much of its competition. The picture pretty much speaks for itself… The interior looks incredible with leather seating and a bespoke two-tone color scheme. There are five trim levels, but you won’t need to pay extra to get the best of the tech. amenities… NissanConnect, navigation, Remote Engine Start and that huge 8.0 inch touch-screen that you can’t miss in the pictures all come standard for every trim level.

2016 nissan Maxima rear seats

Speaking of trims, three of the five trim levels for the 2016 Nissan Maxima are brand-new – SL, SR and Platinum – and the car will go on sale in just a few months in “early summer 2015”. Starting price is $32,410. We’ll have to wait until then to judge the car’s driving dynamics, which has probably been the biggest struggle for recent Maximas.


New Japanese Cars to Look for at the 2015 NY Auto Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

As one of the last large automotive events of the spring season, the 2015 New York Auto Show is most automakers’ last chance to show off their innovations to a huge international audience for several months. As you can imagine, there are will be quite a few new cars to see. So, we’ve narrowed down the list for you to the top Japanese cars to look out for when doors open later this week:

2016 Lexus RX & 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Unsurprisingly, Toyota and its sub-brands have the most new cars they plan to unveil later this week in New York. To save space, we’ve condensed these two crossovers into one slot.

2016 Lexus RX Teaser

The Lexus RX is undoubtedly the more exciting of the two… We’ve only seen a single teaser image of the new compact crossover, and it’s sporty, almost sedan-like profile has us itching to see the full body revealed in New York. As the current best-selling premium car in the US, all eyes are on the next-generation RX to see what Lexus has come up with.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid teaser

That being said, you can’t gloss over the importance of the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Even if you’re not a green car enthusiast, the new RAV4 Hybrid’s design will carry over to the rest of the RAV4 lineup in 2016.

Scion iA Sedan and iM Hatch

For the first time in years, Scion is expanding their lineup with not one, but two new youthful automobiles that will be on display in New York.

In case you missed our original preview, the Scion iM hatchback is based on the Scion iM Concept from about a year ago. The Scion iA sedan is the one we’re really excited about though – it’s a sedan based on the all-new Mazda2, and we can’t wait to see what it looks like in-the-metal.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Teaser 2

We’re not exactly sure what to expect from the new Mitsubishi Outlander that’s coming to the 2015 New York Auto Show.

You can read our detailed preview if you’d like more information on what exactly Mitsubishi has in store, but the short version is that we’re HOPING to see an Outlander PHEV. Other options include a new Outlander Sport or a redesigned regular Outlander. You can see the latest teaser image Mitsubishi’s released for us above.

2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima

Finally, the last major Japanese car to be revealed at the 2015 New York Auto Show is the 2016 Nissan Maxima. We’ve put this last on the list because we’ve technically already seen the new Maxima. It originally aired in Nissan’s Super Bowl ad spot, and since then Nissan has released perfectly clear images to show what the car will look like, such as the one above.

Still, nothing replaces an in-the-metal reveal, and the Nissan Maxima is one of the most important vehicles in the second largest Japanese automaker’s lineup… Definitely worth keeping an eye out for.

Either way, the NY Auto Show is set to be a ton of fun with a floor full of sweet new cars, Japan-made or otherwise. Come back later this week to start seeing some reveals!


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Nissan Teana 250XL

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 6th, 2015

Since Nissan has just showed us official images for the 2016 Nissan Maxima, we thought today would be a good day to showcase an older Maxima model up for auction in Japan.

Anytime you’re looking for a specific model in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction database, it’s always a good idea to double-check the Japanese production name. In this case, the Maxima is sold as the Teana in Japan. So, today we’re looking at a 2012 Nissan Teana:

2012 Nissan Teana auction find

The Nissan Teana is sold in Japan as a luxury midsize sedan. Today’s model is a badge-engineered Japanese version of the US Altima, but back in 2012, the car was its own distinct model. This would’ve been the last model year in the Teana’s second generation of production. Codenamed J32, the second-gen Teana was built on the same Nissan D platform used in the Maxima and Murano.

