Report: Nissan Maxima Dead in 2023

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy


Surprising exactly no one, Nissan has confirmed to a California-based automotive outlet that the Nissan Maxima will shuffle off this mortal coil in about a year’s time in mid-2023. While this news isn’t unexpected, it is still a bit sad for those of us who remember when the Maxima lived up to its name as a Four-Door Sports Car.




Dan Passe, spox for Nissan, confirmed these details to The Car Connection earlier today.

"The current-generation Maxima will end production in the middle of 2023," he explained to the site. Speculation exists about the nameplate returning in some form as an EV but it’s safe to say that, if the model does return, it won’t look anything like the Maxima of old.


Those of you with long memories will recall the days when the 4DSC moniker was loudly touted by Nissan and applied to a car that mostly had the mouth to match its trousers. The third-gen car, a handsome and squared-off thing, was offered with a 24-valve V6 featuring aluminum heads and could be paired with a five-speed manual transmission. Spec’d correctly, it was something of a stealthy weapon.


In fact, a manual transmission was available well into this millennium, with the sixth-gen Maxima able to be fitted with a hand shaker. Your author will cop to a certain affinity for that particular iteration of Maxima, by the way, despite the brand’s weirdo dalliance with that belt-buckle grille. This was the era of Maxima which came with a SkyView glass roof comprised of two fixed panels with ran the length, not width, of the car. Think of racing stripes on the roof made of glass and you’ve got the general idea. It was wonderfully weird. For a spell, the Maxima could even be fitted with two bucket-style seats bifurcated with a tall console in the rear passenger compartment, binning the traditional bench.

Recently, Nissan hasn’t paid much mind – or marketing – to the Maxima. Demand for this type of body style has surely waned in the last decade, with the majority of American rushing to SUVs and crossover-type vehicles. Year to date, for example, Nissan has moved 3,753 Maxima sedans compared to 87,675 Rogue crossovers. If you’re wondering, the company claims the Altima found 78,610 buyers.


Alert readers will note the Altima has grown in size to essentially usurp the Maxima, of course. Even if the exterior dimensions of the two brothers are not directly comparable, the practical space inside both vehicles is nearly identical. It’s been ages since the Max could genuinely represent itself as the 4DSC, so I’ll be pouring one out tonight for what I remember as the Maxima’s glory days.


[Photos: Nissan]


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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Mongo312 Mongo312 on Aug 08, 2022

    Had an 89SE, 92SE and an 03SE all with stick. The 03 took almost 3 months to find because there were so few produced with a manual transmission and dealers didn't want to give them up. Ended up buying one from a dealership in San Antonio and having it shipped here to St Louis.

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  • Geozinger Put in the veggie garden (Western Michigan, we still can get frost this late in the year) finished the remainder of the landscaping updates and hand washed both my beater Pontiac and the Town and Country! Going to the beach today...
  • Rochester I wouldn't obsess over the rate of change, it's happening whether we want it or not.
  • EBFlex At the summer property putting boats in the water, leveling boat lifts, cleaning the lots for summer, etc. Typical cabin stuff in the most beautiful place on the planet
  • Lou_BC I've I spent the past few days in what we refer to as "the lower mainland". I see Tesla's everywhere and virtually every other brand of EV. I was in downtown Vancouver along side a Rivian R1T. A Rivian R1S came off as side street and was following it. I saw one other R1S. 18% of new vehicles in BC are EV'S. It tends to match what I saw out my windshield. I only saw 2 fullsized pickups. One was a cool '91 3/4 ton regular cab. I ran across 2 Tacoma's. Not many Jeeps. There were plenty of Porches, Mercedes, and BMW's. I saw 2 Aston Martin DBX707's. It's been fun car watching other than the stress of driving in big city urban traffic. I'd rather dodge 146,000 pound 9 axle logging trucks on one lane roads.
  • IBx1 Never got the appeal of these; it looks like there was a Soviet mandate to create a car with two doors and a roof that could be configured in different ways.
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