Although it’s about the same size as the 2018 Nissan Altima, the 2018 Nissan Maxima is a much different beast. The Maxima is the sportier choice, for one thing, but it’s also more luxurious. In fact, the Maxima has some cues, such as diamond-stitched seating surfaces, that you’d expect in actual luxury cars. Other Maxima content, such as the latest smartphone technology, is missing in the premium brands.
This means the Maxima can compete against both mainstream and near-luxury midsize sedans. Like most of those cars, the Maxima has room for five occupants. Nissan offers the car in S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum trims. All feature a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive.
For 2018, those previously mentioned connectivity technologies become standard for the Maxima.
Nissan helped introduce the “floating roof” look with the 2016 Maxima, and the result still looks fresh. But so do most of the car’s design details, which include a massive front grille and lower intake set off by a V-shaped grille bar. Along the sides of the Maxima, designers rely on multi-surfaced sculpting for a sophisticated appearance. Dual chrome exhaust tips and wraparound taillights complete the look.
Nissan also provides a competitive level of standard content for the Maxima. As a starting point, there are standard halogen headlights, foglights, LED daytime running lights and LED signature accents for the taillights. Power-adjustable exterior mirrors and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels also are standard. Customers can then upgrade the Maxima with features such as LED projector-style low beams, heated exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, a dual-pane power moonroof and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. (Note that the SR trim skips the moonroof to improve handling.)
Owners enjoy more premium touches inside of the Maxima. There, the car shows off stitched accents on the instrument panel, upper door panels and console. Designers also use the console’s trim to create a driver-focused setting for the shift lever. The second row then has a 60/40 split and can be folded for extra cargo versatility. Further helping matters: a trunk capacity of 14.3 cubic feet.
For the front row, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and four-way power-adjustable passenger seat are standard. The standard flat-bottomed, racing-style steering wheel is another athletic element. It includes multi-function controls, a leather-wrapped rim and a tilt-and-telescoping column. The standard dual-zone automatic climate control delivers yet more comfort. But to appeal to serious luxury lovers, climate-controlled and leather-appointed front seats are available with diamond-quilted leather inserts. Additional options for the Maxima driver include a heated steering wheel with an Alcantara insert and power-adjustable steering column.
The 2018 Nissan Maxima earns sport-sedan credibility with its standard 3.5-liter V6 engine. That unit produces 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. The standard engine for the 2018 BMW 530i? It achieves 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Nissan also delivers sharper handling in the Maxima SR with a retuned suspension and drive-control system. But the Maxima is a front-wheel drive vehicle with a standard CVT.
The EPA ratings for the Maxima come in at 21/30 mpg city/highway.
Driver-assistance technology is a strong selling point for the Maxima. Unlike the 5 Series, it has standard forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The Maxima also provides a standard rearview camera, of course. For infotainment, navigation is standard with an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, HD and satellite radio, two USB ports and eight audio speakers.
A blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and a 360-degree surround-view camera lead the list of tech options. For audio lovers, a premium Bose sound system with 11 speakers is available.
2018 Maxuma Platinum is noisier than other I have owned.
"Car has a good look and a number of features that are useful. However, on acceleration it is noisier than the cars I have owed in the past - not extremely noisily, just not as quiet as I would expect. No issues otherwise."
Leather upholstery has a luxurious design. However, the fake wood trim is bothersome and does not have a good feel to it.
Great exterior look! Would prefer the front bumper to be a bit higher off the ground. Must be careful when parking when there are concrete or railroad tie-like stops in front of the front wheels.
Mileage is fair enough - about 22 mpg overall - but is noisier than I would like on acceleration as mentioned before.
Good size trunk and comes with a cargo net. Interior accommodates 5 adults comfortably.
I purchased the car off lease and it was a good value. If new, I might have purchased another car - list price for the Maxima Platinum is high. I believe another similarly equipped unused car might be a better value.
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2018 Nissan Maxima Pricing
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the "sticker price" for this vehicle, including optional equipment, when it was new.
The price range for the 2018 Nissan Maxima is $18,550 - $28,500.
The average selling price is $22,262.
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$33,420 - $41,090
This is the price range for the 2018 Nissan Maxima based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$18,550 - $28,500
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