2021 Nissan Maxima Price Jump Distances 4DSC from Altima

Christian Wardlaw | Nov 05, 2020

Nissan is tweaking the upper end of its sedan lineup for the 2021 model year. Previously, we reported changes to the 2021 Altima, including discontinuation of the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with the top Platinum trim level. 

2021 Nissan Maxima Platinum Red Front View

Now, the 2021 Nissan Maxima rises higher in terms of base price due to the base S trim level's cancellation. Starting at $36,990, the Maxima SV is almost $3,000 more expensive than a loaded Altima Platinum. The changes eliminate price overlap between the different models, clearly positioning the Maxima as the company's flagship sedan.

Maxima continues to serve Nissan in the role of a 4-door sports car. It's an older design, and it continues to use a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine from the automaker's glory days. For 2021, it comes in SV, SR, and Platinum trim levels. The base S and the mid-level SL are both chopped from the lineup for 2021.

A new top-of-the-line 40th Anniversary Edition model debuts for 2021. It's based on the Platinum trim and equips the Maxima with Ruby Slate Gray paint, a black roof, black 19-inch wheels in an exclusive design, and blacked-out exterior trim. Inside, red premium semi-aniline leather awaits, along with red contrast stitching, dark-chrome interior trim, heated rear seats, and retro-inspired white-faced gauges that hearken back to Maximas of yore.

With its slimmed-down lineup and a starting price that's higher than the Infiniti Q50 from Nissan's luxury division, it's hard to see how the Maxima survives after the 40th Anniversary celebrations are over. This is especially true in light of Americans' preference for trucks and SUVs.

Nissan is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on November 5, 2020, but it may have changed since that date.

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