The 2017 Nissan Maxima is redefining what it means to be a four-door sports car with futuristic design and exhilarating performance.Receiving a complete redesign in 2016, the Maxima roars into the 2017 model year with more visual enhancements and standard technology like Apple CarPlay.Take a closer look at our 2017 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition test model and see what happens when you combine performance with refinement in a beautiful exterior package. 
2017 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition Exterior
A perfect blend of sports car and sedan, the 2017 Nissan Maxima SR isn’t shy about communicating its performance-focused essence. Elegant lines are complemented with a wide stance and low profile, helping Nissan’s flagship vehicle stand out from the crowd.This eighth-generation Maxima delivers Nissan’s dramatic design language with a V-Motion front grille, boomerang-style headlights, two-piece taillights, and a floating roof appearance. Black-out A-, B-, and C-pillars provide a sleek wrap-around canopy look that flows with the lines of the car.The 2017 Maxima is available in nine exterior colors, and our test model came in the Maxima-exclusive Coulis Red color. The Midnight Edition package adds 19-inch gloss black alloy wheels, a rear diffuser, and a black rear spoiler for a delightfully sinister attitude.Other exterior features include heated outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights, and dual exhaust chrome tailpipe finishers.The 2017 Maxima has been designed with the future in mind, and is sure to turn heads wherever you go. 
2017 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition Interior
Inside the 2017 Maxima is a cabin filled with master craftsmanship and premium materials. Occupants are surrounded by luxury and comfort while the driver takes control from a “command central” cockpit — the center stack is angled slightly towards the driver and a re-positioned floating console allows for easy reach.The Display Commander dial sits just in front of the center armrest, and provides ergonomic control over the vibrant 8-inch NissanConnect infotainment system. This beautiful and responsive touchscreen is where you’ll find all of your entertainment and connectivity needs like satellite radio, GPS navigation, a hands-free phone system, streaming audio, and a variety of apps accessed through Apple CarPlay.Keeping the driver informed at a glance is a 7-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display situated in the middle of the instrument cluster. A Home screen shows navigation, speed, and audio information while subsequent pages relay vehicle and trip data like fuel efficiency, drive time, tire pressures, and more.The driver and front passenger get to enjoy Nissan’s unique Zero Gravity seats with sport bolstering. A three-layer foam design provides increased softness while powered adjustments — 8-way driver, 4-way passenger — help you find the perfect seating position.Our Maxima SR test model came standard with climate-controlled front seats wrapped in premium Ascot leather with diamond-quilted inserts, a heated steering wheel, an 11-speaker Bose sound system, and LED interior accent lighting. Laminated glass on the windshield and front door windows complement the active noise cancellation system to provide a quiet and peaceful environment typically associated with more expensive luxury vehicles. 
2017 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition Performance
Under the hood of every Maxima is a powerful VQ series V6 engine that’s ready to lay down 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque through an efficient Xtronic transmission. Strong acceleration and optimal torque output is achieved with the use of variable gear ratios in the Xtronic transmission, and it's also been programmed to hold revs during high-G cornering so you can immediately get back on the throttle after the turn.The driving experience in the 2017 Maxima is very rewarding, with every aspect exuding sports car characteristics, from steering weight to throttle response to suspension tuning. In Sport mode, engine throttle response increases, the transmission programming becomes more aggressive, and the steering weight increases, all of which results in improved feedback from the car and a fun time for all.Our Maxima SR test model featured an exclusive suspension damper tune and a larger front stabilizer bar which gives the car sportier handling without sacrificing comfort. The dual panel panoramic moonroof has been eliminated on SR models for reduced weight and better torsional rigidity.The 2017 Maxima SR is so nimble and capable that you’ll often forget there’s a second set of doors and seats.Fuel efficiency for the 2017 Nissan Maxima SR is an EPA estimated 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway**. 
2017 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition Safety
The 2017 Maxima SR comes standard with a variety of high-tech safety systems like Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, Forward Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Warning.In the event of a crash, an advanced air bag system works with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor to minimize injury. Supplemental seat- and roof-mounted side-impact air bags are programmed to deploy in a rollover scenario.Other standard safety features include a rear backup camera, vehicle dynamic control, electronic brake force distribution, and LATCH child seat anchors. 
2017 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition Overall
The 2017 Nissan Maxima SR can do it all -- it's your daily commuter, your family hauler, and your weekend sports car. And no matter how you use it, you'll always experience the joy of driving.Starting MSRP for the 2017 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition is $39,015, and our test model came lightly-optioned for $39,465*.Experience the Maxima's performance and refinement by visiting your local AutoNation Nissan dealership. *MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
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