Nissan always parades their Maxima around as a “true four-door sports car,” only for it to come up short in subtle ways that all add up to chucking away at the total expected experience. For instance, the Maxima’s constant use of a CVT transmission robs the car of character and makes it seem robotic.
And it appears Nissan doesn’t have any desire to let up on their use of the CVT as the new Maxima also comes with a CVT.
Though interestingly, the Japanese automaker also released a video of AMCI Testing, conducting an apparent “objective, independent, third-party test,” called the “2016 Nissan Maxima Test Track Challenge.
With that, they took a fully-speced 2016 Nissan Maxima SR and pitted against the new Acura TLX 3.5L, BMW 328i, and the Audi A4 2.0T Quattro. And in the test, the Maxima came out on top with the quickest time.
Don’t forget, the new Maxima can come with a whopping 3.5L V6 with 300hp driving the front-wheels through a CVT, so this all seems quite impressive. Only one way to find out, when we test drive the Maxima later on.