2018 Nissan Maxima

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Updated on: June 5, 2021

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Full-Size sedans are now facing an identity crisis as the midsize sedans are intruding into their territory. The new Nissan Maxima addresses this growing concern by adopting sporting intention. In fact, Nissan calls it a four-door sports car and its exterior styling is definitely exciting compared to the competitors. A fly in the ointment is the CVT. Although it's genuinely impressive for a CVT in simulating an automatic, it can't deliver the power emanating from a strong V6 to the wheels in an exciting fashion. And while the suspension and chassis make this car athletic for a luxury sedan, the steering lacks feel. 

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Pros

Zesty V6

Taut Chassis and Suspension

Upscale Interiors

Cons

Not so effective CVT

Rear seat is less spacious than competition

Steering feels vague

What's New?

Android Auto is now available

Maxima SR Midnight Edition available


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33420

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

145 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

261 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

192.8 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

3478 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1133 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/25/30 mpg

highway range

520.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

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Videos
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Trims

S $33,420 onwards

300 hp @ 6400 rpm | 3.5 L | V-6 | Premium unleaded (recommended)

  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • All door remote Keyless Entry
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Firmer suspension tuning
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Navigation System
  • Rear-seat DVD entertainment system
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio

SV $35,420 onwards

300 hp @ 6400 rpm | 3.5 L | V-6 | Premium unleaded (recommended)

  • Heated Mirrors
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Parking Assist

SL $37,840 onwards

300 hp @ 6400 rpm | 3.5 L | V-6 | Premium unleaded (recommended)

  • Sliding & Tilting Glass Sunroof

SR $38,680 onwards

300 hp @ 6400 rpm | 3.5 L | V-6 | Premium unleaded (recommended)

  • 19" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • Ascot/Alcantara simulated suede/leather Seat trim

Platinum $41,090 onwards

300 hp @ 6400 rpm | 3.5 L | V-6 | Premium unleaded (recommended)

  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
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Colors and Styles

2018 Nissan Maxima in Brilliant Silver color 2018 Nissan Maxima in Carnelian Red color 2018 Nissan Maxima in Gun Metallic color 2018 Nissan Maxima in Pearl White color 2018 Nissan Maxima in Super Black color
Brilliant Silver

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.1

Engine And Performance

6.9

Fuel Economy

8.4

Interior

8.0

Exterior

6.9

Safety

8.9

Competition

8.4

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


There is a throaty 300 bhp 3.5L V6 to justify the sporty styling scooting this 3500-pound luxury block to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Speaking of luxury, while the base Nissan Maxima S comes loaded with equipment, higher 2018 Nissan Maxima configurations have cushy and supportive seats covered in diamond-quilted leather. This Nissan sedan is one of the fastest in the segment, crushing numbers and competition but does fall short in terms of interior space as the rivals offer more. It does have all the essential safety features and more, making it a great choice.

2018 Nissan Maxima front view
2018 Nissan Maxima front view

8.1/10
Pricing and Features

6.9/10
Engine and Performance

8.4/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

6.9/10
Exterior

8.9/10
Safety

8.4/10
Competition


2018 Nissan Maxima Pricing and Features

8.1/10

The 2018 Nissan Maxima has the same powertrain throughout the range – a 3.5L V6 mated to a CVT delivering power to front wheels. Also, no optional package is available. While the base Maxima S ($33,270) gets plenty of equipment as standard, it has a fabric interior that looks out of place in a full-size sedan. Upgrading to Maxima SV gets you leather-clad interiors, heated front seats, and more. While the panoramic moonroof and 11-speaker Bose audio system are available from Maxima SL ($37,690) onwards, the Maxima SR gets sportier with a sports-tuned suspension and 19-inch wheels.

Trims

S

SV

SL

SR

Platinum

MSRP

$33,270

$35,270

$37,690

$38,530

$40,940

Key Features

Nissan Navigation System

S trim including -

SV trim including -

SL trim including - (Except for dual-panel panoramic moonroof)

SL trim including -

 

Apple CarPlay

Leather-appointed seats

Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof

Sport-tuned suspension

NissanConnect Services powered by Sirius

 

Android Auto

Heated front seats

Bose Premium Audio System

Integrated Dynamics-control Module

Premium Ascot Leather-appointed seats

 

Remote Engine Start System

Front and Rear Sonar System

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

19-Inch Aluminum-alloy wheels

Intelligent Around View Monitor

 

Drive Mode Selector

Driver's seat power lumbar support

Blind Spot Warning

Premium Ascot Leather-appointed seats with Alcantara inserts

Climate-Controlled Front Seats (Heated and Cooled)

 

Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking

Driver's seat thigh support

Intelligent Cruise Control

LED low-beam projector headlights

 

The SR Midnight Edition ($39,725) adds black wheels and black spoilers as well as plenty of other sportier bits thrown everywhere. The top-of-line Maxima Platinum ($40,940) gets heated and cooled seats with Premium leather and wood trim in the interior.

