Debuting globally at the New York International Auto Show this year, the 2016 Nissan Maxima has since been touring the country at regional shows. Torque News first saw it at the Denver Auto Show in Colorado just two months ago. Now, the new Maxima is in showrooms and dealerships around the country and consumers are becoming enamored with the car the way journalists have been so far.
This is the eighth-generation for the Maxima sedan and is its most aggressive. The exterior styling is powerful and sleek to accentuate the fact that the car now sports its most powerful engine yet along with its most extensive chassis tuning to-date.
To prove out its performance, the car was put on the Buttonwillow Raceway by a third party tester who pitted it against an Acura TLX 3.5, an Audi A4 2.0T quattro, and a BMW 328i. It beat all three, despite their average price being far more premium.
The 2016 Maxima uses a 3.5-liter V6 outputs 300 horsepower through a newly-tuned performance Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The EPA rates the Maxima at 30 mpg on the highway.
The new Maxima starts with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) of $32,410 for Maxima S. The Maxima SV is $34,390, while the Maxima SL is $36,890. The sporty Maxima SR is priced at $37,670 and the top-of-the-line Maxima Platinum is $39,860.