The Nissan Maxima, a four-door luxury sedan, comes in two models: the S and the SV. The S, the base model, comes standard with the 290 horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, Nissan Intelligent Key, a Bluetooth, hands-free phone system, power sliding moonroof, remote keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic temperature control, CD player with MP3 decoder, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and fully automatic headlights with delay-off headlights. The SV is available with a Premium package option and a Sport Package option. The SV includes the same features as the S with the addition of leather seats, rear-view camera, high-intensity xenon lights, and outside mirrors with LED turn signals. The SV with the sport package also comes with sport-tuned suspension, 18" Aluminum-alloy wheels, sport grille, and a rear spoiler. A high-tech option available to newer models include the Nissan Navigation System which delivers traffic information, weather updates, restaurant reviews, and connectivity to your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.
The Nissan Maxima declares itself a mold breaker in the luxury sedan market by touting its mechanics as being similar to a sports car. In addition, reviewers have noted that the Maxima's exterior design closely resembles that of a sporty coup. The 2014 models also come with two additional, edgier exterior color options: Gun Metallic and Midnight Garnet.
Nissan Maxima Safety Ratings
The Maxima is rated “Good” in both Moderate Overlap Front and side impact test results by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and received 5 out of 5 stars for both Side Crash and Rollover by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2014.
Standard safety and security features include brake assist, dual front and front-side airbags, overhead airbag, occupant sensing airbag, ignition disable, anti-whiplash head restraints, panic alarm, traction control, and a security system with panic alarm. A few safety options include Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) which alerts you when tire pressure has dropped to potentially dangerous levels. There are also automatic headlights and rearview monitor to enhance vision and perspective.
Noteworthy About the Nissan Maxima
J.D. Power ranked the Maxima as “Among the Best” in Overall Quality-Design and Powertrain Quality-Design.