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Top Features of Base Model

  • Refreshed styling for 2019
  • Terrific handling
  • Sporty ride
  • Easy to use technology
  • Near luxury feel
  • Many safety features
Pro Review

2019 Nissan Maxima: Everything You Need to Know

About the Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima is a sporty, low-slung sedan with room for five and plenty of fun. Nissan considers the Maxima a “four-door sports car” and treats it as such. Its styling is distinct and modern with frequent updates.

Nissan offers six different trims levels for its mid-size sedan so it’s easy to find the right level of features for your budget and taste. All versions are powered by a 3.5-lilter V6 engine with 300 horsepower and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Adjustable driving modes let the driver change performance based on conditions.

The Maxima gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and two USB ports. LED headlights, daytime running lights, and fog lights are standard. Dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote engine start, keyless entry and ignition are all included.

The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and the front seats are power adjustable. Leg room is among the best in the segment. The dashboard is user-friendly with a large touchscreen display and simple controls.

The front seats are sporty. The back seat has a handy 60/40-split fold. It’s fine for two adults, but cozy with three.

Overall, the Maxima is a good, solid sedan with hints of greatness and luxury.

What’s New in the 2019 Nissan Maxima?

The 2019 Maxima is refreshed and also gets a new “Platinum Reserve” trim. The front end has a more aggressive grille, new LED headlamps and revised LED taillamps, and larger fog lamps. There’s new chrome on the front bumper. New exhaust tips further separate the 2019 from last year’s model.

The new Maxima looks more like its Nissan Kicks and Altima siblings.

Inside, the Maxima’s changes are not as apparent. But Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are now available and there’s a new USB-C port.

What does the 2019 Nissan Maxima Compete With?

Other vehicles similar to the Nissan Maxima include:

Exterior Style of the 2019 Nissan Maxima

The exterior of the Maxima is refreshed for 2019. An attractive, masculine front end and a honed rear more closely resembles its sister vehicle the Nissan Altima. The Maxima showcases Nissan’s sculpted design with a large black grille, up-tilted LED headlamps, and big faux air intake openings.

The tall doors have pronounced creases with narrow windows, giving the Maxima a rakish look. The side mirrors and front pillars are black, giving the roof what Nissan calls a “floating” effect.

In the back, the LED taillamps are redesigned for 2019, emphasizing the up-tilted “V” shape Nissan favors. The Maxima now sports four square chrome exhaust finishers and sharp aluminum-alloy wheels.

Interior Style in the 2019 Nissan Maxima

The interior of the Maxima is dramatic. It features an 8.0-inch touchscreen display that’s easy to use. The center stack has audio and climate controls that are well-placed and user-friendly.

All Maximas come standard with Nissan Intelligent Key with push button start. The key remote starts the engine and adjusts the climate inside. It also lowers the front windows, releases the trunk, and locks the doors.

There is plenty of storage in the Maxima’s cabin, with cubbyholes for smaller items. The trunk is small, but the rear seat folds down for bigger and longer items, adding much needed utility.

The Maxima rides low, which makes getting in and out surprisingly tricky. The backseat openings are small, which hampers car seats. The dramatic slope of the roof is awkward to navigate.

What Technology Comes in the 2019 Nissan Maxima?

The Maxima’s radio, climate, and navigation controls are easy to learn. The icons are large, the menus make sense, and the buttons well placed.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard on the Maxima. Bluetooth and hands-free text messaging are also available. A standard rearview monitor makes parking easier. The Maxima also has rear door alert and intelligent driver alert.

All models except the base “S” have intelligent cruise control. Upper trim levels get front and rear sonar systems. Traffic sign recognition and high beam assist are only available on the highest trim levels. This is a surprise as many competitors offer high beam assist on base models.

Access to more technology requires upgrading to a higher trim level, but may be worth the extra investment.

What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2019 Nissan Maxima?

The base “S” Maxima has the following safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • A rearview camera

Upgrading to the “SV” and “SL” adds blind spot warning and rear cross traffic. The “SR” adds lane departure warning.

Like the technology options, access to rain-sensing windshield wipers requires upgrading to the Platinum and Platinum reserve trims. Driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirror memory settings are standard on Platinum and Platinum Reserve, but not offered on lower trims.

The 2018 version of the Maxima earned a Top Safety Pick rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning five stars for its excellent protection in a rollover crash. The 2019 Maxima will likely get the same high rating.

The Maxima also offers parental controls through an app. This allows guardians to monitor both cars and drivers, with curfew alerts, GPS tracking, and check-in and arrival notifications. The app also lets parents block unauthorized phone calls and texts when teens are driving. If the vehicle is stolen, the app provides tracking.

What’s the 2019 Nissan Maxima Like to Drive?

