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2018 Nissan Maxima Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

The 2018 Nissan Maxima’s cabin may not be the roomiest in the class, but it is certainly one of the most luxurious. The materials are first rate, matching those in many models from luxury brands. The seats up front are comfortable, but passenger room in the back is a bit cramped. The trunk is also smaller than many others in the class. The Maxima's tech features are easy to use.

  • "Inside, the Maxima offers a set of thickly bolstered sport seats, high-quality soft-touch materials and unexpected touches such as a standard navigation radio and a flat-bottom steering wheel." -- Autotrader
  • "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. The diamond pattern on the accent trim extends to the seats and door panels on upper-level models. The stitched and soft-touch dash and doors impart a premium feel, as does the 8-inch infotainment system with its console-mounted multifunction knob." -- 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)

Seating

The five-seat 2018 Maxima has standard cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Upper trim levels include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The Maxima is very comfortable for those up front, with plenty of space and supportive seats. The rear seats aren’t as accommodating, providing less room than most large cars. In fact, many midsize sedans have more spacious back seats than those in the Maxima.

There are full sets of LATCH connectors on each of the rear outboard seats, along with an upper tether anchor on the middle rear seat.

  • 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
  • "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 (2017)
  • 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 Maxima comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, navigation, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera.

Optional features include a panoramic moonroof, an 11-speaker Bose sound system, a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, driver drowsiness monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors.

The Maxima's cabin tech is praiseworthy – especially the infotainment system, which has crisp graphics and logical menus. You can operate the system using the touch screen (with gestures similar to a smartphone) or with a console-mounted control knob. The system includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, which let you access select apps from your smartphone right on the sedan's central display.

  • "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." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The central color touchscreen is easy to navigate and use. Gauges are big and clear." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "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)

Cargo

Most large cars have more trunk space than the Maxima’s 14.3 cubic feet of room. Some rivals offer around 20 cubic feet. The trunk has a wide opening to allow easy loading, and the lid’s hinges don't impede on the cargo area. The cabin has useful small-item storage cubbies.

  • "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)
  • "Space and storage are plentiful. Storage for small items is highlighted by a media hub with two USB ports and an auxiliary jack." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "The wide opening, mostly unobstructed floor and the remote rear-seat releases further enhance utility." -- Edmunds (2016)

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