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2017 Nissan Maxima Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Nissan Maxima was new.


Interior: 8.5

The 2017 Nissan Maxima’s exterior dimensions make it a large car, but the interior volume is comparable with cars in the midsize car class. In fact, the shorter Nissan Altima offers more interior space than its more upscale sibling does. However, the Maxima delivers more of an upmarket feel than many other large cars, even some luxury models. Its infotainment system is intuitive, as well.

  • "The Maxima's cabin is stylish, well made and comes with an easy-to-use touchscreen tech interface." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite its flagship status, the 5-passenger Nissan Maxima is actually a little smaller inside than the Nissan Altima sedan, which is slightly shorter. However, the Altima can't compare to the Maxima's upscale atmosphere.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "But while the new Maxima may be less four-door sports car, it's much more full-on luxury car. That fact is best reflected in the eighth-generation Maxima's handsome new cabin. Particularly on the SR and Platinum trims that we drove, the interior is easily the best in its class." -- Autoblog (2016)


The 2017 Nissan Maxima seats five and comes standard with cloth seats. The front seats are power-adjustable. Higher trims offer leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and driver’s seat position memory.

The seating in the Maxima is comfortable, providing good support for most passengers. Front-seat passengers won’t have a problem, but rear-seat passengers might feel cramped due to a lack of headroom. Still, most will find the Maxima has just enough room to get by in the event you need to cart around a full load of passengers.

The Maxima’s LATCH system has complete sets on the two outboard rear seats. The middle rear seat has an upper tether, but not a lower anchor.

  • In terms of space, front and rear legroom is acceptable, but the Maxima can't match the rear seat space of less expensive midsize sedans like the Ford Fusion or Honda Accord, let alone similarly priced sedans like the Toyota Avalon." -- Edmunds
  • The driver and front passenger easily get comfortable thanks to power seats and tilt-telescope steering, but the rear seat's lack of head and legroom may leave tall passengers complaining." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Front-seat occupants sit on Nissan's zero-gravity seats, which provide excellent support. The rear seat has enough room for three people, but the Maxima competes with full-size cars, and its rear seat can't match the space of many of those rivals." -- AutoTrader (2016)

Interior Features

The 2017 Nissan Maxima comes standard with NissanConnect. This audio system features HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, Bluetooth, a pair of USB ports, and voice and gesture commands. For 2017, Apple CarPlay joins the standard list of infotainment features. A rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key, and push-button start also come standard.

Available options include a panoramic moonroof and an 11-speaker Bose sound system. The Maxima also offers these available safety features: a 360-degree Around View parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a driver alertness monitor, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

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  • “With the addition of standard Apple CarPlay, you can now control a basic selection of apps (including text messaging) through voice controls and the terrific, easy-to-use Nissan touchscreen that's bolstered by a handy, redundant knob controller similar to those found in many luxury-branded cars. Android Auto is unavailable, though.” -- Edmunds
  • "Forward-collision warning systems that alert drivers about stopped or slowed vehicles are becoming commonplace. The Nissan Maxima sports sedan's Predictive Forward Collision Warning goes one better by monitoring two cars ahead. Nissan says this lets its PFCW react earlier to an emergency." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A tandem 8-inch central screen and 7-inch driver's display likely set the class standard for sharp graphics and no-fuss operation, including smartphone-style swiping, pinching, even widget programming. ... The Maxima's knurled Display Commander knob smoothly complements the touch display." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)


The Maxima’s cabin storage areas are ample in size, and there’s even a designated place for a smartphone to sit upright. At 14.3 cubic feet, the trunk is smaller than most in its class. The trunk hinges fold away into their own compartment, so you won’t have to worry about them pressing down on your stowed goods. The trunk’s wide opening makes larger items less tricky to load, and the back seats fold down remotely to give you more room.

  • "Space and storage are plentiful. Storage for small items is highlighted by a media hub with two USB ports and an auxiliary jack. This cubby is big enough to fit an iPhone 6 Plus and has a slot that allows phones to sit vertically so drivers can see messages as they arrive." -- AutoTrader (2016)
  • The Maxima's 14.3-cubic-foot trunk is smaller than most of its competitors', but it's about 1 cubic foot bigger than the TLX's. The trunk is nicely shaped, and the trunk lid's support arms move within an enclosed area, so there's no risk of them crushing your cargo." -- Cars.com (2016)
  • "Cargo space, on the other hand, is slightly above average with a maximum 14.3 cubic-foot capacity. The wide opening, mostly unobstructed floor and the remote rear-seat releases further enhance utility." -- Edmunds (2016)

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