Report: Nissan Maxima Dead in 2023

report nissan maxima dead in 2023


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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  • Mongo312 Mongo312 7 days ago

    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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  • DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
  • Ronnie Schreiber Hydrocarbon based fuels have become unreliable? More expensive at the moment but I haven't seen any lines gathering around gas stations lately, have you? I'm old enough to remember actual gasoline shortages in 1973 and 1979 (of course, since then there have been many recoverable oil deposits discovered around the world plus the introduction of fracking). Consumers Power is still supplying me with natural gas. I recently went camping and had no problem buying propane.Texas had grid problems last winter because they replaced fossil fueled power plants with wind and solar, which didn't work in the cold weather. That's the definition of unreliable.I'm an "all of the above" guy when it comes to energy: fossil fuels, hydro, wind (where it makes sense), nuclear (including funding for fusion research), and possibly solar.Environmental activists, it seems to me, have no interest in energy diversity. Based on what's happened in Sri Lanka and the push against agriculture in Europe and Canada, I think it's safe to say that some folks want most of us to live like medieval peasants to save the planet for their own private jets.
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  • MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.
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