The 2016 Nissan Maxima SR is the sportiest, most aggressive variant of the model, identified by the SR badge. Plenty of luxuries, comfort elements and hardcore-level details, like the diamond-cut aluminum alloy wheels, makes the 2016 Maxima SR one of the stronger, mid-level sedans offered in the market, this time by the Japanese maker.
Despite the SR isn’t the most luxurious variant of the Maxima available to date, it is the most sport-focused one. If you want a luxury and cozy Maxima, go with the Platinum variant. But, if you want a perfect balance between an executive-level sedan and a high-performance vehicle, the SR version is for you. We decide to talk about this model because its specs, more inspired by speed.
Let’s review the main features of the 2016 Nissan Maxima RS.
Performance Tools for the Maxima SR Version
This beautifully designed, elegant sedan packs a DOHC 24-valve 3.5 L V6 that generates 300 hp and 261 lb-ft of maximum torque. No matter which variant of the Maxima you could choose, they all have this engine on board. For those crazy GT-R enthusiasts, like us, you could like the fact that this motor were greatly improved by following the basics of the Godzilla’s engine architecture.
There are multiple transmission setups available, all of them with CVT technology for enhanced performance and more efficient shifting, making the driving experience smoother and enjoyable. The 2016 Maxima SR also features, in an exclusive way, a sport-focused suspension for improved handling at top speeds, paddle shifters, which are really impressive by the way, dynamic control module and other interesting, high-performance features.
As an executive-level sedan, it has plenty of cutting-edge safety technologies operating to protect the driver and the passengers all the time on the road. In this matter, the Maxima SR features smart forward collision warning with an automated brake as well. Other driving assistants on board prevent undesirable situations, like running out of air in the tires.
It has a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h) and goes from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 6.0 seconds, proving that is possible to achieve a nice performance with all the luxuries of a mid-entry, four-door sedan.
Impressive and Elegant Design, All Made for Pleasure
The front-wheel-drive Nissan features 19-inch diamond-cut aluminum alloy wheels, as we mentioned already, with all-season, top-quality tires, four parking sensors, leather seats with Alcantara inserts, an 8-inch touchscreen display on the central console, steering wheel with heating capacity wrapped in leather, climate-controlled seats as well, smart cruise control and other interesting toys. There a really sensual start/stop button on the console that has a special value for us.
The 2016 Maxima SR has a modern, sexy design that catch everyone’s attention. The edge-focused design on the front gives it a severe, bold look. The rear, with its LED taillights, puts a step closer to the future. The Maxima SR feels this way like an aggressive, high-performance sedan from Germany.
Its curb weight of 3544 lb (1607 kg) makes it a pretty lightweight car for all the components on board and for being a full-size sedan. Inside there isn’t a lack of opulence, making the driver feel a top notch involvement with the model.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Maxima SR is a mid-entry sedan filled with the GT-R’s blood. Its bold, capable engine offers the driver a sport-like experience on the road without taking away all the comfort and the appropriate elements of a modern, four-door sedan.
It has a base price of US$38.495 for the SR variant. Only the luxury-focused version, the “Platinum”, offers more in the comfort subject, without offering the improving tools of the sport-like driving sessions mentioned a couple of times before.