2020 Nissan Maxima

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2020 Nissan Maxima Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 28, 2019


The Nissan Maxima is one of the few cars that adds excitement and fun to the otherwise dull and monotonous full-sized sedan market. Maxima, the flagship sedan from the Japanese car manufacturer got a thorough refresh in 2019 and thus, the 2020 model gets only a few feature related upgrades. Nonetheless, the 2020 Maxima is a great offering and promises to breathe some life into the dying sedan market.

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Pros

Sporty exterior shell

All trims are feature-rich

Well designed and comfortable interiors

Upgraded infotainment system

Excellent handling

Cons

Low legroom in the rear seats

Smaller cargo space than some of its prime rivals

Stiff suspension of the SR trim

What's New?

Maxima’s suite of driver assistance features standard across all trims.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34250

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

261 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.4/62.4

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

192.8 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

3559 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.3 cu ft.

payload capacity

1126 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

6.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/24/30 mpg

ev range

360 mi.

highway range

540 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Nissan Maxima Left Side View  2020 Nissan Maxima Rear View  2020 Nissan Maxima 3 Quarter View  2020 Nissan Maxima 3 Quarter View  2020 Nissan Maxima Tail Lights
Interior
 2020 Nissan Maxima Steering Wheel  2020 Nissan Maxima Rear Seats  2020 Nissan Maxima Front Seats  2020 Nissan Maxima Cockpit Area  2020 Nissan Maxima interior

Styles

 2020 Nissan Maxima in Brilliant Silver Metallic color  2020 Nissan Maxima in Carnelian Red color  2020 Nissan Maxima in Deep Blue Pearl color  2020 Nissan Maxima in Gun Metallic color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Interior

8.0

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Nissan Maxima S

S

power
300hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$34,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $34,250 MSRP (20/24/30) 300hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Maxima SV

SV

power
300hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$36,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $36,300 MSRP (20/24/30) 300hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Maxima SL

SL

power
300hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$38,640


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $38,640 MSRP (20/24/30) 300hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Maxima SR

SR

power
300hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$41,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $41,450 MSRP (20/24/30) 300hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Maxima Platinum

Platinum

power
300hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$41,540


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $41,540 MSRP (20/24/30) 300hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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Nissan has made Maxima’s suite of driver assistance features standard across all trims in 2020 which was earlier only available in the higher trims. The suite includes some very handy features such as blind-spot monitoring, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlamps. The earlier optional Premium package is also standard in the SR trim for the year 2020 that adds a panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree camera system, rear automated emergency braking, a driver's seat with memory function, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors.

The 2020 Nissan Maxima locks horns with the Toyota Avalon, Chrysler 300 and BMW 330i.

2019 Nissan Maxima Angular Front View
2019 Nissan Maxima Angular Front View
2019 Nissan Maxima Angular Rear View
2019 Nissan Maxima Angular Rear View

 
 
 

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2020 Nissan Maxima Features

For the year 2020, Nissan has segregated the Maxima into 6 well-defined trims which are S, SV, SL, SR, Platinum and Platinum Reserve. The S trim will cost you $34,250 while the maxed out Platinum reserve trim will set you back by $42,680. All trims of the 2020 Nissan Maxima are powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5L DOHC 24 valve V6 that churns out 300 horses @ 6,400rpm and has a maximum torque output of 261 lb/ft @ 4400rpm. This is the same engine that powered its predecessor. 

Trims

S

SV

SL

SR

PLATINUM

PLATINUM RESERVE

MSRP

$34,250

$36,300

$38,640

$41,450

$41,540

$42,680

KEY FEATURES

Drive Mode Selector with Sport and Normal modes

Intelligent Cruise Contro

Front and Rear Sonar System

Paddle shifters

19" Machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels

19" Dark hyper silver aluminum-alloy wheels

 

18" Machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels

Heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators

Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof with one-touch open/close

Sport-tuned suspension with retuned dampers, stiffer springs, and larger front stabilizer bar

Power-tilt/telescoping steering column

Heated rear seats

 

LED headlights with LED signature Daytime Running Lights

8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support

Adjustable ambient LED lighting

Intelligent Lane Intervention

Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers

Semi-aniline Leather-appointed seats with dynamic diamond-quilted leather inserts

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control

Heated front seats

Front-passengerʼs seat powerlifter

19" Gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels

Rear-window power sunshade

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with contrast insert

 

Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition

Leather-appointed seats

Heated steering wheel

LED fog lights

Climate-controlled front seats (heated and cooled)

