By on April 2, 2015

2016 Nissan Maxima

Months after making its debut during a Super Bowl ad, Nissan is showing us the rest of the 2016 Maxima.

While the full-size sedan is an endangered species in America (half the segment winds up in fleet sales), Nissan is making a good effort at keeping the Maxima fresh. The Maxima loses 82 lbs, but the only drivetrain is a 300-horsepower V6 mated to a CVT. So much for the 4DSC.

 

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77 Comments on “New York 2015: Nissan Maxima Revealed...”


  • avatar
    mike978

    The design around the rear pillar reminds me of the new Lexus RX – doesn`t look good on either. Glad Nissan are still in the large sedan market, not a surprise since Nissan is the only company that competes in every mainstream segment (from subcompact, through minivans to trucks).

  • avatar
    ltcmgm78

    It looks like Nissan tried to give the design the appearance of more “lightness”. It looks more slippery than the previous model. Still a pretty goodly-sized vehicle. I rented one last year. It was OK to drive, but there was too much hard plastic in the interior and it was an awful bulky vehicle in my estimation.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    I think I need to do a GWAR themed 24 Hours of Lemons team. “Flattus Maxima”.

    We’d spend more time working on the outfits than on the car.

  • avatar
    MeJ

    That car is horrid. It seems like five different designers worked on five different parts of the car and when they were finished they just pieced it together.
    It is just wayyyyy to busy.

    • 0 avatar
      immortalsix

      Amen – the last (or is it current? The A35.) Maxima, in the flesh, is a downright sexy car. Doesn’t photograph well, but the haunches, the fenders, the headlights, the profile, the taillights, all o that WORKS like crazy in person.

      This looks like a crossover they hit with a frying pan.

      This was a downright sweet design: http://i.imgur.com/aUQ0XFz.jpg

      • 0 avatar
        tpepin

        ^^This, that car is downright sexy and it drives smaller then it is.

        Should be piles of previous gen Maximas coming back off lease shortly, when my Altima is up in 2016 I may just buy a lightly used previous gen Maxima.

        • 0 avatar
          Joss

          Agreed better buy used. CVT kept RPMs low, long as they changed the oil. I spy paddles & screen not too sheltered from the sun.

          Avoid first batch or so new -factory guffaws. Don’t mind burnt leaf, metallic orange? 3diff colors, orange in direct sun. Crimson in artificial light. And brown @ dusk/dawn.

      • 0 avatar
        eriksean

        I freekin LOVE that gen maxima. always have. to this day I still can’t help to stare when I see them on the road (same with 3rd gens).

        what’s funny is when it debuted it faced the exact same disdain the 2016 maxima is getting now. same complaints about the fwd. same cries about the cvt. same bitching about styling.

        guess it takes a new model for the old to be appreciated. im sure when (or if) gen 9 maxima is out everyone will be adoring this one just the same

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      I think that goes for the majority of the cars on the market.

      Only VWs seem to have a coherent style to them.

  • avatar
    DeeDub

    Mail slot trunk, front bumper/grille mishmash, overly intrusive center console, oversized wagon wheels with rubber band tires – yup they’ve made sure to include all the worst design elements currently en vogue.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    It’s very… Renault-y looking. And that yellow leather is ghastly. And I don’t like the diamond fake metal trim. And CVT.

    Disappoint. But oh well it’ll get fleeted like it has been since 2004.

  • avatar
    dant1127

    Not a fan of that color, but I do like it. Hopefully it looks nice in person, time will tell. Still, though, I had hoped for a real 4dsc. I mean, the 370z is an excellent car. Why not stretch it out, widen it a bit, and call THAT a 4dsc?

    Oh right, they do. The Infiniti G37q5x8036380.

    For real though, why isn’t the Maxima a Q5x- screw it- a G37? Surely there has been enough platform sharing for this to be affordable. Or if they’re going to stick with a FWD Maxima, drop the 4DSC crap.

    • 0 avatar
      dant1127

      Holy crap, is Nissan the new Pontiac?! Someone mentioned this in re: to the Altima, but it looks like this might apply here too… FWD? Check.
      Arguably sporty looks? Check.
      Driver-focused center controls? Check.
      Missing true sporty promises? Check.
      Interior quality and promises that only deliver via professional photography and lighting, but 90% of real-world models are a plastic tomb? Che.. Well, I guess we will see on that, too.

