Nissan has used the phrase “four-door sports activities automotive” to explain its Maxima sedan for years. And whereas this refreshed 2019 mannequin will get quite a few adjustments that make the eighth-generation Maxima higher in quite a few methods, I am nonetheless laborious pressed to name it sporty.
Like earlier than, the Maxima shall be obtainable in S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum trims, powered by a three.5-liter V6 engine, and obtainable solely with front-wheel drive. The obvious 2019 mannequin yr updates embody a brand new entrance fascia that includes a redesigned grille and LED headlights. The rear finish now makes use of quad exhaust retailers, whereas the SR trim has a brand new spoiler. There’s even a flowery new colour on provide for 2019: the red-to-gold shifting Sundown Drift Chromaflair.
LED headlights are the obvious visible adjustments for the 2019 Maxima.
The Maxima’s onboard tech will get a wholesome enhance, too. Normal on the Platinum trim and obtainable on the SR is Nissan’s new Security Protect 360, a collection of driver’s aids that features automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, excessive beam help and rear automated braking. Contemplating solely blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert have been obtainable on the 2018 Maxima, this represents an enormous step ahead by way of security tech choices. Visitors signal recognition and a rear door alert additionally be a part of the tech roster for 2019, in addition to an clever driver alert function, which might monitor your habits and warn you if it thinks you are drowsy or distracted.
All Maximas get the user-friendly NissanConnect infotainment system, housed in an eight-inch touchscreen show, although it may be managed by a middle console-mounted dial, as effectively. I truly desire the dial, because it permits me to maintain my eyes on the highway longer. Navigation comes commonplace on SV trims and above, although each Maxima additionally will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as effectively.
New this yr is the inclusion of a quick-charge USB Kind-C port, in addition to the same old Kind-As. Each are simply accessible for entrance passengers. If you would like extra retailers on the rear, you possibly can get them organized as choices.
In any other case, the Maxima’s inside stays largely the identical for 2019, and that is a disgrace, as a result of it is beginning to look fairly outdated. Some new seat stitching patterns and semi-aniline leather-based trim are readily available to spruce issues up a bit, and Nissan’s “Zero Gravity” seats are as snug and supportive as ever. However actually, this is similar inside for the reason that eighth-generation Maxima debuted in 2015. It is nice, however not nice.
That is how I really feel concerning the driving dynamics, too. The Maxima’s three.5-liter V6 is similar one you may discover within the Murano crossover, although it has been tuned to ship 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque on this utility. That is loads of energy for this four-door sedan; the Maxima has pep to its step, however not sufficient to get me in hassle. Sadly, the constantly variable transmission is a weak spot on this in any other case sufficient powertrain.
Nissan normally does a terrific job with CVT tuning, nevertheless it does not fairly fade into the background as properly right here within the Maxima. When trying to drive this automotive in a sporty method, the CVT is lazy and buzzy — and its pre-programmed “steps” that mimic precise gears on no account give it the expertise of a standard automated. If Nissan is severe about its “four-door sports activities automotive” tagline, it is acquired to inject some extra of that into the engine and transmission.
The Maxima’s inside stays largely the identical for 2019.
Then again, the CVT helps with gasoline economic system. The Maxima will get an EPA score of 20 miles per gallon within the metropolis, 30 mpg freeway and 24 mpg mixed. That places it mid-pack in opposition to sedans just like the Dodge Charger,Kia Stinger and Lexus ES.
The Maxima has a sport mode that adjusts throttle response, steering weight and transmission “shift” factors, although in motion, it does not actually give me any form of added sportiness to the drive. The steering is fairly hefty in its commonplace time, so this sport mode does not really feel mandatory right here. Paddle shifters offer you further management over these faux shift factors, however actually, simply depart them alone. It will not assist something.
My SR tester is ostensibly essentially the most aggressive variant, with a barely stiffer suspension, thicker entrance roll bar and a sunroof delete to maintain the physique as stiff as potential. However even on this sportiest guise, there’s a whole lot of physique roll, the automotive squatting to the surface throughout fast cornering.
The Maxima is powered by a three.5-liter V6, good for 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque.
However take the “four-door sports activities automotive” bit out of the Maxima equation and actually, you’ve a fairly snug, well-appointed, fullsize sedan. The 2019 Maxima begins at $33,950, whereas my SR tester begins at $39,350 — slightly extra money than final yr’s automotive.
Large sedans like this are slow-sellers as of late, so I can not precisely fault Nissan for not including a ton of latest equipment to its Maxima vary. However with slightly extra fashion and much more onboard tech, Nissan’s full dimension providing is healthier geared up than ever earlier than. Simply do not name it a sports activities automotive.
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