Zooming into the top spot in the Full-Size Car category, the Nissan Maxima broadens its appeal even further for 2017 with new features and option packages that enhance its Best Resale Value status. Referred to as a "4-door sports car" by Nissan, the Maxima melds boldly tasteful styling with impressive vehicle dynamics while offering a choice of five different trim grades that let buyers tailor its feature set to match a range of tastes and budgets.
Complementing the Maxima's expressive exterior is an equally distinctive, well-finished cabin highlighted by welcome touches like Nissan's high-comfort Zero Gravity power-adjustable front bucket seats that are leather-covered in all but the base-level S model. All Maxima variants also boast dual-zone climate control, Nissan Connect with Navigation, new Apple CarPlay support and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat that while not the biggest in class will accommodate average-size adults.
The Maxima's sole powertrain pairs Nissan's potent 300-horse V6 and a CVT automatic that has a Sport mode with seven virtual gears -- a combo that gives this front-drive sedan spirited performance and still delivers 30 mpg on the highway. Factor in a crisply tuned suspension plus top safety ratings from NHTSA and IIHS and the Maxima stands as a near-ideal traveling companion.
Pricing for the Nissan Maxima ranges from around $33,400 for a Maxima S to just over $40,000 for a range-topping Platinum variant. While all are mono-spec configurations, Nissan does offer dedicated cosmetic packages for the SV, SR and Platinum that allow for additional personalization.