“Satin Bronze ” faceted interior trim

 

8-way power driverʼs seat

Nissan Door to Door Navigation with Premium Traffic

Bose Premium Audio System with 11 speakers, including Centerpoint surround technology

Outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature

”Satin Birdseye Maple Wood ” faceted interior trim

Charcoal headliner 

 

4-way power front passengerʼs seat

 

Active Noise Cancellation

Memory System – driver’s seat and outside mirrors

NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM with complimentary trial access to 3-year Select and 6-month Premium Plus packages

 
 

NissanConnect 8" touch-screen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

   

Driver’s seat manual thigh support extension

   
       

Premium Ascot Leather-appointed seats with dynamic diamond-quilted Alcantara inserts

   

The 2020 Maxima is one of the few cars that come with a bunch of features, even in the base trim. The S trim will get you a large touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 18" machine-finished Alloy wheels, power-adjustable front seats, push-button ignition and all the features of the Nissan's driver assistance suite. As you move up the trim ladder, the list of features only gets more impressive. The Platinum Reserve trim gets Semi-Aniline leather upholstery, "Satin Bronze " faceted interior trim, Charcoal headliner, 19" Dark hyper silver aluminum-alloy wheels and heated rear seats which is not seen in most of its rivals.

Which trim do we recommend?

We suggest you opt for the SR trim which gets the Premium package as a standard for 2020. The SR trim is fine-tuned for a sporty driving experience which is only enhanced by the addition of the panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree camera system, rear automated emergency braking, a driver's seat with memory function, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors.

2020 Nissan Maxima Engine

The tried and tested 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 that powered the 2018 and 2019 Maximas again makes its appearance for the year 2020. This engine is very capable and reliable and hence Nissan decided not to tinker with the unit. The V6 churns out 300 horses @ 6,400rpm and has a maximum torque output of 261 lb/ft @ 4,400rpm. The 2020 Maxima comes with a CVT which results in very smooth and composed driving experience.

However, since Nissan has marketed the Maxima as a "sport sedan", they should have included an option for a manual transmission system as well. While the CVT leaves no room for complaining in day to day driving conditions, you will feel a delay in the power delivery on the highway or when you want to show off your car. 

Models

Nissan Maxima

Toyota Avalon

Chrysler 300*

BMW 330i*

MRSP

$ 34,250

$ 35,650

$ 36, 395

$41,245

Engine

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Transmission

CVT

8 Speed A/T

8 Speed A/T

8 Speed A/T

Horsepower(hp)

300 @6400rpm

301 @6600rpm

300 @6350rpm

255 @5000rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

261 @4400rpm

267 @4700rpm

264 @4800rpm

295 @1550rpm

*2019 Model Year figures used for reference purposes

Toyota's naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 under the hood of the 2020 Avalon produces 301hp @ 6,600 rpm and 267 lb/ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm. While Toyota can boast about having a more powerful engine on paper, you will hardly feel any difference between the two in a real-world scenario. Both of these engines are extremely capable and hence have reappeared in the latest generations of their respective flagship sedans.

How fast is the acceleration?

The 2020 Nissan Maxima is one of the faster cars in the segment. The V6 enables this sedan to do a 0-60mph in just 5.7 seconds. As impressive as this figure is, we suspect that the Maxima could have done a better job if it had a manual transmission available. The 2020 Maxima can also finish a quarter-mile drag race in 14.3 seconds.

2020 Nissan Maxima Sedan Side View

Therefore, overtaking cars in the city as well as on the highway should be a fairly easy and enjoyable task on the Maxima. 

Models

Nissan Maxima

Toyota Avalon

Chrysler 300*

BMW 330i*

0-60 mph (sec)

5.7

6

5.3

5.8

Quarter mile (sec)

14.3 

14.6

13.8 

14.7

Engine

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Emission (Tons/Year of CO2 Emissions @ 15kMi/Year)

7.4

6.7

7.6

6.3

Talking about the competition, the Chrysler 300 is the fastest accelerating car in the segment. It does 0-60mph in just 5.3 seconds and completes a quarter-mile in just 13.8 seconds. The Avalon, with a similar engine to that of the Maxima, reaches 60mph from a standstill in 6 seconds and completes a quarter-mile in 14.6 seconds.

How well does it stop?

The 2020 Nissan Maxima is equipped with vented disc brakes and ABS on all the wheels. This car also gets brake assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) as a standard. The 2020 Maxima does fairly well in the 60-0 mph braking test with a distance of 115 feet. The pedals are smooth and offer decent feedback

2020 Nissan Maxima Sedan Rear VIew

The brake bite is not the hardest to kick in the segment but does do its job well. 