  • avatar
    fr88

    How did this thing get signed off by the styling committee? Fine Japanese art and architecture used to be characterized by sleek, minimalistic lines and delicate detailing with an occasional baroque flourish. In profile especially, this thing is heavy-handed, bloated, and clunky with some of the worst detailing execution in memory.

    Interior isn’t bad if you can get past the Grandma’s bathrobe quilting – but it is likely to be only on the topline model. Lesser models are probably just fine with proper pleats.

    Questionable looks, FWD, CVT trans, do not a sports sedan make.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I like it, but I’m wondering how it’s a better value than a V6 Altima.

    • 0 avatar
      tpepin

      It’s not a better value at all. I’m currently in an Altima lease but when I was shopping I couldn’t grasp why anyone would go for a Maxima over a VQ Altima. My contract is up in 2016 and I was hoping for something a little sleeker then this thing… Maybe it looks better in person. The Altima is an OK car, it’s done it’s job of getting me A to B with good MPG just fine but it is mind numbing to drive and the interior is chintzy.

    • 0 avatar
      Marone

      The Altima-Maxima discussion has nothing to do with “value”. These two cars are in different segments. Although many would argue this isn’t true anymore, the Maxima made it’s name by being a 4-door sports sedan, a space that the Altima doesn’t operate it.

      The Maxima sells because plenty of buyers don’t want to be in the same space as the big three, high volume, mainstream everyday cars (Camry, Accord, Altima). The Maxima is sporty, visually interesting (personal opinion), and doesn’t look like every other car or the car their mom drives.

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX

        Buyers choose the Altima by a 7:1 ratio over the Maxima. I suppose that can be spun two ways.

        As far as the Maxima being visually distinctive: it is distinctive… except from the Altima.

        Kia has the same issue with the Cadenza and K900 – they both resemble the pedestrian Optima, even though they don’t share drivetrains. But the Maxima shares an engine with the Altima, and that seems like a value problem.

        • 0 avatar
          bd2

          Not exactly a great argument since pricing makes a major play.

          And besides, the Genesis and Sonata now look pretty similar and Genesis sedan sales are better than ever.

          And the Avalon and refreshed Camry now look more similar and that hasn’t really hurt Avalon sales.

    • 0 avatar
      VW16v

      This one has more bling. Kinda like an Infiniti. But, it still has the same old v6 and belt driven cvt. It’s the Aztek version of the Altima.

  • avatar
    vtecJustKickedInYo

    Heavy pig. They should bring back the original VQ35 maxima.

  • avatar
    carguy

    The exterior design is trying way too hard to be edgy and just ended up looking hopelessly busy.

    The interior press pictures look good but in the live pics from the show floor it doesn’t look that much better than a loaded Altima.

    As much as I used to love old school Maximas, I just no longer see the relevance of this product today. Most Nissan buyers will go for either the Altima or the Murano (if they need more space) and never even consider the Maxima.

  • avatar
    Brian E

    Out of curiosity, how many sales in this segment are of AWD models? That’s all I ever see around here in the Midwest on competing cars (Lacrosse/Taurus/300). I have to think Nissan missed out by going FWD only on this Maxima.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Yep, that’s a problem. And another is that the Altima is actually larger.

      And another is that the Maxima starts at $31,290 while the Q40 starts at $33,950.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        In fairness, the Maxima (unlike the Q40) has a back seat that’s actually usable for adults. That’s what FWD buys you in this size of car.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Now I have sat behind an adult, in the back of a G37 and I was fine. It wasn’t spacious like the back of an M, but it would do. For two, not for three, the G isn’t wide enough for three.

          • 0 avatar
            tpepin

            How often does anyone in the United States who isn’t a married swinger have three adults crammed into the back of their car for anything more then a office lunch outing?

            Teenagers don’t count, they’re not adults and in my book if you’re not paying your way you get what I give you.

          • 0 avatar
            bd2

            But if you are parents of a couple of strapping teenage boys, rear seat room will matter, esp. since they are going to spending a good bit more time in the back than some office mates.

        • 0 avatar
          Eiriksmal

          +1. I was staggered at the difference in interior space from the Altima coupe and the G37 coupe. The latter’s an inch longer, but has the rear seat legroom of a clown car.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Hobbled by a Nissan CVT.

    DoA.

    Coming soon to the “premium car” row at a National Rent-a-Car near you.

  • avatar
    AustinOski

    “Doesn’t photograph well, but the haunches, the fenders, the headlights, the profile, the taillights, all o that WORKS like crazy in person.”

