Since Nissan introduced their Maxima to start off the 80s, this pioneer of the “four-door sports car” has never ceased to excite the auto industry with its revered combination of power, road-gripping handling, and eye-popping body designs. Now with five trims delivered from Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee plant—S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum—the 2017 Maxima Midnight Edition of the SR looks blazingly fast even standing still.
The SR is already generously stocked inside and out with a 3.5-liter V6 heart pumping 300 horsepower behind the V-Motion grille, Xtronic transmission, sport-tuned suspension, aluminum sport pedals, Integrated Dynamics-control Module (IDM), sexy LED low beam headlights, two driving modes, paddle shifters, climate-controlled Ascot leather-appointed Zero Gravity front seats embellished with diamond-quilted Alcantara upholstery, and a booming 11-speaker Bose sound system to name a few attractions. On the technology side, the NissanConnect with Navigation, 7-inch Advance Drive Assist Display, two illuminated USB ports, Bluetooth, 8-inch display, and now standard Apple CarPlay keep this sedan in tune with the times.
Logically, the SR’s thrilling driving experience (especially in Sport mode) is coupled with a plethora generously standard safety features; Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Cruise Control, Forward Emergency Braking, and Blind Spot Warning certainly help put minds at ease when on the road.
And even with all of SR’s bells and whistles, its optional Midnight Edition ($1,195) takes the wow factor to the next level thanks to the black spoiler, a black rear diffuser, and set of black 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels which collectively make this 2017 Maxima stealthy, luxurious and downright nasty. And that is exactly what their avid fans want.
Fuel Economy: 21 city/ 30 highway/ 25 combined
Base Price: $37,870