The 2016 Maxima lost over 80 pounds from its frame, making for a more svelte gluteus maximus indeed.

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Nissan's signature V-motion grille and boomerang headlights make the Maxima instantly recognizable.

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The new Maxima sits 1 inch lower than the outgoing model, giving the car a sportier look.

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LED daytime running lights are standard across all trim lines, but you'll have to upgrade to the SR or Platinum trims to get LED headlamps.

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Power heated side mirrors with LED turn signal integration is standard on the upper trim lines.

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A swooping body crease along the side of the Maxima emphasizes the slightly flaring fenders.

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Signature LED boomerang taillights and chrome tipped dual exhaust bring a sporty edge to the rear of the Maxima.

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Our SR trim test model comes with 19-inch diamond-cut aluminum alloy wheels, wrapped in all-season rubber.

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Blacked-out pillars give the illusion of a floating roof.

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Overall the four-door Maxima cuts a stunning appearance.

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The 2016 Maxima is power by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, knocking out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque.

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An 8-inch color touchscreen is standard across all trim lines.

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All Maximas come with satellite radio. Presets are easy to program and the 11 speakers in our SR test model did a fine job of pumping out the volume.

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While the navigation system is easy to use, the graphics could use an update.

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The spot on driver-focused cockpit is one of the best features of the Nissan Maxima.

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Nissan's zero-gravity seats make for comfortable road trips.

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Contrast stitching draws attention to the diamond quilted Alcantara inserts in the seats.

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The center console is tipped toward the driver, clearly dividing the cabin into driving space and riding space.

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A flat-bottomed steering wheel speaks to the sporty quality of the Maxima, but the tuning of the system seems to be a bit off.

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The infotainment system can be operated from the touchscreen or the control knob on the center console.

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The biggest disappointment in the new Maxima is the inclusion of a continuously variable transmission instead of a six-speed manual, or even the seven-speed automatic that's in Nissan's 370Z coupe.

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A 7-inch driver's display fits nicely in the middle of the gauge cluster.

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