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Drivers with a penchant for performance are usually willing to make sacrifices for a sporty edge. The Nissan Maxima has long catered to this set by offering standard V6 power and sharper handling than the typical midsize sedan. With the 2021 Maxima, you get a 300-horsepower V6 plus lots of standard features. Even the base-trim Maxima comes with leather upholstery, for instance.

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Unfortunately, the 2021 Maxima, which is part of the eight-generation car that debuted for 2015, has little else to distinguish itself. Fresher rivals, such as the Honda Accord, Kia K5 and Toyota Camry, offer similar performance potential with fewer compromises. They typically cost less, too. We generally suggest going with one of these rivals, but check out the categories of our Expert Rating to learn more about the Maxima's strengths and weaknesses.

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2021 Nissan Maxima

MSRP range: $37,090 - $42,320
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MSRP
$39,100
Edmunds suggests you pay
$37,748

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2021 Nissan Maxima Review

  • Well-made, attractive cabin
  • Sharp handling for a midsize sedan
  • The back seat and trunk aren't very spacious
  • Overly firm ride quality in the SR trim
  • Compromised visibility
  • Dated infotainment system
  • Limited-production 40th Anniversary Edition
  • Streamlined trim level lineup
  • Part of the eighth Maxima generation introduced for 2015
  • Drivers with a penchant for performance are usually willing to make sacrifices for a sporty edge. The Nissan Maxima has long catered to this set by offering standard V6 power and sharper handling than the typical midsize sedan. With the 2021 Maxima, you get a 300-horsepower V6 plus lots of standard features. Even the base-trim Maxima comes with leather upholstery, for instance.

    Unfortunately, the 2021 Maxima, which is part of the eight-generation car that debuted for 2015, has little else to distinguish itself. Fresher rivals, such as the Honda Accord, Kia K5 and Toyota Camry, offer similar performance potential with fewer compromises. They typically cost less, too. We generally suggest going with one of these rivals, but check out the categories of our Expert Rating to learn more about the Maxima's strengths and weaknesses.

    EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    Rated for you by America’s best test team
    The Maxima offers an appealing bridge to luxury sedans with sporty handling, above-average performance and a classy interior. Yet despite its ample mass, this midsize sedan doesn't offer a lot of space for either passengers or things. Many rivals also deliver better tech and more features for less money.
    The Maxima isn't quite the "four-door sports car" that Nissan says it is. It's not even really a sport sedan. But it is a sporty midsize sedan, with above-average handling and strong acceleration from a V6 engine. Oddly, the Maxima feels heavy at low speeds but lighter and more agile as speed increases.

    This sensation largely comes down to the steering feel. In many cars it's the opposite — lighter at parking-lot speeds and heavier with at higher speeds. In turns and corners, the Maxima's dynamic limits are fairly low, but the car communicates well enough that drivers can be confident not to overstep them. Overall, this Nissan is a friendly and easy car to drive.
    The Maxima's quiet cabin — a joint effort involving acoustic glass, ample sound-deadening materials and active noise cancellation — gives the sedan a premium feel out on the road. The ride is firm and controlled, and the suspension does well at absorbing bumps and road imperfections. (A firmer sport suspension is available for drivers willing to trade ride comfort for sharper handling.) Overall, the Maxima rides better than most midsize family sedans and more like an entry-level luxury car.

    The Maxima's seats also straddle the line between sporty support and long-distance comfort. They'll keep you in place through fast corners but remain comfortable for long stretches.
    The Maxima's interior looks great, the controls are easy to use, and the infotainment system's structure is logical. But there's a price to pay for the Maxima's sleek exterior design. Passenger space is limited, and the cabin feels small. Front passengers get decent headroom, but intrusions in the footwells and high armrests make things feel cramped.

    Rear passengers endure even less legroom and headroom. And getting in and out of the Maxima, particularly for those in the rear seat, is more work than it should be. Visibility also leaves something to be desired, and the front corners of the car are hard to judge. Useful side mirrors and safety aids help for awareness.
    Nissan's technology features are easy to use, but aside from up to two USB-C ports (in addition to two regular ones) and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, the infotainment feels dated and behind the curve. The stereo and touchscreen are adequate, especially if you like bass, but other midsize sedans cost less and offer more fully featured systems and better audio.

    Most basic infotainment features can be controlled through voice command, but we found the system finicky about word choice and phrasing. Driver aids are also limited. Adaptive cruise control works well and can bring the car to a complete stop, but Nissan's innovative ProPilot package isn't offered.
    Considering the Maxima's size, its overall cargo capacity is disappointing. The Maxima lags behind similarly sized cars in both small-item storage and trunk space, but the trunk has a wide and low opening, which makes for easy loading. Additional useful features include hooks for hanging shopping bags and in-trunk pull tabs to release the fold-down seats.

