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The 2017 Nissan Maxima has style and swerve beyond its class and price. It doesn't look like the related Altima, though it shares its architecture and powertrain, and we say it's succeeded. The Maxima has a quirky flair that's global in appeal, if a bit thick in some places.
The Maxima reads differently depending on where you gaze. Its big grille and boomerang headlights up front have been duplicated throughout much of the Nissan lineup; and from the rear its tall tail is overshadowed by the roof, which appears to float. The floating effect is established by blacked out rear pillar, though it is toned down in darker shades of paint, if you're nervous about how it will age. From the rear three-quarter perspective, the Maxima's fenders capture every flick of light—nearly to the point of being a distraction.
From the side, the Maxima looks a little more subdued and less muscular. The body shows its overall length—192.8 inches—and looks related to the Murano SUV, with which it shares its architecture.
The Maxima and Altima share a significant powertrain skeleton, albeit slightly changed in the Maxima. Its 3.5-liter V-6 engine is reworked from the Altima for more power—300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque—and its continuously variable transmission (CVT) has a higher final drive ratio to keep the engine on song.
The V-6 in the Maxima is a new offshoot for a relatively old engine family for Nissan, and one that we've found comes with its drawbacks. It's not particularly pleasant to listen to at higher revs, and at full throttle, it can venture into the too-loud zone. Thankfully, an acoustic windshield is standard and active noise cancellation comes in all but the base model; both work to tone down the noise.
The Maxima weighs about as much as a new Camaro and has similar power, so we expect 0-60 mph times in the six-second range—an estimate clearly backed up by the Maxima's gutsy hustle away from stoplights.
The 2017 Maxima is one year removed from a significant overhaul, but at its base is a full-size competitor with a mid-size frame. The Maxima is a spin off the related Altima, albeit more sporty and handsome. For better or worse, it's adept at carrying four people—sporting potential is in the eye of the beholder.
By the numbers, the Maxima measures 109.3 inches between the wheels and 192.8 inches long. The first figure is identical to that of the Altima, and the second figure is within an inch of the Altima's.
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