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The press and public alike were blown away, but they were also a bit skeptical.
Would the final product deliver on the vision? Would we actually build this jetfighter-esque concept?
Well, it’s official: we built it.

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Sport Mode

Shift Maxima’s Drive Mode Selector into Sport and it’s like kicking in the afterburners. Throttle response gets sharper, steering gets heavier, shifts get quicker, and the engine growl becomes a roar. Switch back to Normal Mode and super-sonic gives way to super-smooth, super-refined, and surprisingly fuel-efficient.

300-HP 3.5L V6 engine

Under the hood lies the beating heart: Nissan's legendary VQ V6 engine. From sodium-filled exhaust valves and anodized pistons, to the high-flow tuned induction system, more than 60% of the engine's components have been re-designed for the new Maxima. It even borrows some performance technology from the mighty GT-R®. This 300HP powerhouse exhilarates from idle to redline.

Dynamic Handling

Lower, lighter, and tighter, Maxima is engineered to not only take corners, but own them. An all-new rear suspension features monotube dampers—the kind of component you'd usually only find in high-end sports cars. And Maxima SR takes handling to another level, with higher torsional rigidity than the Porsche Cayman®. [*]

All-New Xtronic CVT

Forget everything you ever knew, and everything you ever heard, about Continuously Variable Transmissions. Completely re-engineered for both enthusiast and economist, Maxima's all-new CVT features dynamic step shifting, wider gear ratio coverage, and an adaptive shift controller. The result: more distinctive shift points, a more connected, spirited driving experience, and increased fuel economy.

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  • 300 Horse Power
  • 261 LB-FT Torque
  • 22/30 CITY/HIGHWAY MPG[*]

2016 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 22 city MPG/30 hwy MPG.
Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

It challenges every conventional notion of what a 4-door sedan is. With 300 horsepower, a performance tuned suspension, a luxurious driver’s cockpit loaded with technology, striking aerodynamic styling, and a Sport Mode setting that’ll get your heart racing, it really isn’t a sedan after all. It’s the 4-Door Sports Car.

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To design a sports-car built to fly, Nissan designers visited the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels®.[*] The cockpit design of their aircraft is echoed in the wraparound design of Maxima's.

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Aggressive Lowered Stance

Externally, Maxima is lowered, sculpted and streamlined.

Chrome-Tipped Exhaust Finishers

Dual mufflers with rolled, chrome-tipped finishers.

Deeply Sculpted Character Lines

A special metal-stamping technique was developed, adding the distinctive fighter-jet sweep to its body line and deeply scalloped doors.

Floating Roof

One look at Maxima's floating roof appearance and the aeronautical influence is clear. The A, B and C-pillars meld seamlessly into the glasswork so the roof appears to hover over the cabin, just like the canopy of a fighter jet.

  • Signature Lighting

    Up front, the boomerang-shaped headlights feature a captivating LED signature line that stays illuminated at all times. In back, LEDs also accent the wraparound taillights, and "4DSC" is embossed in the lamp housings, front and rear—a subtle reminder of what the new Maxima is all about.

  • Diamond-Cut Finish Wheels and Custom Tires

    18” Aluminum alloy wheels are aggressively styled, exclusively for Maxima, and Maxima SR's 19" aluminum-alloy wheels get their mirror-effect from a unique diamond-cut finish. That uniqueness is carried over to the tires—specially developed Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric tires that help give you razor-sharp steering response and outstanding grip.



Inspired by the layout of a modern fighter jet, Maxima surrounds you in its luxurious, yet functional cockpit. A deeply bolstered sport seat helps keep you in place, the tall, angled center stack envelopes you and delivers all necessary information clearly and concisely, and every button, switch, and dial is exactly where you need it.

7° Center Console Tilt

Maxima is a driver-focused car, so we rotated the center console 7° to focus on the driver. Inspired by the GT-R® cockpit, this subtle shift perfectly positions every button, knob, dial and display toward the driver for immediate, intuitive information and command.

Zero Gravity Front Seats

Maxima's sport-styled front seats are bolstered at just the right width and height to conform to your body and keep you in place even during high-G cornering. Learn more.

Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control

There are few things worse than getting into a cold car on a frigid winter morning, or into a sweltering car on a summer afternoon. With Remote Engine Start, you can use your smartphone to heat up or cool down your Maxima to the comfortable temperature it was when you left it. [*]

Ambient Lighting

Inspired by the glow of the gauges in an aircraft’s cockpit, ambient lighting casts a warm, understated glow across Maxima’s cabin.

