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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Nissan Maxima ranked #7 in Large Cars. Currently the Nissan Maxima has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 23 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.1
Safety: TBD
Reliability:
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2019 Nissan Maxima Review

The Nissan Maxima ranks in the bottom half of the large car class. It comes with a powerful V6 engine and a top-notch interior. However, it has one of the smallest trunks in the class, and some rivals offer more rear-seat legroom and better predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Punchy engine
  • Upscale cabin materials
  • Less rear-seat space than rivals
  • Small trunk
  • High base price

Is the Nissan Maxima a Good Car?

Despite its ranking, the Nissan Maxima is a good large car. It has a handsome cabin and an intuitive infotainment system. It’s also equipped with a strong engine, and its poised handling helps it feel sportier than some other large sedans. However, in addition to having a high base price, this Nissan has a small trunk and cramped rear seats for the class. Fuel economy is great for the segment, but you won’t save much in gas costs because the Maxima uses premium fuel. While its predicted reliability rating isn't bad, many rivals earn higher scores.

Should I Buy the Nissan Maxima?

The Maxima has a lot to like, especially if you’re looking for a well-rounded large sedan that blends performance with comfort. If you want the space and roominess associated with large cars though, you’re better off considering the Chevrolet Impala or even the midsize Honda Accord. Both have much more rear-seat legroom, and each costs thousands of dollars less than the Maxima.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Maxima?

The 2019 Maxima belongs to a generation that launched for the 2016 model year. Nissan refreshed the Maxima for 2019, restyling the exterior and adding more available safety features. If those changes aren’t important to you, consider saving money with an older model. The 2018 Maxima gained several standard safety features and Android Auto, while the 2017 model received standard Apple CarPlay.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Nissan Maxima. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 23 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the Nissan Maxima in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 23 automotive sources. This Nissan Maxima review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2016 through 2019 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Does the Nissan Maxima Cost?

The base 2019 Nissan Maxima S starts at $33,950. That’s one of the highest starting prices in the class. Only the redesigned Toyota Avalon and its hybrid counterpart have higher starting prices. The top-of-the-line Maxima with the Platinum Reserve package retails for $42,580, which is more aligned with the starting prices of other class rivals’ fully equipped trims.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Nissan dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Nissan deals page.

Nissan Maxima Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Maxima or Toyota Avalon?

Fully redesigned for the 2019 model year, the Toyota Avalon is a good large car. Compared to the Maxima, the Avalon has better fuel economy estimates, more rear-seat space, a larger trunk, and more standard safety features, including adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. The Nissan may feel a little more athletic, but the Toyota has a gentler ride. The base Avalon costs about $1,500 more than the base Maxima, but if that’s in your budget, go with the Toyota.

Which Is Better: Nissan Maxima or Chevrolet Impala?

The Chevrolet Impala takes a slight edge over the Nissan Maxima in our rankings. The Impala has a larger trunk, more rear-seat space, a lower starting price, and a gentle, composed ride. It also has a better predicted reliability rating. The base Impala costs around $5,900 less than the Maxima. However, the Chevy has an underwhelming four-cylinder base engine (a V6 is optional) and fewer standard safety features. Its cabin materials aren’t as nice as the Nissan’s either. That being said, both are good cars, and choosing between them is a matter of preference.

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Maxima Interior

How Many People Does the Maxima Seat?

The Nissan Maxima seats five people. Cloth upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat come standard. Multiple leather upholstery upgrades (including semi-aniline and diamond-quilted leather upholstery), heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The front seats are comfortable and well-cushioned, but the rear seats are tight, which is unusual for a large car. Most large cars – and even some midsize sedans, such as the Nissan Altima – have more head- and legroom in the back.

Maxima and Car Seats

This sedan has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat features an upper tether anchor.

Maxima Interior Quality

The Maxima has a stylish cabin filled with high-end materials, though a few critics think it lacks the modern feel offered in some rivals.

Maxima Cargo Space

This vehicle has 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s one of the smallest trunks in the class. Even the midsize Nissan Altima has more room.

Maxima Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Maxima comes standard with the NissanConnect infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. Available features include a navigation system, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 11-speaker Bose premium stereo, HD Radio, and four USB ports. 

The touch screen has sharp graphics and an intuitive menu layout. There’s also a console-mounted control knob similar to those found in some luxury cars. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto provide easy smartphone integration.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Maxima Performance

Maxima Engine: Capable V6

Nissan offers only one engine for the 2019 Maxima: a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), a type of automatic, comes standard.

