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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.


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.