8th Generation Maxima (2016-) Let's see what Nissan has to offer on the 8th generation Maxima

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<<Another deal killer, for me, is the stupid iPad type infotainment center screen. It really feels like they forgot to design it in to the car, then came back and bolted a laptop on to the top of the dash.>>

Many cars are like that, unfortunately, and I too hate the way that looks, it's just horrible. Last year I test drove a Mazda 3 for my wife, and that was one of the turnoffs for me, when it came to that car (one of many ... I would never buy a Mazda 3, I don't care about the "zoom zoom" slogan, it's bull$hit, there is no "zoom zoom" in a Mazda 3).
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<<Another deal killer, for me, is the stupid iPad type infotainment center screen. It really feels like they forgot to design it in to the car, then came back and bolted a laptop on to the top of the dash.>>

Many cars are like that, unfortunately, and I too hate the way that looks, it's just horrible. Last year I test drove a Mazda 3 for my wife, and that was one of the turnoffs for me, when it came to that car (one of many ... I would never buy a Mazda 3, I don't care about the "zoom zoom" slogan, it's bull$hit, there is no "zoom zoom" in a Mazda 3).

Its all Benz’s fault!
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I can agree with much of what you are saying, but Nissan has no decision to make. The Altima and the Maxima are not only aimed at totally different markets, but the Maxima is a step or two above the Altima in mage, desirability, interior, styling, and standard accessories. And the fact Nissan sells more Altimas than Maximas is exactly per Nissan's intentions. Carlos Ghosn made things very clear back in November 2002 when he said the Altima would be Nissan's affordable 'Everyman's' car, with sales hopefully around 300,000 units, while the Maxima would be taken upscale and be Nissan's flagship vehicle, with sales targeted around 70,000 units. And that is what has happened.

If we wish to compare the Altima with other vehicles, that should be done by comparing it against the vehicles automotive magazines and automotive testers do - cars such as the Accord and Camry.

It is to be expected that there will be those here who understandably question what I am saying, I can only encourage those folks to please remember these discussions when the 9th generation Maxima arrives. I don't think that vehicle will be mistaken for an Altima. I base that logic not only on the word we have received from Nissan folks, but on the reality that, with sedans disappearing from the scene, it truly would not be in Nissan's best interest to produce a ninth gen Maxima unless it was distinctively different from the Altima in both styling and content.
2001 Ghosn mentioned that before the intro of the 5.5 and 3rd gen Altima...hehe, it all changed with the 5.5 gen starting the move. They started moving it upscale offering features never offered on a Max before like memory seats, heated steering wheel, auto entry seats, hid's etc etc. Production in 02 went below 100k units from the 130k ish prior intentionally with then new/larger Altima coming to play!


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Old 12-22-2018, 01:27 AM
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2001 Ghosn mentioned that before the intro of the 5.5 and 3rd gen Altima...hehe, it all changed with the 5.5 gen starting the move. They started moving it upscale offering features never offered on a Max before like memory seats, heated steering wheel, auto entry seats, hid's etc etc. Production in 02 went below 100k units from the 130k ish prior intentionally with then new/larger Altima coming to play!
That coming from a man who was on the scene at the time things changed! Thanks for filling in the details, MONTE. All I remember was that the 5.5 2002 had several worthwhile goodies my 2000 SE did not have.

I have seen two 1999 Altimas recently. Those old Altimas were much smaller than the 2002 and later Altimas.

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Old 12-22-2018, 04:57 AM
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Originally Posted by MONTE 01&97 SE View Post
2001 Ghosn mentioned that before the intro of the 5.5 and 3rd gen Altima...hehe, it all changed with the 5.5 gen starting the move. They started moving it upscale offering features never offered on a Max before like memory seats, heated steering wheel, auto entry seats, hid's etc etc. Production in 02 went below 100k units from the 130k ish prior intentionally with then new/larger Altima coming to play!
Very true. I bought my 2002 SE in late 2001. The dealer was pushing hard for me to get the Loaded Maxima (2002) they had on the floor for about the same price. I loved the new look of the altima, the VQ, the lighter weight, bigger trunk, bigger cabin the coolness of the Aluminum trunk and hood....and it was faster. The difficult thing to pass up was the vast quality difference inside the cabin....but, I had 1 year old and was working on another one..so I needed the space.
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:58 AM
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I had an 19 Altima this week as a loaner, while my 16 Max was having some work done. I drove it for most of a day. I had an AWD SL, NA 2.5, that had an MSRP of $32K+.

