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8.6

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Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Nissan Maxima Review

The 2017 Nissan Maxima brings unparalleled luxury and sportiness to the large car class, in addition to a good predicted reliability rating and a well-appointed cabin. Only a high total cost of ownership keeps it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong and efficient V6 engine
  • Luxurious, well-appointed interior
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Less rear-seat and trunk space than rivals
  • Uses premium fuel

2017 Nissan Maxima Overview

Is the 2017 Nissan Maxima a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Nissan Maxima is a great car. It’s one of the safest and most reliable options in the class, and it’s a blast to drive thanks to its powerful (and fuel-efficient) V6 engine and athletic driving dynamics. However, it does require premium fuel.

The Maxima’s upscale cabin materials wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury vehicle, and it comes loaded with an unusual number of advanced safety and technology features. Still, the Maxima’s tight cabin and trunk make it a poor choice for families. It’s also pricier than some rivals.    

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 24 Nissan Maxima reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2017 Nissan Maxima?

Our site has 1,600-plus listings for the 2017 Nissan Maxima, with prices ranging from $20,000 to $31,400. The average list price is $25,400, which is comparable to the average prices of class rivals. The exact price you’ll pay depends on the model you choose, as well as its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Nissan Maxima Cost to Own?

The 2017 Nissan Maxima’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $27,800. That’s a couple thousand dollars higher than the five-year estimated costs for the Toyota Avalon ($25,300) and Chevrolet Impala ($25,500).

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Nissan Maxima?

A 2018 Nissan Maxima has a starting price of $33,270. That’s nearly $7,900 more than the average list price of a 2017 model. The 2018 Maxima has a few benefits, like standard Android Auto, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. In contrast, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are only available in the 2017 Maxima’s upper trims. Still, you’d probably pay less for a higher-level 2017 model than a new 2018 Maxima.

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If you’d prefer a new car over a used one, but you don’t want to pay much more than the 2017 Maxima’s price, you may be out of luck. You won’t find a 2018 large car for the same price as a 2017 Maxima. However, if you’re willing to drop down to a midsize car, there are a wide number of choices. Both the 2018 Toyota Camry and 2018 Honda Accord start at less than $24,000. As two of the best vehicles in the class, they each have numerous strengths. The Accord is completely redesigned and includes a litany of standard driver assistance features and comfortable seating for five. The Toyota Camry is also redesigned. It has lots of active safety features and a potent base engine.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Maxima Is Best?

The 2017 Maxima is part of a generation that launched in 2016. Skip the 2015 model; the 2016 received new active safety features, as well as improvements to power and fuel economy. For 2017, the Maxima’s only major update was the addition of standard Apple CarPlay. This feature allows iPhone users to integrate the smartphone’s features into the infotainment interface. If you don’t have an iPhone or don’t need this feature, save some money by purchasing the 2016 model. However, the Maxima saw a midyear refresh (2017.5 Maxima). It introduced a few notable standard safety features, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. If you can find a 2017.5 Maxima, buy it.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Nissan Maxima?

The 2017 Nissan Maxima has a very good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Nissan Maxima Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Nissan Maxima had two reported recalls. One concerns a brake fluid leak in the circuit board that can increase the risk of a fire. The second deals with an air bag on the passenger side that may not deploy properly. Make sure these issues are addressed before you purchase the Maxima.

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Which Used Nissan Maxima Model Is Right for Me?

Five trims are available: S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. The base Nissan Maxima S will meet the needs of most buyers. It offers a powerful engine and a well-appointed cabin made with rich materials. Its long list of standard features includes the user-friendly NissanConnect infotainment system, Bluetooth, dual USB ports, an 8-inch touch screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, push-button start, navigation, HD Radio, voice recognition, and Apple CarPlay.

The Nissan Maxima SV adds seating comfort features, like leather upholstery, heated front seats, and driver’s side lumbar support. The Nissan Maxima SL adds advanced safety features that include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with forward emergency braking. If you want to make the most of the sedan’s performance, choose the Maxima SR, which comes with a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, and a dynamic control system to help maintain ride composure.

For the ultimate in luxury, the Nissan Maxima Platinum is the one to buy. It features a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a moonroof, a power rear-window sunshade, mahogany wood-tone accents, premium leather seats, and memory settings for the driver’s seat and sideview mirrors, as well as a few more advanced safety features.

