The 2018 Nissan Maxima is unlike most other sedans that you will consider. It’s more sporty than a family sedan but its features and prices are more like a large sedan. This could be an option for entry level luxury cars. Thus, the Maxima is largely a special offer, but one with an undeniable appeal.
Nissan calls the Maxima a four-door sports car, a marketing phrase. But the Maxima still handles with agility as you drive with its powerful V6 engine. There is even a sporty SR trim with a unique suspension tuning and performance oriented driver aids.
With its long list of features and upscale interior, the 2018 Nissan Maxima can be a solid alternative to luxury sedans like the Lincoln MKZ or Acura TLX. The cabins are well-trimmed at SR and Platinum levels, even beat that car who have more expensive prices.
This year’s midsize sedan segment is quite interesting. The redesigned Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have a sporty style and a stronger performance than before. This certainly weakens the Maxima appeal given Toyota and Honda are cheaper and more roomy. But if you are looking for a sporty sedan with modest luxury, the 2018 Nissan Maxima is definitely worth a try.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a five-passenger midsize sedan available in five trim levels: the base S, SV, SL, sporty SR and Platinum.
Standard features for the base S include keyless entry and ignition, 18-inch wheels, foglights, LED daytime running lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, adjustable driving modes, power-adjustable front seats with eight-way driver and four-way passenger, a 60/40-split rear seat, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, two USB ports, an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player and satellite radio. Also standard is a rearview camera and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The 2018 Nissan Maxima SV adds front and rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an upgraded driver seat with two-way power lumbar adjustment and extendable thigh support.
The 2018 Nissan Maxima SL adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, active noise reduction, a dual-panel sunroof, active engine sound enhancement, adaptive cruise control, ambient interior lighting, a heated steering wheel and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system.
The 2018 Nissan Maxima SR adds a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, column-mounted paddle shifters, Active Ride Control, Active Trace Control, and active engine braking that helps slow the car when heading aggressively into corners or approaching a stop. The SR lose panoramic sunroof but add LED headlights, special interior trim, ventilated front seats and upgraded leather upholstery with quilted simulated suede seat inserts.
Optional for the Maxima SR is the Midnight Edition package, which includes black-painted wheels and exterior styling elements, rear spoiler, a 360-degree parking camera, driver-seat memory settings and an auto-dimming driver-side mirror.
The 2018 Nissan Maxima Platinum does get the SR features such as LED headlights, ventilated front seats, the Active Engine Braking, Active Trace Control and Active Ride Control systems. It also adds an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, automatic wipers, a 360-degree parking camera, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering column, a rear power sunshade, upgraded leather upholstery and interior trim and a six-way power passenger seat. Also standard is the NissanConnect services, which includes automatic collision notification, remote start, stolen vehicle location and emergency calls.
Every 2018 Nissan Maxima come standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive are standard.
In performances testing, the 2018 Nissan Maxima Platinum accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, which is quick but typical for a V6-powered midsize sedan. EPA estimated fuel economy stand at 25 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway).
The 2018 Nissan Maxima may not have a luxury car brand name, but the interior is definitely luxurious. The cabin is covered by high quality materials and soft touch surfaces at most major points. The Zero Gravity seats also come standard. They are very supportive and one of the most comfortable in the vehicle. One clever feature is the bin that is mounted in front of the shifter that contains two USB ports, the space for the largest phone and the slot to mount the phone vertically so you can see the message as it appears.
Front and rear legroom is quite spacious, but the 2018 Nissan Maxima can not match the rear seat space of the cheaper mid-size sedan like the Honda Accord or For Fusion, and far away from the Toyota Avalon. So is the 14.3-cubic luggage space, which is smaller than the competitor and more similar to many entry level luxury sedans.
Release Date and Price
Official pricing ranges will start from $33,905 (include destination fee) for the base S and range up to $41,575 for the well-equipped Platinum.