2020 Nissan Maxima Review

How Much Does the Nissan Maxima Cost

The 2020 Nissan Maxima starts at $34,250, which is one of the 

highest base prices in the large car class. Some higher trims retail 

for around $41,500, with the top-of-the-line Maxima Platinum 

Reserve coming in at $42,680. All models come with a V6 engine, 

a continuously variable automatic transmission, and front-wheel 


2020 Nissan Maxima
Maxima Interior

How Many People Does the Maxima Seat?

The Nissan Maxima sedan seats five people. There's sufficient 

bolstering for the front seats, and support is good in both rows. 

However, headroom is tight in both rows because of the sloping 

roofline. Rear-seat legroom is fine but doesn’t stand out in the 

large car class.

The standard power adjustments for both front seats make it fairly 

easy to find an ideal seating position. The Maxima is available 

with plenty of seating upgrades, including heated and ventilated 

front seats, driver’s seat power lumbar adjustments, driver’s seat 

memory settings, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and 

heated rear seats.

Maxima and Child Car Seats

The Maxima has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors 

for the rear outboard seats, as well as an additional upper tether 

anchor for the rear middle seat. The lower anchors are clearly 

accessible, and it's easy to attach the car-seat straps.

Maxima Interior Quality

In general, the Maxima has a pleasing interior with soft-touch 

surfaces and quality materials. However, like with many vehicles, 

quality can vary by trim level. The nicest accoutrements are 

reserved for higher-end models, which offer quilted leather 

upholstery or Alcantara (faux suede) seat inserts.

Though it was redesigned for 2016, some critics note that the car's 

overall cabin design is starting to look stale.

Maxima Cargo Space

Trunk space is not one of the Maxima’s strengths. It offers 14.3 

cubic feet, which is less room than nearly every other large car 

offers. The Toyota Avalon has about 16 cubic feet of space, and 

even the midsize Nissan Altima beats out the Maxima with 15.4 

cubic feet.

On the plus side, the trunk opening is wide, the cargo hold has a 

squared-off utilitarian shape, and the back seats fold flat with the 

trunk floor.

Maxima Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Maxima's standard infotainment system is intuitive and 

features an 8-inch touch screen and smartphone integration via 

Android Auto and Apple Car Play.

The menu structure is straightforward. In addition to controlling 

the system through the touch screen, you can also use a physical 

rotary knob on the center console. That ergonomic alternative is 

reminiscent of controllers found in upscale brands. The Maxima 

has clearly marked buttons and dials surrounding the infotainment 

screen for quick adjustments to audio settings, and large knobs 

make it easy to change climate controls as well.

Maxima Performance

Maxima Engine: This Isn't Sparta, but It Is 300

The Nissan Maxima is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that 

produces 300 horsepower. Most large cars have standard V6 

engines with around the same output. The Maxima’s engine has 

plenty of muscle and gets this sedan going with little effort, 

whether you're accelerating from a stop or giving it more gas at 

higher speeds.

A point of contention is the standard continuously variable 

automatic transmission (CVT). You'll want to test it out to see if 

you like it. Some critics say that the Maxima's CVT is efficient and 

pairs well with the engine, while others note that it hampers 

sportiness and driver engagement.

Maxima Gas Mileage: Middle of the Road

The 2020 Maxima gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 

30 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are about average for the 

large car class and are on par with the V6 engines found in rivals.

Maxima Ride and Handling: Soft not Sporty

The Maxima delivers a comfortable and forgiving ride, traveling 

with poise over bumps in the road. Some of that is because of a 

new-for-2020 standard electronic chassis management system. 

That composure also makes the Maxima feel more at home as a 

cruiser than a corner-carver. There's little feedback from the road, 

and the handling is dull, so while the car stays planted around 

turns, it's far from athletic.

Maxima Reliability

Is the Nissan Maxima Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Nissan Maxima a predicted reliability 

rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Nissan Maxima Warranty

Nissan covers the Maxima with a three-year/36,000-mile basic 

warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile power train warranty.

Maxima Safety

Maxima Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 

2020 Nissan Maxima five out of five stars in the rollover test. 

Many cars are evaluated more comprehensively by the NHTSA.

At the time of writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 

has not crash tested the 2020 Maxima. The similar 2019 Maxima 

received the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests.

Maxima Safety Features

New for 2020, every Maxima comes standard with the Nissan 

Safety Shield 360 bundle of driver assistance features. This 

package includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, 

lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, 

pedestrian detection, and forward and reverse automatic 

emergency braking.

Other standard safety tech includes forward collision warning, 

driver attention monitoring, and a rear view camera. Optional 

features include adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, 

front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera 

system, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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