Models

Nissan Maxima 

Toyota Avalon

Chrysler 300*

BMW 330i*

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12

12.6

12.3

Brake Rear (in.)

12.1

11.1

12.6

11.4

Curb weight (lbs)

3564

3560

4013

3411

60-0 mph (ft)

120

115

109

113

The Chrysler had the shortest stopping distance in the pack at just 109 feet while the Avalon took 115 feet to come to a complete halt from 60 mph. 

How fun to drive is the Maxima?

The 2020 Maxima is one of the better handling sedans in the segment. The acoustic insulation along with the active noise cancellation on board the lastest Maxima makes for a very quiet ride. However, the available engine sound enhancement system with the SR trim re-tunes and delivers an enhanced engine growl into the cabin making it sound sportier than it is. 

The Maxima drives well in the Normal mode. The linear power delivery makes the handling fairly predictable. The Sport mode works like a minor shot of adrenalin. The instant power bump along with the louder throttle makes the Maxima a really fun car to drive. Considering its dimensions, this can handles sharp turns well. The optimally tuned suspension also does a good job in masking road imperfections and small speed bumps. The SR trim, however, gets a stiffer suspension and steering wheel and the car doesn't feel too comfortable during turns.

2020 Nissan Maxima Fuel Economy

All the sportiness of the 2020 Maxima comes at the cost of its fuel economy. While it's not gas guzzler, the efficiency is lower than the 2020 Avalon who is one of Maxima's prime rivals. This sedan will get you a combined fuel economy of 26 MPG. While the daily commutes in the city will result in a fuel economy of 20 MPG, cruising through the highway will increase the fuel economy figure to 30 MPG. The tank capacity is 18 gallons which give a city range of 360 miles and highway range of 540 miles. 

Models

Nissan Maxima

Toyota Avalon

Chrysler 300*

BMW 330i*

mpg (City)

20

22

19

26

mpg (Hwy)

30

32

30

36

mpg (combined)

24

26

23

30

Range (City/Hwy) 

360/540 Miles

319/464 Miles

352/555 Miles

406/562 Miles

Tank capacity (gallons)

18

14.5

18.5

15.6

The BMW 330i has the best-combined fuel economy figure of 30 MPG followed by the Avalon at 26 MPG. 

2020 Nissan Maxima Interior

8.0/10

The 2020 Nissan Maxima offers a cabin that has a seating arrangement for 5 passengers. The thoughtfully designed and well-executed cabin is filled with soft-touch materials and a bunch of convenience features. The available "zero-gravity" seats, inspired by NASA's Space technology, does a really good job of keeping you fatigue-free during the extended time on the road. The front seat legroom is among the best in the class while the headroom is above average. The power adjusting options along with the available heating and lumbar support make for one of the most premium front seats in the segment. 

Models

Nissan Maxima

Toyota Avalon

Chrysler 300*

BMW 330i*

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (head/ shoulder/leg)(inch)

39.4/56.7/45.0

37.4/57.8/42.1

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.7/56.0/42.0

Rear (head/ shoulder/leg)(inch)

36.7/56.7/34.2

37.5/57.1/40.3

37.9/57.7/40.1

37.6/56.0/35.2

Talking about the rear seats, it's not as spacious as the front ones. The leg space may be a little constricted for some passengers and lags behind some of its rivals such as the Toyota Avalon. The quality of the seats are however top-notch and they are extremely comfortable and provides ample support.

What creature comforts do you get?

  • Dual-zone auto climate control
  • Remote engine start system
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Vehicle speed sensing and rain-sensing wipers
  • Adjustable LED ambient lighting
  • Rear window power sunshade 

What's there to keep you entertained?

The 8'' touchscreen is standard across all trims of the 2019 Nissan Maxima. Everything can be controlled with the touch of a finger and yet Nissan has bordered the screen with redundant physical buttons, to be honest. Talking about the quality of the screen, it is vivid and bright. The touch response is also quick and the UI makes it very easy to operate. 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also present in all the trims. Hence, you'll not have to worry about connecting your smartphone with the car. The S and SV trims come with a standard 8 speaker system. All the higher trims are equipped with a Bose premium 11 speaker system which includes Bose center point 2 surround technology. 

How much cargo can the Maxima store?

