2018 Nissan Maxima Review

21/30  CITY/HWY
EPA-Estimated MPG
5.9  Sec.
0-60 MPH
4
Doors
5
Seats
14.3  cu ft
Cargo Space

What's new for the 2018 Nissan Maxima?

The 2018 Nissan Maxima is largely carried over from the 2017 and 2016 model years. But that is actually good news for driving enthusiasts. In addition to the many features that re-appear in the 2018 Maxima, including a stunning, aggressive look, an 8-inch LCD touchscreen display for infotainment, Apple CarPlay as standard and too many other features to list, the 2018 Maxima now comes with Android Auto as standard, additional USB chargers for the rear seats with some trim packages and a few new exterior accents, including a sportier-looking grille with black flourishes, giving the Maxima an even more menacing street presence.

2018 Nissan Maxima Interior

Five Great Trims to Choose From

The 2018 Nissan Maxima comes in five different trim levels. These are the S, SV, SL, SR and the top-of-the-line Platinum.

For 2018, the Maxima comes with a wide range of useful interior features as standard. These include the already-mentioned 8-inch LCD touchscreen. They also include a telescoping and tilting steering wheel, a power front driver's seat as well as a power front passenger seat, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, push-button start and a dual-zone automatic climate control.

Options that are included on some of the higher trim levels include heated front seats, leather throughout the cabin with plush diamond stitching, a heated steering wheel and power adjusted steering wheel. One of the most important options that are available with the SR and higher trims is the multi-mode transmission with a sport setting. This makes a noticeable difference in throttle response and gives the car a feel closer to a high-end sports sedan.

Nissan Maxima Engine & Transmission

2018 Nissan Maxima ExteriorThe 2018 Nissan Maxima comes standard in all of its trim lines with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. At 350 horsepower, the power output for this relatively small engine is impressive. It is mated to a continuously variable transmission that, while providing for excellent, smooth driving under lower-demand situations, has been noted as a weak link in the car's overall performance. Still, the 2018 Maxima punches far above its weight, with some of the best performance numbers in its class. The full-size Maxima is able to spring from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds, making it the fastest full-size sedan available for less than $40,000. The 2018 Maxima likewise burns up the quarter mile in just 14.4 seconds, a truly remarkable time for a naturally aspirated car with a mere 3.5 liters of displacement. The relatively small size of the engine also comes in handy when engaged in the daily routine. At 30 miles per gallon on the highway and 21 in the city, the Maxima is just barely edged out by the Buick LeCrosse for the title of best-in-class gas mileage. The Maxima is also an able performer on winding country roads. It is capable of gripping the skid pad with enough force to generate 0.85 lateral g, enough that your coffee better have a lid.

Outstanding Safety Features

2018 Nissan Maxima RearFor 2018, the Nissan Maxima continues its legacy as one of the safest cars on the road. With a top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Nissan Maxima's overall safety rating ranks with the best overall safety performers.

Come in to our dealership for a test drive in the new 2018 Nissan Maxima today. Our friendly staff will help show you why this is one of the best-selling models of all time.

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