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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Nissan Maxima

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/10/2015 Megan Stewart

We haven't seen a new generation of the Nissan Maxima since 2009, but for the 2016 model year Nissan has introduced the all-new Maxima, which boasts better fuel economy and a much-needed update to the interior and exterior. The new model has cleaner, more aggressive lines, giving the Maxima a sporty appearance. The interior has been redesigned with the driver in mind, with modern touches and premium materials. Is the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima what the automaker needed to make the sedan relevant again?

While Nissan toned down the drastic body lines of the Sport Sedan Concept for the 2016 Maxima, there are a striking number of design elements that made it to production, including the new grille design. Unlike the outgoing model, the new Maxima features a highly stylized V-motion grille from which the new boomerang headlight design seems to flow from. Gone are the horizontal slats that made up the interior of the rectangular grille.

Nissan has also kept the concept's "floating roof" that features blacked-out A-pillars. At the rear, the strong body lines continue and flow with the new taillight design with LED lights. In terms of dimensions, the new 2016 Nissan Maxima is 1.3 inches lower, but is 2.2 inches longer than its predecessor. These new proportions translate into a larger interior, and give the Maxima a more commanding presence than models past.

Taking a look inside, the cockpit has been completely redesigned. The inspiration for the center stack seems to have come from the new grille, which is a vast improvement over the somewhat bulky version on the outgoing Maxima. The Maxima's center stack is no longer cluttered with an exorbitant amount of buttons and knobs, but instead showcases a clean, simple layout highlighted by a touchscreen infotainment system. The air vents have also been redesigned and lay horizontal on top of the infotainment screen. The interior also features more upscale materials, giving the Maxima a more premium feel. The flat-bottom steering wheel adds a touch of sporty appeal, further cementing the ties between the exterior and interior.

We like the significantly updated new 2016 Maxima, and feel that Nissan played it smart by retaining the Sport Sedan Concept's bold look. The new sporty lines translate inside and out for a model that fits in with a segment with strong competitors like the Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera. Do you think the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima is refreshing or revolting? Let us know in the comments below.

© Provided by MotorTrend Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Nissan Maxima

Last week's Refreshing or Revolting featured the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, and it was given positive feedback, with only a few not loving the new look.

"This is very refreshing. It looks very sporty and sleek. And it's definitely a huge improvement over the last Malibu," said ossaning_part.

"Very refreshing, nicely done all around, just missing the V6; otherwise this is a sure hit and will take sales away from everyone from the 200/Fusion to Camry/Accord and more as long as the price is right. Congrats to team Chevy," said 4.25x3.75.

"Revolting. The exterior's utterly generic now, and the interior still screams rental car special," said tortillarat.

"Refreshing from what it replaced. Still not as sexy as the Fusion or Mazda6," said Tron101.

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