Nissan’s flagship sedan is currently one of the freshest models in its segment. The eighth generation Maxima came for the 2016 MY bringing sleek looks and loads of standard equipment. Now, the 2018 model will introduce a few additional exterior colors as well as a number of mechanical tweaks. Other than that, expect this four-door sedan to remain among the most comfortable and stylish family haulers. As for the 2018 Nissan Maxima release date, it is likely to hit the showrooms in the second half of 2017.
2018 Nissan Maxima Redesign
Although it shares its platform with the midsize Altima sedan, the Maxima sports a much more appealing sheet metal. The brand’s trademark V-Motion grille dominates its front end, giving it an athletic appearance. The sculpted sides feature a similar styling, while some clever paintwork results in a floating-roof effect. At the back, the 2018 Nissan Maxima gets uniquely styled taillights as well as twin chrome exhaust pipes.
When it comes to the interior, the Maxima is actually slightly smaller than the 2018 Altima sedan. However, the Maxima is the one that offers a truly upscale cabin replete with high-end materials and amenities. Some of them include a dashboard padded with soft-touch surfaces and stitching, while the center stack features an 8-inch infotainment system. Whereas the front seats offer power adjustability and exceptional comfort, the rear bench doesn’t provide sufficient headroom and legroom. Even the base models come with upscale features such as navigation and infotainment system with voice command or AppleCarPlay integration.
The 2018 Nissan Maxima will once again have only one engine option under its hood. The 3.5-liter V6 will churn out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. This power will be sent to the front wheels through an Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). As for the fuel efficiency, expect the Maxima to deliver quite decent 21/30 mpg (city/highway). Those who prefer a more exciting driving experience will benefit from a Sport mode that adjusts throttle response.
Pricing and Competition
In terms of pricing policy, Nissan is not likely to introduce any dramatic changes. The 2018 Nissan Maxima should start just above $33,000 for a base S model. Its key rivals will include the likes of Toyota Avalon, Chevrolet Impala and Kia Cadenza.