Nissan has been a presence in North America for many years, but recently, more and more of the Nissan vehicles can be seen up and down the highways and by-ways of America. The answer to that is really quite simple. Nissan is making great vehicles that are well-priced, dependable, and comfortable.
The new 2016 Maxima is a great example of what Nissan is all about. I was fortunate to attend the initial Media-Press ride-and-drive event, and most recently, had a Platinum edition for a week-long test-drive. It is wonderful. The test-drive model was an attractive maroon color called Coulis Red. The interior scheme was a Charcoal color. It was powered by a 300-horsepower, 24 valve, 3.5-liter, V6 engine. The Platinum trim level is the of of five available trim models.
Nissan is trying something a little bit different with this 2016 Maxima. The five trim levels are the S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum and everything (almost) on each model is considered ‘Standard Equipment at No Extra Charge.’ Buyers do not have too many decisions to make about adding ‘this and that.’ The only thing added to my test-drive model was a 6-piece set of floor and trunk mats, and that was only an additional charge of $220. These cars come with (almost) everything on them. Each model simply adds a little bit more than the other, as you move up the scale. Pricing ranges from $32,410 to $39,860, a difference of roughly just $6,000 between the entry level and the top level.
The Nissan Maxima is referred to as a Four Door Sports Car. That theme is carried out and exemplified by the car’s performance, design, technology, and craftsmanship. The overall body design was actually inspired by US Air Force fighter jets, which is reflected in the futuristic appearance. Even the instrument panel reminds the driver of an airplane cockpit. The steering wheel is D-shaped.
The test-drive model’s list of standard equipment was lengthy. It included the anticipated items as well as a few unexpected surprises, especially since these were not ‘add-on’ upgrades at additional costs. There was a dual panel panoramic moon-roof, a powered tilt and telescoping steering column, and even ambient LED lighting. There is an ‘Around-View’ monitor with moving object detection, simply meaning that the viewing screen beeps and shows you a bird’s-eye view around the car. Of course, there were leather seats, but these were Premium Ascot leather with diamond-quilted leather inserts for the seating area.
I was privileged to participate in a one-day introduction to this new Maxima several months ago and was very impressed at that time. With a week-long test-drive under everyday conditions and roads, the impressions are the same. This is an excellent vehicle. The test-drive model had an MSRP of $39,860. A six-piece mat set was added for $220 and destination charges were $825. The bottom sticker price for this extremely well-outfitted ‘four-door-sports-car.’
The sticker showed an EPA rating for fuel economy at 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 mpg average. At the end of my test week, I was at the 26.8 mpg overall average, which included a lot of non-highway driving.
The 2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum is a ‘four-door-sports-car’ that just might be exactly what you have been looking forward to owning and driving yourself. Check it out at a Nissan dealership, and may ‘the Force be with you’ as you explore new worlds in this wonderful vehicle.