2016 Nissan Maxima
(Nissan North America, Inc.)

The 2016 Nissan Maxima is currently the top-ranked affordable large car, as test drivers are impressed with its luxurious interior, powerful V6 engine and engaging handling.

The 2016 Maxima’s 3.5-liter V6 engine makes 300 horsepower, 10 more than the V6 in the outgoing 2014 model. Reviewers report the redesigned Maxima has swift acceleration and ample power for passing on the highway. They’re also pleased with the Maxima’s responsive steering and agility around turns, especially in the newly available SR model, which has a sport-tuned suspension. All 2016 Maxima models earn an EPA-estimated 22/30 mpg city/highway, which is an improvement over the 2014 model’s 19/26 mpg rating.

2016 Nissan Maxima
(Nissan North America, Inc.)

Inside, critics say the new Maxima retains the outgoing model’s premium materials, comfortable and supportive front seats and easy-to-use navigation, audio and climate controls. In back, some reviewers note that the 2016 Maxima has less space than other large cars, but they agree that there’s adequate room for adults. The 2016 Nissan Maxima is available with several new driver assistance technologies for 2016, including a 360-degree-view parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

While the 2016 Maxima is a great choice for your next full-size sedan, be sure to check out some competitors before making a decision. Test drivers are impressed with the 2015 Toyota Avalon’s powerful standard V6 engine, upscale cabin and spacious rear seats, and the Avalon has more cargo space than the Maxima. If fuel economy is a priority, consider the 2015 Buick LaCrosse eAssist, which returns an EPA-estimated 25/36 mpg city/highway with its standard four-cylinder engine and electric motor. Reviewers appreciate the LaCrosse’s exceptionally comfortable and quiet ride and high-quality cabin materials.

2016 Nissan Maxima
(Nissan North America, Inc.)

If you’re considering buying used, the 2013 Nissan Maxima is a solid option, as test drivers praised its sure-footed handling, upmarket cabin and easy-to-use tech features when it was new. There are also plenty of other used sedans worth considering, so be sure to take a look at our rankings of used large cars $20K and up and used upscale midsize cars $20K to $25K before you head to the dealer.

U.S. News Best Cars rankings are based on the consensus opinion of America’s top automotive journalists. Our team gathers every published, credible review of a vehicle, and for each third-party review, we score the vehicle on three components: Performance, Interior and Critics' Rating, which is how strongly a reviewer recommends the vehicle. We combine these scores, along with reliability data from J.D. Power and Associates and safety data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, into a weighted average that is based on what car buyers say matters most to them. The result is an overall score for each new car on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best possible score. Our rankings are continually updated as more reviews of a vehicle become available, as well as when new safety and reliability data is released.

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