With sufficient comfort to please a luxury buyer, enough athleticism to keep an enthusiast drivers engaged, and enough gadgetry to appeal to tech connoisseurs, the 2018 Nissan Maxima is a well-rounded full-size sedan. Its sporty, extreme lines add visual punch and invite attention. The Maxima makes a value play, too, as much of its virtues are standard over the range–including touchscreen infotainment, in-dash navigation, Apple CarPlay, Google android Auto, and programmed emergency braking. A robust and fuel-efficient V-6 is under the hood, and an optional sport-tuned suspension turns up heat in edges without punishing occupants when driving over rough highways. Weighed against the other well-equipped full-size sedans available, the Maxima offers the most balanced mix of style, luxury, and sport.
Nissan’s posh full-size sedan views few changes for 2018, but main included in this is the addition of Google android Auto subscribing to Apple CarPlay as standard equipment across the range. A pair of rear-seat USB fee ports are now available on SL, SR, and Platinum trims, a freshened color scheme now includes Carnelian Red, and everything Maximas visit a slight visual freshening with the help of black accents on the grille. Forward-collision warning and automated crisis braking were added as standard to 2017 models later in the creation routine and are also standard on 2018 Maximas.
2018 Nissan Maxima Specs
The 2018 Nissan Maxima is one of the quicker full-size sedans, and its own V-6 engine seems good if it is pushed hard. Unfortunately, it’s mated to a continually variable automatic transmitting (CVT) that compromises fun for energy efficiency. Nissan has made no changes to the plucky 3.5-liter V-6 engine for 2018 and the Maxima’s above-average performance on our test monitor should hold over unchanged as well.
The 3.5-liter V-6 makes 300 hp and steps the Maxima along with goal. The CVT, however, detracts from the Maxima’s sports-sedan objective. All Maximas are front-wheel drive, which is fine under normal circumstances. When pressed hard, though, the brutish engine can easily spin the front tires, which seems out of place in this segment. Maxima SR sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 secs, tying the Buick LaCrosse and outaccelerating the Kia Cadenza, the Toyota Avalon, and even the muscular Dodge Charger SXT Blacktop.
2018 Nissan Maxima Exterior
Nissan’s daring styling of the 2018 Nissan Maxima will make it a favorite among extroverts, and its own optional appearance items enable customization, too. Its large but short dimensions also make it appear sportier than its competitors. Aside from a fresh color–Carnelian Red–and some delicate dark accents on the grille, the Maxima rolls into 2018 just as attractive and unique as ever before. The color colors Coulis Red, Storm Blue, Bordeaux Dark colored, and Forged Bronze are no more available.
The Maxima’s distinctive outside styling helps it stand out in traffic. A set of thin character lines draw the eye down the medial side of the automobile, and an unusual “floating” roof design further pieces it apart from the group. The Maxima is shorter in both size and height than almost all of its competitors, but it’s among the widest in the section. These proportions help to exaggerate the Maxima’s athletic position, and while the Buick LaCrosse and the Toyota Avalon look quite large, the Maxima shows up smaller sized while still offering similar interior space.
Standard 18-inches aluminum wheels, front and rear LED exterior lighting, and fog lamps are standard. A large panoramic sunroof comes on SL and Platinum cut levels, while the SR and SR Midnight models have 19-inch wheels and available rear spoilers. Nissan offers outside accessories as stock- or dealer-installed add-ons for additional customization. Among your options are splash guards, rocker-panel moldings, a rear-bumper diffuser, and outside ground lighting.
2018 Nissan Maxima Interior
The “2018 Nissan Maxima” highly styled cabin is comfortable and spacious. Its luxury features, especially on upper lean levels, make it a great place to hang out. Why fix what isn’t broken? The Maxima’s spacious and well-built interior is put through zero changes for 2018.
The Maxima offers room for five in a well-executed cabin that’s filled with soft-touch materials, simple settings, and a great deal of high-end features. Front-seat legroom is probably the best in the category, while headroom is average. Rear-seat space is not as ample as it is in bigger rivals such as the Chevrolet Impala and the Toyota Avalon. Our Platinum test car got dapper wood-tone lean (metallic lean is also available), ambient interior lighting, and leather throughout. Rear-seat comfort should be good for most, but it’s only enough for taller travellers, as the chairs are mounted somewhat low and offer little thigh support.
Power-adjustable driver’s and front-passenger’s seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and transfer knob, dual-zone computerized climate control, an auto-dimming rearview reflection, and push-button start are standard across the board. Foundation S models have towel seating, but uplevel models have standard leather seating, with the SR incorporating quilted faux-suede inserts.
2018 Nissan Maxima Prices
Previous year’s pick the sporty SR trim sees a slight price increase of $510 to $39,165 for 2018, but it’s still our favorite. Its performance-oriented bent endears it to enthusiast motorists like us and includes equipment we find thrilling:
- A sport-tuned suspension
- 19-inch wheels
- Leather seating with faux-suede inserts
- Sport setting for heftier steering and sharper throttle response
These options get the 2018 Nissan Maxima as close as it can be to the sporting ethos that it was once known, and they provide a welcome dash of athleticism without reducing ride quality or overall luxuriousness.