We Recommend

Even the base Maxima S has enough equipment to satisfy you. But, we recommend upgrading to the Maxima SL that gets the panoramic moonroof and the gorgeous sounding 11-Speaker Bose Premium Audio System along with safety features like blind-spot warning and Adaptive Cruise Control. Considering that the powertrain remains the same throughout the trim levels, the performance remains almost similar too. 

2018 Nissan Maxima Engine and Performance

6.9/10

The 2011 Nissan Maxima gets a Naturally Aspirated 3.5 L engine delivering a forceful 300 horsepower. That power is exclusively routed to the front wheels through a CVT simulating a 7-speed automatic. Although the CVT is impressive as far as CVTs go, it allows the engine to rev to maximum when the gas pedal is mashed to the metal producing an irritating rubber-band effect. However, the CVT works flawlessly under moderate to less than full throttle conditions affording you generous and effortless acceleration. 

2018 Nissan Maxima engine

The strong engine can easily spin front wheels in a standing start but once at speed, things are well sorted. All these pretty much drive the point home - it's closer to a 4-door grand tourer than a 4-door sports car. The suspension takes care of bumps at low city speed or at highway speed with ease and body roll is far better controlled than the rivals. That said, rivals are more softly sprung and will impress you more if you prioritize rear seat comfort over dynamics. However, the steering is on the numb side and that dampens the experience. There is a Sport mode that weighs up the steering wheel considerably but it does little to change the amount of feedback that the steering offers.

Models

Nissan Maxima

Toyota Avalon

Chevrolet Impala

Dodge Charger

MSRP

$33,270

$33,500

$27,770

$28,495

Engine

3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine

3.5L V6 DOHC 24-Valve

ECOTEC 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder

3.6L V6 24-Valve VVT Engine

Drivetrain 

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD/AWD

Transmission

CVT automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

300 hp @ 6,400 rpm

268 hp @ 6200 rpm

197 hp @ 6300 rpm

292 hp@ 6350 rpm

Torque

261 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

248 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

0-60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.4 sec

6.3 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter mile

14.3 sec @ 97.7 mph

15.7 sec @ 89.9 mph

14.9 sec @ 95.9 mph

14.8 sec @ 94.9 mph

60-0 MPH (ft.)

125

120

118

110

The throaty V6 scoots this full-size barge to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds (fastest among the competition) and an addictive but refined scream will accompany you while your head is pushed deep in the thick diamond-quilted leather seats. The sensible and reliable Toyota Avalon is also a boring choice taking 7.4 seconds for 0-60 mph run while the Impala is faster taking 6.3 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from rest followed closely by the Dodge Charger. The Maxima's 4-door sport sedan tag is justified when considering straight-line acceleration.

2018 Nissan Maxima Fuel Economy

8.4/10

The Nissan Maxima offers segment-leading performance and manages to deliver decent fuel economy too - 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for a combined EPA rating of 25 mpg. These figures are exactly the same as the Toyota Avalon. However, the Impala is more efficient. That said, if you want ultimate efficiency in a full-size sedan, get the Avalon Hybrid. The Maxima also delivers a pretty good range of overall 450miles with its fairly big 18-gallon fuel tank and good efficiency.

Model

Nissan Maxima

Toyota Avalon

Chevrolet Impala

Dodge Charger

Mpg (City)

21

21

22

19

Mpg (Highway)

30

30

30

30

Mpg (Combined)

25

24

25

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.0

17.0

18.5

15

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

378/540/450

357/510/408

407/555/462

285/450/345

The Nissan Maxima has the second-largest fuel capacity of 18.0 gallons, which is slightly behind the Chevrolet Impala that has a tank of 18.5 gallons. The Toyota has a fuel capacity of 17 gallons and the Dodge Charger has the lowest capacity of 15 gallons.

2018 Nissan Maxima Interior

8.0/10

As with everything else, the interior of the 2011 Nissan Maxima exudes luxury topped with sportiness. The athletic flat-bottom steering wheel is standard. Even in midrange SL trim, it's draped in premium Ascot leather complete with fine double stitching. The 8-inch touchscreen is tilted towards the driver to highlight that this is a car meant to be driven. While lower trim has metallic accents, the Maxima Limited gets mahogany wood accents. 

