Friday, July 10, 2015

2016 Nissan Maxima SR - Review & Test Drive

The 2016 Nissan Maxima is completely redesigned with a 300 horsepower 3.5L V6, lighter and more rigid chassis, improved handling dynamics, and a unique floating roofline appearance. The Maxima SR is one of five grades, as Nissan has done away with options for the new model. All grades come with Navigation as standard. Fuel economy has also been improved, now rated at 22 city and 30 highway. 

MSRP As Tested: $38,495

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Features (Via Nissan Maxima Press Kit) Include:
- Floating roof appearance
- Lower (- 1.3 inches) and longer (+ 2.2 inches) than previous generation Maxima design
- Powerful V-Motion front grille
- Automatic on/off halogen headlights, available LED projector headlights
- LED Signature Daytime Running Lights
- Standard fog lights, LED rear parking lights
- Available outside mirrors with integrated turn signals
- Available auto-dimming driver's side outside mirror, outside mirrors with tilt-down feature
- Available Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof with rear power retractable sunshades
- Dual chrome exhaust finishers
- Available premium and sport rear spoilers
- Nine available exterior colors: Bordeaux Black, Forged Bronze, Storm Blue, Super Black, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Coulis Red, Deep Blue Pearl and Pearl White
- Redesigned platform featuring extensive use of high strength steel, including the first use of 1.2GPa high strength steel in a Nissan sedan, for 82-pound weight reduction and 25 percent increase in torsional rigidity (over the previous generation)
- Independent subframe-mounted strut/coil spring front suspension
Independent multi-link double wishbone rear suspension
- ZF Sachs monotube rear shock absorbers
- Front (26.0 mm) and rear (26.5 mm) stabilizer bars
- 4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes, standard 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
- Available 19-inch diamond-cut high contrast machined aluminum-alloy wheels with specially-developed Goodyear 245/40R19 all-season tires (SR model)

Interior Features:
- Driver-oriented cockpit
- Console tilted seven degrees towards the driver (as in the Nissan GT-R)
- Standard NissanConnect with standard navigation and 8.0-inch capacitive color display 
- Standard Streaming audio via Bluetooth®
- Two front USB connection ports for iPod® interface and other compatible devices
- Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio
- Standard 7.0-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display (in-meter display)
- Standard Display Commander for interface control of center display functions
- NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front seats
- 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, 4-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat
- Available premium Ascot Leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted inserts (Alcantara® diamond-quilted inserts on SR model)
- Available heated front seats
- Available Climate-controlled (heated and cooled) front seats
- Standard rear 60/40 split fold-down rear seat
- Flat-bottom D-shaped leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Available heated steering wheel
- Available advanced Bose® premium audio system with 11 speakers and Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
- Standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
- Standard Remote Engine Start with Intelligent Climate Control
Three available interior colors: Charcoal, Cashmere (except SR) and Camel (SR only)

Maxima SR Exclusive Features:
- Sport-tuned suspension with monotube rear dampers with unique damper tuning and a larger stabilizer bar in the front
- Solid roof panel (no available moonroof) – helps lower the center of gravity and further enhance torsional rigidity
- A Performance Chassis Damper (similar to 370Z NISMO) – installed on the front section of the chassis to help quell high frequency vibration in the body that can result from the stiffer suspension
- Alcantara® seating inserts and steering wheel insert for high-grip at key touch points
- Integrated Dynamic-control Module (IDM) system with Active Ride Control (ARC), Active Trace Control (ATC) and Active Engine Brake (AEB)
- Liquid Chrome finishers
- Paddle shifters
- Aluminum sport pedals
- 19-inch diamond-cut high contrast machined aluminum-alloy wheels with specially-developed Goodyear 245/40R19 all-season tires


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