Gulf Insider spends 3 days in Dubai with the hottest Maxima.
The Maxima has built itself a reputation as a large sized salon that offers sporty performance. It is one of the fastest salons of its class on the market. In fact, Nissan describe it as a “four door sports car”. Well, not everyone will agree with that, but if you’re looking for a large family salon with sporty performance that won’t break the bank, the Maxima is worth checking out – especially the extra sporty SR which we spent three days driving around the UAE and got to know fairly well. The SR has the same engine as all the other Maximas – a front wheel drive 3.5 litre V6 engine providing an impressive 300 horse power/261 pound feet of torque that drives the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). So the SR has the same engine, but distinguishes itself with retuned dampers, stiffer springs, and a larger front stabilizer bar to optimize the car’s handling ability. It also has paddle shifters for more driver control. There’s 19-inch wheels (as opposed to 18” on other models), active engine sound enhancement, and a few braking-based features that improve ride and handling.
On the road it’s relatively quiet, even in Sport mode, but the steering grows weightier when Sport mode is activated, which makes this car much more fun. Inside, the cabin is spacious and comfortable. There’s an 8 inch touchscreen, and in the SR we were driving there was rich leather upholstery. There’s plenty of space, though headroom is at best average. There are 5 model types: S, SV, SL, SR and Platinum. The S comes with LED headlights, remote engine start, keyless entry and ignition, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, adjustable driving modes, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power adjustable front seats, 60/40-split rear seat, navigation system, two USB ports, Apple Car Play and Android Auto integration, and an eight-speaker audio system, a rear view camera and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The Maxima SV adds navigation, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, leather upholstery, and an upgraded driver seat. The SL further adds dual-panel sunroof, active noise reduction, front and rear parking sensors, ambient interior lighting, and a Bose premium audio system. The top of the line Platinum does away with some of the SR’s performance add-ons but adds automatic wipers, surround-view parking camera, a power-adjustable steering column, driver-seat memory functions, power-adjustable passenger seat, upgraded leather upholstery and trim, and a rear power sunshade. The boot is not particularly large though the rear seat backs will fold down to accommodate larger items, and it has an opening wide enough for golf clubs. According to the dealers, the car has not been launched yet in Bahrain.
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