    Well, maybe this MazdaAudiDodge mash-up will as well. Or, not

  • avatar
    Power6

    This fake floating roof styling meme is getting played out just as the trend was getting started!

  • avatar
    dtremit

    Looks like it has the same Enlarged Console Syndrome as the current Taurus. Ugh.

    Hopefully they fixed some of the body flex, the current one wobbles like Jell-o.

    • 0 avatar
      TrailerTrash

      Really? You think the Taurus console is to large?

      this is urban/internet auto review legend at its best.
      Go ahead…just look at the 15 Audi A6!!! Look at them all.
      https://www.google.com/search?q=2015+audi+a6+interior&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-SearchBox&biw=1366&bih=643&tbm=isch&imgil=Q0rXyRtmZ3fpkM%253A%253BaDl6q3k3O9FRdM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.edmunds.com%25252Faudi%25252Fa6%25252F2015%25252Fpictures.html%25253Fsub%2525253Dsedan&source=iu&pf=m&fir=Q0rXyRtmZ3fpkM%253A%252CaDl6q3k3O9FRdM%252C_&usg=__D6NTV2rmlKw4xxED0of9IacsmMk%3D&ved=0CCcQyjc&ei=ZuYdVZLsIcjdsAXsiYGwBg#imgrc=Q0rXyRtmZ3fpkM%253A%3BaDl6q3k3O9FRdM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fmedia.ed.edmunds-media.com%252Faudi%252Fa6%252F2013%252Foem%252F2013_audi_a6_sedan_30t-premium-quattro_i_oem_2_600.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.edmunds.com%252Faudi%252Fa6%252F2015%252Fpictures.html%253Fsub%253Dsedan%3B600%3B400

      When I look at all the German designs and in fact most cars today, the Taurus seems average at best.
      Take some real time and look at them all before once again joining the cut and paste anti Taurus crowd.
      Not only are they taking away the front middle, the back seats are now consumed by these consoles. The so called 4 door coups!

    • 0 avatar
      dtremit

      @TrailerTrash

      I have rented the current Taurus multiple times, including driving one on a 400 mile road trip. I found the console extremely intrusive.

      I have driven the Taurus literally back to back with the Fusion — stepped out of one and into the other — and found the Taurus much less comfortable.

      I also drove the previous Taurus/500 and found the much smaller console in that significantly less intrusive.

      I know first hand of what I speak.

      • 0 avatar
        TrailerTrash

        I sent the perfect link to back up my statements.
        Yes…to you, the Ford feels big. I cannot argue with your opinion. All I can do is show it is selective and limited in its experience.
        There are a great many with larger, more intrusive centers but this never gets shown.
        No…just the Taurus.

        • 0 avatar
          dtremit

          @TrailerTrash

          On the contrary, I think the A6 is a great counterexample. Take a look at the two from the same angle:

          A6: http://imgur.com/9EfiBvD
          Taurus: http://imgur.com/qT1ig3t

          Notice how on the A6, the console is only an inch or two higher than the seat bolster, and about level with the top of the belt buckle. On the Taurus, there’s several inches more height. (These pictures are from the passenger side, so the seats are more likely to be in “standard” heights.)

          The A6 console also stays essentially flat until it hits the center stack, where the Taurus console swoops up far forward of it.

          It’s hard to see, but there’s also a difference in the profiles — the A6 console has a nice rounded edge on the side, where the Taurus almost comes to a point at the top, encroaching more on the driver.

          To be fair, it isn’t entirely the console that’s at fault in the Taurus. The Ford D3/D4 platform cars happen to have tight foot wells, too; I noticed that last week in an Explorer, which is incredibly spacious except for your left foot. So you’ve got the car encroaching on your foot from the left, and on your knee from the right, and it ends up being a relatively uncomfortable place for us big and tall folks to spend time.

  • avatar
    runs_on_h8raide

    First thing I’d do with that car is paint the satin-chromed handlebar mustache to match the rest of the grille or paint it the same as the body color. I understand beards and staches are in these days, but can we please leave them off of cars.

    If that’s the inside of what you can order…that is class-leading stuff right there.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Holy giant center console, Batman!

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I noticed some other stuff I don’t like, as well.

      1) The heated seat buttons are both canted toward the particular passenger they service. I get the point, but it just looks like they were installed incorrectly. The image of the seat facing the correct person is plenty, and if you’re still scared, put a little tiny arrow (like Infiniti does/did).

      2) Far too many tiny buttons on the steering wheel.

