2023 Nissan Maxima pricing has been announced, so get one while you still can.
In August, Nissan told us that the Maxima would cease production in the middle of next year. This wasn't a complete shock since other large sedans such as the Hyundai Azera, Chevrolet Impala, and Kia K900 have already exited the local market. While Nissan didn't expressly rule out an all-new Maxima, the chances of this seem slim as the brand doubles down on its electrification plans.
If, however, you fall into the minority that still appreciates the timeless elegance of a large sedan, the 2023 Maxima's pricing and updates have just been announced. Don't expect much to change, however.
The 2023 Maxima will once again be sold in a choice of three trims: SV, SR, and Platinum. At $38,140 for the SV, this represents a small $300 increase over last year's equivalent model. The mid-range SR now costs $43,300, also $300 more, and the Platinum goes for $44,250, a more substantial $1,100 jump over last year's Platinum.
For 2023, all Maxima models now come with the new Nissan logo both inside and out. To compensate for its higher price, the range-topping Platinum now has soft semi-aniline leather upholstery and illuminated kick plates. This upholstery replaces the previously standard premium Ascot leather with diamond quilting.
No other changes have been applied to the 2023 Maxima, which is little surprise considering that the sedan is on its way out. Chrysler did much the same with its 300 sedan, which is soon to be discontinued, and received its own mild facelift earlier this year. Chrysler, however, saw fit to send the 300 off with a final revival of the V8-powered 300C.
Although the Maxima doesn't excel in any single area, it remains a comfortable sedan that's packed with features and delivers deceptively rapid performance from its 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. It's just a pity that this solid V6 is saddled with an uninspiring CVT transmission.
All Maxima variants come with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite that includes lane departure warning, intelligent cruise control, and blind-spot warning. The top-spec Platinum adds luxuries like power rear window sun shades, heated front/rear seats, and wood trim.
Even though it has become less competitive through the years, the current Maxima still managed to rack up the awards late into its life. The 2022 model received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, it was rated as the best car for teens in the $35,000-$40,000 category due to its safety and reliability ratings, and it came out above every other car surveyed in last year's J.D. Power APEAL Study that assesses owners' emotional attachment and excitement level towards their vehicle.
If the Maxima nameplate never returns, we'll look back fondly on an era where large sedans once had their time in the sun.