We’re aware that there is nothing very exciting about a car that brands itself as a “full-size sedan”, though when it comes to the Nissan Maxima, that brand is a serious understatement. The Nissan Maxima has changed quite a bit over many generations it has been around, though one thing has remained constant, and that is that this full-size sedan is athletic in design and performance. 

From Humble Beginnings – The Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima first made its debut as the Datsun Maxima when it hit the market in 1981. It was meant to replace the Datsun 810. The name came from the 810 Maxima vehicle, which was actually an upscale model of the original 810. By 1984, the Datsun name was phased out to make room for Nissan.

Powerhouse Performance of the Nissan Maxima

The 2020 Nissan Maxima features a 3.5L V-6 engine that outputs 300 horsepower. It utilizes continuously variable transmission and can go from 0-60 in a surprising 5.7 seconds. It has firm suspension and an aggressive outline for hitting sharp corners.

On the interior, you have a variety of soft-touch controls, power-adjustable seats, automatic climate control, and a push-button start. There is also an 8.0” touchscreen infotainment system.

A Generational Timeline of the Nissan Maxima

  • First Generation Nissan Maxima (1980-1984)

The first-generation Nissan Maxima featured an inline-six engine and was known as the Datsun Maxima.

  • Second Generation Nissan Maxima (1985-1988)

By the second-generation iteration, the Maxima had front-wheel-drive and came with 157 horsepower thanks to the 3.0L V-6 engine. By 1986, the exterior and interior were completely refreshed with updated trims. 

  • Third Generation Nissan Maxima (1989-1994)

The third-generation Nissan Maxima featured a roomier interior and a lighter frame. With the same engine, it could now top out at 137 mph with 170 horsepower. 

  • Fourth Generation Nissan Maxima (1995-1999)

The fourth-generation Maxima was restyled with independent rear suspension and a six-speaker sound system. It now came with front door-side airbags too. 

  • Fifth Generation Nissan Maxima (2000-2003)

The body shell was rounded for the fifth generation, and the new 3.0L V-6 engine could output 222 horsepower. 

  • Sixth Generation Nissan Maxima (2004-2008)

The sixth-generation Maxima featured a 3.5L V-6 engine with a 265 horsepower output. It was coupled with a multilink system and independent suspension. 

  • Seventh Generation Nissan Maxima (2009-2014)

The seventh-generation Maxima featured two well-equipped models: the Maxima 3.5 S and the Maxima 3.5 SV. It came with a completely updated technological system. 

  • Eighth Generation Nissan Maxima (2015-Present)

The eighth-generation Maxima completely changed in design, featuring a wraparound form with slipstream edges instead of the classic build. 

The Nissan Maxima In the News

In recent Nissan news, the 2020 Nissan has traded a fairly small price bump for some pretty hefty safety upgrades. You can learn more about it below!

Celebrity Endorsements of the Nissan Maxima

While we have been unable to find any celebrity Maxima owners, there are a few Nissan celebrity owners, including Sean Penn, Alyssa Milano, and Usain Bolt. 

Best Nissan Maxima Groups

Maxima Forums is one of the leading groups for Maxima owners and enthusiasts around the world. 

The Nissan Maxima – The Four-Door Sports Car

Though the Nissan Maxima may be part of a dying breed of full-size sedans, it is slowly transforming into what seems to be your modern-day, consumer-style sports car. We’re excited to see what Nissan does to hold onto this one-of-a-kind sedan.