Nissan Maxima 2016 Review : Nissan Maxima 2016: Sportier than ever!
Nissan company really has the wind in its sails these days. It must be said that the increase in sales on Canadian soil is not by chance. Since last year, the manufacturer Nippon submitted several revisions of its vehicles and even re-introduced on the market its tiny subcompact Micra, offered at a bargain price. Most recently, it was the turn of his sports sedan, the Maxima, to enjoy a well-deserved facelift.
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Nissan Maxima 2016 Review : A bold design
The design of the latest generation Maxima, is at least very bold and futuristic. Retaining some visual elements that Nissan designers have accustomed us over the past years, the silhouette of the Maxima is far from unnoticed. From the front, the look is very aggressive with its huge grille “ V“.LED headlight hook before the signature is also a distinctive feature of the sports saloon.
Aside, exercise style is very daring! I would even really bold! For my part, I must admit I am a little confused from the side of the body lines. For now, I find the Maxima rather pretty but frankly, I wonder if its silhouette will age beautifully curvaceous … All the lines are very pronounced and intersect at the rear door. The rear roof line is very low and a relatively large contrast is provided by the black lateral band which extends on each side of the rear window. The result is spectacular but opinions are divided about it … you love it or you do not!
The SR version that I had in my testing was equipped with a set of 19 inch wheels with tires 245-40R19. They certainly enhance the handling of the sedan but cons, expect to get their hands deep into your pockets when the time comes to replace the tires.
Nissan Maxima 2016 Review : The quality await you inside
The interior of the 8 th generation Maxima is very successful on several aspects. First, I love the control station and very enveloping the huge center console. All controls are easily accessible and the load volume of the various storage space is very generous, especially in the center console.
Material quality is at the rendezvous. Marriage leather, alcantara and small bruises on my test vehicle stitching was done to perfection. In addition, the steering wheel takes very well in hand and the paddles behind the wheel are of a generous size and very easy to handle.
As for the infotainment system, the wide well embedded in the dashboard screen to navigate through the various functions with ease.
For the rest, the cabin is spacious, comfortable seats and volume of the trunk is more than respectable.
Nissan Maxima 2016 Review : Many muscle under the hood
The Maxima has always been presented by Nissan as a sporty sedan. For 2016, it is no exception to the rule! Indeed, we find under the hood again many muscles, due to its 3.5 liter V6 engine. For the latest generation, power has also been revised upward to 300 horses and now develops 261 lb-ft of torque. For transmission, it is a CVT called by the people of Nissan X-tronic. Simulating seven reports, it does work similar to a standard automatic transmission and provides a smooth and sporty driving
The Maxima is very athletic and very rigid chassis. It offers good performance due to its powerful powertrain. By cons, only one small problem: because of its two-wheel drive configuration front wheels, a strong enough torque effect is felt in the steering wheel and the car tends to squeeze during heavy acceleration. So I think Nissan would have to his advantage to offer an AWD version of this powerful sedan.
In terms of fuel consumption, I completed my test week with a combined average city / highway 9.8 liters per 100 kilometers.
Nissan Maxima 2016 Review : Conclusion
With its futuristic look and bold lines, it attracts attention wherever it goes. Furthermore, it is offered at a great entry price $35900. Now it remains to see if the 8 th generation Maxima will earn a spot respectable face of German cars of the competition. Certain things, the Japanese sedan is sportier than ever!
2016 Nissan Maxima : Technical sheet
- Price Range: $ 35 900-45 020 $
- Configuration: FWD Sedan
- Engine: 3.5L V6 300 horsepower, 261 lb-ft of torque
- Transmission: CVT X tronic
- Warranty: 3 years / 60,000 km comprehensive| 5 years / 100 000 km powertrain
- Competitors: Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Acura, Hyundai Genesis, Toyota Avalon, Volkswagen CC, Lincoln MKZ, Lexus ES