  • 2016 Nissan Maxima side view of Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof with cashmere leather seating
  • Close up of 2016 Maxima seating shown in cream leather with diamond stitching
  • 2016 Nissan Maxima heating and cooling seat control dials
  • Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof

    With one-touch open/close

  • Premium Ascot-leather appointed seating with available diamond-quilted Alcantara® inserts

    Maxima’s premium sport-styled front seats feature available diamond-quilted leather inserts, or you can opt for luxurious Alcantara® inserts, a material usually seen only in the highest of high-end performance cars.[*]

  • Climate controlled front seats heated and cooled.

 also take advantage of Nissan's innovative Zero Gravity design, which provides a natural, neutral seating position that helps to both take pressure off your lower back and reduce fatigue.



Nissan Advanced Drive Assist® Display
Maxima's cutting-edge technology connects you to your ride, and the road, like no other sports sedan. The standard 8" multi-touch screen and the 7" Advanced Drive Assist Display keep key information as close as a glance. A standard Navigation System guides you to where you want to go, and with navigation "Swipe to Meter", you can even send map directions from one screen to the other with just a touch. Standard NissanConnectSM [*], standard Bluetooth® hands-free communications [*], a Bose® audio system [*], turn-by-turn navigation—the list goes on. And of course, the Display Commander is there, letting you dial it all in from a single, central location.[*]

2016 Nissan Maxima NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM
  • 2016 Nissan Maxima NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM
  • 2016 Nissan Maxima display command dial
  • NissanConnectSM Services powered by SiriusXM®

    NissanConnectSM[*] Services is a suite of high-tech, vehicle-centric features designed to connect your world to your car. Debuting on the new Maxima, this navigation/infotainment system works through your smartphone and the embedded telematics control unit to make your life easier in ways you might never have thought possible.[*]

  • Display Commander

    Standard on the new Maxima, the Display Commander[*] is designed to make control of your NissanConnectSM[*] system simpler and more intuitive. Positioned just behind the gearshift, it lets you toggle up and down, side-to-side, rotate, scroll through, and control your infotainment system, without the need to look down or touch the display screen.

Customizable Alerts

If someone—let’s just say, oh I don’t know, maybe one of your kids—is a little heavy on the gas pedal, NissanConnectSM[*] Services will send you a text, email, or even call you if your Maxima exceeds a preset speed limit.

And just for the sake of argument, maybe that same kid likes to push the boundaries, curfew wise. Maxima can alert you if it is driven outside of your predetermined hours.

Valet and Boundary
You don't want anyone—not your kids, not the valet at a restaurant—taking impromptu road trips or going on unauthorized cruises, so Maxima can let you know if it is being driven outside a designated area.

Maintenance Reminder
We'll remind you, via text and/or email, when its time for required maintenance.

Remote Access

Remote Door Lock and Unlock
Forgot to lock up? Need access to your Nissan and you don't have your key? You can lock and unlock your Maxima with your computer or smartphone!

Remote Engine Start
There are few things worse than getting into a cold car on a frigid winter morning, or into a sweltering car on a summer afternoon. With Remote Engine Start, you can use your smartphone to heat up or cool down your Maxima to the comfortable temperature it was when you left it.[*]

Remote Horn and Lights
It happens to the best of us; sometimes you just can’t find your car in the parking lot. With the Remote Horn and Lights feature, you just push a button on your key fob and the horn will honk and the lights will flash, and you’ll be on your way.

Emergency Preparedness

Automatic Collision Notification
In the event of an accident that causes your Nissan’s air bags to deploy, this feature will connect you—through a hands-free voice call—to a live Response Specialist who can dispatch emergency services if needed.

Emergency Calling
Connects you to a live operator who will assist in dispatching emergency services to your vehicle location.

Roadside Assistance Service
Dispatches roadside assistance to the vehicle location.

Stolen Vehicle Locator
Vehicle theft, unfortunately, does occasionally happen. Some creep could conceivably steal your Maxima. With the Stolen Vehicle Locator, the boys in blue can locate and, ideally, recover it for you.

Navigation Services

Connected and Assisted Search
Gives you the ability to conduct a point of interest search around your vehicle.[*]

Destination Download
Gives you access to embedded map providers like Bing Maps so you can send searches directly to your Maxima.[*]

Google® Send to Car
With Google® Send-to-Car[*], find your destination before you leave and send the address to your Nissan.[*].

2016 Nissan Maxima SR sedan shown in Deep Blue Pearl driving on highway


Maxima SR

To give you a G-induced grin, Maxima® SR combines 19" diamond-cut, machine-finished alloy wheels with a sport-tuned suspension featuring advanced dynamic technologies. Specialized hardware includes specially tuned ZF Sachs® dampers with a mono- tube design in the rear, and a reinforced chassis that provides higher torsional rigidity than a Porsche Cayman®. So get inside, grab the thick wheel with Alcantara® inserts and column-mounted paddle shifters, and go enjoy the thrill of carving up your favorite road in the way only a purpose-built sports car can provide. [*]

Integrated Dynamics-Control Module (IDM)
Active Trace Control (ATC)[*], Active Engine Brake (AEB),
 Active Ride Control (ARC)

2016 Nissan Maxima Active Trace Control diagram

Active Trace Control

Active Trace Control automatically optimizes your line through turns by precisely applying the inner or outer brakes.[*]

2016 Nissan Maxima Active Engine Braking diagram

Active Engine Braking

Active Engine Braking automatically downshifts the CVT when under braking, slowing your Maxima with less effort while readying the gears to power you out of an apex.

