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Feb 25, 2019 Hit: 167 Written by 
The updated 2019 Nissan Maxima is one of the most high-end non-luxury sedans on the market.
The updated 2019 Nissan Maxima is one of the most high-end non-luxury sedans on the market. Photo courtesy of Nissan

Sedans, especially the full-size variety, are a segment that automakers are fleeing in droves. Nissan, however, is bucking this trend and has stayed committed to sedans, and even continues to upgrade them.


The 2019 Nissan Maxima, their flagship sedan, gets a refresh and can now be called an excellent contender in this category, pushing itself to near-luxury territory.

I recently tested a 2019 Maxima and I’m back with a full report.

LOOKS

The exterior of the 2019 Maxima features upgraded front and rear styling, plus 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Once you go inside you’ll find one of the sharpest non-luxury vehicles you can buy.
The interior design features premium leather-appointed seats, with diamond-quilted leather inserts on the Platinum trim I tested. There’s an attractive tan insert on the steering wheel offering a two-tone appearance, plus satin bronze interior faceted finishers.

You also get creature comforts like heated front seats (and optional heated rear seats). This being a full-size sedan, it’s roomy and no matter where you sit you’ll be very, very comfortable — both due to the size of the vehicle and the overall quality materials used inside. The trunk is also roomy for the segment.

If I were handing out interior design awards, this Nissan would definitely be in the running to win something.

Additional Info

  • Vehicle:: 2019 Nissan Maxima
  • Price as tested:: $43,835
  • Best feature:: Beautiful near-luxury interior, strong power plant
  • Rating:: 4.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?:: Full-size sedan buyers seeking a classy and powerful ride

HOW’S THE RIDE?

This class is known for its power, so Nissan has to come strong to compete. The good news for Nissan is that it comes through.

The powerplant is an impressive 3.5-liter V6 boasting 300 horsepower and 261 lb.-ft. of torque. This power plant gets you moving (0 to 60 in under 6 seconds) and the Maxima was truly a joy to drive, with excellent power and overall ride quality, and the continuously variable transmission performed quite well.

The Maxima is only offered in front-wheel drive, though, and I was surprised to see no all-wheel drive offering on this model. It would be wise to add this option in the future.

The ride is quiet, and handling is impressive. Nissan calls the Maxima a ‘four-door sports car’, and I’m not one to argue with them based on my experience in the vehicle.


TECHNOLOGY, SAFETY

The 2019 Maxima features some impressive tech and safety features for its class.
Among the most helpful safety features offered that some competitors lack are the Intelligent Around View Monitor, and Rear Automatic Braking.

On the infotainment side, the user-friendly and well-designed NissanConnect system is in play. It features a very helpful Navigation system, and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Maxima also features a Bluetooth connection, a USB port and a USB-C port.


MPG

Official fuel mileage on the 2019 Maxima are 20 mpg city/30 mpg highway/24 combined.
Compared to other full-size sedans available (Chevy Impala, Chrysler 300, Toyota Avalon), the Maxima performs near the top of the class, so this is another strong area for the Maxima.


PRICE

The Platinum trim Maxima I tested was priced at $43,835; and base price for the Maxima starts about $34K. The Platinum trim level I tested starts about $41K. As nice as the Maxima is, this pricing may work against it in some instances, as you can get quite a few SUVs in this price range.


BOTTOM LINE

Full-size sedans may not be a dominant vehicle type anymore in this age of SUVs, but they aren’t dead yet. Classy vehicles like the 2019 Nissan Maxima are doing their best to keep them alive, and it just might work with the level of quality being offered.


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