It’s easy to forget a time not so long ago when cars were what everyone bought if they didn’t want a truck or they didn’t need a minivan. But if you’d prefer to drive something other than an SUV around Gainesville, Georgia, Buford, Cumming, and Duluth today, the 2022 Nissan Maxima is well worth serious consideration. The Maxima is a handsome, spacious, driver-focused car with a powerful V-6 engine and muscular exterior styling, but it also boasts stellar safety credentials.
The exterior styling of the 2022 Nissan Maxima will immediately grab your attention if you like a car that looks as though it means business, because this one does. The styling of the Maxima has gone down so well with consumers and the media that other models in the Nissan family have adopted a similar look. The front fascia gets dominated by an aggressive deep-V grille flanked by a pair of sleek LED accent lights, and the only word to describe the overall silhouette is muscular.
There are three straightforward trim levels in the 2022 Maxima lineup. The entry-level version of the Nissan is the SV, the mid-range model is the SR, and the range-topping version of the Maxima is the Platinum. All versions of the Maxima are exclusively front-wheel-drive.
You probably wouldn’t be surprised if the Maxima had a four-cylinder engine under its hood, but this is where the Maxima stands out from the crowd. You immediately realize that this is a car that means business when you discover that Maxima’s engine is actually a 3.5-liter V-6 that develops 300 horsepower and 261 lb.-ft. of torque. The Maxima is a pretty substantial car, but the V-6 engine that sends its power to the front wheels through a CVT transmission propels the Nissan to 60 mph from a standing start in around seven seconds.
The Maxima’s well-tuned ride and handling are also excellent, and the car is engagingly quick to respond to directional changes. SV and Platinum models emphasize comfort and absorbing bumps in the road, but the SR is the sportier choice with a suspension tuned to prioritize stiffness and braking.
Automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control are standard across the lineup, and Platinum models even come standard with a surround-view camera system. That helps the Maxima to a five-star rating from the NHTSA and Top Safety Pick+ status from the IIHS, but abundant safety features are just the start of what comes standard with the 2022 Nissan Maxima.
Entry-level SV models get standard Traffic Sign Recognition, Heated front seats, and NissanConnect infotainment with a Wi-Fi Hotspot. The Platinum lives up to its name with standard 19-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels, rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers, a rear-window power sunshade, premium Ascot Leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted leather inserts, and Satin Birdseye Maple Wood-tone faceted interior trim. The SR builds on its sporty driving characteristics with paddle shifters, a sport-tuned suspension with retuned dampers, stiffer springs, a larger front stabilizer bar, and some very mean-looking 19-inch Gloss Black alloys.
The 2022 Nissan Maxima is just as spacious and practical as many SUVs in the same price bracket, but it also delivers a driving experience you’ll struggle to get close to if you go down the sport-utility route. Come and experience what the Maxima has to offer for yourself with a test drive from Jim Shorkey Gainesville Nissan Gainesville here at 2400 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA, or give us a call at (770) 532-6335 for more information and to book an appointment for a time that suits you.