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2021 Nissan Maxima Interior

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2021 Nissan Maxima Interior Review


Interior: 6.5

 The 2021 Nissan Maxima has soft-touch, upscale materials throughout its cabin, and it boasts a lengthy standard features list that includes an easy-to-use infotainment system. However, this sedan comes up short in terms of rear passenger and cargo space.

  • "The Nissan Maxima at least has a bold exterior design, plus an agreeable cabin with thickly bolstered sport seats, high-quality soft-touch materials and nice touches like a flat-bottomed steering wheel." -- Autotrader
  • "Inside, there's plenty of room for four adults and plenty of desirable features, including touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto." -- Car and Driver
  • "… the interior looks nice with a veneer of luxury and many touch points covered in soft or premium materials." -- Edmunds (2020)


With just 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space, the Maxima has below-average cargo capacity for the large car class. On the plus side, you can expand the cargo area by folding the seats flat, and it's easy to load items thanks to a wide and deep trunk area.

  • "One of the smallest trunks in the category means the Maxima starts with a disadvantage in cargo hauling; however, its larger cubbies are convenient places to stash everyday items, and its rear seatbacks fold down to accommodate larger items." -- Car and Driver
  • "Considering the Maxima's size, its overall cargo capacity is disappointing. The Maxima lags behind similarly sized cars in both small-item storage and trunk space, but the trunk has a wide and low opening, which makes for easy loading." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "Behind the 60/40-split folding rear seat, a 14.3 cu.-ft. trunk is ready for luggage. That’s not much space for this size of vehicle." -- New York Daily News (2019)


The Maxima has seating for up to five people in two rows. The front seats are comfortable and spacious, but rear-seat room isn't as generous; it may be tight back there for taller passengers.

Standard comfort features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Available comfort features include Alcantara upholstery, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and a heated steering wheel.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. This LATCH system is generally easy to use.

  • "Front-seat legroom is among the best in the class, while headroom is average. Rear-seat space is not as generous as it is in larger rivals such as the Chevrolet Impala and the Toyota Avalon." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Maxima's seats also straddle the line between sporty support and long-distance comfort. They'll keep you in place through fast corners but remain comfortable for long stretches." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "If the 2020 Maxima sedan’s age shows up anywhere, it’s inside the cabin. Accommodations are snug, with limited room in the rear seat for long legs and tall torsos." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)

Interior Features

The Maxima comes with a user-friendly NissanConnect infotainment system that includes an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, eight speakers, satellite radio, navigation, voice recognition, Bluetooth, two front USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. You can control the system through straightforward menu options on the touch screen, and there are also physical buttons on the control panel for functions such as audio and temperature settings.

Other standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, automatic high-beam headlights, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and driver attention monitoring. You’ll also get Nissan's Rear Door Alert, which reminds you to check the back seat before exiting the car.

Available features include an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system, two rear USB ports, a dual-panel panoramic moonroof, a power rear-window sunshade, a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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  • "An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard across the Maxima range, and we found it easy to use. The infotainment system can be used as a touchscreen, but there also are redundant buttons on the center stack for quick access to common adjustments such as audio volume and climate control." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Maxima's interior looks great, the controls are easy to use, and the infotainment system's structure is logical." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "The infotainment screen is small and rudimentary, but it’s easy to use and features physical knobs for the volume and tuning, as well as hard buttons for various functions." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020) 
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