The 2015 Nissan Maxima recently made its eagerly anticipated debut at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. It is a four door, luxury sport style sedan that traverses the roads with style and grace. This year’s model has several new additions in store that set the Maxima apart from the others in its niche. Let’s take a closer look at its features, how it looks and what sort of driving experience it has to offer.
The Maxima really differs from previous versions with its sleek new sporty image. It has a polished, curvy and aggressive look that is similar to the Nissan Rogue. Nissan is obviously trying to cater more towards the younger male crowd but the car’s design turned out to be so sexy that it has an amazingly broad appeal. It will still catch the eye of middle aged men, older men and even women. Simply put, the car is gorgeous.
This “sport sedan concept” is being employed across many of the Nissan vehicles in 2015. Nissan has dubbed the style as “V-Motion”, which provides vivacious curves, boomerang shaped head lights, a rounded hood line and a floating roof. The rear has a streak of chrome that is especially visually appealing. It also sits much lower to the ground than previous versions. The design is generally more aerodynamic to reduce wind resistance. Along with the lower stance, it is made out of much more aluminum than previous versions in order to decrease its weight and increase handling and agility. It measures 191 inches in length by 75 inches in width with a height of 54 inches. The tires are 275/30, and the wheels are 21 inch aluminum alloys.
The new 2015 Maxima has a 3.5 liter V6 engine with 325 horses running at 6400 rpm. This is 35 more horses compared to the previous model. There’s a powerful 298 pound feet of torque and it has a fluid 6-speed manual transmission. The vehicle reaches 60 miles per hour in a mere 5.5 seconds and can go up to 155 miles per hour if you ever find yourself in the worst of jams and need to drive like you’re in an action thriller. It is powered by front wheel drive and achieves good fuel economy. It gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway for an average of around 24 mpg.
The interior is made of high quality premium materials. There are quilted seats with diamond shapes spread across them as well as the interior panels. The dash, instruments and other interior segments are full of metallic accents that make the vehicle seem futuristic and sleek; a nice change from the more conservative Maxima models of the past. Since the vehicle has only been recently debuted, the exact details of the interior bells and whistles are unknown. Nissan’s head of Global Design says the ’15 Maxima is, “…very coupe-like but still has lots of room on the inside. I think it is a nice proportion with a very strong design intention.” It will seat up to five passengers and have the latest security and entertainment features. It is known that the roof will have a special glass hatch that can open with a simple sliding motion.
The 2015 Nissan Maxima will begin selling in the fall of 2014. Considering Nissan’s respected craftsmanship, Maxima’s history of successes, and the model’s new sport aesthetic, one would expect the base model to sell for $40,000. Yet the base model starts at just around $30,000. A fully loaded ’15 Maxima will approach the $40,000 range.