The four-door sports car is officially back. At least that’s how Nissan refers to the all-new dramatically restyled 2016 Nissan Maxima which arrived at dealers this week. The eighth-generation flagship sedan debuted at the New York Auto show in April. It gets a completely new look, more powerful engine and fighter jet-inspired interior.
“Following on the highly successful launch of the all-new Nissan Murano, the new 2016 Maxima is hitting showrooms with tremendous momentum. With its winning combination of style, technology and driving excitement, we see it appealing to both the large number of previous Maxima owners and buyers considering vehicles from luxury brands. We’ve proven Maxima can go tire-to-tire on the track. We think we can do it in the showroom as well,” says Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Parts & Service, U.S.A., Nissan North America.
The track test Diaz is talking about is from a third-party testing video called the “2016 Nissan Maxima Test Track Challenge” where the Maxima SR hit the track against the BMW 328i, Acura TLX 3.5L, and Audi A4 2.0T Quattro. In the test performed by AMCI Testing, the Maxima came out a clear winner with a 0.98 second margin on the tailing BMW.
It accomplished this feat with its revised 300-horsepower 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine under the hood and new performance oriented Xtronic transmission. It also gets a new lighter and rigid chassis for sportier acceleration. All together it gets 15 percent better fuel economy for an estimated 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway miles.
In the looks department, the new Maxima features a lower profile and a wide stance, along with the Nissan signature V-Motion grille, and a floating roof design. The inside is designed to be both sporty and luxurious with a U.S Navy Blue Angels fighter jet-inspired cockpit and racecar-like seats.
All trim levels feature an 8.0-inch gestures touchscreen equipped with NissanConnect and navigation. The system is compatible with Hands-Free Android Texting as well as providing Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio. There is also an available 11-speaker Bose premium audio system to really rock out that commute.
Some of the available safety features include Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, Forward Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Warning. All are standard with the Sl, SR, and Platinum trims.
The Maxima gives drivers a choice of five trim levels with the base S model starting at $32,410 and the crème de la crème Platinum at $39,860. The other models are the SV at $34,390, the SL at $36,890, and the SR at $37,670.
The new Maxima is at dealers now.