2016 Nissan Maxima Active Ride Control diagram

Active Ride Control

Active Ride Control reacts automatically when Maxima is unexpectedly jolted by a bump in the road. It subtly applies the brakes to level the chassis, helping to keep the ride controlled and comfortable.

2016 Nissan Maxima racing inspired, D shaped steering wheel

Premium Ascot leather-wrapped D-shaped steering wheel
Maxima's racing-inspired D-shaped steering wheel is flat on the bottom for added leg clearance. Double-stitched, textured, contoured, with an available contrasting Alcantara® insert... Even the wheel makes a performance statement.[*]

Paddle Shifters

Alcantara Insert

The Drive, Elevated.
In the world of the 4-Door Sports Car®, there’s a special place for those who have a mindset that goes beyond enthusiasm, passion, or even exhilaration. Welcome to a place where driving is simply an expression of who you are – brought to you by people who feel exactly the same way.



Like every Nissan vehicle, Maxima comes equipped with a suite of standard safety, driving, and convenience features designed to inspire confidence behind the wheel, and help make every ride better, safer, and more enjoyable.

2016 Nissan Maxima sedan, aerial view, illuminated safety features


Driver Attention Alert

An American Automobile Association study estimates that an average of 328,000 automobile accidents can be attributed to fatigued driving every year on American roads. That’s why we developed the Driver Attention Alert system, or DAA[*]. This forward-thinking technology works by monitoring your steering patterns. Should the system detect any unusual steering activity, it will alert you audibly with a chime, and visually by lighting a coffee cup icon on your display, letting you know it may be time for a break.

2016 Nissan Maxima sedan driver attention alert display screen

Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW)

PFCW can alert you to potential risks up ahead by not only monitoring the speed and distance of the vehicle in front of you, but the vehicle in front of that one as well. Although that vehicle may be obscured from your view, PFCW’s sensors can detect if it suddenly and unexpectedly slows, giving you time
to react to the situation.[*]

Forward Emergency Braking (FEB)

Using radar technology to keep an eye
on your speed and proximity to the vehicle ahead, FEB[*] gives you audio and visual display warnings to help you reduce your
speed if necessary. If a collision is unavoidable, this feature will engage the brakes to help reduce both the speed of the impact and
the severity of a collision.

2016 Nissan Maxima aerial side view, 360 safety features shown in grey


When a collision is unavoidable, Nissan’s Zone Body construction helps absorb the impact while the advanced seat belt and air bag systems help protect passengers.

6 Standard Airbags

Nissan Advanced Air Bag System has front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors. In addition, Maxima® features front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensors.[*]


Nissan safety engineers have dedicated thousands of hours to evaluating hundreds of child restraints in Nissans. The result: an industry first, The Snug Kids® Child Safety Seat Fit Guide. This guide lists child seats that fit the rear seats
of Nissan vehicles, as well as offers invaluable tips on correct installation. Look for the latest Fit Guide at NissanUSA.com/SnugKids.

LATCH System

(Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)


Whether you need to hit the brakes hard or maneuver around an unexpected obstacle,
these standard technologies help you
respond to a potentially harmful situation.

Vehicle Dynamic Control [*]

helps you maintain your steered path.

Traction Control System

helps reduce wheelspin in low traction situations.

Anti-lock Braking System

helps you maintain steering control around obstacles while braking heavily.

Electronic Brake Force Distribution

sends extra force to the rear brakes when you have additional weight of passengers or cargo
in the back.

Brake Assist [*]

helps apply maximum braking force if it
detects hard braking and senses you are
in an emergency situation.


Smart technologies are designed to help monitor conditions. Like a warning to let you know there
is someone in your blind spot area[*], or a system that helps ensure you’re traveling on properly inflated tires.[*]

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert[*]

TPMS lets you know when a tire is low. And Easy-Fill Tire Alert takes the guesswork out of filling your tires, with a beep of the horn when you’ve reached the correct pressure.

Available Features:
Predictive Forward Collision Warning
(PFCW) [*]
Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) [*]
Blind Spot Warning (BSW) [*]
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) [*]
Around View® Monitor with
Moving Object Detection [*]
Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) [*]
Driver Attention Alert [*]