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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, 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.

Nissan NP300 Navara Pickup Officially Revealed, w/ Video

Posted by Stephen On Monday, June 16th, 2014

After two weeks of teasers, Nissan has finally pulled the curtain off their next-gen Navara midsize pickup truck. For two weeks we’ve waited, twiddling our thumbs in anticipation, and now we can finally have both images and videos of Nissan’s next contribution to the international pickup segment. Take a look for yourself below:

2015 Nissan NP300 Navara

Unfortunately, we’ll warn our US readers up front that this new Nissan NP300 Navara platform will not make it into the States. At least, not for several years. While the new Navara is expected to launch everywhere from the UK to Thailand by the end of this year, Nissan America is holding off on a new version of their Frontier pickup.


Because as we stated in our original preview article, the next-gen US-exclusive full-size Nissan Titan pickup is expected to debut at next year’s Detroit Auto Show. Frankly, Nissan North America doesn’t want to launch two brand-new pickups at the same time – it’s bad for business.

But, let’s get back to the truck at hand… Watch the video below to learn what’s new with the next-gen Navara:

Clearly, there’s a lot to be said about Nissan’s new ruggedly handsome pickup.

To start with, it features an all-around more modern silhouette with curvier front- and rear-end styling than the outgoing model. Traits like Nissan’s new V-motion chrome grille, a shortened front clip, new slanted LEDs, a lower roofline and a higher beltline all help create an image that’s both tough and refined. The ‘smooth’ trend continues in the rear where the bumper and taillights have been slightly redesigned for a more modern look, while a blacked-out B-pillar helps keep the look feeling open and unrestrained.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any specific measurements to help you compare the current Navarra with this new one. Nissan has said that they’ll offer a variety of different body types, bed lengths and powertrain options from market to market, while the same King and Crew cabins will be available on all models. However, Nissan has stated that the new Navarra is both wider and sturdier than the outgoing model, complete with bigger tires for rigorous off-road driving.

Inside, the new Navarra gets a plethora of new technologies and designs, which we think are best illustrated through Nissan’s second promo video, embedded below:

And here’s an image that offers a closer look at the interior styling:
2015 Nissan NP300 Navara interior

As you can see, the new Navara has a much more SUV-feeling interior than the current one. Nissan says that they worked very hard to give customers exactly what they wanted, and you can see that their efforts have really paid off. Roomy, modern and comfortable are all words you could use to describe this truck.

Beneath the hood, you’ll find that default Nissan Navara comes with improved versions of the same two powertrains found in the outgoing model. The first is a 2.5L four-cylinder DOHC diesel with either 161hp or 188hp depending on trim. The second is an in-line 2.5L four-cylinder gas engine with unspecified output. However, while the engines remain the same, Nissan estimates the new Navarra is 11% more fuel efficient than the current one. This is mostly due to a lower curb-weight and more efficient engine technology.