The new Maxima is 2.2 inches longer than its predecessor, which makes it 1.3 inches longer than the Altima sedan. A greater use of high-strength steel means that the new car has lost 82 pounds compared to the last Maxima despite its increase in size. The interior is roomier than before, and features higher-quality materials like optional Ascot quilted leather, constrasting stitching for the seats, and Alcantara inserts in the sport-oriented SR trim. The center console is angled toward the driver, and a NissanConnect infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen is standard.
The ubiquitous Nissan 3.5-liter V-6 is the sole engine choice for the 2016 Nissan Maxima, gaining 10 hp for a total of 300 hp, while torque is unchanged at 261 lb-ft. This engine still routes power through a continuously variable transmission to the front wheels, though the CVT has been retuned to provide artificial “D-step” shift points during acceleration. Highway fuel economy also improves to an estimated 30 mpg.
Offered in S, SL, SR, and Platinum trims, the 2016 Nissan Maxima will carry a $1,120 higher starting price of $33,235 when it goes on sale this summer. The sporty SR trim is new to the Maxima, and adds 19-inch wheels and upgraded tires, a sport-tuned suspension with stiffer damping and a larger front stabilizer bar, paddle shifters for the CVT, and aluminum sport pedals. The uplevel SL and Platinum trims will also offer options like a panoramic sunroof, a Bose audio system, and active-safety features
Stay tuned for more information to come on the 2016 Nissan Maxima, like full pricing for its trims and options and official EPA fuel economy ratings, as we near its on-sale date this summer.