By on November 29, 2018

LOS ANGELES – If you weren’t specifically told the Nissan Maxima sedan and Nissan Murano crossover received a redesign for 2019, you’d likely not notice.

I’m not being mean – Nissan just didn’t change much with either vehicle.

The Maxima gets mild exterior changes, including a larger grille, different rear fascia (includes quad exhaust tips), different rear taillights, and new wheel designs. Inside, the changes include a new seat insert and some trim-specific appointments. Speaking of that, there are two new available option packages.

There’s also a new available paint color, rear-door alert, and revisions to the available satellite radio and available factory navigation system.

Nissan also now makes its “Safety Shield 360” suite of driver-assist/safety tech (blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, high-beam assist, and rear automatic braking) available to Maxima buyers.

2019 Nissan Murano

The refreshed Maxima goes on sale in December.

Also going on sale in December is the updated Murano. Like the Maxima, it has a larger grille. It has changed LED headlights and taillights, new LED fog lamps, three new available paint colors, and new 18- and 20-inch wheel designs. Interior changes amount mostly to minor material and appointment updates.

Like with the Maxima, “Safety Shield 360” is now available, and the available factory nav sees revisions. Rear-door alert is now standard.

Also just like the Maxima, the Murano goes on sale in December. We’ll be driving both soon, so stay tuned for reviews.

[Images © 2018 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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16 Comments on “2019 Nissan Maxima and Murano: Mildest of Changes Move Them Forward...”


  • avatar
    seth1065

    That is a horrible picture of the front of the Maxima or the new look of the grill of the Maxima that the designers wanted, sad to say I can not rule out that is the new look they wanted, why has this car become so so ugly.

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    A larger grill and “Safety Shield 360.” That’s what the Maxima needs. That’s all any car needs. That’s all that any us need. What a great time to be an auto enthusiast.

  • avatar
    CincyDavid

    I just rented a 2019 Altima SR, and honestly thought it was a Maxima until we got to our destination and I opened the trunk…the trunk was open at the Alamo garage at TPA and I didn’t see the name. How can Nissan justify having Altima and Maxima for sale, given the shrinkage of the sedan market?

    As an aside, the doors, especially the rear doors on that Altima made the worst metal on metal clanking sound when they latched, nothing even close to the thunk noise most cars make. Ruined my whole impression of the car.

    • 0 avatar
      MoDo

      Agree’d, when the Altima came up in size (basically the same as the 90’s and early 2000’s Maximas – when they were cool) they should have turned the Maxima into a G35/G37/Q50 based RWD sport sedan that was essentially a 4dr 370Z or even gone as far as giving it a 400+hp turbo 6cyl and AWD to play off the GT-R’s success.

      This ridiculous looking current Maxima just isn’t cutting it

      (I owned a 99 SE and a 2003 SE)

  • avatar
    chiefmonkey

    I feel like I should hate it, but I actually really like the way the Murano looks. I would consider it an example of weird styling done right. I’m not as crazy about the sedans, or the Rogue for that matter.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    So happy for enlarged grilles when the grille has become largely cosmetic in every way.

  • avatar
    Menar Fromarz

    Its too bad the “safety shield” cant protect us from looking at it, in all its melted chromey glory.

  • avatar
    ciscokidinsf

    “The Maxima gets mild exterior changes, including a larger grille, different rear fascia (includes quad exhaust tips), different rear taillights, and new wheel designs. Inside, the changes include a new seat insert and some trim-specific appointments. Speaking of that, there are two new available option packages.”

    WOW, So instead of having Nissan do proper upgrades, they have picked up Mitsubishi’s bad habit of adding chrome, cladding and bits every year for years (sometimes a decade) instead of properly upgrading their vehicles. This is not good.

    Honestly Nissan should be the next to drop a bunch of sedans out of the USA. Drop all these: Sentra, Versa, Maxima out of the US, and just go Altima plus a bunch of SUVs/CUVs – leave the sedans for Infinity and then there only 2.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    The Maxima has become the new Ford Fusion for me.

    At the rental counter, “we have a Nissan Maxima….”

    Me inside, “YES!!!”

    Love to drive it, wouldn’t own it. Basically looks just like an Altima and I can’t get past that ticking time bomb of CVT attached to the front wheels.

  • avatar
    SPPPP

    Hey, that Murano would look great as a convertible, amiright?

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