On its first debut in 1990, the Nissan Maxima was placed as a bridge between mid-sized family sedans and expensive European sports sedans thanks to powerful V6 and upscale interiors. This characteristic, together with Nissan continuous improvement, ensures Maxima’s loyal following and strong name recognition.
Since then, other car manufacturers have enlivened the Maxima niche and released excellent competitive models. For a while, the Maxima struggled to keep up. And the latest generation Maxima, again is an appealing choice if you are looking for a sedan that provides luxury and performance.
The 2018 Nissan Maxima five-passenger sedan comes in five trim levels: the base S, midlevel SV, the more expensive SL, sporty SR and the top-level Platinum.
The 2018 Nissan Maxima is backed by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. Power drive to the front wheel via a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
Nissan claims that the Maxima isn’t quite the four-door sports car. But it is impressive for a midsize sedan, with above-average handling and strong acceleration from the V6 engine. In track testing, the 2018 Nissan Maxima SR went to 60 mph from zero in 5.9 seconds, which is quicker than average for a midsize sedan with a V6 or similarly powered engine. EPA estimated fuel economy stands at 25 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway).
The 2018 Nissan Maxima price list: S starting at $33,905, SV $35,905, SL $38.325, SR $39,165 and Platinum $41,575.