Nissan's all-new Maxima, in its eighth-generation, dates back to 1981 when it first appeared as a top trim level on the second-generation Datsun 810. Since then the 810 designation was dropped and the Maxima gave rise and began its journey as a four-door sedan that fused performance with luxury. With its aggressive styling and long list of features the Maxima is a compelling choice against competitors like the Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon.  We look forward to continuing on the journey with the 2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum as the newest member of our long-term fleet. 

Feature rich

As it sits our 2016 Maxima Platinum, which is the top-of- the-line trim level, has an MSRP of $39,860 which includes standard features such as 18-inch alloy wheels, premium Ascot leather seating, heated steering wheel, tilt/telescoping steering column, climate controlled seats, pushbutton start, heated outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down, Bluetooth, and navigation with an 8-inch color display. Other standard features to note include remote engine start with intelligent climate control, auto headlights with LED daytime running lights, dual panel panoramic moonroof, a rear window power sunshade, and mahogany wood-tone finishers. A number of safety systems are also included such as blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, predictive forward collision warning, and auto emergency braking. Most notable is the Around View monitor with moving object detection which provides a 360-degree virtual view around the car. A very useful tool when backing into tight parking spots like those found in shopping mall parking lots and garages where visibility and distance are of the utmost importance.  Add in $825 for the destination fee and our long-term Maxima rings in at $40,905. 

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What's under the hood?

The Nissan Maxima is available with a 3.5-liter V6, which is the only engine choice, but it puts out 300 horsepower with 261 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is quietly smooth, yet provides a decent amount of power that produces respectable fuel economy numbers with the EPA rating this combination at 22 city/30 highway/25 mpg combined.

We've only had the 2016 Nissan Maxima for a short time but so far it seems to be adjusting well. As with all of our long-term test vehicles it will be put through its paces which include road trips, shopping trips, family hauling and whatever else we can muster. Check back soon to see how the Maxima adjusts to life as a Kelley Blue Book long-term tester. 

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