  • avatar
    omer333

    What’s the deal with every FWD car getting OEM wheels that look like the wheels on the 2012 Civic Si?

    • 0 avatar
      runs_on_h8raide

      Wow!! Good pick up. Almost a 100% copy! They do say imitation is the best form of flattery, although the Honda haters in the crowd will say Honda copied Hyundai first.

  • avatar
    Eliyahu

    Remember Maxima, Altima, & Quest are all built on the same platform. And they have been for quite some time. This would seem to be the likely cause for the Maxima not been too much different than the Altima. Sheet metal hung on the platform. I have a 2001 Maxima I bought new when they were different. So I got a V-6, nice seats, and a pretty good car for less than $25,000. It now has 100k miles. When the platform changed, the pricing when through the ceiling for the Maxima. Somewhat parallel to Chevy Impala in terms of pricing.

    I had a rental Maxima last year for a week. It was pretty nice – about 23 mpg in mixed driving, but no way I’d pay over $30k for it. Had an Altima for a day, and the 4 cyl. was pretty good. CR readers, however, report above average problems.

    Not sure what to buy next. Suggestions welcome.

    • 0 avatar
      Dan

      “… but no way I’d pay over $30k for it.”

      You nor anybody else, the sticker price on these cars has been outright absurd from the beginning but so has the discounting.

      Dealers around here have been shouting 10K off sticker on these for years. Even factoring in the standard scumbaggery of leaving off destination and pretending the reader of the ad is a 22 year old college grad that’s still upwards of $8000. With the model changeover in progress now you could likely get the full 10 off.

      For $25,000 before taxes it’s not a bad car.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      If you like your Maxima, a new Maxima or is probably the best equivalent. Other cars are different: a bit softer and plainer (Accord V6, Camry V6), softer and bigger (Impala, Taurus, Azera), or smaller and more expensive (Acura TLX, BMW 328i, Infiniti Q40/Q50, etc.) You can almost certainly pay less than $30,000 for a well-equipped version of the outgoing Maxima today, and I bet you’ll be able to get a big discount on the new one by sometime in 2016.

    • 0 avatar
      Eiriksmal

      Courtesy of our friend the inflation calculator…
      What cost $25,000 in 2001 would cost $33,412.06 in 2014. :D

      My ’05 stickered at $32,000, which is $38K in today’s money, and beats the pants off the 5th gen in every aspect. Then the 7th gen came out and looks gorgeous and has an even better interior than the 6th gen. They’ve continually refined the car since eliminating the twist rearbeam setup introduced in the 4th gen. This next one will probably be quieter and continue to strike the balance of great handling and a firm, but not harsh, ride.

      If you can’t tell the difference from a new Altima and a new Maxima, just pick the Altima. The 4-cylinder has more grunt than a VQ30 with 100K+ miles on it.

      Like DAL said, if you’re looking for something softer, the Camry’s your go-to. Personally, I get a tad motion sick in my wife’s Camry. It’s too floaty and Cadillacy for my tastes.

  • avatar

    Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuglllllllllllllllly

  • avatar
    badreligion702

    The interior is impressive, in my option. Looks like a nice place to spend time. The exterior is not my cup of tea though.

    • 0 avatar
      Eiriksmal

      This is key. As a driver of a hideously ugly car (a 2005 Maxima), I can empathize with Porsche Panamera owners. You don’t spend much time *looking* at your car, but you sure spend a lot of time inside it and looking out of it. If the car’s insides makes you feel relaxed and at home, who cares if it’s wearing a face only its mother could love?

  • avatar
    MadOx75

    I understand that this, and the other sites similar to it, are enthusiast sites, but seriously guys, come off it. Did you really think for a second that Nissan was going to do anything but FWD and CVT? Even in their self described 4DSC? This is their niche in the market. If you want a RWD non CVT Nissan, you buy an Infiniti.

    Personally, I like it. It got the bump to 300hp, the CVT has s manual mode at the shifter (I’m not a fan of paddles), the interior is beautiful, and I like the exterior. My only issue is going to be the lease price… the Infiniti Q50 AWD with premium package has such insanely good lease deals, its going to be hard to justify choosing the Maxima instead.

  • avatar
    TrailerTrash

    I think this car is gonna have to be viewed live to make a judgment.
    It looks an awful lot like a Mazda6 and perhaps that front comes down low enough to look good.
    And I don’t see why the fuss about the HP. Seems damn good with the trans fixes.

