2017-nissan-maxima-reviewThe 2017 Nissan Maxima is a large car with seating for 5 people. It comes with a V6 engine that makes 300 hp. The engine is powerful enough for everyday use and is reliable. The interior is luxurious and it comes with and easy-to-use infotainment system.

The Nissan Maxima is virtually unchanged for the 2017 year although it now comes with the Apple CarPlay system as standard on all models. The Maxima uses premium fuel and a fuel economy of 21/30 for city/hwy driving.

Reviewers agree that the V6 engine has great handling and a good quality interior. It’s one of the more luxurious and sporty cars in its class. The Maxima does lack in cargo space and rear seating space. While fuel economy is pretty good it does use premium fuel which is more expensive.

Specs

The Nissan Maxima uses a 3.5 liter V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower. It’s a powerful car that has smooth acceleration. The Maxima has a good horsepower to weight ratio (of 11.6 pounds per max horsepower), which makes it more powerful per pound than its competitors.

The Maxima has fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. It only takes premium fuel which will increase the fuel costs of filling up the tank. The Maxima uses a continuously variable transmission or CVT.

At slow speeds the Maxima is slow to respond with sluggish steering. At high speeds the steering sharpens giving you a much better response. Braking power is strong and the Maxima hugs the corners without leaning. The Maxima is held back by being only front-wheel drive. With so much power you’d want to have that power delivered to all four wheels as the car may pull to one side during heavy acceleration.

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Interior

While the Nissan Maxima is a large car it has the same amount of interior space as a medium sized car. The interior passenger capacity of the Maxima is 98.6 cu.ft, a fair bit small than the 105 cu.ft in other large cars. Trunk space is 14.3 cu.ft. While it does lack space the Maxima has an upscale feel to it and the interior is polished and well presented.

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Navigation comes as a standard feature on the 2017 Maxima and can be viewed through the central 8-inch touch screen. The infotainment system is the NissanConnect which is user-friendly and allows for voice recognition. It also has a knob controller. The Maxima also features two USB ports, iPhone connectivity and remote-folding seats.

Price

The 2017 Nissan Maxima has a starting price of $32,560 for the S model. All Maxima models use the 3.5 liter V6 engine with 300 horsepower. The SV model has heated leather seats and comes at a base price of $34,540. The top model is the 2017 Nissan Maxima Platinum with a starting price of $39,990.

Alternatives

The 2017 Nissan Maxima has an impressive V6 engine and an upscale interior. Some other good options in the large car class are the 2016 Chevrolet Impala, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse or the 2017 Kia Cadenza.