The model created a blueprint for the sport sedan and is now being phased out after the 2023 model year.

, Nissan Maxima Is No More after 42 Years
mike ditz

  • Nissan has confirmed that production of the Maxima will cease in 2023.
  • After 42 years of production, the model will go out on its eighth generation, with the first Maxima dating back to the Datsun 810.
  • Hinting at its forthcoming EV sedans, Nissan says to stay tuned for future Maxima news, signaling the potential for electric use of the Maxima nameplate.

    As the full-size sedan market dwindles, it’s easy to forget the pivotal role that the sport sedan played in providing enthusiasts with practical yet spirited driving experiences. A handful of autobahn-dominating BMW M sedans and Mercedes-AMG models dominate the modern playing field, but Nissan was actually one of the first to get the sport sedan right. Tracing its heritage back to the second-generation Datsun 810, Nissan’s Maxima has been an underdog through its production life, a lineage that will come to an end shortly. Nissan has officially confirmed that, come 2023, the Maxima will cease production.That doesn’t necessarily mean the nameplate is gone forever, considering Nissan has teased incoming electric sedans, and representatives for the company have said to stay tuned for future Maxima news. The Leaf, Nissan’s legacy EV hatchback, is rumored to cease production soon, in a move that would re-focus the company on an all-new EV strategy. Nissan’s EV plans include 23 new electrified models—with 15 of these EVs to be introduced by 2030—and proprietary solid-state battery production.

    , Nissan Maxima Is No More after 42 Years
    Nissan

    The end of the current-generation Maxima isn’t a significant hit to enthusiasts, as the model has continually grown in size and shed parts of its driver-engaging character. That said, the history of the Maxima as a tool for driving fun is extensive. The first-generation sedan started out as a hot-rod of sorts, with the 2.4-liter inline-six engine from a 240Z and a rear-wheel-drive configuration. Front-wheel drive came shortly after, with production for the second generation starting in 1985, but the good news for nostalgic design purists is that the boxy shape remained until the end of the third-generation Maxima in 1994.

    , Nissan Maxima Is No More after 42 Years
    Nissan

    Despite the addition of front-wheel drive, the Maxima became known for its versatility and comfort. Sure, the Maxima never had the finest of interior materials, but a modified version could best a 996-generation Porsche 911 in a drag race. In fact, the Maxima has been widely regarded as a sleeper since the fourth-generation model came out in 1994, with Wards Autos regarding the newly implemented VQ30DE V6 engine as one of the 10 best engines. Beyond the powerful and smooth engine, Maximas have succeeded at inducing driving joy in large part because of the model’s dedication to the manual transmission, offering a five- or six-speed from 1980 to 2007.

    From three-way, adjustable suspensions and digital LCD tachometers in the 1980s to continuously variable transmissions and touchscreen infotainment in 2022, the evolution of the Maxima has been mystifying, with freshness and modernity simultaneously gained and lost through each redesign. There’s perhaps a grain of truth to the claimed loss of passion in some 21st-century car design; Nissan’s nullification of the Maxima’s Datsun Bluebird lineage in the US market would lead many enthusiasts to think so. Waxing poetic is a rite of passage for nostalgic car enthusiasts, and the end of the Maxima era is no different. Even so, let’s hope the hints of a revived Maxima nameplate make for EV excitement to come.

    TECH NEWS RELATED

    Like the Alza and Ativa, the D92A 2023 Toyota Vios will offer more features per RM

    Mid-spec variants are cheaper by around 2 percent High specs variant now matches Honda City's Sensing, full suite of TSS ADAS offered The D92A all-new 2023 Toyota Vios (model code NGC100) is here and the burning question on everyone’s mind is, “is the new Toyota Vios more expensive than ...

    View more: Like the Alza and Ativa, the D92A 2023 Toyota Vios will offer more features per RM

    Rolls-Royce Cullinan Yachting Edition By Carlex Design Gets Brushed Metal Finish

    Even though Rolls-Royce offers virtually endless personalization possibilities, aftermarket specialists still invest the time and effort to customize products from Goodwood. Why? Because regardless of a vehicle’s specification, the owner will get bored of it sooner or later. Another plausible scenario is when the car is changing hands as ...

    View more: Rolls-Royce Cullinan Yachting Edition By Carlex Design Gets Brushed Metal Finish

    Skoda Enyaq line-up revised for 2023 with fresh tech and more range

    Skoda Enyaq MY23 front Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS rear Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS side Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS front Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS rear Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS grille Skoda Enyaq iV front three quarter Skoda Enyaq iV rear Skoda Enyaq iV tailgate Skoda ...

    View more: Skoda Enyaq line-up revised for 2023 with fresh tech and more range

    Renting a Tesla? Here’s What You Need to Know

    So right now, chances are, you’re holding a credit-card-sized piece of plastic in an airport parking garage, looking at the Tesla Model 3 or Model Y you’ve just rented and trying to figure out how to open the damn thing. So you brought out your phone, Googled “how to ...

    View more: Renting a Tesla? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Is Nashville a ‘Crashville’ mess or one of IndyCar’s best?

    Whether you think it’s the peak of unpredictable but exciting IndyCar street racing or a contrived mess, Nashville certainly divides opinion between drivers, teams and fans. On the one hand, it gives us the most exciting race of the year on a street or road course and it reflects ...

    View more: Is Nashville a ‘Crashville’ mess or one of IndyCar’s best?

    Honda Releases Shiny New CB300F In India

    It slots below the neo-retro-style CB300R in Honda's naked sportbike lineup in India.

    View more: Honda Releases Shiny New CB300F In India

    Ferrari’s ‘no reason to change’ defiance misses the point

    Ferrari went into the summer break with defiant statements that its performance in the first half of the 2022 Formula 1 season means there is “no reason why we should change” despite its fading title bid. The recent Hungarian Grand Prix was the latest race to be led by ...

    View more: Ferrari’s ‘no reason to change’ defiance misses the point

    No Reserve Wildcat Convertible Selling At Maple Brothers' Kansas City Sale This Weekend

    Buick came out swinging with the Riviera, then put a Wildcat engine in this cat. Before there was the Hellcat, there was the Wildcat. We’re just kidding, the cars have nothing to do with each other, except maybe offering as much luxury as a performance car can for a good ...

    View more: No Reserve Wildcat Convertible Selling At Maple Brothers' Kansas City Sale This Weekend

    Chery smashes it out of the park in South Africa

    Perodua Received Over 24,000 Orders In July 2022

    Mahindra Scorpio-N Vs MG Hector Price, Engine Specs, Dimensions Comparison

    Road trip on superbikes in the rain: 500 km on an R1 & CBR Fireblade

    Nismo Festival will be held this December at Fuji Speedway

    Jaguar I-PACE Sales Continue The Downward Trend In Q2 2022

    Old Dacia Logan MCV Morphs Into Lada's First Electric Vehicle

    Upgraded from i20 diesel to Nexon EV Max: 1-month ownership experience

    Sime Darby EV Charger Network Every 200km To 300km Along The Highway

    ‘What goes around comes around’ – Ericsson hits out at Grosjean

    SUV Comparison: 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid vs 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

    Tesla equips China-made Model Y with new airbag for extra safety

    OTHER TECH NEWS

    Top Car News Car News