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The 2016 Nissan Maxima Is A WannaBe Sports Car But With Family In Mind

Published April 8, 2015

“This completely redesigned eighth generation model signals the return of the four door sports car.” are words said by Renault-Nissan CEO and president Carlos Ghosn during the official unveiling of the all new 2016 Nissan Maxima at this years New York Auto Show. We really are OK with anyone calling the Maxima a four door sports car, because a long time ago this title could be used to describe a Maxima, but a question remains can it be used now!?

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Apart from constantly noting that the new Maxima is a sports car during his eight minute speech, Carlos Ghosn said one sentence which still resonates in our minds. He said that the new Maxima is faster over the Willow Springs race track than the 328i and its main competitors. Is this really something you should be admiring? Well, consider that the 328i has an in line four with 240 HP on tap, while the 2016 Maxima is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 with 300 HP and 261 lb ft of torque. Then again, maybe he thought to say that an equally priced Beemer is slower than the Maxima, but we do not really know that for sure.

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Nevertheless, the new Nissan Maxima is here and it would not be nice to call it a flop, because it isn’t in any way. Also, we can’t call it a four door sports car yet, at least not until we see it in action. The main reason for not calling it a four door sport saloon is simple. Not even one “sport checkbox” is checked the right way with the 2016 Nissan Maxima. First of all, the drive is at the front, the transmission is basically a CVT, the engine powering the thing is an iteration of the well known engine Nissan has been using for years and the size of the thing and the weight saving measures aren’t exactly sporty.

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According to Ghosn, the Nissan Maxima grew in size by 2,2 inches (check out the story about 2013 model), but the height has been significantly lowered by 1.3 inches. That really is impressive and the main reason for that isn’t the sportiness, but the aerodynamic efficiency. Drag coefficient has been lowered to 0,29 Cd and with the weight reduction of the 82 lbs, the new Maxima is on a good path to become a much more efficient car than before. With its V6 engine and CVT Xtronic transmission, Nissan states that fuel consumption has been lowered. Official values tell us that Maxima can deliver 22 mpg in the city and up to 30 mpgs on the highway while still being faster than that Beemer Ghosn mentioned.

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Not all is empty sports talk. The 2016 Nissan Maxima clearly looks much better than before and with the dominating front V shaped grille and striking lights made possible by the integration of large LED segments, the car certainly will appeal to a lot of customers. Besides the exterior look, the interior is another strong point. With flat bottomed steering wheel, two tone interior decoration, a lot of high end equipment and premium like ambient, the 2016 Nissan Maxima really adds flair to the whole Nissan lineup. We can assume that Ghosn really wants to upscale Nissan and the newest Maxima, despite the lack of true sporty equipment, really is a technological wonder many will honour. Aside from the luxurious equipment inside, the car can be ordered with many notable and impressive safety features such as Intelligent Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Predictive Forward Collision Warning system.

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“The sportiest, most powerful Maxima ever” will reach the market in June and it will be followed by two more Nissan car presentations (redesigned Altima and Sentra).

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Safet Satara
About Safet Satara

I do not have spare time. All there is is car time. 12 years and counting. I am a Central European gearhead, but you are probably thinking - aaa a disposable Borg drone! Well, actually, I like to dress up like James Bond too. The only thing I need to be him is an Aston Martin (and I love DBS more than DB5 because, reasons). That's something I guess.

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