When you don't want to choose between luxury and performance, the 2021 Nissan Maxima delivers both for a price well below popular contenders. Nissan has offered the Maxima for 40 years as its signature four-door sports car, and it is the brand's largest available sedan. Featuring best-in-class front leg room, this full-size sedan provides a luxurious interior that seats five and comes in four trims. Enjoy the thrill of the standard V6 engine's performance from the hushed interior that insulates you from highway noise while still allowing the sound of a pleasing engine rumble to reach your ears.
Choose from the entry-level SV with standard features like leather seats and Intelligent Climate Control, the sporty SR trim with a track-inspired suspension and paddle shifters, or the luxurious Platinum trim that encompasses passengers in comfort with features like rain-sensing wipers and a rear window sunshade. To celebrate the anniversary of the Maxima, Nissan designed the 40th Anniversary Special Edition, which uniquely personalizes the Platinum trim with a bespoke interior upholstered in semi-aniline red leather seats. The two-tone exterior subtly states its elegance in ruby slate gray pearl and super-black, with double-spoke wheels and a distinctive styling reserved for this edition alone.
When you need a sedan that has it all, the 2021 Nissan Maxima supplies the power to back up its sporty sensibility with a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that harnesses an impressive 300 horsepower. Enjoy the exhilaration of the Maxima across the full lineup of trims. Nissan developed one of the best continuously variable transmissions on the market to give drivers a sense of gear shifting that is smooth and satisfying when depressing the gas pedal. Sport mode adds to the anticipation with increased throttle response and stiffened steering to enhance the handling while also delivering a throaty engine rumble into the cabin to animate the feel of the vehicle in your control.
The multi-link rear suspension in conjunction with monotube shocks adapts to the road to smooth the ride feel and tighten handling, while the Maxima's road-hugging stance provides stability for controlled cornering. Nissan holds true to its Intelligent Mobility ethos with features like Intelligent Trace Control, which adjusts the Maxima for an engaging feel on tight turns, and Active Ride Control, which reduces road unevenness in the cabin through the automated application of brakes and torque control. The use of the Intelligent Engine Brake is another automated feature that minimizes the effect of quick braking for corners or sudden stops.
Though most sport-style vehicles tend to be thirsty, expect the 2021 Maxima to be fuel-conscious with its Xtronic CVT managing the power of the V6 engine through the use of its adaptive shift controller and dynamic step shifting. Combine this system with the high-flow tuned induction, and the two systems make for increased performance while reducing gasoline consumption. Utilizing all the automated driving features that work behind the scenes adds another layer of fine-tuned performance that maximizes power with superior control. Driving with such precision will enhance any driver's capabilities to make your time behind the wheel a stimulating experience anywhere you go.
Inside and out, the 2021 Maxima showcases its sporty capability in elegant finishes. Sleek curves on the exterior suggest the ability to slip through the air, and the capacious command center upholstered in leather invites you to engage the ignition for an exhilarating drive. Standard features found on the Maxima make their own statement on the road, with LED headlights to announce your arrival and chrome quad-tipped exhaust finishers that will turn heads when you go. Conveniences like Intelligent Climate Control are linked to the standard remote start feature found on the fob, so your climate is set to your temperature preferences every time you enter.
In cold weather, the climate also links to your standard heated seats for premium comfort, all of which can be controlled with knobs below the eight-inch infotainment screen. Powered front seats feature Nissan's anti-fatigue Zero Gravity design, which was inspired by NASA's use of sculpted seats for space exploration. Active noise cancellation and an acoustic windshield shelter the cabin from exterior sounds to provide the Maxima with its hushed quality while you drive and give the interior a plush feel. Furthering the message of its luxurious quality, the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are matched in refinement by features like the standard auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Trending into upper trims provides more convenience with features that enhance climate controls by adding ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel to keep your hands warm on cold days. An available driver's memory system in the Platinum trim automatically adjusts the seat position, steering wheel, and exterior mirrors to your preferred settings, and the available power rear window sunshade rolls down to protect rear-seat passengers from the heat of the sun. Every trim offers its own unique upholstery in leather accented by stitching in the dashboard, console, and seats. Whether you choose the SV, SR, or Platinum trim, your 2021 Maxima will spoil you with its sophisticated style.
Nissan is known for its generous technology features, and the 2021 Maxima comes handsomely outfitted with standard features to make daily driving more organized and enjoyable. Before you even enter your Maxima, utilize the remote access features offered through the standard NissanConnect system, which allows you to link navigation through Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to provide door-to-door navigation. When you travel, you'll never lose track of your 2021 Maxima with this navigation feature - it will even give you walking directions right to your sedan so that you always know where you parked. Once you seat yourself inside, automatically link your smartphone to the infotainment through the standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The eight-speaker audio system will play the satellite radio stations of your choice or use Bluetooth streaming to play music from your phone. For the upper trims, the available 11-speaker Bose audio system delivers a crisp, clear sound with its Centerpoint2 Surround technology that utilizes an algorithm to perfectly arrange the sound for the interior of your Maxima. Passengers can make use of the standard WiFi accessed through NissanConnect to allow up to seven devices to run at once. This system also allows buyers to utilize an app on their smartphone to keep track of fuel levels or lock the vehicle. While on the road, you can call for emergency services, roadside assistance, or even speak to a Nissan concierge who will act as a personal assistant while you drive.
The safety features of the 2021 Maxima start in the standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 package, which is a suite of modern driver-assist technology. Such automated features include life-saving technology like rear automatic braking that can stop your 2021 Maxima if a vehicle or object is detected behind you while you are driving in reverse. Rear cross traffic alert and lane departure alert are two features that can prevent an accident while driving on the highway in case you don't see other drivers while you try to change lanes. Use the standard navigation features to help you get where you need to go more safely and avoid heavier traffic on the route.
Standard Intelligent Cruise Control can set the driving distance between you and other cars while maintaining speed on the highway, and Intelligent Lane Intervention will automatically work to keep you within the lines so that you don't accidentally stray. Nissan's Intelligent Around View Monitor allows the driver to access views on all sides of the Maxima, including curbside views, to make parking or entering traffic safer with better visibility. All of the features in the online systems of your 2021 Maxima will automatically stay updated with the latest software using over-the-air updates, so you have the most recent features and attributes available to keep your systems running smoothly.