Above the Altima, the 2020 Nissan Maxima is Nissan’s flagship sedan with five seats and front-wheel-drive capability. An automatic gearbox and a standard 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine provide all power. The Acura TLX and Volvo S60 are two of its main rivals. The Nissan Safety Shield 360 system is now included in the vehicle’s standard equipment. Autonomous braking with pedestrian recognition, automated rear braking, lane departure warning, high-beam assist, and blind-spot warning is part of the active safety package.


The NISSAN MAXIMA was offered in 5 trim levels in 2020:

  • 3.5 SL
  • 3.5 SV
  • 3.5 Platinum
  • 3.5 S
  • 3.5 SR

Performance and Fuel Economy

Instead of a big sedan like the Toyota Avalon or Kia Cadenza, think of the Maxima as an Altima V-6. Compared to the mid-large class, its size and shape are superior, but its performance is somewhat better. To begin with, there’s the basic 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which puts out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. As a sports sedan, it’s unfortunate that this tried-and-true engine has been paired with an automatic transmission that’s more at home in an economy vehicle. All-wheel drive isn’t an option, and front-wheel drive is the only one provided as standard.

The engine offers good acceleration, but the gearbox bogs it down with droning and lengthy rev-holds. The paddle shifters on Maxima SR models imitate an automatic transmission, although we think an 8-speed automatic would be preferable. THANKS TO ITS FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE AND CVT, the EPA estimates Maxima’s combined fuel economy at 432 miles. Expect to pay a little more at the pump than you would with comparable mid-size sedans since premium fuel is necessary.

Interior Design

Contrast stitching and faceted metallic trim adorn even the basic S trim level’s driver-centric cabin, keeping with the maxim that more is better. The Rakuda Tan semi-aniline premium leather upholstery found in the Maxima Platinum Reserve is nothing short of stunning when it comes to luxurious interiors. In addition to the saddle leather seats, which have diamond-quilted stitching, the metallic dashboard and door panel trim has been given a bronze hue.

The 2020 Maxima Platinum Reserve looks, feels, and even smells like a luxury car thanks to its soft-touch materials and fabric-covered windscreen pillars, cushioned center console, and padded door armrests. Looking at the lower inside panels reveal cheap-looking material that proves the Maxima does not belong in the Infiniti lineup. The 2020 Maxima’s front seats are as comfy as those found in the most recent Nissans. Perfectly supportive, these Zero Gravity seats from the manufacturer are almost invisible to the touch. Add the smooth and supple leather upholstery and heating and ventilation to create a vehicle that provides all-day comfort if you don’t mind the rather restricted driving position.

2020 Nissan Maxima

Driver Comfort

The sides of the center console and door panel armrests, where your legs may come into touch with the cabin, are carefully cushioned and upholstered by Nissan. While driving for many hours, we hoped there were more thick materials in these areas. Compared to the less-priced Altima, Maxima’s backseat feels cramped. Like the ones at the front, the back cushions are quite comfy and supportive. Adult passengers don’t have a lot of space to spread out.

Owner’s Manual

A 2020 Nissan Maxima owner’s manual set containing all the required information for future maintenance, vehicle operation, and features is found with the vehicle. Topics of the owner’s manual include:

  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance Record

While this list is thorough, the owner’s manual for the 2020 Nissan Maxima owner’s manual provides more operational suggestions to enhance the user experience.

Technology and Safety

While all Maxima vehicles come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SV and above trims have 8.0-inch touchscreen displays with built-in navigation. In addition to NissanConnect Services, Platinum models have automatic collision notifications, smartphone start, and a stolen vehicle finder. Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, high-beam assist, and auto rear braking comes standard for the 2020 Maxima. The Nissan Maxima strikes a lasting impression with its pulse-raising appearance. This midsize sedan has immediate curb appeal with its contoured body, trademark boomerang headlights, and quad-tipped exhaust finishers.


  • Height: 56.5 in
  • Length: 192.8 in
  • Width: 73.2 in
  • Curb weight: 3676 lbs

Engine type: Premium Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L

Fuel tank: 18 g

2020 NISSAN MAXIMA Factory Service Manual

The service manuals go through every aspect of how the car operates. The vehicle’s purchase price does not include the service manual for your 2020 Nissan Maxima service manual.

  • Safety Restraints
  • Instrumentation
  • Before Driving
  • Starting and Operating
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Specifications
  • Capacities
  • Servicing
  • Customer Assistance

The service manuals for the Maxima are vast and cover every aspect of the vehicle’s service and repair.


The price list for the 2020 NISSAN MAXIMA  is:

  • 3.5 S: $34,450 or €32717
  • 3.5 SV: $36,650 or €34807
  • 3.5 SL: $38,840 or €36887
  • 3.5 SR: $41,650 or €39555
  • 3.5 Platinum: $41,840 or €39736

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I pay for a 2020 Maxima?

Between $32,222 to $40,505

What years of Maxima should I avoid?


What are some common Maxima problems?

Steering Wheel Locking, Automatic Transmission Failure, Timing Chain Problems, Sunroof Explodes