2017 Nissan Maxima Walk Around

Nissan designers took a decidedly fresh approach for a full-size four-door, giving it a level of style and vitality that reach well beyond what’s customary in this category. Despite sharing its foundation and powertrain with the Altima, the two models show little resemblance. Controversial it may be, but the Maxima exhibits an eccentric yet enticing flair, of the sort not often seen on larger, family-ready sedans.

Up front is a large grille, flanked by boomerang-shaped headlights, a style seen on other Nissan models. Blacked-out rear pillars help make the roof appear to float, almost overpowering the tall rear end. Unique shaping of the fenders appears to grasp every flicker of sunlight that strikes the sheetmetal. Viewed in profile rather than from the corners, the Maxima looks a bit less athletic, even subdued.


Although the plush cabin reveals some thoughtful elements, interior space and overall comfort don’t quite match that of Nissan’s related Altima. At 112.8 cubic feet, total space falls significantly below the average for midsize sedans.

The cockpit seems to wrap more snugly around the driver of a Maxima, compared to an Altima. Interior details in the Maxima, including a flat-bottom steering wheel and metallic trim, call to mind a sport sedan.

Deep bucket seats are firm but comfortable, using richly textured materials. In upper trim levels, they qualify as near-luxury. Maxima uses the same Zero Gravity, high-density-foam construction for its front seats as Altima, additional bolstering gives them greater support.

Rear-seat space and comfort excel even for taller occupants, provided they’re not in the center position, which lacks seat support and head clearance. Trunk space is about average, at 14.3 cubic feet.

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