Overview (Final Score: A)
The 2018is unusual in the segment in that it competes on both the standard, workaday level of mid-priced sedans and on the more premium level of upper-crust sedans. The Maxima is also larger than a midsize sedan, but not quite as large as a full-sized offering.
Chief among the Maxima’s many strengths are its upscale looks, sporty appeal, and versatility as a sedan. There aren’t a lot of changes for the 2018 model year, but Nissan did add a new SR Midnight Edition with blackout styling looks, and the forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking that became standard mid-year in 2017 carries forward as standard for 2018 as well.
The 2018 Maxima is more upscale and sporty than most sedans in its segment. This five-seat, nearly full-sized sedan is sold in five trim levels, from the base S to the top-level Platinum.
What We Love About the 2018 Nissan Maxima:
- Beautiful exterior at every angle
- On-road presence is excellent, especially in the sport-tuned model
- Upscale interior with wonderful design qualities
What We Don’t Love About the 2018 Nissan Maxima:
- Some roominess concerns for larger drivers
- Engine output can be weak in some situations
- Can be expensive compared to some rivals
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