21/30  CITY/HWY
EPA-Estimated MPG
5.9  Sec.
0-60 MPH
14.3  cu ft
Cargo Space

What's New for the 2018 Maxima?

The Maxima is currently one of the longest-running sedan lines in the United States. Over the car's history, which started all the way back in 1980, Nissan has continually improved the Maxima. The 2018 Maxima represents the culmination of decades of development, seeing the car evolve from a respectable midsize sedan in the 80s and 90s to one of the most impressive full-size sports sedans on the market today.

2018 Nissan Maxima Interior

Although the 2018 Maxima is carried over from the heavily redesigned 2016 model, there are new features. Some of the upper trim levels now come with additional USB charging ports for the rear seats. The 2018 Maxima also has a number of small exterior flourishes, including black accents on the grille and an electric new Carnelian Red exterior paint is available.

The 2018 Maxima comes with Android Auto installed as standard on all trim levels, in addition to the Apple CarPlay system that has come standard since the 2017 model year.

A few of the noteworthy things that were new in 2017 and that have been carried over to this year are the optional Medallion and Dynamic trim packages. Both of these packages feature extensive exterior modifications, including ground effects and a spoiler. They also include some visually stunning interior lighting effects, courtesy of an advanced LED system on the door sill.

Trims & Features

The 2018 Nissan Maxima comes in five different trim levels. These are the S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. As you start moving up through the trim levels, you can get features like 19-inch wheels, diamond-stitched leather seats, multi-mode suspension, rain-sensing wipers, premium leather-wrapped steering wheel, a double-paned moonroof and too many others to mention.

Exterior options on higher trim packages include a spoiler and ground effects. But the most consequential option, available with SR and higher packages, is the multi-mode suspension. This allows for a remarkable improvement in road handling and increases the sporty feel of driving the Maxima.

Mechanical Specs

2018 Nissan Maxima ExteriorAs lavish and well-designed as the 2018 Maxima interior is, aggressive driving is where the car really shines. The Maxima has a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower. This rockets the car from 0 to 60 in just 5.9 seconds, one of the best times of any full-size sedan under $50,000.

The Maxima has formidable handling. It is able to grip the skidpad with enough force to generate .85 g, enough that the occupants had better be wearing their seatbelts. It is also capable of roaring down the quarter-mile in a head-snapping 14.2 seconds, faster than many top luxury sedans of just a decade ago. The Maxima is a true full-size sports sedan.

For all its size and luxury, the 2018 Maxima posts phenomenal fuel economy numbers. Able to get 30 mpg on the highway, it ranks just a hair behind the Buick LaCrosse, giving it the second-highest fuel economy rating in its class.

First-rate Safety

2018 Nissan Maxima RearThe Nissan Maxima continues its legacy of being one of the top-rated sedans in terms of safety. It has received a Top Safety Pick + rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The Maxima comes standard with an active collision warning system and automated emergency braking. It also comes standard with a rear-view camera, significantly boosting safety in tight parking areas.

The 2018 Maxima also garnered top ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With a five-star rating, the Maxima is one of the safest cars on the road today.

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