2018 Nissan Maxima seats

The 8-way power driver seats with memory system and manual thigh support extension ensure everyone can find a perfect driving position for relaxed highway cruising or apex hunting. The heated steering wheel and leather-clad gear knob ensure this cabin a feel-good factor.

Model

Nissan Maxima

Toyota Avalon

Chevrolet Impala

Dodge Charger

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume(ft cube)

98.6

103.6

105

104.7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/56.7/45

38.5/58.2/42.1

39.9/57.9/45.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.7/55.7/34.2

37.9/57/39.2

37.4/56.9/39.8

36.6/57.9/40.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

14.3

16.0

18.8

16.1

However, the rear seats in the Nissan Maxima are not as roomy as the competitor and even some midsize sedans are better - further reinforcing that it's made for the driver. The available power moonroof makes the rear seats feel considerably airier though. The Nissan Maxima trunk offers 14.3 cubic feet of luggage capacity - least among the competition. The Avalon and the Dodge Charger provide 16 cubic feet of luggage capacity while the Impala's trunk is cavernous at 18.8 cubic feet. Here is a list of the interior features that are available with the 2018 Nissan Maxima:

  • 8-way power driver seats
  • Driver memory seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Leather upholstery

2018 Nissan Maxima Infotainment System

The big news for the 2018 Nissan Maxima is the added functionality of Android Auto as standard (Apple CarPlay was available as standard already) in its 8-inch touch screen infotainment screen. Although lower trims get an average 8-speaker audio system, the excellent 11 speaker Bose premium audio system is available from the midrange Maxima SL onwards.

2018 Nissan Maxima infotainment system

Bluetooth streaming is standard across the range as is the SiriusXM Satellite Radio with Traffic and Travel Link, which allows you to get up-to-date and live information on traffic reports and updates as you drive. Here is a list of the infotainment features that are available with the 2018 Nissan Maxima:

  • 8-inch Touch Screen Infotainment System
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Traffic and Travel Link
  • 8-speaker Audio System standard in lower trims
  • Higher trims feature an 11 Speaker Bose Premium Audio System
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
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2018 Nissan Maxima Exterior

6.9/10

Nissan has positioned the Maxima as a 4-Door Sports Car above the sedate Nissan Altima. Hence, Nissan has thrown all the lines, curves, and styling elements in the Maxima. The Nissan V-motion design philosophy starts with a V-shaped chrome garnish on the grille flanked with purposeful looking. 

2018 Nissan Maxima three quarter view

The bonnet is tightly sculpted with sharp crease lines and a really substantial bulge in the middle to hint at the hidden power. Maxima's side profile is dominated by a sinuous line running through the center of the door panel. The rear end gets a coupe-like sloping roof with a small trunk lid. Wraparound taillights complete the rear profile,

Model

Nissan Maxima

Toyota Avalon

Chevrolet Impala

Dodge Charger

Curb weight(lbs)

3478

3461

3730

3934

Length(in)

192.8

195.3

201.3

198.4

Width(in)

73.2

62.2

73.0

75

Height(in)

56.5

57.5

58.9

58.2

Ground clearance(in)

5.3

5.5

7.1

4.9

Wheelbase(in)

109.3

111.0

111.7

120.2

The Nissan Maxima is light for a Full-Size Sedan at 3478 pounds. At 192.8 inches, it's also the smallest. The low 56.5-inch height and 5.3 inches of ground clearance give it a sporty stance. However, the low 109.3 inches of wheelbase also hints at its comparatively cramped rear seats. Here is a list of exterior features that are available with the 2018 Nissan Maxima:

  • 18/19-inch wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Foglights
  • Remote engine start
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Automatic wipers
  • Auto-dimming driver-side mirror

2018 Nissan Maxima Safety

8.9/10

The new 2011 Nissan Maxima is loaded with advanced driver assistance systems and active safety features as standard. Advanced chassis construction with the use of high-strength steel to ensure a strong passenger cell and crumple zones for dissipating crash energy ensure high crashworthiness too. Set of airbags in the Maxima include Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with supplemental front airbags, Roof-mounted curtain supplemental airbags with rollover sensor for side-impact, and rollover head protection for front and rear-seat outboard occupants. 

There is also ABS with EBD and Traction Control as standard to ensure the safety of the occupants. NHTSA gave the Maxima an Overall Rating of 5 stars and IIHS rated it Good in many categories, further ensuring that the 2018 Nissan Maxima is a really safe car. The standard safety features include -

  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags.
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for the driver)
  • Vehicle Security System
  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) 

2018 Nissan Maxima Competition

8.4/10

Nissan Maxima vs Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon, in essence, is the luxurious full-size sedan rendition of everything Toyota is known for – reliability, hassle-free ownership, great resale value, fuel efficiency, and an overall easy to live with characteristics.

Toyota Avalon

It’s the bigger brother of Camry so the rear seat comfort is top class. However, most Toyotas are also boring and Avalon is no different. Looking for fun? Get the Maxima.

Nissan Maxima vs Chevrolet Impala

The iconic Chevrolet Impala is now distinctively styled in its tenth generation. Its base price ($27,895) is considerably cheaper than the Nissan Maxima but it lacks power too.

Chevrolet Impala

However, the Impala makes more sense if rear-seat comfort is your priority. But, if you want fun, the Maxima is the answer.

Nissan Maxima vs Dodge Charger

The Dodge Charger has an air of muscle car menace and Fast and Furious charm around it. While the lower trims are cheaper and less powerful, the $34k Charger R/T with bonnet bulging 370 hp HEMI V8 will quench your lust for a muscle car.

Dodge Charger

Although it lags behind the Maxima in terms of interior quality, it’s comfortable and roomy inside. The Charger has that muscle car look that attracts quite a few buyers. If you are one of those, the Charger is a great deal. 

2018 Nissan Maxima Final Verdict

Nissan continues to promote the Maxima as a 4-Door Sports car that's a bargain among the German sports sedans. Although the engine and suspension are genuinely sporty, the CVT and the steering feel dampens the overall experience. However, when you treat it as a fast luxury sedan, it genuinely impresses. The interior uses top-drawer materials and feels it belongs to a more upscale car. The handling is tight and acceleration is effortless making it an overall good choice to have in the segment.

2018 Nissan Maxima Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.9

based on 95 ratings


8.1/10 Features
8.2/10 Interiors
8.3/10 Design
8.2/10 Safety
8.1/10 Reliability
8.1/10 Deal Value

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2018 Nissan Maxima Overall Reviews


JN

John Nash

2018 Nissan Maxima

SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 5, 2021

Very nice and useful car

Pros - Parking sensors, lumbar support

Cons - Cargo size is small

Wonderful and complete I found the rear parking sensors to be terrific and they really help in parking within the city. Also the adjustable lumbar support in seats really makes it comfortable and there is minimal exhaustion even after driving the car straight for 6hours. I love this car, despite its small luggage holding capacity. Everything about the place is near perfect. From the processing to the collection to the prices and packages available.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

BB

Belinda

2018 Nissan Maxima

SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 25, 2021

A good car for the price

Pros - Interior, firmness in the cabin, sound system, big trunk

Cons - Road noise, rear-seat legroom, slow

Just the facts I think Maxima is a good car for the money I paid. I did quite a bit of research on it before I got it. The biggest complaint or issue I came across by reviewers was the CVT transmission. However, if you're looking for comfort and a smooth ride CVT posses no problems but if speed is what you are looking for I suggest you look elsewhere. I understand the CVT doesn't scream sports car, but it's very smooth. The car does get noisy when the road is bad but it is not a dealbreaker. The dealership was fine, nothing stood out, just there to sell the car which is fine by me.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
9/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

WD

Wilson D.

2018 Nissan Maxima

SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 14, 2021

The perfect modern family car.

Pros - Eye catching looks, super bright headlamps, convenient paddle shifters

Cons - Slightly leggy infotainment screen, tight second row

One good looker. The outstanding looks were one of the reasons for me to get the Maxima in the first place. The cabin feels high quality and I especially love the orange stitching. The seating feels a bit racy and the sick looking metal paddle shifters uplift the sporty feel. Love the power and smooth ness from the engine. There is no shortage of equipment inside. The separate sunroof for the rear seats does feel very premium even though it eats a bit into the usable headroom. The rear leg room is a bit tight for taller occupants though. Thimmoty worked close with me to get me into the car I wanted and made sure that it stayed within my budget. Also got my car delivered pretty quick too.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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9

User Overall Rating

Very nice and useful car

Wonderful and complete

by John Nash

8

User Overall Rating

A good car for the price

Just the facts

by Belinda

9

User Overall Rating

The perfect modern family car.

One good looker.

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8

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WOW!!!

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5

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Poor braking issues in Maxima

I missed a good braking response

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