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The 2020 Nissan Maxima is an impressive sedan that delivers in all the right areas, catering to buyers looking for a great car in an SUV filled the world. Nothing has changed under the hood. There’s a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a CVT that sends power to the front wheels. That may not sound like much or anything worth getting excited about but the Maxima has a surprising amount of pep to its step. The motor is refined, sounds great and provides a lot of power — something that isn’t quite expected in a package such as a full size, front-wheel-drive sedan. Even if you don’t associate CVTs with sporty drives, the Maxima makes a somewhat compelling drive, but there are other factors involved, too.

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Driving Assistance System

It’s relatively quiet too thanks to active noise cancellation, and the Maxima has some strong driving assistance systems. Blindspot warning, intelligent cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert are all available at lower trim levels than before, and you can also get lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and rear automatic braking as well. However, Nissan does have an extra gear to offer, at least in other places of its lineup. The ProPilot Assist that’s available on the Rogue and Leaf would be right at home here on the more premium model, allowing buyers to access a more tightly integrated set of driver assistance with a single button.

Safety Features

Maxima SV and higher models are equipped with Nissan’s suite of active safety features, called Safety Shield 360. Blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic alert are part of the safety suite. Maxima SR and Platinum models also get traffic sign recognition and active lane control, although the system falls short of the ProPilot Assist features found on other Nissan models.

The 2020 Nissan Maxima is an impressive sedan that delivers in all the right areas, catering to buyers looking for a great car in an SUV filled the world. All trim levels come with automatic 9004 led headlight bulb 6000K, emergency front braking, eight-way power driver’s seat, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the SV and up include blind-spot monitoring, LED car lights on front headlamp, sunroof, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming mirror, and ProPilot Assist. At the Platinum level, you also get a 360-degree camera, leather upholstery, navigation, and premium audio.

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Standalone Add-ons

The Nissan Maxima has several useful standalone add-ons, as well as class-dependent packages. The SR allows for the inclusion of the Premium Package for an additional $1,820, which adds a memory system for the driver’s seat, rear automatic braking, a dual-panel panoramic moonroof, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, and an intelligent around-view monitor. For $1,140, you can apply the Reserve Package to the Platinum trim, which comprises 19-inch alloy wheels, semi-aniline-upholstered seats featuring dynamic diamond-quilted leather inserts, a two-tone leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated rear seats. The interior trim is also changed to a Satin Bronze palette. Useful standalone add-ons include alloy sports pedals ($180), a wireless smartphone charger ($250), or Nissan Wi-FI ($450) on trims that don’t already have them standard.

The Maxima is a decent contender within the full-size sedan segment, but the Altima is perhaps the best sedan Nissan has made to date. The Altima’s 2.5-liter turbocharged engine isn’t as strong as the Maxima’s V6, but the mid-size sedan still keeps its big brother on its toes. However, the so-called mid-size Altima offers a more spacious interior and trunk than the full-size Maxima. Add to this the fact that the Altima is quite a bit cheaper at around $25,000, and you can overlook a few of the luxury features it is missing since it doesn’t lack in safety or infotainment. In terms of value for money, it is hard to beat the Altima, and impossible for the Maxima to do so.

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