nissan has freshened its maxima sedan for 2019 and given it a fresh starting price of $34,845 for the base s trim level, a $530 price increase over the 2018 maxima base model. the other trim levels get similar increases. (all prices include an $895 destination charge.)
the 2019 model, unveiled recently at the 2018 los angeles auto show, has gotten a light refresh of the exterior styling and interior that aims to be classier as well as sporty, along with some new feature choices and safety technology. even with the higher pricing, the 2019 maxima undercuts the base price of its strongest rival among mainstream-brand full-size sedans, the 2019 toyota avalon, which starts at $36,420.
the 2019 maxima offers s, sv and sl trim levels, as well as the sportier-appearance sr version and a top-of-the-line platinum model. two options packages will be available: the sr will offer a premium package, featuring a dual-panel panoramic moonroof, a 360-degree camera system, and advanced safety and driver assistance tech. and the platinum will offer a reserve package with special-design 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a fancier leather interior.
starting prices for the other trim levels are $36,855 for the sv, up $540; $39,335 for the sl, up $600; $40,425 for the sr, up $850; and $42,335 for the platinum, up $350. the sr premium package adds $1,820, and the platinum reserve package adds $1,140.
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the 2019 maxima gets a more pronounced grille, new front and rear bumpers, new headlights with an led array and a stronger version of the boomerang led daytime running lights. the interior gets materials and trim upgrades on each level. an 8-inch touchscreen is standard, and it includes navigation on all but the base model. standard safety tech includes a front collision system with automatic braking and, new for 2019, a driver alertness warning and a rear door alert to check the backseat for forgotten children or things.
optional on the sr and standard on the platinum is a new bundle of safety and driver assist tech nissan calls safety shield 360. it includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic high beams and rear automatic braking. the sole powertrain is a 300-horsepower, 3.5-liter v-6 with a continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
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