I was very impressed, mostly with the refined, quiet ride. It should fair well in the Accord/Camry market, but it will never, under any circumstance, be a competitor for the Max. Nothing about the interior, equipment, aesthetics or driving experience is remotely as satisfying as my 52K mile Maxima.

Another deal killer, for me, is the stupid iPad type infotainment center screen. It really feels like they forgot to design it in to the car, then came back and bolted a laptop on to the top of the dash. And I would feel the same if it was in a Lexus, BMW or Cadillac.
You had a 2.5.. Cant compare a 4 to a 6.. Drive a Altima with a 3.5.. Same car... and they look like a 8th Gen. Max...
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:21 AM
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You had a 2.5.. Cant compare a 4 to a 6.. Drive a Altima with a 3.5.. Same car... and they look like a 8th Gen. Max...
The 3.5 is no more in the Altima-Replaced with 2.0 turbo for 2019 Sad day for Altima owners/buyers....well, at least the ones that are enthusiasts .....which is about 2%..lol
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I like the headlights/tailights/fog lights, I like the exhaust, and I am very happy they are matching the handles to the body colour instead of chrome. Looks awesome.
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Old 12-22-2018, 08:15 AM
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The 3.5 is no more in the Altima-Replaced with 2.0 turbo for 2019 Sad day for Altima owners/buyers....well, at least the ones that are enthusiasts .....which is about 2%..lol
Oh wow.. that is right..lol…..
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Oh wow.. that is right..lol…..
They eliminated the only reason for me to buy another....​​​​​​
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I currently have a Platinum 16 pearl with blonde leather. Would like to see a 19 in same color scheme, or even with the racuda color interior (orange)
Here you go.



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Old 12-22-2018, 11:06 AM
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I am sorry.. but that is ugly as hell...
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Originally Posted by kwlbrown View Post
I like the headlights/tailights/fog lights, I like the exhaust, and I am very happy they are matching the handles to the body colour instead of chrome. Looks awesome.
On which car did they match the handles?
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Originally Posted by lindros2 View Post
On which car did they match the handles?
The orange one above, post #3.
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The orange one above, post #3.
Funny - there were a couple of late changes - the black headliner with fully matched belts and the handles - that weren't on the press cars.
Nissan has become incredibly sloppy.
Then again, their former CEO/chairman is in jail.
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Originally Posted by Nmax5150 View Post
I am sorry.. but that is ugly as hell...
Exterior or interior? Or both?
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They oughta call that interior leather color Baboon Butt.
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They oughta call that interior leather color Baboon Butt.
OMG roflmao
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Originally Posted by lindros2 View Post
On which car did they match the handles?
That one with the body colored door handles is the SR version, seems as if they are trying to go back to there roots. The old SE (SR now) always had body colored door handles and the other versions had silver as they do now. One thing that stopped with the 4th gen for the SE model that I miss was the total blacked out trim which made it look even more sporty, since all of the sporty models have that silver/ black trim combo!
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That coming from a man who was on the scene at the time things changed! Thanks for filling in the details, MONTE. All I remember was that the 5.5 2002 had several worthwhile goodies my 2000 SE did not have.

I have seen two 1999 Altimas recently. Those old Altimas were much smaller than the 2002 and later Altimas.
Yea I think of all of the .5 gens thus far the 5.5 gen had the most extensive changes, one that we all love was the intro of the 3.5 VQ that we all love from the silky smooth 3.0 VQ. Also new seats, side sills, bumper, headlights, steering wheel, gauges etc. The other 2 gens that had major changes was the 6.5 gen with new seats, front end, major dash/interior changes, new CVT, etc ,and the 3.5 gen with a new 3.0 VE engine for the SE, airbag, new seat fabrics along with the usual cosmetic changes. This 8.5 gen well it's sorta meeeh (I do like the new rims although), that white one that Lindros took pics of is ok but one thing that is odd to me is the way that they painted the rear diffuser body color with that upside down "v motion" effect. Not feeling that at all!!

