The Eighth-Generation Maxima, known as Nissans performance family sedan. For 2019 the Maxima has mid – cycle upgrade with new front and rear fascias, V-Motion grille, LED headlights, redesigned taillights, new 19-inch wheels and a stunning new exterior sunset drift orange paint option. The interior also has a mild makeover, with grade specific upgraded.
The Maxima is a front-engined with front-wheel-drive, and is powered by a 3.5-litre 24-valve DOHC V6 (300 hp, 261 lb/ft of torque) mated to a CVT with manual shift mode. There are four trim levels – SV, SL, SR, and Platinum as tested ($44,150. The full load Platinum as tested, is more luxury-oriented and offers the softer suspension set up, smaller, tires, a power rear sunshade and wood trim model adds features like 360-degree Around View Monitor and premium climate controlled seats with special quilted leather inserts. Like a smartphone or tablet, the centre touchscreen eliminates many buttons and switches from the dash uses pinch and swipe features to access information. It’s all very high tech! , the NissanConnect system allows you to stay plugged in in any way you wish. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included standard. However comfort and luxury still abound, the seats are well cushioned and relaxing and features such as heated steering wheel add to the ambience. Front and rear legroom and headroom is good and the Maxima remain a comfortable five seater. Rear cargo capacity is a handy 14.3 cu ft.
On the road, the Maxima’s engine has a boost of 10 horsepower, for 300hp and 261 lb.-ft. of torque at just 4,400 rpm, making this a fast, powerful sedan with good acceleration. The Maxima’s XTRONIC continuously variable transmission (CVT) works exceptionally well thanks to the new engineering and uses a number of hi-tech sensors that measures lateral forces in acceleration, braking and speed to determine optimum shift points. There is a driver-selectable “Sport” mode that quickens throttle response, increases steering weight and changes shift patterns that quickens throttle response, increases steering weight and changes shift patterns. . Nissan fuel claims for the Platinum are: 11.6//7.9.6L/100 km (City/Highway and 9.9L/00Km combined.). Not really a lot to complain about with the Maxima, It is certainly on par and exceeds some of the entry – level European luxury brands. Highly recommended.
2019 Nissan Maxima Platinum sedan priced from $45,650. Price as tested $47,745.
More info at www.nissan.ca