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2016 Nissan Maxima Review

The 2016 Nissan Maxima's poised performance, high-end interior, and top-tier safety and reliability ratings help it rank near the top of the large car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong performance
  • Top crash test scores
  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Luxurious interior
  • Less rear-seat and trunk space than affordable large rivals

New for 2016

  • Fully redesigned
  • More power and improved fuel economy
  • New advanced safety options, including forward collision warning and blind spot monitoring




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 10.0
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2016 Nissan Maxima Overview

Is the 2016 Nissan Maxima a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Nissan Maxima is an excellent used vehicle. It should appeal to a wide range of sedan shoppers thanks to its sporty driving dynamics, upscale interior, and outstanding safety rating.

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To help you decide if the Nissan Maxima is the right car for you, we've gathered and analyzed 20 professional reviews. We've also included information about the Maxima's fuel economy, safety, and much more to give you an idea of the Maxima's strengths and weaknesses.

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How Much Is the 2016 Nissan Maxima?

Based on the 1,000-plus listings for this vehicle on our site, the average price for a used 2016 Maxima is $24,200. Some models cost as little as $18,900, while others rise as high as $29,000. Vehicle condition, mileage, and location can all affect price.

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How Much Does the 2016 Nissan Maxima Cost to Own?

Over five years, you can expect to spend around $26,600 to fuel, insure, maintain, and repair the 2016 Maxima. That works out to about $5,300 per year. That's more than you'd spend each year on a Toyota Avalon or Acura TLX, but a bit less than a BMW 3 Series would cost you.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Maxima?

Prices for a new 2018 Nissan Maxima start around $33,300, which is more than $4,000 higher than the most expensive used model on our site. Since there are only a few additional standard features in the new model, you're better off buying a used Maxima. Still, the new model does have some perks. Buying a new 2018 Maxima will get you a more extensive new car warranty than what you’d get with Nissan's CPO program. And since you'll be the first owner, you can ensure that the car is properly maintained – an uncertainty you may face with a used model.

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There are no new large cars that are in a similar price range to the used 2016 Maxima. However, dropping down to the midsize class will reveal several options, including class leaders like the 2018 Toyota Camry (MSRP: $23,495) and 2018 Honda Accord (MSRP: $23,570). Both of these cars offer roomy cabins and loads of available features. Just note that you may find a used 2016 Maxima that has more cabin tech or luxury goodies for a comparable price to these base models. Be sure to check out our Toyota and Honda deals pages to find manufacturer incentives that can reduce the price of a new car.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Nissan Maxima?

The 2016 Nissan Maxima has a reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. That's better than the scores of many vehicles in general (three is considered average), and slightly above-average within the large car class.

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2016 Nissan Maxima Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are six recalls on the 2016 Maxima. Two of the recalls cover potential issues with the air bags, one deals with a possible fuel leak that could lead to a fire, and the other three involve brake or brake fluid problems. Be sure these recalls are addressed before you buy a 2016 Maxima.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Maxima Is Best?

The Maxima was fully redesigned for the 2016 model year, so older models will not be the same. The 2014 Maxima was the last model year of the previous generation. It sits much lower in our large car rankings, mostly because of its poor safety scores. You'll want to stick with the 2016 Maxima – it’s the safest, most feature-filled model.

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Which Used Nissan Maxima Model Is Right for Me?

This Nissan sedan has five trims: S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. The Platinum is the fully loaded trim, while the SR offers the best performance with its standard sport-tuned suspension. But for many buyers, the SL trim – which has lots of standard and available features – will be the best buy.

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What Does Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like rental car reimbursement, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a Security+Plus Extended protection plan, towing, and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer, according to our research. Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet all have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Maxima?

The 2016 Nissan Maxima has a tremendous safety score. It earned a perfect five-star rating in every test performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ (its highest accolade).

A rearview camera comes standard in the Maxima. Several active safety features are available, including a 360-degree Around View parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and a driver alertness monitor, which reads the driver's steering inputs for signs of fatigue.

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2016 Nissan Maxima Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan Maxima or 2016 Toyota Avalon?

Though the Toyota Avalon can't match the Maxima for performance, it still features a strong engine and adept handling for a large car. Like the Maxima, the Avalon's interior is upscale and features plenty of easy-to-use tech features. The Avalon provides plenty of rear-seat space, which is a notable shortcoming of its Nissan rival. It also has a larger trunk than the Nissan. The Maxima has a higher safety rating, but both cars have the same reliability score. Ultimately, you can't go wrong with either of these high-ranking large cars.

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan Maxima or 2016 BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series remains the benchmark for sporty handling in upscale cars, and you can get into this premium badge for only a bit more money than the Maxima. Though they reside in different classes, they offer similar amounts of interior space. The 320i and 328i models are priced close to comparable Maxima trims, but moving up the BMW trim line can get expensive. The 3 Series is also extremely versatile in its offerings. There are multiple engines, ranging from turbocharged four- or six-cylinders that are plenty powerful, to turbodiesels and plug-in hybrids that get excellent fuel economy. You can also choose from wagon or hatchback styles, making the 3 Series a formidable choice for those who need lots of space. Just note, that extra space comes at a significant price increase. In the end, both models are smart buys in this price range.

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2016 Maxima Performance

How Does the 2016 Nissan Maxima Drive?

The Maxima is agile for its size, and the SR trim comes with a sport-tuned suspension that makes this car into something of a sports sedan. Even so, it doesn't skimp on comfort, and its ride quality equals that of some luxury cars. This sedan features a 300-horsepower V6 engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Acceleration is quick, and there's plenty of power for highway passing.

Does the 2016 Nissan Maxima Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Maxima gets good gas mileage for a V6-powered car, earning 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Maxima Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Maxima Seat?

There are seats for five in the 2016 Maxima. The front seats are supportive, but the rear seats are smaller than those in many other large cars.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Nissan Maxima?

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the LATCH system an Acceptable rating for its ease of use.

2016 Nissan Maxima Features

Standard features in the Maxima include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, and the NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation, voice recognition, and an 8-inch touch screen. Options include a dual-panel moonroof and an 11-speaker Bose audio system. The infotainment system is easy to use; its graphics are sharp, and the controls work well.

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2016 Nissan Maxima Dimensions

Nissan Maxima Cargo Space

Most large cars have more cargo space than the Maxima’s 14.3-cubic-foot trunk.

2016 Maxima Length and Weight

The Maxima is just over 16 feet long. The base S model has a curb weight of 3,471 pounds, while the range-topping Platinum trim weighs in at 3,593 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Nissan Maxima Built?

The 2016 Maxima was assembled in Tennessee.

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