The 2019 Nissan Maxima Starts at $34,845: Proof That More Is Better? [Video]

Nissan's largest car gets a refresh with more tech, but is it better than the old one?

In a market where most manufacturers are retreating, Nissan focuses on refinement.

The 2019 Nissan Maxima isn’t a radical departure from the previous model. In fact, you may have to look at it for awhile to tell it apart from the old model. In a depressed market, where full sedans are slowly edging toward the abyss, Nissan is sticking with it. This time around, the company has focused on refining their competitor to the Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus and Chevrolet Impala.

The 2019 Nissan Maxima starts off at $34,845 for the S model, including the $895 destination charge. That’s a $530 increase on the outgoing version, while other trim levels also see a price hike.

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Adding safety tech

Apart from the subtle exterior styling updates, the main changes come in the safety department. That kicks off with systems like Rear Door Alert (RDA), which reminds you to check the back seat as you’re walking away from the car. Beyond that, Nissan’s touting its Safety Shield 360 suite in the new Maxima and its other models. Safety Shield 360 comprises systems like Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist.

The rest of the tech front remains broadly the same, apart from two new USB-C ports as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The interior gets optional diamond-quilted leather seats, while the exterior gets a new front fascia and revised grille. Other small changes are the Maxima’s new quad-tip exhausts and new style wheels.

Under the hood, the powertrain in the 2019 Nissan Maxima remains the same. You still get the singular option of a 3.5-liter, 300 horsepower V-6 with a Continuously Variable Transmission.

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2019 Nissan Maxima pricing*:

Trim 2019 MSRP 2018 MSRP Difference
S $34,845 $34,315 +$530
SV $36,855 $36,315 +$540
SL $39,335 $38,735 +$600
SR $40,425 $39,575 +$850
Platinum $42,335 $41,985 +$350

The 2019 Nissan Maxima Platinum stays closest to the 2018’s price. It’s just $350 more expensive, while the others are at least $500 more. Is it worth the extra money? It depends on how much you value the extra tech over the 2018 model.

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