Even though it has not been redesigned since the 2016 model year, the exterior of the 2023 Nissan Maxima continues to attract attention with its floating roof and swooping profile. Unfortunately, its road manners are not nearly as fascinating. The Maxima is nimbler than the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, but less refined than the Volkswagen Arteon.
All Maximas are equipped with a V-6 engine that generates 300 horsepower, but the continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a buzzkill. The Nissan‘s cabin is roomy and surprisingly upscale for the price, so if you’re in the market for a cheaper alternative to, say, something from Nissan‘s Infiniti luxury brand, it’s worth a look. Otherwise, we would gravitate toward the Audi Arteon or BMW‘s or Audi‘s similarly priced smaller sports sedans.
What’s Different in 2023?
What’s new is that the Maxima’s demise is imminent. Nissan has announced that 2023 Nissan Maxima will be the final model year for the Maxima. Since 1980, the Maxima has been Nissan‘s flagship sedan, but recent generations have failed to live up to the sporty reputation of earlier models, which impressed Car and Driver editors in the 1990s. As the company shifts its focus to electric vehicles and SUVs, we suspect Nissan will not completely abandon the Maxima nameplate. The Maxima could be reborn as a pseudo-crossover along the lines of the Toyota Crown, or its name could be applied to a future electric sports sedan.
The Platinum trim adds a power-adjustable steering column, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power-operated rear sunshade, leather seats with diamond-quilted inserts, heated rear seats, and wood interior trim, which we believe justifies the price increase. The optional Reserve package maximizes the Maxima with a charcoal-colored headliner, a two-tone leather-wrapped steering wheel, and exclusive 19-inch wheels, if you’re feeling extravagant.
2023 Nissan Maxima Powertrain, Engine, and Performance
The 2023 Nissan Maxima is among the quickest full-size sedans, and its V-6 engine sounds great when pushed to the limit. The 3.5-liter V-6 produces 300 horsepower and propels the Maxima with determination. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) hinders the Maxima’s mission as a sports sedan. In our testing, a Maxima Platinum accelerated from zero to sixty miles per hour in 5.7 seconds, outpacing competitors such as the Volkswagen Arteon and V-6-powered Charger models.
The Maxima manages its size well. The suspension is well-damped and firm, perhaps to the point of being too stiff for the class. The Maxima exhibits minimal body lean in aggressive cornering maneuvers, and in our testing, the Maxima SR handled superiorly to its competitors.
2023 Nissan Maxima Energy Efficiency and Real-World MPG
The Maxima’s powertrain is adept at balancing performance and efficiency, as evidenced by its excellent fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway and its above-average results in our real-world testing. Its long highway cruising range makes it an ideal companion for long-distance travel. During our 200-mile highway fuel economy test, the Maxima achieved an impressive 32 mpg, exceeding its EPA rating. To learn more about the Maxima’s fuel economy, please visit the EPA’s website.
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Cargo, Comfort, and Interior
The well-executed cabin of the Maxima is filled with soft-touch materials, intuitive controls, and an abundance of high-end features. Front-seat legroom is among the best in its category, while front-seat headroom is average. Rear-seat space is not as spacious as in larger competitors such as the Chrysler 300. Standard features include power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and push-button start.
The Maxima has one of the smallest trunks in the class, putting it at a disadvantage when transporting cargo; however, its larger cubbies provide convenient storage for everyday items, and its rear seatbacks fold down to accommodate larger items.
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Informational Entertainment and Connectivity
Across the Maxima lineup, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard, and we found it to be intuitive. The infotainment system can be used as a touchscreen, but redundant buttons are also located on the center stack for quick access to common settings such as audio volume and climate control. In addition to vehicle monitoring and remote access, the system provides emergency services.
Parents of teenage drivers may appreciate the speed, boundary, and curfew alerts, and when the airbags deploy following an accident, the system automatically contacts emergency services. In the event that the Maxima is stolen, the ability to track its location is useful, as are remote start and door-lock access.
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