The Rundown: 2016 Nissan Maxima Is Handsome and Strong

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The 2016 Nissan Maxima has been on our minds since the Superbowl ads, we loved it. And now we got a chance to review it, with super impressive interior, exterior, performance and great value for money it is hard to resist such great sports sedan with stellar family hauling capabilities. It seems that not so long ago the Nissan Maxima was the trademark of a fast saloon dubbed as a sleeper for its unassuming looks, we all loved that old basterd which looked like a love child offspring of a Lexus ES and a Nissan Sunny in the year of 2002. That is of-course if you happen to be living the Middle East, U.S. markets got the “not so good” version while Japanese and Asian markets got the fast sexy version as you can see below .

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So you might be in the market for a semi-luxury midsize sedan and for that purpose you must consider the Nissan Maxima which is just much more than just a more expensive Altima. Nissan has been working on their flagship sedan for a while now, and they aren’t cutting any corners with their eighth generation 2016 Nissan Maxima- it’s fast, luxurious and it looks good (according to them).

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The new 2016 Nissan Maxima is 1.3 inches lower and 2.2 inches longer than the seventh generation Maxima, all while maintaining a sleeker profile and getting lighter and more powerful. You might know the GT-R? If you happen to be inerested, Nissan actually went and got some tips from the engineers that worked on the GT-R to solve some issues with that 3.5 Liter V6 and give it an extra omph. They went agead and replaced almost 60 percent of the engine parts making it tougher and boosting output to 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque – very good indeed. The only bad news is, they kept that CVT transmission ( Xtronic continuously variable transmission ) and while for some that might not be bad I happen to like the sound of gear changes. It gets more efficient and better at finding optimum position during drive mode though.

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Efficiency is great thanks to that CVT which we dislike so much, with numbers ticking in at 22 mpg during city driving and 30 mpg on the highway making it hard to make a case for a normal transmission that has nothing going for it but sound. Nissan didn’t drop the ball on performance though with the chassis being 25 percent stiffer than the outgoing seventh generation Maxima and 82 lbs lighter. Handling has been improved as well with suspension components made to take a corner without feeling like a bubble about to float over to the next lane as most sedans feel these days.

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The interior of the 2016 Nissan Maxima is where it out shines most midsize competition out there, Nissan says it has patterned the interior after F/A-18 fighter jetflown by the Blue Angels but I don’t see it to be honest. Nevertheless, the interior manages to look luxurious without having a hint of cheapness about it although they might have wanted to reduce that effect if they want to make a case for consumers to buy the Infinity equivalent.

The car looks great, but I am no fan of the rear end design that sweeps way too much from the sides to the rear headlights. The car also feels way too fat with distance between the major body line that connects the rear and the front being way too off to be comfortable to the eye. The car looks handsome but not great and that’s that.

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The interior of the car is loaded with friendly design and features. It benefits from an 8-inch HD display in the center console aided by the swipe feature that lets the driver use the display screen like a smartphone with all the swipe features imaginable on smartphones today. The car will also be able to alert the driver if he is tired by monitoring his eye movements, and will tell you to stop an take a cup of coffee. I loved the cockpit, the design is truly revolutionary and feels just as premium as any car out there. My faviourite thing would be those large crosshatched diamonds on the aluminum bars that stretch around the car matched by the beautiful diamond-quilted inserts in the seats.

The Verdict: The 2016 Nissan Maxima has enough power to play with other luxury sports sedans, looks and feels premium on the inside all while maintaining a subtle sleek portfolio. The eighth generation Maxima has something special about it and carries a $30,000 plus price tag that is just un-reasonable with cars like he Mercedes C Class and the Cadillac CTS being just around the corner with some extra dough to be shed. At the end of the day, I would recomend this sedan for its great interior and that powerhouse underneath the bonnet – I just wish we could get a traditional 6 speed with that package too.

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