Nissan Maxima

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"Maxima is Nissan’s flagship full-size sedan, slotting beyond the midsize Altima."

"If Nissan really wanted a true four-door sports car, it would have gone with a rear-wheel drive structural design similar to the Infiniti G35," said Issam.

"The V6 engine delivers as much punch as your adrenaline requires."

The all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima has been completely remodeled. It has an eye-catching exterior, a revised powertrain, and a selection of new high-tech and suitability features. A couple of months ago my colleague Ershad in Dubai drove the Maxima. I’m personally doing another quick feature on it. I acquired the all-new Maxima from RYMCO, the official distributor of Nissan vehicles in Beirut. What’s the outcome?

If we go back in history, Nissan has called the full-size Maxima sedan a four-door sports car since 1988, with the introduction of the third-generation model. The best thing that is reflected in the eighth-generation Maxima is its handsome new cabin. When I jumped into the car, I was impressed by the cabin's soft, generously stitched leather, genuine Italian-made Alcantara suede, matte wood, and metal trim. The seat looks far more suited to Nissan's premium Infiniti brand!

How does it drive?
The redesigned Maxima body ups torsional rigidity by 25 percent, while a new rear brace increases lateral stiffness by 27 percent in back. So the equation should equal a smooth four-door sports sedan. Steering is wild, accurate, and amusing, but it just won't talk to the driver. You feel that there is a disconnect somewhere. The ambiance and feeling that allows you to predict how the front tires will react to your inputs aren't clear enough. This is basically felt when pushing the gas pedal and trying to get all the power on the ground. While cruising, nothing felt wrong to me.

The Nissan Maxima's 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 has been redesigned with more than 60 percent new parts (compared to the previous generation 3.5-liter V6). The performance-oriented Xtronic transmission features a wider ratio range, which allows for stronger acceleration from a standing start and an all-new D-Step shifting logic that provides rapid shifts at high throttle openings.

The all-new Nissan Maxima 2016 is offered in three grade levels including new S, SV and SR grade, and its price range is between $29,999 and $41,000 in the GCC.

Verdict
I can merely tell you that I perceive the new 2016 Maxima to be like the bridge that links Nissan to Infiniti. This car does a decent job of giving you the premium inside feel of Infiniti with fewer bucks. For me the exterior design is really off the hook. But for some conservative buyers it will be an issue. The headlights and taillights (named as the ‘boomerang lights’) are a quick step ahead in the future. Anyway, people will get used to it with time. The Maxima is more of a sporty sedan than a true sports sedan!

Pros: Bold styling, powerful engine, handling, premium cabin material
Cons: CVT not always a favorite, exterior design might be too sophisticated for some buyers, only offered in FWD
Rivals: Toyota Avalon, Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Impala, Kia Cadenza
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Specs
3.5L V6, 300 hp @ 6400 rpm, 353 Nm @ 4400 rpm
CVT Transmission, FWD
0-100 km/h: 6.5 sec, 11 L/ 100 km, top speed: 221 km/h
Weight: 1608 kg

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