As you can see on the auction sheet at the bottom of this post, this particular auction find is a Nissan Teana 250XL Sport Selection. That means it features a special high-torque 2.5L petrol engine paired with a DOHC supercharger that, all told, outputs 165 bhp at 5600 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. This is more torque at a lower rev than every other 2012 Teana model except the top-of-the-line 350XV version.

2012 Nissan Teana 250XL Sport Selection

Looking at the car’s design, you can clearly see that this is an entry-level premium sports car. The body is smooth and refined, with clean-cut chrome accents that extend back from the fog lights along the side of the car. The grille is a 2012 classic – the thick horizontal grille that was a Nissan favorite just a couple years ago.

The second-gen Teana’s aesthetics may be a bit on the plain side by today’s standards, but the car looks good and this auction find is in great shape, so it’s hard to complain.

2012 Nissan Teana 250XL Sport Selection interior

The interior is a fitting follow-up to the exterior design. It’s very, very spacious with oodles of leg room for both front and rear passengers. The seats are comfortable with leather upholstery, and the dashboard is simple and easy to navigate. It doesn’t have any fancy LCD screens, but it does have a digital display for music and vehicle information.

All in all, this 2012 Nissan Teana 250XL Sport Selection is in great shape with an interior grade of B and an overall rating of 4.5. For more details, continue reading below the auction sheet:

2012 Nissan Teana auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered August 2012, FAT, AAC, 250 XL Sporty Selection model, service book, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, leather, airbag, seats and steering wheel worn, scratches and dents and repairs, replaced panel and other marks as per map”


2016 Nissan Maxima Revealed in Official Images

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

For any of our US readers who caught the Super Bowl this past weekend, you may have spotted Nissan’s 90-second ad spot titled “With Dad”. The main attraction featured in the ad is the new Nissan GT-R LM NISMO race car prototype, but the new Maxima makes a sneak appearance at the end of the ad, right around the 1:17 mark. You can take a look for yourself below:

Now, just a couple days later, Nissan has revealed official images of their “all-new” four-door Maxima sedan. We have to say, Nissan has done an excellent job of moving upmarket with this new model – it’s hard to call the car we see here a middle-class sedan. A more appropriate classification would be a “4-door sports car,” which is just as Nissan intended the car to be.

2016 Nissan Maxima

If you remember back to the 2014 Detroit Motor Show, we saw a car called the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept. As we can see now, that concept clearly previewed the 2016 Maxima. We really appreciate it when automakers keep their production models close to the concepts, and that’s exactly what Nissan has done here. Compare the image above to the Sport Sedan Concept from last year, shown below:

2014 Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

Obviously, there are a few differences… The Sport Sedan Concept was a show car, and that’s pretty clear from the images. However, the new corporate V-Motion grille is largely intact. The floating roofline is also still visible, although it’s hard to see in these particular images.

Really, the most noticeable difference is the more minimalist design of the alloys on the 2016 Maxima compared to the fancy triple-spokes of the concept car. Everything else has been smoothed over and refined to accent key elements of the car’s sporty design, like the large front clip and curvaceous rear-end.

2016 Nissan Maxima

Nissan hasn’t offered us any official powertrain specs, but word on the street is we can expect the 2016 Maxima to come with a 3.5L V6 that outputs something in the realm of 290 horsepower. That engine would be mated to a six-speed Xtronic CVT configured for front-wheel drive. Another alternative could be a 2.0L four-cylinder from the new Pathfinder that would offer around 250 hp.

Either way, we expect the new 2016 Nissan Maxima to go on sale later this fall, and the new sedan’s official debut will come on April 1 at the 2015 New York Auto Show.


Top Japanese Cars Coming to the 2015 Detroit Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, January 10th, 2015

The 2015 Detroit Motor Show opens doors next Monday. It’s the first major automotive event of the new year, so it’s a big one for enthusiasts everywhere. As you continue reading, we’ll quickly review every Japanese car you should look out for at the show next week.

2016 Acura NSX

2015 Honda Acura NSX

Perhaps the most highly anticipated car coming to the show, Japanese-made or otherwise, is the next-generation Acura NSX supercar. And this won’t just be a concept either, but a full-fledged production-spec model ready for dealership floors.

