2016 Nissan Maxima | First Drive
* Fantastic interior fit and finish
* Plethora of features
* Competitively priced
* Wears a facade of sportiness
* Tacky 4DSC badges
The Nissan Maxima is no newcomer to the brand’s line-up. Currently in its eighth generation, it builds on its cult following that originated in the early Nineties and rivals the likes of the Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus. With an all-new exterior and a host of technological improvements to accompany, the Maxima is back to claim its righteous place on the throne.
Trading the taut, softly defined creases of the previous generation model for sharper and more pronounced contours, the 2016 Nissan Maxima sports a muscular stance and bears a menacing aura. Following a very familiar design doctrine, the Nissan Maxima appears to be the love child of an Infiniti Q50 and a Nissan Altima – the former of which is clearly responsible for its flamboyance.
Designed spectacularly and exquisitely put together, the interiors strike the right balance between opulence and sportiness. While supple leather and wood trim embellish the cabin, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and low seating position don’t allow for the Maxima’s sporting pretensions to be forgotten.
Although entertainment, comfort, and convenience features are aplenty, it is the Maxima’s dedication to safety that is truly staggering. With six airbags as standard, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Predictive Forward Collision Warning systems in place, the Japanese sedan leaves nothing to be desired. From the segment’s first Driver Attention Alert to a banging eleven speaker Bose audio system, it’s all present.
Residing under the carefully sculpted hood of the 2016 Maxima is a 3.5 litre V6 engine that directs 300 horsepower and 354 Nm of torque through a CVT transmission to the front wheels. While it isn’t a significant bump compared to the previous generation model (291 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque), the eighth generation Maxima’s diet regime sees it weigh in at 37 kilograms less.
Borrowing technology from the GT-R, the protagonist of many boy racers’ dreams, the Maxima welcomes sodium-filled exhaust valves, a forged crankshaft and anodised pistons. In an attempt to further persuade individuals into accepting its 4DSC (4 Door Sports Car) claim, it even sharpens throttle response, steering feel and the transmission once Sports Mode is engaged.
With ZF Sachs dampers and a reinforced chassis, the Maxima is an extremely capable, comfortable and adequately powered urban cruiser. With technologies such as Active Trace Control, Active Engine Braking and Active Ride Control working harmoniously, it’s the E-segment contender that is set to redefine the segment’s benchmarks.
Falling well between the price spectrums of its Aichi and Michigan rivals, the 2016 Maxima is a well priced offering that packs in a host of features to accompany its striking exterior. A splendid offering, it surely is, but a 4 Door Sports Car is something it can only aspire to be. And yes, the tacky insignia in the tail lamps only help strengthen my opinion.
|Specifications||2016 Nissan Maxima|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.5 litre / V6|
|Max Power |
|300 hp @ 6,400 RPM|
|354 Nm @ 4,400 RPM|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Price||AED 116,000 - 156,000|