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Overview (Final Score: A-)
The 2017carries on with the newest generation of the sedan, bringing upscale looks, a sporty appeal and sedan versatility as its primary strengths. The Maxima was completely revamped from the ground up last year and carries on this year with little change.
The 2017 Maxima is a beautiful sedan meant to be a more upscale, premium option for the full-size market. The Maxima’s appeal lies in its design and handling dynamics. This is a sports sedan without the luxury-level pricing most often associated with that moniker.
The 2017 Nissan Maxima is a five-seat full-size sedan sold in five trim levels.
What We Love About the 2017 Nissan Maxima:
- Beautiful exterior look with stand-out qualities that aren’t too polarizing
- Excellent on-road presence with a strong drive dynamic
- Upscale and very well-designed interior
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Nissan Maxima:
- Roominess may be a concern for some larger drivers
- Android Auto is not available
- Engine output does not always match the driving feel for dynamism
Pricing and Value (8/10)
The 2017 Maxima has a good value proposition compared to other full-size sedans if the car’s total package is considered on the whole. Its starting MSRP is a bit higher than the segment’s average, but comes with more standard equipment than most rivals as well. With premium quality sans the premium branded pricing, the 2017 Nissan Maxima can be a great value for the right buyer.
The base level S model is the lowest-priced, but the small jump to the SV with its leather interior, heated seating and parking sensors makes more sense. That model is priced at about $34,500, but we’d recommend adding a few more package goodies for better personality, especially in audio packaging. That might bump the car’s tag to $36,000 or so, but it would pay off in both daily use comfort and longer-term resale value.
The Maxima offers a good amount of efficiency without going to a pricey hybrid. The Maxima especially makes sense, though, for those wanting a premium sports sedan without having to pay the price to get into a luxury-level model.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (73/80, 91%)
The 2017 Nissan Maxima has received a very high score with us in the full-size sedan segment. Competition is not as fierce in this segment as it is in other markets, but there are some great options to choose from regardless.
Chief among the competition is the, which has a similar size and comfort level but not as much sportiness on offer. The Avalon does have a very efficient hybrid option that’s well worth considering. Options from the Big Three in Detroit include the very roomy with its muscular appeal, the beautiful with its premium interior, and the stately with its more price-friendly status. The is also very competitive with the Maxima for sportiness, but not for refinement.
The end result is that the 2017 Nissan Maxima offers a very compelling package of sportiness, upscale looks, a refined interior presence and wonderful technology. With excellent fuel economy and crash-readiness, the Maxima is also a smart family drive to go with its fun road dynamic.
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