You’ll find five trim levels each with lots of standard features in the 2018 Nissan Maxima, as well as newly standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
That’s enough to earn 7 out of 10 points on our scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The Maxima lineup starts around $34,000 for the base S trim level, which features power front seats, cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
Next up is the Maxima SV at around $36,000, which adds leather trim, heated front seats, a thigh extension for the driver’s seat, and front/rear parking sensors. Another $2,400 buys the Maxima SL, which adds 11 Bose-branded speakers, a panoramic moonroof, LED interior lighting, active noise cancellation, and more USB ports.
If sportiness is your goal, step up to the roughly $39,000 Maxima SR. In addition to its own unique suspension tuning and 19-inch alloy wheels, it features LED headlights, ventilated front seats, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alerts. The Maxima SR deletes the SL’s panoramic moonroof in the name of weight savings and structure stiffening, Nissan says.
Topping the lineup is the Maxima Platinum, which builds on the SL with most of the SR’s features (minus its 19-inch wheels and sports suspension), plus quilted leather upholstery, a surround view camera system, a power rear sunshade, and a height-adjustable passenger’s seat.
All in, a 2018 Maxima Platinum runs around $41,500. The only option package available—the Midnight Edition—slathers the SR in blacked-out trim.
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