And I do like that. It is good to see someone taking a few chances here and there.
I guess Nissan figured they could grab a few buyers who want something a bit different and more daring in a 4 door sedan.
And I think it works. The new Maxima looks great in person.
And, it does look more upscale than the Altima. Which is the point, since both cars are about the same size.
Which does put the Maxima in that weird position it has been ever since the Altima grew into a larger car, years ago.
Even the doors.
The model I drove for a week was a loaded Platinum version.
Which included pretty much everything you can possibly want in a car.
The seats look a feel great. (Although the front headrests are placed a bit too far back for long trips)
The Bose stereo sounded very good. If not very loud (A common issue with Bose car systems)
I do think they could have toned down the stitching on the dash. There is just too much of it.
(Something I also noticed at the Auto show with another Nissan product:the new Infiniti QX30)
Not sure whose bright idea that was... But it looks pretty bad. And cheesy. (Even if, I guess, it is supposed to match the "Diamond Quilted leather inserts" of the seats)
It is still one of the very best systems around.
It feels solid and heavy (in good way). And really fast. Faster than most people will ever need, really.
I never felt any problem associated with torque steer, unlike Maximas from a few generations ago...
It is quiet, but not "Lexus Quiet". It is more on the sporty side of the spectrum.
Which is just fine since there are plenty of soft/super quiet sedans around.
Again, this is a bit different.
The suspension is comfortable, and slightly firm. The steering is much better than other Nissan models. And the Sport mode really does make a difference. Mostly with the steering which becomes quite a bit firmer.
The Maxima is rated at 22City and 30HWY.
I did get 22 in the city and topped around 34/35 on the freeway.
Which is really good for a 300HP car with a large 3.5 Liter V6.
The CVT works great. Much more responsive than most "regular" automatics out there.
A rush of power is practically instant when you call for it.
It really works great. (All the internet 12 year old trolls who hate CVTs in the Maxima have obviously never driven one.)
I would really recommend the Maxima. For those who want a little more fun when driving a large sedan.
My test car was $39 860. Fully loaded. (It starts at $ 33 345 for a "base" model, which still has the great V6)
It is not cheap, but really not that bad when compared to other large sedans:
-A loaded Acura TLX is $40 315.
-A loaded Chevrolet Impala is $40 130
-A loaded Hyundai Azera is $40 195
-A Toyota Avalon Limited is $41 285
So all these large FWD sedans are priced around the same when loaded.
But is it different enough from a loaded Altima? (Which would be around $35 000)
Well, it is. Both cars rare about the same size and use the same V6.
But the Maxima does have a real premium feel the Altima doesn't.
Especially inside. It feels and looks more like a premium sporty sedan than a family car.
But I guess, Nissan could still make both cars more different.
A luxury hatch like the Audi A7 would be great.
But I really think a full EV would be the best. Something that gets around 250 miles per charge and would cost around $40 000 after incentives would be the perfect way to separate the Maxima from the Altima.
It would be larger than the Tesla Model III but a bit smaller than the S.
I think it would be the perfect 21st Century Maxima.