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... (I do like the new rims although), that white one that Lindros took pics of is ok but one thing that is odd to me is the way that they painted the rear diffuser body color with that upside down "v motion" effect. Not feeling that at all!!
Btw - the wheels look nearly identical to those on the Infiniti Q50 (or whatever the hell it is now). Talk about recycled parts.
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Btw - the wheels look nearly identical to those on the Infiniti Q50 (or whatever the hell it is now). Talk about recycled parts.
Lol, you are right good eye..! They look very very similar to the Q50 Red Sport 400 rims!
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Exterior or interior? Or both?
Both.. ALL of it.. That car does NOT look good at all.
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Both.. ALL of it.. That car does NOT look good at all.
Subjective but wrong on all counts. Getting ready to order a 19 now
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Here you go.

thanks Lindros.....on second, may be not a fan of that rakuta color....
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Don't know if I would go with that combination.....but......it does look upscale.....I could live with it...Better than Leatherette!!
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Originally Posted by Nmax5150 View Post
Both.. ALL of it.. That car does NOT look good at all.
Do you like the previous look better or at all?
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The Platinum color selections suck - almost same (if not exactly same) as 2018.
Red, white, black, blue...
The orange is only for SE...
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Originally Posted by lindros2 View Post
The Platinum color selections suck - almost same (if not exactly same) as 2018.
Red, white, black, blue...
The orange is only for SE...
I was hoping for Storm Blue to make a return.
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The Platinum color selections suck - almost same (if not exactly same) as 2018.
Red, white, black, blue...
The orange is only for SE...
lindros2, the new orange exterior color (Sunset Drift) is available for the SR and regular Platinum (not Reserve) trim levels.
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Originally Posted by lindros2 View Post
Here you go.

This is the exact car I want to pick up once my Titan is paid for in a couple yrs. Love it! The only thing missing would be the paddle shifters (which I had on my 2012 and used them all the time), but I don't want the stiffer suspension of the SR.
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Funny - there were a couple of late changes - the black headliner with fully matched belts and the handles - that weren't on the press cars.
Nissan has become incredibly sloppy.
Then again, their former CEO/chairman is in jail.
Or you can wait for the facts to be posted before posting nonsense.

SR trim has body colored handles.
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I am sorry.. but that is ugly as hell...
I never have thought brown dress shoes with black or grey pants was very stylish. Dump that color shade of brown.
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The 2019 Altima no longer offers the 3.5 L V6, they changed to 2.5 Turbo.
I guess thats one way of doing it, but limiting the Altima isnt really what I meant. More hp for the Maxima like why can't they turbo the 3.5?
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At a quick glance they look like the same car.. Too close to justify a 10 grand price difference..
They look nothing alike. This Altima was based on the 7th Gen Maxima styling cues. The just released Altima has the styling cues of the 8th gen Maxima. Then Nissan will totally redesign the next Maxima to look totally different.

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I never have thought brown dress shoes with black or grey pants was very stylish. Dump that color shade of brown.
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I guess thats one way of doing it, but limiting the Altima isnt really what I meant. More hp for the Maxima like why can't they turbo the 3.5?
The VQ/CVT are ideally matched as is. More HP would require a new stronger CVT or conventional auto or manual transmission, neither of which Nissan will opt for. Nissan is not going to redesign the Maxima powerplant to appease the very few.
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Ghosn came very close to being released on bond last week, but the Japanese government attorneys decided they had found further unreported income, arrested him anew, and invoked a clause that enables them to keep him incarcerated another ten days, with an option for even ten more days after that. I suspect he may be out on bond around January 11th. I am hoping the big decision-makers at Nissan do not make too many sudden decisions or major changes of plans, such as cancelling the 9th gen Maxima. The thing that concerns me is that Nissan and Mitsubishi have already announced they are replacing Ghosn, and Renault is slowly beginning to separate from Ghosn also. Thankfully, I feel the 9th gen Maxima plans are far enough along that It will not be dropped.

The next year is going to be fun, as we hear more and more rumors of what we will have in the 9th gen Maxima, and after that year of rumors, actual facts will begin to appear, and the excitement will really build I hope the color selection for the ninth gen is back to the usual eight. I'm not sure we have eight colors available on the 8.5.gen. For the 9th gen, I hope the sunset drift (burnt orange) is available on the top of the line Platinum, and not just on the SE and one version of the Platinum. I also hope a rich natural tan color for the upholstery is available on most, if not all models. I will be excited to catch my first glimpse of the 9th gen styling, but, as with most folks here, I will be most interested in the power train and functional items such as AWD. I suspect the 9th gen will move from 'near luxury' to 'very near luxury' in price, as well as content.

The 9th gen will probably be my last Maxima, because I don't think Nissan dealers can ethically sell Maximas to folks that have passed age 100. Sort of joking, but sadly close to the truth.
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The next year is going to be fun, as we hear more and more rumors of what we will have in the 9th gen Maxima...
Don't get your hopes up. Still too early for that.

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