2016 Nissan Maxima SR: Calling Mr. Bond…James Bond

2 Jun 2016 | 968 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds If James Bond was a family man, I strongly suspect that Nissan's new Maxima would be on his list of possible rides for the kiddos. Sleek, sexy, sly as a leopard, the 2016 Maxima is beyond a doubt, one of the coolest cats in the full-size sport sedan field.  It's reliably fast without slamming you against the seats or upside a door panel. It corners and stops and steers like some of the better sports sedans I've driven.  And for all you get, the price is reasonable. Nissan reporta ventas de enero de 2015 en Estados Unidos Our  example was a Nissan Maxima SR with a base price of $37,670.00. Standard equipment included a sport tuned suspension, integrated Dynamics-control module, a drive mode selector for normal and sport configurations, active ride control, active trace control, active engine brake, Yamaha performance Damper, aluminum road wheels made of aluminum alloy; predictive forward collision warning system, forward emergency and blind spot warning system with rear cross traffic alert, four wheel anti-lock brakes, vehicle dynamic control with traction control system, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, LED Signature daytime running lights, fog lights, premium Ascot leather appointed seats with diamond-quilted Alcantara inserts, pedal shifters, aluminum sport pedals, ambient LED lighting, intelligent cruise control, and NissanConnect with navigation, including an eight inch color display with  a multi-touch control. Other standard equipment include voice recognition for navigation and audio, rear view monitor, eight way power drivers and four way power front passengers seat; driver's sat power lumbar support, drivers seat power lumbar support, zero gravity front sats, 60/40 split fold down reare seats, a steering wheel wrapped in the Ascot Leather D-shaped steering wheel; Sirius Satellite Radio, dual zone temperature control, Bose sound system with 11 speakers, active noise cancellation and sound enhancement; and a host of other features. The only options were sports floor mats , trunk mat and trunk net. Final price after destination charges and the few options was $238,750. Power comes from a 3.5 liter, 300 horsepower, DOHC 24 valve V6., Fuel mileage is rated at 22 city 30 highway, and 25 miles per gallon overall.  The feds say you will spend $1,000 more in gas costs over five years for the Maxima as compared with other vehicles. The annual fuel cost is $2,000, based on $15,00 miles of driving annual for five years with gasoline costs based at $3.30 a gallon. Take a look at the styling! It's what I call the Origami school of automotive design, with it's folds, creases, sharp character lines and "floating," dramatic roofline that has kind of a cantilevered look to it.  Inside, the interior is just plain out of this world. Ours wa trimmed with premium Ascot Lather appointed seats with a diamond-quilted Alcantara inserts--the design of choice for extremely expensive cars like Jaguar and Bentley. And the trims chosen for the door inserts and dash and other places was the most unusual yet that I've seen this year--faceted "Liquid Chrome" finishes that you have to see to believe.  I can't even describe. No words to convey it! If I sound like I loved this car, it's because I did---big time. In the interest of full disclosure, I've had a thing for Maximas ever since I had a blue four door 1989 Maxima, the first year that the model began its ascent as the "4DSC"--four door sports car.  Everybody on earth, at least in my neck of the woods in Pittsburgh's hip, trendy Shadyside neighborhood had one. But soon enough, It seems the standout Maxima of 1989 gave way to the Maxima of the 2000s, which by then, , , had become....pleasantly pedestrian. It was time for a change, and a return back to its roots. There isn't a screw, a bolt, a chip of paint to this car that is pedestrian. And we, at Automobile Journal, salute Nissan for being a risk taker and a darer when it comes to design.  High time SOMEBODY in the industry decided to take the road less travel.  Bravo. The Maxima's strong points are its gorgeous designs, inside and out, its surefooted performance on the road, responsive acceleration and sure, safe braking.  It offers an awful lot of car for comparatively less money--a big advantage. Controls were easy to use and quick to please, too. But to be a large car, Maxima doesn't offer a lot of interior room, especially for rear passengers, and if you are not into sports handling, you may want to opt for one of the several milder other cars in the Maxima lineup. The Maxima SR, meanwhile, is the ride of choice for the sports car enthusiast, and people who don't fit that description might find themselves thrown around a bit. But overall, we enjoyed our Maxima SR, and we were quite reluctant to let it go.    

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