  • avatar
    Noble713

    Mid-size/full-size sedan, sporty looks, $30k+ price range, right?
    And this FWD CVT-hobbled POS sells ~50,000 units annually?!

    Ok….WHY THE HELL doesn’t Toyota sell the Mark X in the United Sates?
    Mid-size sport sedan? Check.
    Sporty looks? Check.
    $30k+ price range? Check.
    But it actually delivers sportiness with RWD and in the (~$40k) 330hp V6 350s Gs.

  • avatar
    kojoteblau

    Nissan hasn’t made an attractive non-sports car in what feels like forever. Following an Altima, the taillights always look like they’re falling out of their slots, with the subtle angle of the bottom edge. From head-on, some look alright… But then you look across the fender and hood while you’re next to them at a stoplight, and all the angles and terraces and varying slopes make you dizzy.

    That’s not counting cheap interiors and CVT whine.

  • avatar

    4DSC? I laughed at that positioning when I saw the picture of the diver’s seat and a big, rectangular brake pedal that could have been from my mom’s 1976 Olds wagon.

  • avatar
    shaker

    Cleaning that front end would take longer than flossing one’s teeth.

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    I see Nissan is back to the atomic cockroach school of design from its Datsun B210 days.

    • 0 avatar
      threeer

      Hang on there…that’s an insult to my old ’77 B210 (in appropriate turd brown, with manual, white-ish vinyl interior and buzz back-up indicator). That car was simply indestructible. Toss a set of “honeycomb” wheel covers on it and bam…instant college cruiser. LOL.

  • avatar
    enzl

    At NY Autoshow last night.

    This car doesn’t photograph well and looks good live in certain colors (mostly dark ones that hide the hideous ‘floating roof’ trim on C pillar).

    You can see what they were going for, but only in person. Pics make it look like Frankenstein’s creation.

  • avatar
    Alexdi

    When I bought my Maxima, I though the styling was acceptable, but it was the interior and the drive that sold me. Maximas drive really well. We can complain about the CVT/4 combination in the Altima all day, but a CVT connected to the V6? It’s tons of fun and as responsive as any daily-driver needs to be. I’ve driven piles of automatics since and it’s surprised me how annoying it is to feel like I’m repeatedly entering and leaving the powerband.

    The interior on this one is as attractive to me as any car I’ve seen. Love the leather on the dash and central tunnel, like the GT-R influences, and it doesn’t look like they’ve significantly changed the seat design. The seats are excellent, so that’s another win. I think they’ll do fine with this one, though I agree that it doesn’t look as good as the current.

  • avatar
    TW5

    Fascia looks like a mustachioed Italian guy singing La Traviata

  • avatar
    bullnuke

    You know, if you’d put a zipper around the nose where the blue ends and the dark color and grill start, it would look like a Versa hidden in a Maxima suit.

  • avatar
    burgersandbeer

    Must everything have a flat bottom steering wheel?

  • avatar
    thornmark

    Maybe Nissan is making the Altima so bad to make the Maxima look good in comparison:

    Avoid list

    “The well-rounded, roomy Altima delivers excellent fuel economy. But it is a poor value, ranking dead last among midsized sedans. To assess value, we factor overall road-test scores, predicted reliability, and five-year cost ownership. This results in a value score relative to the average value for all vehicles. Among midsized sedans, the Altima V6 is the only model ranked below average. Simply put: All competitors deliver more for the money. A key element in this calculation, the Altima V6 is the only model in the class with much-worse-than-average predicted reliability.”

    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/04/cars-you-d-be-foolish-to-buy/index.htm

  • avatar
    tlccar

    The new Maxima is hideous, just like the rest of the Nissans. What are they thinking?

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    I realize Altima coupe was essentially a failure by the last gen, but this car will be just as much of a failure due to its own limitations but also because of the Altima sedan. Since there was already an acceptable sedan in the offing, wouldn’t have it made more sense to do something fun with the Maxima as opposed to the utter failure they did make in into? Maxima FWD coupe/conv? Maxima three door hatch or five door fasback hatch?

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I love how they totally screwed themselves by putting more marketing/effort/etc into the lower rent Altima.

      Remember in the early 90s when the Maxima was desirable enough to be in rap videos?

      WTF did you do to yourselves, Nissan.

  • avatar
    asitl

    Kind of looks like a Dart and fusion or something, def “inspired” by a couple of newer cars, which is surprisingly because The previous gen was unique and very good looking.

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