The engine feels punchy and easily delivers the bursts of power needed for highway merging and passing. Reviewers are divided over whether the CVT’s simulated gearshifts help it shift more like a traditional automatic transmission.

Maxima Mileage: Premium – Literally and Figuratively

This vehicle gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which are good numbers for the class. However, you won’t save much money in fuel costs because the Maxima requires premium gasoline.

Maxima Ride and Handling: A Mostly Comfortable Ride

In general, this sedan provides a serene ride, though some large bumps may be felt in the cabin. It’s lightly athletic too, with firm braking and tight steering. It also remains planted around corners. However, the Maxima doesn’t live up to its “four-door sports car” billing. Front-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is not available.

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Maxima Reliability

Is the Maxima Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Maxima a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average among new cars. 

Maxima Warranty

Nissan covers the Maxima with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most large cars have similar terms.

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Maxima Safety

Maxima Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Nissan Maxima five out of five stars in rollover crash tests.

Maxima Safety Features

This Nissan comes standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a driver attention monitor.

The Maxima offers the Nissan Safety Shield 360, a suite of advanced safety features consisting of blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, high-beam assist, and automatic emergency braking (including rear automatic braking). Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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Which Nissan Maxima Model Is Right for Me?

Nissan's flagship sedan is available in five trim levels: S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. Each trim comes with a V6 engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Furthermore, every trim can be outfitted with a Wi-Fi hot spot for $450 and a wireless device charger for $250.

The base S trim comes with a decent number of standard features, making it a good value for many shoppers. Those looking for a slightly more athletic model should consider the Maxima SR. If you want the Nissan Safety Shield 360, you need to move all the way up to the Platinum trim or outfit the SR with a package.

Nissan Maxima S

The 2019 Nissan Maxima S has an MSRP of $33,950. It comes with an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, cloth upholstery, automatic headlights, and alloy wheels. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, a driver attention monitor, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

The base S offers no notable packages.

Nissan Maxima SV

Starting at $35,960, the Nissan Maxima SV adds navigation, HD Radio, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, leather upholstery, and heated front seats.

As with the S, the SV offers no major packages.

Nissan Maxima SL

The Nissan Maxima SL has a base price of $38,440 and adds a panoramic moonroof, front and rear parking sensors, an 11-speaker Bose sound system, two more USB ports, an active noise cancellation system, and a heated steering wheel.

No packages are offered with this trim.

Nissan Maxima SR

The Nissan Maxima SR has a base price of $39,530, and it’s the sporty trim in the lineup. It comes with a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, fog lights, and larger alloy wheels. It also gains upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, traffic sign recognition, pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams. However, it loses the standard moonroof from the SL trim.

For $1,820, you can get the SR Premium package, which includes a panoramic moonroof, rear automatic braking, and a surround-view parking camera.

Nissan Maxima Platinum

With a base price of $41,440, the top-of-the-line Nissan Maxima Platinum comes with the SL’s equipment list, the features included with the SR Premium package, and the SR’s safety features. It also has a power-adjustable steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rear-window power sunshade, and heated and ventilated front seats.

For $1,140, Nissan offers the Platinum with a Reserve package. It features heated rear seats, semi-aniline and diamond-quilted leather upholstery, and interior styling updates, such as a two-tone steering wheel.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Nissan dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Nissan deals page.

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The Final Call

The Maxima is Nissan’s flagship sedan. It offers ample engine power, composed handling, plenty of features, and an elegant cabin. However, most rivals have more rear-seat room and trunk space. This Nissan sedan also has a high base price for the class. The Maxima certainly isn't a bad car, but there are competitors that offer more benefits with fewer compromises.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • Nissan has used the phrase 'four-door sports car' to describe its Maxima sedan for years. And while this refreshed 2019 model gets a number of changes that make the eighth-generation Maxima better in a number of ways, I'm still hard pressed to call it sporty." -- CNET
  • Overall, the Maxima is a stylish, luxurious and comfortable large sedan. Style in particular is its strong suit, since primary competitors such as the Impala and Avalon are pretty drab and/or strange looking. But if you're looking for a real 4-Door Sports Car, you'll want to look elsewhere." -- Autoblog
  • "The Maxima is no sports sedan, but it's far from stodgy. It shares space with the Kia Cadenza on our Editors' Choice list for best full-size sedans. It's a handsome package made from quality materials and well-engineered components with a generous dollop of premium features to sweeten the deal." -- Car and Driver
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