Although not in a true luxury-car territory, the new 2018 Nissan Maxima is more exciting than a typical family sedan thanks to clever engineering and feature such as a sporty driving character, upscale and quiet interior, and plenty of features for the money. Its release date should be expected sometime in the middle of next year.
Nissan has redesigned the Maxima in order to make a more appealing as a mainstream family sedan or an entry-level luxury car. This has been necessitated by the fact that it has had a too similar resume to Nissan’s Altima and a rather conservative styling, which has proven a hard sell for Nissan in recent years.
Seasoned drivers of the Maxima will realize how dramatic-looking the new model is judging by the changes and add-ons that the new model now offers. Its length has been improved by about 2.2” and now sits 1.3” lower than the outgoing model, therefore, enabling better aerodynamics and a sleeker styling. Efficiency and handling has also received some improvements in terms of losing some curb weight, while improving the structural rigidity.
Under the hood, changes to expect include a more powerful engine yet thrifty at the pump. Interior wise, the seats are comfortable and offer ample support even for long distance travel. The upper trims, in particular, come with a sporty and premium feel thanks to the leather and simulated suede upholstery used extensively on the cabin.
However, in the quest of achieving a superb entry level luxury sedan, several features have been forfeited. The SR model offers a rather firm ride, the trunk and backseat do not offer ample space, and overall interior refinement is just above-average.
Thus, it would be prudent to check what the competition offers before deciding. They include the Buick LaCrosse, Acura TLX, the Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Azera, Audi A4, Kia Cadenza, and the Hyundai Genesis. But even with such intimidation, the new Maxima is appealing for those seeking a fun and affordable family sedan.
Available Trims – 2018 Nissan Maxima
Five trims are offered – SL, SV, Platinum, SR, and the base S, for the five-seat 2018 Nissan Maxima.
Exterior Changes & 2018 Nissan Maxima Interior Review
The base Maxima S model comes equipped with the following standard features and equipment; a rearview auto-dimming mirror, an 8” touchscreen interface, 18” alloy wheels, an eight-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, a large gauge cluster, an automatic dual-zone climate control, foglights, automatic headlights, keyless entry and ignition, a satellite radio, an eight-speaker sound system, four-way passenger and eight-way driver power front seats, a six-disc CD changer, HD and satellite radio, and a Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.
The Maxima SV model offers extendable thigh support and driver power lumbar seat, rear and front parking sensors, heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a leather upholstery.
The Maxima SL model offers a premium 11-speaker Bose audio system, a heated steering wheel, a slew of advanced safety features, active noise cancellation, ambient interior lighting, an adaptive cruise control, and a panoramic sunroof.
The Sporty Maxima SR adds an Active Ride Control, a sport-tuned suspension, active engine braking, a premium leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, LED headlights, 19” wheels, and Active Trace Control.
The Platinum, in addition to what the SL offers, adds Nissan Connect, driver attention alert system, a 360-degree parking camera assist, automatic wipers, an adjustable power steering wheel, a power rear sunshade, a premium leather upholstery, driver memory settings, and LED headlights.
2018 Nissan Maxima Engine Specs
Beneath the hood of the 2018 Nissan Maxima is a familiar 3.5L V6 engine good for 300 hp and 261 lbs. ft. of torque. A CVT is offered as the only transmission system tasked with the responsibility of routing the power to the front wheels.
Rumors in industry circles allege Nissan is designing another engine for the Maxima, but the exact details are veiled, we, however, hope that Nissan will make them public before the Maxima’s release date.
Zipping from 0-60 mph only needs about 6.2 seconds, according to Nissan. EPA says the fuel economy should check in at an impressive 30/22/25 mpg on the highway/city/combined.
2018 Nissan Maxima Release Date & Price
The base Maxima S will go for sale for an MSRP starting from $32,510. And although it is a speculation as no one really knows when the 2018 Nissan Maxima will be offered, rumors in industry circles allege it will be offered to dealerships sometime in the middle of next year.