The 2021 Nissan Maxima full-size sedan in red parked outside of a luxury home
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The Nissan Maxima is the close you’ll get to luxury without upgrading to the Infiniti division. A full-size sedan with upscale style, performance, and price, the Maxima offers another flavor option from the variety of Nissan’s vehicle catalog.

Like its smaller sibling, the Nissan Altima, the Maxima can trace its roots back to the tangled era of the Datsun and Nissan Bluebird. The Datsun Bluebird was sold as the Nissan Bluebird after the Datsun brand was phased out. A European Bluebird model was eventually rebadged as the Nissan Auster and then replaced by the Nissan Primera. Finally, a Primera model with a V6 engine was called Maxima, which ultimately spun off to become its own unique model. Through this timeline, the first Maxima was released back in 1980 and is currently on sale with its eighth generation.

Now, the Nissan Maxima model is considered the flagship of the Nissan brand. Its full-size competitors include the Chevrolet Impala and the Toyota Avalon, but neither of those vehicles can match its style.

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  • 2021 Nissan Maxima (Starting MSRP $37,090)
  • Pros: The Nissan Maxima offers a near-luxury experience with a stylish exterior, gorgeous and comfortable interior, and plenty of power under its hood.
  • Cons: While more affordable than other full-size luxury sedans, the Maxima still has a steep price tag. Additionally, its handling and cargo space aren’t up to the standards of its competitors.
  • See Also: Altima and 370Z

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