Nissan continues to freshen its car lineup even as SUVs steal the spotlight, and for 2019 that includes its Maxima, which (as the name suggests) is its top-of-the-line sedan. The Maxima continues to mix sportier driving dynamics with upscale quality, making it as much a budget competitor to the likes of a premium Acura TLX as a rival to more traditional and generally bigger full-size sedans from mainstream brands, such as the .
It also continues to offer its V-6 powertrain, but adds new styling and interior design, an updated chassis, more multimedia and convenience features, and added safety technology.
The 2019 Nissan Maxima is not your average family sedan. Other than four-doors that may be where the similarity ends. It has the feel and the performance chops of a full-fledged sport sedan.
Where to begin? It lacks the conservative styling of most middle of the road large family sedans with styling designed to offend no one and appealing to even less. This car had an angular style that generated love it or loathe it responses and was unapologetic. The Maxima was no go along to get along sedan.
Nissan’s flagship was quite a figure with its 19-inch diamond cut wheels, large boomerang shaped LED headlights and an oversized V-motion grille. The Maxima had a new front fascia a revised rear fascia with LED taillights and integrated quad-tip exhaust finishers, the dual exhaust was made to look like a quad exhaust.
It had a low stance. The lines were meant to evoke the image of a jet fighter. The doors had deep scallops. Blacked out A-pillars enhanced the floating roof appearance. Combine that with blacked out B- and C-pillars and you get a wraparound canopy look. The test vehicle had a dual panoramic roof with the front panel being retractable and the rear panel fixed.
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Despite other automakers shuffling their sedans off to pasture, Nissan is doubling down on its four-door car lineup with recent redesigns of its tiny Versa, mid-size Altima and flagship Maxima sedans, and we’re pretty lukewarm on the Maxima. In his review, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the sedan delivers aspects of driving fun and premium quality but not enough of both, and its rivals do this better.
The 2019 Maxima is not without its (few) merits, however. Here are a couple of things we like (and a few more we don’t) about the 2019 Nissan Maxima:
Things We Like
Mays applauds Nissan’s choice to keep it old-school with the sedan’s big, normally aspirated V-6. Power delivery is swift and
“Most modern cars have some degree of accelerator lag, ranging from slight to borderline dangerous. The Maxima excels simply by not screwing up where so many other cars do,” Mays said.
2. Cabin Appointments
Mays tested two Maxima trims, the SR and Platinum, and was wowed by the top trim’s Platinum Reserve Package, especially the rich semi-aniline cowhide leather. Other highlights that evoke an air of luxury include extra padding and double-stitched surfaces.