According to Nissan, the 2016 Maxima is longer and sits lower than the 2015 model. It comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 300 horsepower. The Maxima is front-wheel drive and is only available with a continuously variable transmission. Nissan estimates that the 2016 Maxima will get 22/30 mpg city/highway, which is an improvement over the previous model's EPA rating of 19/26 mpg.
The 2016 Nissan Maxima has all-new exterior styling, and critics approve of the changes, with CNET saying, "the 2016 model is yet another major reboot. But a good one, with flowing lines across both fenders, a dramatic front fascia and a swept-back profile that exhibits far more sporting character than the outgoing model."
Inside, the 2016 Maxima has standard features such as an 8-inch touch-screen display with the NissanConnect infotainment system and navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, Google online connectivity, two USB ports, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a hands-free text message system. Available features include an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, active noise cancellation, leather upholstery, Nissan's Around View Monitor, which provides a 360-degree view around the car, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with automatic braking.
Motor Trend thinks the redesigned 2016 Maxima is a step in the right direction for Nissan, stating, "the Maxima now has a chance to transform itself from an also-ran model to a uniquely athletic competitor in the large-sedan category."
The 2016 Nissan Maxima comes in five trims: S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum. Nissan says the 2016 Maxima will have a starting MSRP of $32,410, not including an $825 destination fee, and will go on sale this summer.