Marketed as Nissan’s “four-door sports car,” the Nissan Maxima has traveled American roads for over four decades. Although the Maxima made its official debut in 1981, there is no question that the sedan was inspired by predecessors like the Datsun 810 Bluebird that slowly transformed into the sporty American sedan you know and love today. That’s the heritage that you’ll find in the 2021 Nissan Maxima, which Nissan promises is a high-tech powerhouse like no other.
What makes the 2021 Maxima so incredible? This full-size sedan is loaded with features that make it one of the top-performing vehicles in its segment. The Maxima delivers the performance of a sports car with features like Sports Mode that enhance the throttle and bring the 300-horsepower V6 engine to life. Add in the Maxima’s affordable starting price of $37,090, and the sedan instantly becomes one of the best-value options on the market.*
Nissan gives drivers plenty of options in the 2021 Maxima lineup, starting with the SV trim at $37,090. Under the hood of the SV sits a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine and Nissan’s exclusive Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). CVTs are designed to continuously change the gear ratio to optimize performance and efficiency, which explains the Maxima’s EPA-estimated fuel economy average of 20 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. Beyond the powertrain, the SV is also equipped with advanced tools like Traffic Sign Recognition and the NissanConnect infotainment system with a Wi-Fi hotspot. The interior exudes comfort with heated front seats trimmed in leather.
The next level trim is the SR that adds comfort and convenience features like Nissan’s Memory System, which allows multiple drivers to set their seat and exterior mirror position preferences. The steering wheel sees the addition of paddle shifters, and there’s a sport-tuned suspension that optimizes the sedan’s performance. The SR also sits on larger, 19-inch gloss-black aluminum-alloy wheels that give it a sleek, sporty appearance.
Similar wheels are found on the most luxurious Maxima in the fleet - the Platinum. The Platinum embodies luxury with an interior outfitted in leather and Satin Birdseye Maple Wood-tone trim. The steering wheel is wrapped in premium leather, and passengers in the rear are guaranteed protection from the sun thanks to a rear window power sunshade. Additional features include rain-sensing windshield wipers that automatically adjust the speed of the wipers as needed.
To celebrate the Maxima’s 40th anniversary on American roads, Nissan added the 40th Anniversary Edition trim to the lineup for 2021. The model features exclusive 19-inch 40th Anniversary Edition gloss-black aluminum wheels as well as a 40th Anniversary Edition badge to distinguish its exterior from the other trims. The interior is also unique and includes 40th Anniversary Edition leather seats and heated rear seats, which adds a new level of luxury for passengers in the backseat.
Marketed as a “four-door powerhouse,” the 2021 Maxima lives up to its reputation as Nissan’s four-door sports car. At the heart of the Maxima is the legendary 3.5-liter VQ V6 engine that roars to life to deliver 300 ponies. This power isn’t mutually exclusive with efficiency, thanks to Nissan’s advanced Xtronic continuously variable transmission, which covers a wider gear ratio and utilizes an adaptive shift controller to maximize responsiveness and performance without draining the fuel tank. In a sporty car like the Maxima, this is huge.
Nissan knows that many drivers who get behind the wheel of the Maxima have a need for speed, which is why the sports sedan is outfitted with two drive modes - Normal and Sport. Normal Mode is great for city driving with frequent stop-and-go traffic. However, Sport Mode puts the Maxima’s power at your fingertips. Sport Mode improves throttle response, tightens the steering, and tunes the transmission to deliver exceptional handling and performance. You’ll even hear the difference in the cabin with the Active Sound Enhancement feature that magnifies the roar of the engine.
There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with driving a powerful car like the Maxima since driving at high speeds requires focus and close attention to the road. To ensure your confidence behind the wheel and help you stay calm, Nissan equips the Maxima with three performance-focused tools - Intelligent Engine Brake, Intelligent Trace Control, and Active Ride Control. Intelligent Engine Brake can help bring the Maxima to a smooth stop even in situations that require sudden braking. Intelligent Trace Control helps you maintain control of the sedan as it hugs the road’s curves by controlling the braking of the individual wheels for smoother steering. Active Ride Control delivers a smooth ride on even the bumpiest road by applying the brakes and adjusting the torque of the engine.
The 2021 Maxima is the complete package. It not only brings the speed and performance of a sports car but it’s also equipped with the most advanced technology that ranges from connectivity features to safety and driver-assist tools. Nissan knows that drivers need to stay connected to their lives beyond the steering wheel and makes this connectivity seamless through tools like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This connectivity doesn’t come at the cost of safety, with Nissan adding a suite of features designed to minimize the potential for impact and enhance visibility.
Every Maxima in the 2021 lineup comes equipped with Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 suite of six standard safety features. Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection monitors the Maxima’s speed and distance from the traffic ahead. It alerts you when you need to slow down, and it can automatically engage the brakes to prevent a front-end collision if a vehicle or pedestrian is in your path. Rear Automatic Braking looks out for the rear of your vehicle by alerting you to items directly behind the Maxima. If you fail to stop and an obstacle is present, the tool can automatically engage the brakes to prevent a collision or minimize impact.
The Safety Shield 360 suite also includes Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and High Beam Assist, all of which are designed to monitor the area around your vehicle to enhance your visibility. You can extend these features by adding advanced tools like Intelligent Cruise Control that takes the guesswork out of cruising at highway speeds by monitoring the traffic and adjusting the Maxima’s speed accordingly. Intelligent Lane Intervention keeps the Maxima in its lane, and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning watches traffic patterns two cars ahead. The Intelligent Around View Monitor gives you a 360-degree view around the sedan to ensure your Maxima is clear of all obstacles when navigating a parking space.
While the Safety Shield 360 has your safety covered, the Maxima’s technology suite keeps you connected. This connectivity begins with the intuitive 8-inch touchscreen display that you can easily control from the Display Commander without looking down or touching the display. What’s on the display itself? You can navigate the road using Nissan’s Door to Door navigation tool, or you can seamlessly sync your smartphone using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to access your favorite apps like your music, messages, maps, and more.
To make listening to your favorite music or podcasts even better, you can add a Bose premium audio system. This 11-speaker system features unique technology to offer an immersive listening experience whether you’re listening to the radio or your favorite playlists. What’s even better is that the system also includes active noise cancellation and active sound enhancement, both of which work together to deliver a crisp, clear sound unlike any other in the industry.
You can take advantage of other innovative features using NissanConnect Services with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. With a voice command, you can lock and unlock the Maxima’s doors or remotely start the engine to ensure the cabin is the perfect temperature when you’re ready to get behind the wheel. The Maxima also has a few tech features that work behind the scenes, like the Automatic Collision Notification system that immediately notifies emergency personnel when you’re in a collision and your airbags deploy.