The Maxima provides a fun and spirited driving experience in a sedan. The 3.5-liter V6 has lively acceleration, and 300 horsepower is plenty for the sedan. The Maxima’s CVT is one of the

better examples, avoiding the constant searching other CVTs exhibit. It’s worth noting the CVT doesn’t lend itself to downhill braking. That’s something to keep in mind driving through hilly terrain.

The front-wheel-drive set up gives steady traction in dry pavement. Steering feels heavy at slow speeds, but is otherwise very good.

The Maxima has sound-reducing glass and other materials which provide a quiet cabin. The ride comfort increases with the trim, so the Platinum edition offers a far more comfortable ride than the base “S” trim.

The sporty seats are firm, with good support where needed. Optional ventilated seats provide relief from summer heat.

Overall, the Maxima provides a driving experience closer to luxury than its price indicates. While it may not rival the most sophisticated cars, it provides fun for good value.

Should I buy a 2019 Nissan Maxima?

The Maxima livens up a boring commute without breaking the bank. The Nissan brand has good reliability and resale value. Sedans are not as popular as SUVs, but the driving experience is more fun.

The Maxima is popular, but not as common as the Camry or Accord, so you won’t see yourself coming and going. The styling is head-turning and Nissan makes an effort to keep the vehicle fresh.

The Maxima is good for small to medium size households, but without all-wheel-drive, may not be suitable for those in snow belts.

Should I buy a used Nissan Maxima? Are there any I should avoid?

There are plenty of Maximas available in the used car market. Older versions won’t have some of today’s safety features and technology. But an older Maxima should serve you well.

How Much Does the 2019 Nissan Maxima Cost?

The base Maxima “S” starts at $33,950 plus destination. The Maxima gradually increases to $39,530 for the SR, which adds a sport-tuned suspension and automatic emergency braking.

The Platinum is priced at $41,440 with leather-appointed Ascot seats and rear automatic braking. The new Reserve, with standard heated seats and a “satin bronze” interior bumps up to $42,580.

Pros and Cons of the 2020 Nissan Maxima


  • Fun to drive
  • Good value
  • Modern styling
  • Technology is easy to use


  • Tight squeeze in the back seat
  • Firm ride on rough roads with lower trim
  • Limited cargo
  • All wheel drive is not offered
Model History

The History of Nissan Maxima: Originally Called Datsun Maxima

The four-door mid-size Maxima debuted for 1982. It was originally called the Datsun Maxima and imported from Japan. The Maxima replaced the upscale Datsun 810, which was sold as the “810 Maxima” in 1980 and 1981. In 1984, the Datsun brand was phased out and Nissan introduced for the 1985 model year, thus creating the Nissan Maxima.

The new Maxima was imported from Japan until 2004, when Nissan opened a plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Maxima production continues there today.

The current model is the eighth version of the sedan and debuted in 2015.

Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Nissan Maxima


Body Style
3.5L DOHC 24-Valve V6
300 hp
Xtronic Continuously Variable (CVT)
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Front Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Audio
  • Back Up Camera
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control
  • LCD Monitor
  • LED Lights
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Monitors
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tinted Glass

More Features

  • Engine: 3.5L DOHC 24-Valve V6
  • Transmission: Xtronic Continuously Variable (CVT)
  • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • 5.25 Axle Ratio
  • 63-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • 150 Amp Alternator
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 18 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs and Brake Assist
  • Wheels: 18" Machined Alloy
  • Tires: P245/45R18 V-Rated All-Season
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Chrome Door Handles
  • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Intelligent Auto Headlights (i-Ah) Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Led Low Beam Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • LED Brakelights
  • Radio: AM/FM/CD Audio System -inc: MP3/WMA reader, 8 speakers, NissanConnect featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 8" color display w/multi-touch control, 2 front illuminated USB connection ports (1 Type-A, 1 Type-C) for iPod interface and other compatible devices, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, streaming audio via Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging assistant, SiriusXM satellite w/advanced audio features and auxiliary audio input jack
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
  • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
  • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • Front Zero Gravity Seats -inc: 8-way power driver's and 4-way power front passenger's seat
  • Bucket Front Seats w/Cloth Back Material
  • Driver Seat
  • Passenger Seat
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows
  • Sport Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
  • Valet Function
  • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
  • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
  • Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look/Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look/Piano Black Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look/Piano Black Console Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Vinyl Door Trim Insert
  • Leather/Piano Black Gear Shift Knob
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Front And Rear Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering
  • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Remote Engine Start
  • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Systems Monitor
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Analog Display
  • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
  • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Air Filtration
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW) Blind Spot Sensor
  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) Lane Departure Warning
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • RearView Monitor Back-Up Camera

Warranty Options for the 2020 Nissan Maxima (4)










Roadside Assistance



Available Trims for the 2020 Nissan Maxima (5)

S 3.5L
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SV 3.5L
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SL 3.5L
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SR 3.5L
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Platinum 3.5L
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Safety Ratings for the 2020 Nissan Maxima

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2020 Nissan Maxima S 3.5L:

Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating