The full-size sedan segment continues to receive uniquely built and high-performance vehicles. As the stakes increase, so do the designs, along with ride quality and everything else in between. As vehicles compete for the top position in driving, technology, convenience and safety, Nissan’s large sedan is at the top in every way: the Nissan Maxima.
The Nissan Maxima is one of the largest sedans that offers attractive features such as smartphone compatibility, comfortable seats and a smart infotainment system. Last year, Nissan’s flagship sedan won JD Power’s best overall model in the Initial Quality Study. It also received a top safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Now the Nissan Maxima is making its way into the 2022 model year segment. As the brand celebrates 40 years of Maxima’s nameplate, the latest edition carries the same iconic, sharp exterior design, with unique lines and a bowl-shaped hood. The interior features luxurious seats with diamond-stitched inserts. It also includes desirable comfort features and an abundance of the best driver assistance technology. Power comes from a standard 300 horsepower V-6, which sends power to the front wheels. The latest chapter of the Maxima competes with the Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon, among others.
The Nissan Maxima is an ideal large sedan for anyone who wants to enjoy all the benefits of a compact crossover in a sedan silhouette. Here’s a look at its best features.
The 2022 Nissan Maxima features an advanced dashboard design, driver-focused cockpit
The most striking feature of the 2022 Nissan Maxima is the dashboard, which is finished in a standard charcoal gray hue, outlined with silver and gray stitching. The dashboard houses the stunning infotainment system. It consists of a large 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is standard on all trim levels. One aspect that stands out about the Maxima is the cockpit, with driver-oriented controls. And thanks to the Maxima’s “Gliding Wing” layout, the center console pivots about 7 degrees toward the driver’s seat. This positions the ergonomically shaped gear lever, drive mode switch and display command button closer to the driver.
The center console of the D-shaped steering wheel also has audio and climate controls. For added convenience, the system offers remote access, navigation, back door alerts, emergency services and more. Dual-zone automatic climate control is also standard, along with a Wi-Fi hotspot. For a few extra dollars, users can have the SiriusXM® radio system, which unlocks more advanced automatic features.
The 2022 Nissan Maxima has a luxurious, spacious and comfortable cabin
The 2022 Nissan Maxima has one of the largest cabins, accommodating up to 5 occupants, thanks to its full-size construction and 109.3-inch wheelbase. The interior has an ultimate Active Noise Cancellation system. This dampens unpleasant outside noises and gives the occupants a much quieter and softer experience.
It also offers special Zero Gravity power front seats. These have standard sporty reinforcement, with a three-layer foam design for extra comfort. The driver’s seat is 8-way electrically adjustable, while the front passenger seat is 4-way electrically adjustable.
All seats have leather or premium Ascot leather upholstery. For the 2022 model year, the Nissan Maxima Platinum model adds heated rear seats as standard, along with climate-controlled front seats and steering wheel on the SR and Platinum trim levels.
The 2022 Nissan Maxima: cool exterior shape and multi-color offering
The 2022 Nissan Maxima has one of the most eye-catching exteriors, with a large V-shaped grille with prominent lines flowing seamlessly through the streamlined hood to the rear. The fascia also comes with excellent lighting technology, combining the futuristic, jewel-like LED headlights and daytime running lights to give a bolder look to the front.
All in all, the Maxima gets a lower stance, an aerodynamic body and a floating roofline that fades backwards. The brand offers the Maxima in 4 standard exterior colors; Gun Metallic, Super Black, Deep Blue Pearl and Brilliant Silver Metallic. Up to 3 premium colors are also offered. These are Scarlet Ember Tint coat, Sunset Drift and Pearl White TriCoat.
The 2022 Nissan Maxima: sporty performance and fast driving modes
Under the streamlined hood, the Nissan Maxima packs a 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine. This produces a peak horsepower of 300 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 261 lb.-ft at 4400 rpm. Power goes to the standard front-wheel drive via a continuously variable automatic transmission. This propels the car from standstill to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds.
The Nissan Maxima also offers a Drive Mode Selector, which allows the driver to switch from ‘Normal’ to ‘Sport’ if required. When a driver switches to sport mode, the system adjusts steering feel, throttle response and transmission tuning, delivering a much more desirable sporting experience. The Nissan Maxima is one of the fuel-efficient sedans, with a combined EPA rating of 24 MPG.
For safety, the Maxima is also equipped with a number of interesting features, such as the standard additional side airbags in the front and rear of the seats, a forward collision warning and the automatic emergency brake, among many others.
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