Tech Spec: 2016 Nissan Maxima

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Nissan has launched its new, eighth-generation Maxima, so you should be seeing a few on the road and soon, in your bays.

The halo vehicle for the Nissan brand is offered in a range of trim levels: S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum. The 2016 Maxima is available with a standard 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 rated at 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. Also standard is an advanced Xtronic transmission with manual shift mode, sport tuning and D-step Logic Control, which simulates shifts, giving a more natural acceleration feeling without holding a high rpm constant. Fuel economy is projected to increase by approximately 15 percent versus the previous generation Nissan Maxima, due to engine revisions, which include more than 60 percent new parts compared to the previous 3.5-liter V6.

The 2016 Maxima offers enhanced handling and a comfortable ride starting with a redesigned platform that features the first use of 1.2GPa high strength steel in a Nissan sedan, and a revised 4-wheel independent suspension with monotube rear shock absorbers. Four-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes provide responsive braking while 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist come standard. Steering is provided by a vehicle speed-sensitive hydro-electric power-assisted steering system.

The 2016 Maxima is available in nine exterior colors, including two Maxima-exclusive colors, Forged Bronze and Coulis Red. The 2016 Maxima features new boomerang-style headlights and taillights, LED daytime running lights and two-piece taillights. Machined-finished, 18-inch, aluminum-alloy wheels with painted inserts and all-season tires come standard.

The 2016 Maxima offers safety, security and driving aids, including Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, Forward Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Warning. These features come standard on SL, SR and Platinum trim levels.

Inside, the 2016 Maxima is equipped with a central driver’s cockpit that features optimal reach to all controls and a center stack angled toward the driver. The Display Commander control, located on the console, allows easy access of the center display. Interior quietness is enabled by an Active Noise Cancellation system that helps reduce unpleasant low-frequency sounds.

Other interior features include standard NissanConnect with navigation and 8.0-inch capacitive color display with smartphone-like controls, streaming audio via Bluetooth, rearview monitor, Nissan Intelligent key with push button ignition and intelligent climate control.

The all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima carries a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $32,510. A top-of-the-line Maxima Platinum with 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a Platinum Technology package, splash guards, floor mats and a premium spoiler will cost a driver just under $40,000.

Servicing the 2016 Nissan Maxima

Standard maintenance features 5,000 mile or six month (whichever comes first) service intervals for drivers who primarily operate the vehicle on the highway in temperate conditions. Premium maintenance is a Nissan-recommended optional upgrade that adds services when maintenance is performed. Performing the Premium upgrade services may optimize the performance, durability, reliability and resale value of the Nissan Maxima. Additional maintenance items for severe operating conditions should be performed on vehicles that are driven under especially demanding conditions. Additional maintenance items should be performed if the vehicle is primarily operated under the following conditions:

·  Repeated short trips of less than five miles in normal temperatures or less than 10 miles in freezing temperatures

·  Stop-and-go traffic in hot weather or low-speed driving for long distances

·  Driving in dusty conditions or on rough, muddy or salt-spread roads

·  Towing a trailer or using a camper or car-top camper


Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or six months:

·       Replace engine oil and filter

·       Rotate tires

Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or 12 months:

·       Inspect automatic transmission fluid

·       Inspect brake lines and cables

·       Inspect brake pads, rotors, drums and linings

·       Inspect CVT fluid

·       Inspect drive shaft boots

·       Inspect manual transmission oil

·       Inspect propeller shaft (4WD/AWD/RWD)

·       Inspect transfer case oil (4WD/AWD)

Every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) or 18 months:

·       Replace in-cabin microfilter

Every 20,000 (32,000 km) or every two years:

·       Replace brake fluid

·       Inspect automatic transmission fluid

·       Inspect axle and suspension parts

·       Inspect exhaust system

·       Inspect front suspension ball joints

·       Inspect fuel lines/connections

·       Inspect fuel tank vapor vent system hoses

·       Inspect steering gear and linkage

·       Inspect steering linkage ball joints

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every three years:

·       Replace engine air filter

Every 40,000 miles (64,000 km) or every four years:

·       Inspect engine drive belts

Every 105,000 miles (168,000) or 126 months:

·       Replace spark plugs


Premium Upgrade adds the following services to Standard Maintenance schedule.

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every three years:

·       Lubricate all locks/hinges

·       Replace automatic transmission/CVT fluid

·       Replace engine drive belts

·       Replace manual transmission oil (if applicable)

·       Replace radiator cap

·       Replace transfer case oil (4WD/AWD)

·       Replace wiper blades

·       Inspect all lights

·       Inspect headlights, adjust if necessary


Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or six months:

·       Inspect axle and suspension parts

·       Inspect brake pads, rotors, drums and linings

·       Inspect drive shaft boots

·       Inspect exhaust system

·       Inspect front suspension ball joints

·       Inspect propeller shaft (4WD/AWD/RWD)

·       Inspect steering gear and linkage

·       Inspect steering linkage ball joints

Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or every 12 months:

·       Replace brake fluid

Fluids and Capacities

Engine Oil: API SAE 0W-20; capacity is (with filter change) 5.125 quarts (4.8 L) or 4.75 quarts (4.5 L) (without filter change)

Coolant: Prediluted Genuine Nissan Long Life Antifreeze/Coolant (blue) or equivalent; capacity is 2.375 gallons (9.2 L)

CVT Fluid: Genuine Nissan CVT Fluid NS-3

Brake Fluid: Genuine Nissan Super Heavy Duty Brake Fluid or equivalent DOT 3 

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