2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum

2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum

2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum   Quick Spin

Class: Midsize Car

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 ComfortA-
Power and PerformanceB+
Fit and FinishB+
Fuel EconomyB
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
Big GuyB
Tall GuyB

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

Quick Hits

The great: Smooth, abundant power

The good: Comfortable, well-finished cabin

The not so good: Not quite as sporty as the styling suggests

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CG Says:

2016 Nissan Maxima Styling

A deep “V-Motion” grille and “floating” rear roof-pillar treatment are two of the Maxima’s more provocative styling elements.

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.

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2016 Nissan Maxima cabin

Maxima’s cabin is roomy and nicely appointed, with enough unique styling details and upscale features to clearly set it apart from mainstream midsize sedans.

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.

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I Miss My Maxima

2016 Nissam Maxima rear view

Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard on all Maximas except the sporty SR model, which gets 19s.