    The Maxima has four clearly marked lower car-seat anchors across the back seat and sufficient space for most car seats. The downside is the sloping rear door opening that will require some parental contortions for access.
    At 24 mpg combined (20 city/30 highway), the Maxima falls short of midsize competitors with upgraded engines. In our time with the car, we had trouble matching EPA numbers, falling short even of the city mpg estimate. The fact that 91 octane is recommended adds even more cost.
    The Maxima tries to thread a line between a near-luxury car and one that delivers better-than-average performance. It doesn't quite succeed at either. Sure, the interior looks nice with a veneer of luxury and many touch points covered in soft or premium materials. It also offers a measure of sophisticated handling and performance, but nothing you can't get from another competitor for less money.
    The Maxima manages to capture a sense of luxury and sportiness in an accessible package, even if it doesn't quite excel at either. It's a car designed to make the driver feel good. Largely it succeeds, even if it's far from the best value.

    Which Maxima does Edmunds recommend?

    Since one of the Maxima's few selling points is its sporty performance, we suggest the SR trim that comes with a stiffer suspension for sharper handling. You also get some comfort and safety features to help justify the added cost.

    Nissan Maxima models

    The 2021 Nissan Maxima is a midsize sedan that is offered in SV, SR and Platinum trims. Powering all Maxima models is a 3.5-liter V6 engine (300 horsepower, 261 lb-ft of torque) that is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that drives the front wheels. Standard feature highlights include:

    SV
    The base SV trim starts you out with:

  • LED headlights
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Remote vehicle monitoring and control
  • Eight-speaker audio system
  • In-car Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Satellite radio
  • Standard advanced safety features include:
  • Frontal collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Automatic high beams
  • Traffic sign reader
  • Drowsy driver monitor (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)
  • SR
    The sporty SR trim adds plenty of racy touches and a few convenience features such as:

  • Foglights
  • Sunroof
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Driver-seat memory functions
  • Faux-suede seat upholstery elements
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • 11-speaker Bose audio system
  • Additional safety features such as:
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the vehicle and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the vehicle back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Platinum
    The top-of-the-line Platinum model goes without the SR's sport-tuned suspension and paddle shifters but adds:

  • Automatic wipers
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Rear window sunshade
  • 40th Anniversary package
    The Platinum trim is eligible for this option that commemorates the Maxima's history with:

  • Two-tone paint
  • Unique interior and exterior trim
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Heated rear seats
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  • Limited-production 40th Anniversary Edition
  • Streamlined trim level lineup
  • Part of the eighth Maxima generation introduced for 2015
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    Is the Nissan Maxima reliable?

    To determine whether the Nissan Maxima is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Maxima. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Maxima's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Nissan Maxima a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Nissan Maxima is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Maxima and gave it a 7.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Maxima is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Nissan Maxima?

    The least-expensive 2021 Nissan Maxima is the 2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $37,090.

    Other versions include:

  • 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) which starts at $37,090
  • 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) which starts at $42,250
  • 3.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) which starts at $42,320
  • Learn more

    What are the different models of Nissan Maxima?

    If you're interested in the Nissan Maxima, the next question is, which Maxima model is right for you? Maxima variants include 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), and 3.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT). For a full list of Maxima models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Nissan Maxima

    2021 Nissan Maxima Overview

    The 2021 Nissan Maxima is offered in the following submodels: Maxima Sedan. Available styles include 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), and 3.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT). Nissan Maxima models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 300 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Nissan Maxima comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The 2021 Nissan Maxima comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

    What do people think of the 2021 Nissan Maxima?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Nissan Maxima and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Maxima 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Maxima.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Nissan Maxima and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Maxima featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2021 Nissan Maxima?

    2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

    The 2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,100. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $1,352 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $1,352 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,748.

    The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is 3.5% below the MSRP.

    2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

    The 2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,220. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $1,533 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $1,533 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,687.

    The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is 3.5% below the MSRP.

    2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

    The 2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,950. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $1,572 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $1,572 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $44,378.

    The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is 3.4% below the MSRP.

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    What is the MPG of a 2021 Nissan Maxima?

    2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
    24 compined MPG,
    20 city MPG/30 highway MPG

    2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
    24 compined MPG,
    20 city MPG/30 highway MPG

    2021 Nissan Maxima 3.5 Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
    24 compined MPG,
    20 city MPG/30 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG
    24
    Transmission
    Continuously variable-speed automatic
    Drive Train
    front wheel drive
    Displacement
    3.5 L
    Passenger Volume
    112.8 cu.ft.
    Wheelbase
    109.3 in.
    Length
    192.8 in.
    Width
    73.2 in.
    Height
    56.5 in.
    Curb Weight
    3612 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Nissan Maxima?

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