Nissan is talking numbers for the new 2017 Maxima and there are no big pricing – or upgrade – surprises.
It will still cost you a little over $32,000 to get into one and make that nearly $40,000 if you opt for the loaded Platinum model.
So what’s new for the 2017 year? The big thing is enhanced connectivity and two new trim package options.
The 2017 Maxima’s new standard NissanConnect with Navigation featuring Apple CarPlay system includes an 8.0-inch touch-screen display, along with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, streaming audio via Bluetooth, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and two USB connection ports. It also features “swipe to meter” functionality, so the driver can swipe the navigation map from the center display to bring it up in the standard 7.0-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display within the instrument cluster.
Platinum models come with NissanConnect with Navigation with some extras including automatic collision notification, remote start via smartphone, emergency call, and stolen vehicle locator technology based on a subscription.
Two new accessory equipment packages are also out there for the 2017.
The Medallion Package on the Platinum trim adds a spoiler, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, illuminated kick plates, interior accent lighting and exterior ground lighting.
A new Dynamic Package will be offered on the SV trim adds a spoiler, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, illuminated kick plate and side rocker molding.
The special Midnight Edition package also makes a comeback for the SR model. It features a sport spoiler, rear diffuser and 19-inch gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels with center caps.
As for safety features, the SL, SR and Platinum models all come with standard Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, Forward Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Warning.
The Platinum model gets the most advanced safety tech with what’s called a Driver Attention Alert System. The safety feature is supposed to fight drowsy driving. It’s uses the car’s sensors to learn a driver’s steering patterns. If it notices a driver getting tired or inattentive, it will alert them. (The feature is also available on the Murano.)
All five trim levels come with a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine under the hood. It’s mated to a Xtronic transmission with D-Step shifting logic that provides rapid shifts at high throttle openings.
The base S model will start at $50 over the 2016 model, for an MSRP of $32,560. The top-of-the-line Platinum model will sell for $30 more to start at $39,990. Those prices don’t include destination and handling of course.
The 2017 Maxima is on sale now and comes in nine colors, two of those exclusive to the Maxima: Forged Bronze and Coulis Red.
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