The 2022 Nissan Maxima breaks every rule in the full-size sedan segment, fulfilling the Latin origins of its name as “the greatest.” Starting at $37,240,* the Maxima is truly impressive and proves that a full-size sedan doesn’t have to sacrifice luxury for affordability or capability for efficiency. Instead, the Maxima sets new standards with its sophisticated design, opulent interior, and 300 horsepower engine that delivers exceptional capability that makes the Maxima fun to drive.
No stranger to greatness over the last 40 years, the Maxima is a veteran in the Nissan lineup and is one of the automaker’s most awarded models. The 2021 Maxima was honored as a top performer by J.D. Power for its fourth consecutive year. Also earning top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Maxima’s numerous honors set the stage for what you can expect from the 2022 model.
Known as America’s “four-door sports car,” the Maxima is relatively unchanged for the 2022 model year after celebrating its four decades of success in North America in 2021 with a host of updates, including the addition of the limited-production 40th Anniversary Edition. Nissan also revised the Maxima’s 2021 lineup to the SV, SR, and Platinum, the latter of which set new standards of luxury with its leather seating and extensive suite of cutting-edge technology. For 2022, the only change to the Maxima is to the top-tier Platinum trim that now comes standard with heated rear seats for next-level luxury and gives you yet another reason to get behind the wheel of Nissan’s best-selling and most sophisticated sedan.
Since its introduction in America in the early 1980s, the Maxima has defied the odds of the segment and built its reputation as a four-door sports car with a penchant for speed. The 2022 Maxima is no exception, and that’s thanks to Nissan’s ingenuity. Taking a cue from the best-selling GT-R and its sodium-filled valves, Nissan incorporated the feature into the Maxima’s 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine that roars to life as it churns out 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque for jaw-dropping acceleration and nimble handling.
The Maxima’s engine is mated to Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission that keeps the sedan in the right gear at the right time so that you have the power and torque you need exactly when you need it. With its wide gear ratio, the transmission optimizes the sedan’s performance, acceleration, and re-acceleration as well as its efficiency. You can expect to get around 20 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway, which is impressive for a full-size sedan with this level of power.
While you’re navigating the road ahead, the Maxima is constantly optimizing your ride quality with tools like Nissan’s Integrated Dynamic-Control Module System and Intelligent Ride Control that absorb the bumps in the terrain before you ever feel them. Nissan also gives you more control over how the Maxima performs via the Drive Mode Selector, which offers Normal and Sport modes. Normal mode is the Maxima’s default mode and optimizes efficiency, while Sport mode ensures the Maxima lives up to its reputation as a sedan with a need for speed. Once you switch into Sport mode, the system tunes the throttle, transmission, and steering for high-performance handling that makes the Maxima even more fun to drive.
Nissan’s acute awareness of what its customers want and need behind the wheel is apparent in the 2022 Maxima’s vast array of technology. Designed to keep you connected to your world without stealing your focus from the road head, this technology starts in the driver’s seat, where the cockpit is command central for wherever the road leads. By angling the center stack display toward the driver and floating the 8-inch center touchscreen display, Nissan ensures you have the tools and data you need within reach or view at all times.
The Maxima’s center touchscreen display is the heart of the sedan’s connectivity and is home to NissanConnect, which gives you access to your smartphone via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration. This puts your favorite apps in an intuitive and familiar layout, but Nissan makes the system even better by equipping the Maxima with a Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth. These tools allow you to make phone calls, respond to text messages, and stream your favorite playlist with simple voice commands, eliminating the need to take your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road.
Beyond smartphone integration, the Maxima also comes equipped with NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM. Available as an app on your smartphone, NissanConnect gives you greater control and connectivity to the Maxima with the ability to remotely lock and unlock the doors and start or stop the engine. It also equips the sedan with a virtual assistant courtesy of NissanConnect Services Amazon Alexa Skill and Action for the Google Assistant, both of which allow you to use voice commands to make calls, schedule appointments, control your smart home devices, and more.
The Maxima also offers Nissan’s Door to Door Navigation system. As one of the most advanced tools in the industry, Door to Door Navigation is designed with you in mind. Whether you’re using an iPhone or Android, you can move your navigational directions from your smartphone to the Maxima’s touchscreen display with ease. What’s truly impressive is that you can send the directions from the Maxima to your smartphone, which is ideal when you’re in a new area and are parked several blocks away from your destination. When this happens, just send the walking route to your phone, and you’ll know exactly where to go at all times.
Always at the helm of innovation, Nissan makes your safety a top priority and equips the 2022 Maxima with cutting-edge safety and driver-assist tools that engineer confidence when you’re in the driver’s seat. Every 2022 Maxima comes equipped with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite as well as Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Driver Alertness, and Intelligent Cruise Control. Intelligent Driver Alertness constantly analyzes your steering for changes in driving behavior and alerts you to inattentiveness with visual and audible alerts. Intelligent Cruise Control makes cruising at highway speeds easier by constantly monitoring the flow of traffic ahead and adjusting the Maxima’s cruising speed as needed.
Beyond these features, every Maxima in the 2022 lineup comes with Nissan Safety Shield 360. A suite of six innovative features, the Safety Shield 360 equips the Maxima with an extra set of eyes that extends your visibility and minimizes the potential for collision. The suite includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Rear Automatic Braking, both of which monitor the front and rear of the vehicle for potential collisions and can bring the Maxima to a controlled stop if you fail to respond to the alerts. Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert watch the sides and rear of the Maxima while the Lane Departure Warning helps you keep the sedan centered in its lane.
These tools, along with the Maxima’s zone body construction and advanced airbag system, earned the 2022 Maxima a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This rating speaks volumes to your safety behind the wheel, but Nissan goes one step further to give you the peace of mind you deserve to have on the road. This is courtesy of NissanConnect Services, a suite of remote access and safety features that give you greater control over the Maxima even in times of need.
Beyond being able to remotely lock and unlock the doors or start and stop the engine, NissanConnect Services adds security features like Automatic Collision Notification, a Stolen Vehicle Locator, and Emergency Call. The Automatic Collision Notification is a potentially life-saving tool that automatically alerts emergency personnel when the Maxima’s airbags deploy. In the event your airbags don’t deploy, you can use the Emergency Call button to alert emergency responders to your location and need.