However, while you might assume that we know a lot about it because it’s a production model, the exact opposite is true. All we have are four darkened teaser images, similar to the one shown above, and a vague statement by the supercar’s chief engineer and project leader, Ted Klaus:

“After three years of intensive development work we are excited to reveal this next-generation supercar — the Acura NSX — to the world. We’ve developed a human-centered supercar that responds to the will of the driver and that builds upon the NSX heritage.”

The one thing we do know is what will lie beneath the hood. Acura promises a twin-turbocharged sport hybrid powertrain with three high-performance electric motors to help deliver power to the wheels. Other than that, we’ll just have to wait and find out next Monday.

2016 Lexus GS F

2016 Lexus GS F

Even though the Lexus GS F is also an extremely high performance model that will make its official debut in Detroit, for some reason there’s markedly less excitement for Lexus’ amped up saloon than the Acura NSX. Perhaps it’s because we’ve already seen a full suite of teaser images, thereby removing any mystery from the reveal…

Or, perhaps it’s because of the car’s naturally-aspirated 5.0L V8 engine with 467hp, which is borrowed directly from the Lexus RC F. Obviously, 467hp is a ton of output by any normal standards, but not when compared to the GS F’s competitors. The BMW M5, the new Cadillac CTS-V and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG all offer anywhere from 100 to 200 more horsepower, with the best of the bunch being Cadillac’s 640hp 6.2L V8 behemoth, which can zoom from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

2016 Lexus GS F two-tone interior

Still, the new GS-F should not be counted out. Because of Toyota’s expertise with carbon fiber thanks to their previous LFA project, the car comes in at 200 to 500 pounds less than competitors, which means it can go faster with less power. Plus, it’s reported to continue the trend of truly top-notch driving dynamics from Lexus. On top of that, Lexus has once again proven their prowess for designing interiors, as you can see in the image above.

Infiniti Q60 Concept

2016 Infiniti Q60 Concept Preview

The next car to keep an eye out for, which we covered just earlier this week, is the new Infiniti Q60 Concept. You can read more about the upcoming concept here, but the short version is that this low-riding coupe is expected to compete with the BMW 4 Series with a plush interior, class-leading aerodynamics and probably the same 3.0L V6 engine that we’ve seen in the Infiniti Q80.

2016 Nissan Titan

2016 Nissan Titan spy shot

Finally, a non-sports car! Both Japanese pickups have remained relatively under wraps compared to the sports cars above, but the one thing we know about Nissan’s new Titan is that it’ll be powered by a custom-developed 5.0L V8 Cummins diesel engine. In order to appeal to the patriotic pickup niche, Nissan has put a heavy emphasis on the fact that their pickup is 100% American-made… Conceptualized in California, developed in Michigan, road-tested in the deserts of Arizona and built in the Midwest of Mississippi.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Alongside the Nissan Titan will be another new Japanese pickup truck, albeit a smaller mid-sized model, to compete with the likes of Chevy’s new Colorado and the new GMC Canyon. Again, Toyota has remained completely tight-lipped about the new model, but we do know what it looks like thanks to the numerous photos leaked ahead of the reveal.

We’ll find out exact powertrain specs when doors open next week, but we’re setting the bar pretty high after Toyota boldly claimed that the new Tacoma will be “better in every way” than the previous generation, which they point out was the best-selling midsize pickup for the past 10 years.

Other Possible Japanese Cars Coming to Detroit

Now, there are a couple other Japanese cars that aren’t totally confirmed for debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show, but that we highly suspect will make an appearance. Those cars include:

2016 Nissan Maxima – We know that the new Maxima will come sometime in “early 2015”, and all initial reports lead us to believe that Detroit will be that time. The car should showcase Nissan’s new design language, along with a more spacious interior and a possible new hybrid powertrain borrowed from the new Pathfinder.

2016 Lexus RX Facelift – The other Japanese car that we expect to see – but can’t absolutely guarantee that we will – is the facelift for Lexus’ 2016 RX crossover. Again, we really know nothing about this other than the fact that Lexus promised two new cars at Detroit, and this is the only other likely candidate.

Either way, you can clearly see that the 2015 Detroit Motor Show is going to be a big one for Japanese automakers. The three major Japanese brands each have multiple new cars making debuts, so you’ll definitely want to stay tuned next week to get the full reveal for each of the cars above.

Until then, thanks for reading!