2020 Nissan Maxima Priced Higher As Safety Suite Becomes Standard Across The Range

The 2020 Nissan Maxima goes on sale today in the United States with a starting price of $34,250 for the base S trim level, excluding a $895 destination fee.

That’s a $300 increase over the 2019 Maxima S, but the updated model now sports the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of active safety technologies. This includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking and is now standard across the mid-size sedan’s range.

Additionally, the previous Premium Package, including Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof and Intelligent Around View Monitor, is now standard on the SR grade.

Also Read: 2019 Nissan Maxima: Are The Changes More Than Skin Deep?

Those are all the changes for the 2020 model year, since the Maxima received a mid-cycle update for 2019 that brought several design and trim upgrades as well as more tech. Prices are higher for all trim levels bar the range-topping Maxima Platinum, which at $41,540 is $100 less expensive. The SV adds $340, the SL $200, and the SR a significant $1,920.

The only powertrain available is the 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 that makes 300 HP (304 PS) and 261 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque and powers the front wheels via an Xtronic CVT transmission.

All Maximas feature a four-wheel independent suspension with monotube rear shock absorbers, while the sportyGR adds unique suspension damper tuning, a larger front stabilizer bar and 19-inch wheels and tires.

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  • Ben

    Nissan still believes this is a “sports sedan” huh? It’d be more believable if it were RWD or…sporty.

    • Jason Miller

      It’s no slouch in a straight line. Depends on your definition of sporty.

      • Bo Hanan

        1 trick pony.

  • Finkployd

    maxiugly it is

  • Bo Hanan

    The face on this car is wretched.

  • sidewaysspin

    Could be worse but maybe trying a bit too hard.

  • Craig

    Nissan took a wrong turn somewhere along the line with this Maxima and it hasn’t been appealing since. I owned a 1995 Maxima SE. A nice car. But even the one before it was ‘sportier’. The ‘4-Door Sports Car’ it’s not. AND IT SHOULD BE.

  • MarketAndChurch

    That is insanely good value. I’m happy they’re matching both Toyota and Honda. Hyundai is almost there.

    I’m sick of Ford charging an arm and a leg for what should be – and soon will be – fairly standard safety tech. The Edge is a good start and two steps forward. And then, the new Explorer is 10 steps back and shows that Fords most important demographic are high income earners, and not the middle class.

    Which is fine, but that also means we should identify them more with what VW used to be before they went cheap, and what Volvo is trying to leave behind as it tries to compete with BMW and Audi.

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