Has it been two years already since Nissan launched their all new Maxima? Yes, and as time goes by the competition starts catching up. But you don’t really need to update a car which at the time of launch had it all. It had power and features which its competitors are now coming up with. Except for a stretchy CVT transmission which is in all fairness significantly better than any other CVT in the market there was nothing else to fault on. But Nissan decided to give it a fresher lease by introducing a new trim and that’s called the “Midnight Edition”.
2018 Nissan Maxima Midnight Edition Review
Nissan will use the “Midnight Edition” trim later on its other models but for now, the 2018 Nissan Maxima Midnight Edition gets all chrome bits painted in black, black 19 inch alloy wheels, alcantara interior lining and blue contrast stitching; the V-Motion grill however is not touched. The Maxima looks meaner than most and with this it looks even more menacing especially with the dark grey paintwork on our tester.
At AED 160,000.00 the Midnight Edition Maxima is expensive but you have to step back and look at what Nissan has to offer. This is a car that is good for 300 horses, has CVT which in the real sense essentially gives us instantaneous linear acceleration and gives better fuel efficiency, a 6 second sprint to 100 kmph and driver safety like blind spot assist, radar guided cruise control, predictive forward collision warning, forward emergency braking and rear cross traffic alert.
If that was not all, the Maxima comes with remote start, which helps us cool down its interior before stepping into it, and the infotainment now is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready. Oh and not to forget ventilated seats. It is true that now you do get a lot of choice in the market, manufacturers who are finally listening to their customers and packing their cars with all of the above features. The Maxima had them two years ago. But there are subtle things that makes the Maxima special, at least to us.
We love the fact that the dials are analogue and not digital, there’s something about the look of an analogue dial which the digital ones cannot mimic 100%. There is a digital speed reading which is good, the steering is flat bottomed and lines with smooth grain leather which makes the tactile feel that much better. For some reason Infiniti, which is a premium brand uses coarse leather grain to line up its steering, I don’t know why.
The seats are supportive and comfortable, the suspension is firm and geared more for dynamic driving but equally adept for city and normal cruising around in. And finally the Bose speakers which is more than capable in exciting our audio senses. Yes the Maxima has always been one of our favorites even though it’s mated to a CVT. But then we are knit picking on issues which may not be issues.
When it comes to the Japanese big three i.e. Nissan, Toyota and Honda. It’s Nissan which is more dynamic. The V6 is a class of its own. You need to drive one to find out what we mean. Numbers don’t always tell you everything. 300 horses might in itself look good but how good it is you need to find it out yourself. There are subtle things which can only be felt when you experience it. Though Nissan would like to call the Maxima a sports sedan, we would like to call it a highway cruiser. How fast you want to cruise that’s up to you but know that the Maxima not only has the looks but the brawn to cope up with any driving conditions, at least on tarmac, you may throw at it. Whether its Jabel Jais attack or a coffee run the Maxima has you sorted.
Images by Arnab Saha: 2018 Nissan Maxima Midnight Edition Review
|2018 Nissan Maxima Midnight Edition Review|
|Gearbox||CVT 2nd Gen|
|Rated Output||300 Hp @ 6,400 rpm|
|Rated Torque||355 Nm @ 4,400 rpm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||6.0 seconds claimed|
|Fuel Consumption||13.1L/100KMS Combined as tested|
|Price (AED)*||AED 160,000|