2016 Maxima – Longer, lower, livelier

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, March 26th, 2016
Created by driving enthusiasts for driving enthusiasts, the dramatically styled 2016 Nissan Maxima looks like nothing else on the road today - and drives like nothing in the segment. The all-new Nissan flagship not only resets Maxima's iconic "4-Door Sports Car" positioning, it sets a new standard for style, performance and technology in the large sedan segment.

Created by driving enthusiasts for driving enthusiasts, the dramatically styled 2016 Nissan Maxima looks like nothing else on the road today – and drives like nothing in the segment. The all-new Nissan flagship not only resets Maxima’s iconic “4-Door Sports Car” positioning, it sets a new standard for style, performance and technology in the large sedan segment.

By David Goodspeed
Special Contributor
autoworlddavid@yahoo.com

Longer, lower, livelier…these are the three L’s to live by in
the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima. This is the eight-generation for the
flagship four-door that leads the Nissan lineup and the automaker
swears this four-door sports car – created by driving enthusiasts for
driving enthusiasts – is its best yet.
Nissan has given the new Maxima a lighter yet more rigid chassis
and put a nearly all-new engine under the hood for a driving
experience not normally expected in the sedan world. Inside and out,
engineers and designers worked to make this latest Maxima a vehicle
that stands apart from the crowd and delivers an experience normally
only found in pricier luxury imports.
Let’s begin with that engine, all 300hp of it. It is Nissan’s
3.5-liter VQ-series V-6 that has been completely worked over and given
more than 60 percent new parts.
While delivering a very enthusiastic driving experience at the
drop of the gas pedal, engineers were able to give Maxima a very
attractive 30 mpg EPA highway rating, thanks in part to a new Xtronic
CVT gearbox. While I have not always been a fan of this type
transmission, the Maxima version really never reminds you it is
outfitted with a CVT and leaves you with the feeling that this
powertrain combination is a masterful pairing be it in normal or sport
mode.
The suspension system does a good job of soaking up all the
distractions in the road surface and holds the car tight when the road
begins to turn. We enjoyed the steering and suspension work during a
weekend getaway to the Texas Hill Country where driving enthusiasts
can fulfill a small yearning to put their vehicles to the test. So
many times found ourselves looking down at the speedometer and saying
“whoa, Nelly” as the excitement was overwhelming common sense and good
citizenship.
Our tester arrived in the Platinum package, meaning it was
loaded to the gills and featured a cool diamond pattern on the seats
and trim in the interior.
We enjoyed all the latest amenities Nissan has to offer
including surround camera view when backing and predictive forward
collision alert when coming up behind someone not as enthusiastic
about driving as we were.
The driver alert system also came on once when I was working back
and forth in my tire rut-laden lane.
Nissan talks about NASA and Navy jets inspiring certain design
elements of the 2016 Maxima. While we never considered ourselves “The
Right Stuff” or even “Top Gun,” we did find the extra miles were not
wearing on us as in other similar vehicles we have traveled these same
roads on previously.
Nasty weather during part of our travels did have us a bit on
edge but the Maxima never had a hiccup and kept us safe and secure
(and no Hill Country critters were harmed during the testing of this
vehicle).
EPA classification has the new Maxima in the midsize sedan class
yet this car feels like a large sedan and it drives like one too
(which is a good thing). It is very well balanced on the road and
accommodates up to five adults in comfort while also offering plenty
of cargo space in the trunk. It is a front-wheel drive chassis with
plenty of head-, leg-, and hiproom inside.
Some of our favorite features of the new Maxima include dual
panel panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seating, heated
steering wheel, remote engine start with intelligent climate control,
zero gravity front seats, Bose premium surround sound system, active
noise cancellation, active noise enhancement, 7-inch driver assist
display in the instrument panel, 8-inch color touchscreen display
center dash, and rear window power sunshade.
Pricing for the 2016 Nissan Maxima begins at $32,510 for a base
S model with this loaded Platinum vehicle arriving with a final window
sticker of $40,905.
Fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
The new Maxima is offered in S, SV, SL, sport SR, and Platinum
packages, all FWD and utilizing the same 300hp powertrain.
Some of the newest safety technology includes predictive forward
collision warning, intelligent cruise control, forward emergency
braking, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot warning along with
moving object detection in the Around View monitor system and the
coffee cup mode of Driver Attention Alert system.
The 2016 Nissan Maxima features bold styling and bold
performance in a four-door sedan. It is the epitome of Nissan’s
tagline of “4-door sports car” and lives to please its driver (and
occupants). Perfect, no, but no car really is.
The new Maxima delivers on its promises and we did not find any
fault during our extensive driving of the car. Rain or shine, the 2016
Nissan Maxima 4DSC brings it.

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