The 2019 Nissan Maxima shows off a new look this year along with new features designed to help this full-size sedan maintain its appeal. While some automakers are discontinuing sedans as crossovers and SUVs get ever more popular with buyers, Nissan is making sure the Maxima gives those same buyers good reason to still consider a sedan.
The Nissan Maxima has always been a sporty vehicle. Rather than being mild and unassuming, the Maxima is more aggressive with the look of a sports car. It has bold style and this year that includes new standard LED headlights, a new front fascia, and a new grille.
Swing around back and there are more changes with a revised rear fascia, LED taillights and an integrated quad-tip exhaust. There are also new wheel designs that let you add even more personality to your Maxima and creates a sedan that refuses to blend in with the scenery.
The Nissan Maxima also offers a roomy and comfortable interior with new leather options for a premium experience. Its Zero Gravity front seats are sporty without being stiff and are perfect for lounging on longer road trips.
The rear seats offer ample room for three passengers. There’s good shoulder and head room and, even with the front seats pushed back, enough room for everyone’s knees. The Maxima effortlessly balances style with comfort.
Power continues to come from a 3.5-liter V6 with 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. That’s plenty of power to easily move this sedan into high speed traffic. It also quickly delivers extra power when you need it for highway passing.
Continuously variable automatics are notoriously noisy and can be downright intrusive under hard acceleration. In the Maxima, that sound is kept nicely muted so it never intrudes into the cabin to disturb passengers.
New this year is the addition of Nissan Safety Shield 360 as an available feature. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high beam assist, and rear automatic braking. There’s also standard rear door alert, which helps remind you to check the rear seats if the rear doors were opened before you started driving.
The five-model range includes standard NissanConnect with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an 8-inch touchscreen that makes for seamless smartphone integration. Dual USB ports are also standard so you don’t have to worry about your phone running out of power. Top trims get navigation and a Bose 11-speaker audio system.
Pricing on the Maxima starts at $33,950 for the base S and tops out at $41,440 for the Platinum trim. It’s a good value for those who want a more upscale full-size sedan, especially in its top trim.
The 2019 Nissan Maxima continues to be an appealing full-size sedan with affordable pricing, attractive styling, and a good mix of safety and tech features.