The 2019 Nissan Maxima is a sporty, full-size sedan that made its debut at the 2018 Auto Show in Los Angeles. The first thing you notice about the latest addition to the Maxima series is its stunning visual appeal that is primarily brought out by its aggressive lines and crystal-clear exterior. In this review, we will cover all you need to know about it, including its exterior and interior, safety features, cargo and engine performance.
Compared to most sedans of its stature, the 2019 Maxima offers a unique blend of sport, luxury and style all in one package. The front and the rear ends of the Maxima have been chiselled by Nissan designers to give it an edgier look like the Nissan Rogue SUV and the recently launched Nissan Altima sedan.
The Maxima’s front and rear bumpers feature a ‘V-Motion 2.0’ grille with LED jewel-eye headlights. The grille pairs sharply with the perfectly outlined fenders. The quad exhaust tips are the main highlight of the Nissan’s rear. It also has what appears to be a floating roof that is created by the dark line on the C-pillar.
The inside of the 2019 Maxima, dubbed the ‘Gliding Wing’, has an overall driver-oriented and horizontal layout. There are a few tweaks in terms of materials, stitching and accents that, based on the trim level, aim for a sleeker look on the pillars, grilles, speakers, seats, steering wheel, doors and dashboard.
Upgrades for the sporty SR trim level include the suede trim that is Alcantara simulated and new diamond quilting. Heated rear seats, bronze-colored trim, diamond stitching and semi-aniline leather are all featured on the Platinum Reserve Package.
The dashboard’s infotainment system offers a smartphone-integrated 8-inch touchscreen system, two USB-C ports, quick-access buttons and push-button start.
Driver-Assistance and Safety Features
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has rated the 2019 Maxima with a Top Safety Pick following its outstanding crash-test results and top-notch driver-assistance features. The important safety feature on the full-size Nissan sedan include:
Standard forward-collision warning
Available adaptive cruise control
Standard automated emergency braking
Lower trim levels offer optional automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control. Also, before parking your vehicle, there’s a new rear door alert that gives you the ability to keep an eye on the backseat.
The Maxima has large cubbies that are convenient enough to store everyday items. The back seats are foldable to accommodate large items. In practical terms, when the rear seats are up, you can fit a total of 6 carry-on suitcases in the Maxima's trunk. When the seats are folded, the same trunk can accommodate a whopping 15 cases.
Engine, Performance and Transmission
Considering the Maxima is one of the faster full-size sedans, it utilizes a powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Though this may not appeal to some, you won’t experience common problems such as off-the-line hesitation or turbo lag. All components in regards to steering and suspension remain the same.
The Maxima's sports-sedan mission dramatically detracts from the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Under normal circumstances, this is typical of all front-wheel-drive sedans. On the road, the engine doesn't make a sound once Sport mode is activated.
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