2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum
Class: Midsize Car
Dates tested: 10/19/2015 – 10/26/2015
Miles Driven: 352
Fuel Used: 13.1 gallons
|CG Report Card|
|Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester.|
|Room and Comfort||A-|
|Power and Performance||B+|
|Fit and Finish||B+|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup.|
|Big & Tall Comfort|
Real-world fuel economy: 26.8 mpg
Driving mix: 70% city, 30% highway
EPA-estimated fuel economy: 22/30/25 (city/highway/combined)
Base price: $39,860 (not including $825 destination charge)
Options on test car: Mat set ($220)
Price as tested: $40,095
The great: Smooth, abundant power
The good: Comfortable, well-finished cabin
The not so good: Not quite as sporty as the styling suggests
Nissan seems to have downplayed the “4-Door Sports Car” monicker a bit in its marketing for the new Maxima, and that’s probably a good thing. While the Maxima never really was all that sporty, the redesigned-for-2016 Maxi feels even less connected with the road. The steering is just a little too light, and the suspension just a little too ride-oriented for Nissan’s flagship sedan to go head-to-head with a BMW—or even Mazda—rival.
That’s fine, however, as the Maxima is not without its charms. If you think of it as a 21st-century personal luxury sedan, the Maxima makes a lot of sense. It’s sort of like a 4-door Chevrolet Monte Carlo—albeit one with more power, better build quality, and a much, much nicer cabin.
We found the Maxima to be roomy and quiet, and the 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6/CVT drivetrain to smooth and strong. We generally don’t comment on styling, but the Maxima’s controversial design seems to be growing on folks, and anecdotal evidence suggests that response is mostly favorable.
At just over $40,000, our test car may seem a little pricey, but in Platinum trim the Maxima is fully loaded.
If Chevrolet still built the Monte Carlo, it would likely be a lot like the Maxima… and hopefully it would be just as appealing.