The cargo space of the 2020 Nissan Maxima is one of the smallest in the segment with a capacity of 14.3 cubic feet. While it can easily accommodate your daily stuff, you can easily run out of space sooner than you realize. The rear seats are 60/40 split-folding, but they do not level to the floor. Therefore you may have difficulties in storing your camping gear or other similar things.

Model

Nissan Maxima

Toyota Avalon

Chrysler 300*

BMW 330i*

Cargo space (cubic feet)

14.3

16.1

16.3

17

 The Bimmer again comes out on top with a cargo space of 17 cubic feet followed by the Chrysler and the Toyota with a trunk capacity of 16.3 and 16.1 cubic feet respectively. 

 

2020 Nissan Maxima Exterior

The Maxima received a facelift in 2019 which gave it a sportier look. The exterior shell of the 2020 Maxima is the same as its predecessor. The prominent snout continues to a V-shaped grille with the Nissan logo on in. The LED lights look like a dragon's side profile with the cuts. The chrome on the grille completes the sporty front fascia. 

The lower roofline accounts for a sleek side profile for the all-new Maxima. The rear complements the front. The sharp LED lights with the available spoiler justify Nissan's decision of calling this car a "sport sedan". 

Model

Nissan Maxima

Toyota Avalon

Chrysler 300*

BMW 330i*

Curb weight (lbs)

3552

3560

4013

3582

Length (in)

192.8

195.9

198.6

185.7

Width (in)

73.2

72.8

75

71.9

Height (in)

56.5

56.5

58.5

56.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

5.3

5.3

5.7

Wheelbase (in)

115

113

120.2

103

Dimensionally, the Chrysler 300 is the largest in the segment. Avalon is slightly longer than the Maxima, however, the latter has a longer wheelbase than the former. The BMW 330i is the smallest car in the pack. 

What are the highlights of the design?

  • DRL LED headlamps
  • LED fog lamps
  • Quad tipped exhaust finishers
  • Sport Spoiler
  • Dual power outside mirrors
  • Auto-dimming drivers side outside mirrors
  • Dual panel one-touch panoramic moonroof

2020 Nissan Maxima Safety

Safety is one of the top priorities at Nissan. The engineers and the designers leave no stone unturned to ensure that all the cars are the safest they can be. Sturdy build quality along with an array of features that are equipped with all the Nissan cars ensure the safety of every passenger inside every Nissan cars running on the roads. 

IIHS CRASH TESTS

The 2020 Nissan Maxima performed extremely well in the IIHS crash tests. It was rated good in most of the categories and awarded the 2020 Top Safety Pick. 

Small overlap front driver side

Good

Small overlap front passenger side

Good

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Front crash prevention

Superior

Headlights

Acceptable/Moderate

Child seat anchors (LATCH)

Good

NHTSA CRASH TESTS

The Feds haven’t had the chance to bump the latest Maxima against the wall. We will surely update this space once they are done with the task. 

SAFETY FEATURES

  • Nissan advanced airbag system
  • ABS
  • Brake assist with Electronic Brake Force Distribution System
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control System
  • Zone Body Construction
  • LATCH-compatible rear seats

2020 Nissan Maxima Competition

Nissan Maxima vs Toyota Avalon

Both of these Japanese cars aim to revive the sedan market in the US. The Maxima and the Avalon are more familiar than you think. They are powered by similar engines and have excellent ride quality. However, if space is your priority, Avalon is the car for you. On the other hand, Maxima is the sportier car of the two. Therefore, it ultimately boils down to your choice and preferences as both of these cars are excellent in their rights.

2020 Toyota Avalon
2020 Toyota Avalon Sedan

Nissan Maxima vs Chrysler 300

The Maxima and the Chrysler 300 are two of the top choices in their segment. However, they are meant for two different subclasses of customers. If you are looking for a muscular sedan with unadulterated power and space, the all-American Chrysler 300 should be your choice. On the other hand, the Maxima caters to different set customers altogether. The Maxima is more of a family sedan with a hint of sportiness.

2020 Chrysler 300 Sedan
2020 Chrysler 300 Sedan

 

2020 Nissan Maxima Final Verdict

Should you buy the Maxima?

It's very hard not to recommend the 2020 Nissan Maxima to anyone who is looking for a family sedan. Yes, this car has got its share of drawbacks such as constricted rear legroom, small cargo space, and lower fuel economy than some of its competitors. But its pros overshadow the cons. The sportier design of the Maxima is unlike any other car in the segment. The V6 churns out enough horses and along with the finely tuned suspension, the drive quality and the handling of this car are probably the best in the segment. The interior is luxurious and easily give the entry-level German cars a run for their money.