Created by driving enthusiasts for driving enthusiasts, the dramatically styled 2016 Nissan Maxima looks like nothing else on the road today - and drives like nothing in the segment. The all-new Nissan flagship not only resets Maxima's iconic
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Created by driving enthusiasts for driving enthusiasts, the dramatically styled 2016 Nissan Maxima looks like nothing else on the road today - and drives like nothing in the segment. The all-new Nissan flagship not only resets Maxima's iconic "4-Door Sports Car" positioning, it sets a new standard for style, performance and technology in the large sedan segment.

Back in Max(ima)

By Jenny White

Special Sections Editor

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I have to say, the new Nissan commercials advertising Black Friday deals while playing the AC/DC “Back in Black” anthem are catchy.

It’s very rare I glance up from something I’m doing to look at a commercial, but that song gets me every time.

The new Maxima takes center stage in these commercials. It went on hiatus for a year and is back for 2016 with a complete redesign that Nissan is billing as a “four-door sports car.”

Its new exterior styling makes it a striking sedan. There are sharp curves and gentle waves, that make a mostly attractive look that blends sportiness with sedan-friendly room.

The new Maxima is 2.2 inches longer than the last Maxima and sits 1.3 inches lower than its predecessor. I think this lower look goes a long way in making people think “sports car” at first glance.

Is it a sports car? Sports cars are about speed. How the car is made affects its speed capabilities.

The Maxima’s overall curb weight is down slightly, while structural rigidity has increased, changes that Nissan says contribute to improved efficiency, handling and ability to accelerate.

Under the hood you’ll find the past Maxima engine, a familiar 3.5-liter V6. It’s been updated this year to produce 300 horsepower (up 10 from last year) and torque stays the same at 261 pound-feet. The only transmission choice is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that drives the front wheels.

The interior of the Maxima was very luxurious – like almost as plush as an Infiniti (Nissan’s luxury brand). I really liked the seats, the brushed metallic details and the infotainment/navigation screen was super easy to manipulate. The phone bins were more useful than usual – they keep your phones vertical and front and center so you can easily see them.

Maximas come in these trims: S, SV, SL, SR and the top of the line Platinum. My test model was the SR and had a price tag of $37,750 with all its amenities built into the price as standards.

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