The Nissan Maxima turns 35 this year, having started life in 1980 as a boxy machine that epitomized everything that was wrong with design cues at the time. Stylistically it sat half-way between a Chrysler K-car and a Mercedes 300D, but it hasn’t aged as well as either. In fact, few of the generations of Maxima that came and went between then and now would be considered attractive. Thank goodness, the new 2016 Maxima looks great. More importantly, it’s great to drive, too.
The New Maxima features a dramatic styling that might leave some confusing it with a Mazda. Perhaps that explains the huge “Nissan” badge on the nose, but though it may not be unique in every design cue, it all works. Strong, flowing creases and arches providing strong definition of fenders. The arching roofline tapers dramatically into the tail. Even the incredibly busy nose, full of lines and shapes, all comes together nicely.
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