2016 nissan maxima Model Overview
New for 2016
Redesigned and bolder than ever, the 2016 Nissan Maxima gains an eye-catching exterior, a revised powertrain, and an array of new tech and convenience features. Two new exteriors, Forged Bronze and Coulis Red, are exclusive to the 2016 Maxima.
The 2016 Maxima is Nissan’s flagship full-size sedan, slotting above the midsize Altima. Front-wheel drive remains the only drivetrain configuration available.
One engine is available in the 2016 Maxima and it’s a revised version of Nissan’s venerable VQ-Series 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 300 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque, up 10 hp from the previous model. A revised continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is the only available gearbox and it comes with Sport and Manual modes. Thanks to the car’s lighter weight and improved powertrain, the 2016 Maxima is rated 22/30 mpg city/highway. Despite its swoopy exterior design, the 2016 Maxima have plenty of room for four passengers. The trunk is also a decent size at 14.3 cubic feet of volume and can be expanded via the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats.
SL, SR, and Platinum trim levels come standard with a host of safety features including Blind spot warning, forward collision warning, and forward emergency braking. Driver Attention Alert, Around View Monitor, adaptive cruise control and Moving Object detection are only available in the range-topping Platinum grade.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
There are no standalone options or packages available in the 2016 Maxima, which comes with an impressive amount of standard equipment including a seven-inch TFT display, navigation with an eight-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, keyless entry and start, and 18-inch wheels.
The SV trim adds leather seats, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, driver’s seat power lumbar support, and driver’s seat thigh support. Stepping up to the SL trim adds a Bose premium audio system, blind spot warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and a panoramic moonroof.
Opting for the SR grade deletes the panoramic moonroof and adds a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, Premium Ascot Leather with diamond-quilted Alcantara inserts and Integrated Dynamics Control Module, which adds Active Ride Control and Active Engine Brake to improve ride and handling.
In the range topping Platinum model, additional standard equipment include Driver Attention Alert, climate-controlled front seats, Around View Monitor, and Premium Ascot Leather upholstery with diamond-quilted inserts.
In the base S trim, cloth upholstery is standard in Charcoal or Cashmere colors while leather in the same colors are standard in the SV, SL, and Platinum grades. The SR model comes standard with Leather upholstery with Alcantara inserts in Charcoal or Camel.
What We Think
Despite being front-wheel drive and equipped with a CVT, the 2016 Maxima is in fact a sporty vehicle. In a First Drive review, we said that the car was a spirited ride thanks to a well-tuned suspension that keeps it flat through the corners, nicely weighted steering, a responsive CVT, a more powerful engine and a lighter curb weight. This makes the Maxima, especially the SR model, more engaging to drive than most midsize and large sedans especially on twisty mountain roads thanks. The car’s redesigned interior is also a step up, featuring high quality materials, user-friendly infotainment controls, a large eight-inch touchscreen with swipe and pinch to zoom functionality, and diamond-quilted inserts on the SR and Platinum models. However, in lower trim levels, some of the interior accents that were made to look like metal didn’t look convincing.
The 2016 Maxima’s bold exterior design is a toned down version of Nissan’s Sports Sedan Concept and is said to be inspired by fighter jets.
- Bold styling
- Plenty of standard equipment
- Great performance and handling
You Won’t Like:
- Front-wheel drive only
- Exterior design might be too polarizing for some
- Altima offers similar interior space for less