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Certified Pre-Owned Nissan Maxima Warranty

There are benefits to buying a certified pre-owned vehicle, even when the vehicle has a good predicted reliability score. Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

Nissan’s CPO program isn’t among the best, however. Rivals like Honda, Mazda, Chevrolet, and Toyota have more comprehensive certified pre-owned programs. 

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How Safe Is the Maxima?

The 2017 Nissan Maxima is among a handful of cars in the class to get a perfect safety score. It was named a Top Safety Pick+, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest award. It also received the highest rating of Good in all six IIHS crash tests. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety evaluations, the 2017 Maxima received a perfect five-star overall safety rating, as well as five stars in three crash tests.

A rearview camera comes standard. Available active safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with emergency braking, a driver alertness monitor, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a 360-degree camera.

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2017 Nissan Maxima Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan Maxima or 2017 Chevrolet Impala?

Compared to the Maxima, the Chevrolet Impala isn’t as exciting. It has lower safety and reliability scores, a lackluster interior, duller performance, and a weaker base engine. Still, the Impala has some merits that make it a great option for families. Unlike the Maxima, its cabin boasts plenty of head- and legroom, even in the back. Its trunk is also one of the largest in the class, giving you an extra 4.5 cubic feet of storage room. In addition, the 2017 Impala is the more affordable car. Compared to the Maxima, its average list price is about $5,300 lower, and its five-year estimated ownership costs are about $2,300 lower. Choosing between these large cars comes down to whether you want practicality or driving excitement.

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan Maxima or 2017 Nissan Altima?

The Nissan Altima is a midsize car, but there isn’t a significant size difference between these two Nissan sedans. The Altima is only an inch shorter than the Maxima, and it has more overall room inside. Still, the Maxima is the front runner when it comes to performance and technology, as it has a significantly stronger engine, sharper driving dynamics, and many more features than its smaller sibling. With all its benefits, the Maxima also brings a much higher price point. Its average list price is about $8,000 higher than the Altima’s. An upper-trim Altima will probably cost you less than the average Maxima, and it will provide most of the benefits of a large car.

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2017 Nissan Maxima Performance

How Does the 2017 Nissan Maxima Drive?

Powered by a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, the 2017 Nissan Maxima is one of the fastest cars in the class. It accelerates effortlessly and smoothly. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission are standard.

On the highway, the Maxima has a composed and comfortable ride. Braking power is strong, and there’s little body roll through tight corners. Steering feedback can be slow initially, but it responds quicker once you get the car going.

Does the 2017 Nissan Maxima Get Good Gas Mileage?

For having such a powerful engine, the 2017 Maxima is surprisingly fuel-efficient. According to the EPA, it returns 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which are some of the best numbers in the class. However, the Maxima requires premium fuel, so you should factor that extra expense into your buying decision.

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2017 Nissan Maxima Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Nissan Maxima Seat?

Although the Nissan Maxima has seats for five, they don’t provide much space. In fact, the Maxima has one of the smallest interiors in the class. Even its midsize sibling, the Nissan Altima, has a slightly roomier cabin. Still, the Maxima has an upscale interior with first-class materials that are befitting of a pricier luxury sedan.   

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Nissan Maxima?

The Nissan Maxima comes with upper tethers and lower anchors on the rear outboard seats, plus an upper tether for the middle seat. A little effort is required to find the lower anchors, but attaching a child seat to them is pretty easy. The IIHS gave the Maxima’s LATCH child-seat system an Acceptable rating (the second-highest score possible) for ease of use.

2017 Nissan Maxima Features

The 2017 Nissan Maxima comes standard with Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, and push-button start. Also standard is the NissanConnect infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, Bluetooth, a pair of USB ports, and voice and gesture commands. Available features include a dual-panel moonroof and an 11-speaker Bose stereo. The infotainment system features sharp graphics, a straightforward interface, and user-friendly controls.

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2017 Nissan Maxima Dimensions

Nissan Maxima Cargo Space

At just 14.3 cubic feet, the Maxima has one of the smallest trunks in the class. Only the Toyota Avalon Hybrid and Buick Lacrosse have less trunk space. Still, the Maxima’s trunk has a wide opening and folding rear seats that make the space easy to load.

2017 Camry Length and Weight

The 2017 Nissan Maxima is 16.1 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,478 pounds to 3,608 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Nissan Maxima Built?

Nissan assembled the 2017 Maxima in Tennessee.

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