Review: 2018 Nissan Maxima

Review: 2018 Nissan Maxima

As the Nissan flagship sedan, the Maxima embodies everything the automaker values, including style, safety, and comfort. It’s everything you want in a family car or commuter, so visit our Charlottesville location today to experience it for yourself.

To get all the details on the 2018 Nissan Maxima, including trims, available features, and other specs, see our full review below:

Safety Ratings and Technology

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2018 Maxima is one of the safest cars you can buy. The IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick and gave its front crash prevention system a Superior rating, while the NHSTA gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

Each model of the new Maxima is equipped with Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Easy-Fill Tire Alert, a Vehicle Security System, and more. Upper trims add a Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Intelligent Around View Monitor.

Comfort and Entertainment

The 2018 Maxima comes in five trims so you can choose one to match your needs and budget. Trims include the S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum.

The Maxima S comes standard with an 8-way power driver’s seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, cloth trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Standard features include Advanced Drive-Assist Display, 8-inch multi-touch control color monitor, Nissan Navigation System, Nissan Voice Recognition, Android Auto (new for 2018), Apple CarPlay, Sirius XM Radio, Bluetooth wireless tech, hands-free text assistant, RearView Monitor, dual-zone climate control, and HomeLink universal transceiver. Additionally, all models have Remote Engine Start with Intelligent Climate Control.

Available seating and comfort features include a Memory System, driver’s seat thigh extension, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, leather seating, and Mahogany wood-tone trim. You can also opt for NissanConnect Services, front and rear sonar system, Bose premium audio, Active Sound Enhancement, and four USB ports (two come standard). The Maxima is also available with a Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof.

Performance and Fuel Economy

If you’ve never driven a Nissan, you may be surprised by the power under the hood of its flagship sedan. All models feature a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission, making an incredible 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel drive comes standard with 18-inch machine finished aluminum-alloy wheels, and optional with 19-inch wheels. V-rated all-season tires are standard, while you also have the option for W-rated all-season tires.

According to estimates from the EPA, the 2018 Maxima gets 21 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.


Starting at $33,020 MSRP

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