2018 Nissan Maxima Revealed With Minor Updates, Higher Prices

Nissan has taken the wraps off the 2018 Maxima.

Since the car was redesigned for the 2016 model year, the latest updates are relatively minor and include a modestly revised V-motion grille with new black accents. The Maxima’s color palette has also been updated and now includes a Carnelian Red option.

Interior changes are minimal but include an updated NissanConnect infotainment system that now comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. SL, SR and Platinum variants also gain two new USB charging ports for rear seat passengers.

Pricing starts at $33,020 for the entry-level Maxima S which is an increase of $410. The Maxima SV climbs $430 to $35,020 while the Maxima SL jumps $350 to $37,440. Likewise, the Maxima SR costs $38,280 and the Maxima Platinum retails for $40,690 – increases of $410 and $650, respectively.

Regardless of which model is selected, all of them are equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine which produces 300 hp (223 kW) and 261 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an Xtronic transmission which enables the sedan to return 21 mpg city / 30 mpg highway.

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  • Mynameis Taylor

    I want to ike this car.. but I just can’t. maybe it’s the snob in me… I just wouldn’t drive a Nissan. Ironically, the Nissan design language works for me much more than Infiniti. lol.

    • SgtBeavis

      It might have something to do with the crap CVT tranny they put in the car. The design screams, “DRIVE ME FAST” but they made it impossible for any real performance to ever be delivered. The damn car is a lie.

  • eb110americana

    Nissan design is improving (at least they don’t look like they are melting beneath the mirrors anymore), but I feel like their cars and Infiniti’s would be better served with about 60% of the design that they try to cram into each vehicle. In exchange for the removed 40%, try to resolve more of the flourishes and lines that go nowhere.

  • botornot387

    i had one of these for a rental, and it literally felt like a tin can. nissan seems to be fighting with toyota to see who can design worse these days.

  • TheBelltower

    Whenever I rent, I generally stay away from Nissans like the plague. The Altima is a truly terrible car. But I was given one of these recently, and I really enjoyed it. I can see why people like them.

  • BGM

    I chose the Murano over this. One of the reasons was the rear. The tail lights in particular were not designed as much as left to chance. I hope they at least fixed that with some LEDs.


  • Grumpy

    I feel like i’m getting allergic to Nissan as the years go by. Nothing interesting anymore.

  • fabri99

    I find the looks of this car disturbing. Honda and Toyota levels of disturbing.

  • Trackhacker

    I never see these on the road. I can understand why….it’s pretty ugly.

  • U8INIT

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