2016 Nissan Maxima SR – The Gusto Saloon
Nissan has got a specific branding badge for the large Maxima and it’s called 4-DSC. However, if you think those aforementioned alpha numerals mean 4 Wheel Drive or 4 wheel Steering Car then you guys are completely wrong. 4-DSC simply means 4-Door Sports Car! Yeah, not sedan or saloon but the emphasis is on the word ‘Sports Car’. The first time Nissan stick this badge was back in 1989 on the 3rd generation Maxima. Interestingly, it’s the 5th gen that exploded on the roads and made a definitive impact on the customers and brought the commercial success to the brand and the image. The success was much owed to the installation of the legendary VQ35 series V6 engine. The same engine also saw the employment in the 350Z sports car.
The Eternal Lineage
The 5th gen was introduced in the 2000 and lasted the product cycle till 2003 after that 6th gen seems to be in the hiatus until the more dynamic looking 7th Gen arrived in 2009 till 2014. This 7th gen Maxima tried to recapture the traction of the 5th Gen, it’s time for Nissan to introduce the 8th gen in 2015 as 2016 model.
The Dramatic Style – 8.5/ 10
It’s true that most cars sold because of their styling. The emotional element does exist. Hands down the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima scores best when it comes to styling. The 2016 Nissan Maxima is inspired by the US navy Blue Angels Flight Exhibition team. Well, that may be a far fetch idea as Blue Angels flies F/A 18 Hornets fighter jets and as you can see there aren’t any sidewinders hanging or the twin jet engines after burners… yet, in my opinion, Maxima manifests its presence: it seems like the chief designer early impressions with broad strokes made by chiseled markers left overnight in the studio. The drawing on the table was then picked by the sculptor who then transformed into the clay model that straight away got the approval nod.
The all-new 2016 Maxima comes with a new design language. The Maxima SR looks aggressive. From V-Motion front grille and the stealthily placed fog lights in the chiseled-aerodynamic bumper. Signature boomerang front headlight, kick-up C-pillar recalls the old Bluebird of circa ’77 with the floating roof appearance. The profile evokes a highly sculpted beltline starting from the headlights and disappearing into the taillights. Just like any other car today, LED has replaced the dull filament bulbs enhancing the design by adding function and premium looks.
Inside, the cabin is all premium. If there would be an Infiniti badge on the small and tall, flat-bottom steering wheel you would not argue. Our SR trim tester was unique with Zero-Gravity sports leather seats done in diamond-patterned stitching. The door handles, the dashboard-top and the center stack all had precision stitching exemplifying the attention to detail. Nissan, once again said, the cabin is inspired by the same jet fighter, hence they pretentiously use the word cockpit. Yet indeed, I got the sense once seated, I feel snuggled in the driving seat with the dashboard angled towards me providing easy access to the large multi-touch 8″ NissanConnect screen. The ana–digi instrument binnacle consists of two conventional Speedo/ RPM dials with a 7″ Advanced Drive Assist display really works well from the steering mounted buttons.
The 4-DSC Charm – 8.0/ 10
Our tester the 2016 Nissan Maxima in deep blue pearl is almost all-new technically. Consider this: The VQ-series V6 3.5-liter has been redesigned with over 60 percent new parts (compared to the previous generation 3.5-liter V6). And in today’s day and age it is a non–turboed engine! yes, you got that right, a naturally aspirated engine belting out creamy 300 horsepower. For the geeks, the Nissan Maxima has a high specific output of 85.7 horsepower per liter. It’s mated to a performance-oriented Xtronic transmission which in a layman’s term is a CVT or Continous Variable Transmission. There was a time when driving an automatic tranny car we use to wish for a manual gear-shift car. Ironically, driving CVT equipped car you’d wish to have a modern dual clutch manu-matic tranny. However, Nissan has heavily upgraded the Xtronic CVT which now features a wider ratio range, allowing for stronger acceleration from a standing start (0-60 dash in 6- seconds) and an all-new D-Step shifting logic that provides rapid shifts at high throttle openings.
The Maxima SR was fitted with sport-tuned suspension and rides on Bridgestone 245/40R-19 all-season tires for the taut handling. You may feel a bit more feedback and bouncy ride but it is not a jarred feeling. On the positive side, the setup is designed for high-speed cornering to provide stable and quick, flat exits. Also, standard in the SR is Integrated Dynamics-Control Module (IDM) featuring Active Trace Control, which more commonly known as torque vectoring these days. While Active Engine Brake allows aids the Xtronic CVT for the downshifts to stay relative with speed for effective braking the and Active Ride Control keeps the speed in check over the bumps to minimize the impact.
Overall, the ride is quite satisfying. I’d be merrier to have such a car. There’s no reason or excuse that I found which makes me avoid to drive Maxima SR as a daily driver.
Safety 8.5/ 10
The 2016 Nissan Maxima SR comes Nissan Safety Sheild which includes an extensive range of safety, security and driving aids, including Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (CTA) and Blind Spot Warning (BSW). Our Nissan Maxima SR also offers an available Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system which monitors steering input patterns to establish a baseline and helps alert the driver when drowsy or inattentive driving is detected.
Buyer’s Guide to The Galaxy 8.5/ 10
I’m impressed with the 2016 Nissan Maxima SR. it’s a value proposition among the competitor. From the attractive unique styling of the car to the premium quality interior. The SR comes equipped with the dual sunroof. Remote engine -start with intelligent climate control along with heated and cooled front seats to suit the weather conditions. There is ample space for the back seat occupants for the comfortable long ride.
There’s not just the rear camera but the at the front and two additional cameras that make up the Around View Monitor, which uses four cameras to give you a virtual 360° bird’s eye view of the vehicle. With selectable split-screen close-ups of the front, rear and curbside views. to help the driver park the car in any way possible. Turn-by-turn navigation with the regulated speed limit on that particular road. Bluetooth mobile connectivity and USB media hubs all around for the added convenience.
In a recent survey carried out by Strategic Vision Total Quality Impact (TQI) Awards, The 2016 Nissan Maxima scored 720 out 1000 points, hence achieving the best scale. Total Quality Impact (TQI) is the automotive industry’s most complete measure of the quality of a new vehicle, recognized 2016 Nissan Maxima in terms of image and emotional appeal and collected the satisfactory data on key factors such as workmanship, noise vibration and harshness engine power and response.
The TQI Awards concurring with Rearview Mirror’s judging criteria. I am sure potential customers arriving at the Arabian Automobiles Company (AAC) dealership, will find Maxima SR quite rewarding. The starting price of Maxima S is AED 108000 and goes up to AED 146000 for the example that left us tempted!