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First introduced by Datsun in 1981, the Nissan Maxima‘s evolution of performance and driving characteristics made it worthy of its “four-door sports car” moniker for a time. But is a used Nissan Maxima a valuable investment, or is buying one a mistake? And is a 2016 Nissan Maxima still worthy of the brand’s 4DSC trademark? 

2016 Nissan Maxima reviews and specs

In a review 2016 Nissan Maxima, Car and Driver said, “the eighth-generation Maxima is a sports sedan with rousing performance, in-your-face design,” and a comfortable interior. Since its introduction, the Maxima earned the title of a sports sedan with its lively driving characteristics and above-average performance. 

The 2016 Maxima boasts a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine backed by a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive. Engineering tweaks like sodium-filled exhaust valves, reshaped intake valves, and a redesigned intake manifold combined to gain 10 horsepower over the previous V6. Nissan opted not to bless the Maxima with direct fuel injection for 2016, which would increase throttle response if not overall horsepower. In addition to the horsepower gain, transmission changes also raised Maxima’s fuel economy rating to 30 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city.

A review by AutoBlog says that the 2016 Maxima no longer deserves the 4DSC moniker as it is “only incrementally more sporting than the rest of the big-car segment.” However, the Maxima makes up for its performance lapse with increased luxury, especially in the higher SR and Platinum trim levels. 

AutoBlog calls the Nissan Maxima’s interior “the best in its class” thanks to its soft leather, Italian Alcantara suede, matte-finished wood accents, and “liquid” metal trim. If you’re still looking for more sport-oriented handling, U.S. News recommends the SR trim that includes “a sport-tuned suspension.” 

What are the most common problems with the 2016 Nissan Maxima?

A blue 2016 Nissan Maxima parked
2016 Nissan Maxima | Nissan

According to CarComplaints, the most common 2016 Nissan Maxima problems revolve around its interior accessories. Of those issues, problems with information screens and interior lighting get the most complaints from owners. Overall, since its redesign in 2016, CarComplaints has received very few complaints about the Maxima. 

Is the 2016 Nissan Maxima a reliable car? 

As a recipient of J.D. Power’s “Performance Award,” the 2016 Nissan Maxima received high ratings from owners for its design and performance during the first 90 days of ownership. J.D. Power also gives the 2016 Maxima high marks for quality, reliability, and driving experience. Given its low number of owner complaints and the J.D. Power reliability score, the 2016 Maxima presents one of the most reliable sedans available. 

Is a 2016 Nissan Maxima a good buy?

If a large sedan with seating for five, quick acceleration, and spirited handling while getting up to 30 mpg without needing costly repairs is your cup of tea, then the 2016 Maxima should be high on your list. Of course, models with SR or Platinum trims possess the best performance and luxurious finishes and carry the most value. Still, lower trim levels are just as reliable and feature the same 300-horsepower V6 as the upper trims. 


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