In a class all its own, the 2017 Nissan Maxima is by far one of the best cars on the road for 2017. In some ways the 2017 Maxima is a sports sedan, but can also be seen as small luxury car. The Maxima received a major refresh in 2016, and much stays the same for 2017, with a few minor adjustments. Apple CarPlay has been added as standard equipment for 2017, and there has been some minor shifting of what's included in various trim levels. The new Vanity package and a Medallion package add some flair in appearance for this year, as well. Otherwise, the Maxima is relatively unchanged from last year's model, but the Maxima remains a comfortable vehicle that's surprisingly fun to drive. Thinking of taking this stylish sedan for a test drive? Keep reading to learn more about the 2017 Nissan Maxima, including trim levels, features and more!

In a class all its own, the 2017 Nissan Maxima is by far one of the best cars on the road for 2017…

In some ways the 2017 Maxima is a sports sedan, but can also be seen as small luxury car. The Maxima received a major refresh in 2016, and much stays the same for 2017, with a few minor adjustments. Apple CarPlay has been added as standard equipment for 2017, and there has been some minor shifting of what's included in various trim levels. The new Vanity package and a Medallion package add some flair in appearance for this year, as well. Otherwise, the Maxima is relatively unchanged from last year's model, but the Maxima remains a comfortable vehicle that's surprisingly fun to drive. Thinking of taking this stylish sedan for a test drive? Keep reading to learn more about the 2017 Nissan Maxima, including trim levels, features and more!

The 2017 Maxima is a mid-sized sedan that comes in five trim levels: S, SV. SL, SR, and Platinum. The base S model starts with 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, keyless ignition and entry, dual climate control and power front seats, as well as an 8-inch touchscreen display. A navigation system, rearview camera and Bluetooth are options on this model, as well. The SV adds heated mirrors, parking sensors, leather seats, and heated front seats. The SL adds a sunroof, heated steering wheel, interior lighting advances, and a premium Bose audio system. Many technological safety items are also available in this trim. The SR is the sportier option, with 19-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension and paddle shifters. Technological features can slow the car when going into a corner too fast, even out bumps in the road and even help keep the car on its path. The Platinum is the top-of-the-line model and most luxurious of the trim levels. It has all the other standard features, and adds power adjustable steering wheel, a 360-degree camera parking system and a driver attention alert system. The Platinum has the Nissan Connect, which includes emergency notifications.

Despite the various trim levels available, there is only one engine option for the 2017 Maxima: a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 300 horsepower and 261 foot-pounds of torque. This year's Maxima also has front wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission. There is a manual shifting mode available on the higher trim levels. The Maxima gets and estimated 25 miles per gallon, combined, which is fairly standard for vehicles in this class. The Maxima can get up to 60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds and has an estimated top speed of 135 miles per hour. The Maxima can get to 100 miles per hour in 14.1 seconds, and can do a quarter mile from a standing start in 14.4. seconds, so make no mistake - this is a powerful vehicle. The Maxima was able to stop from 160 miles per hour in 122 feet.

A rear-view camera is now standard at all trim levels, as well as anti-lock brakes and traction control. On the SL and higher, a blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and forward collision warning systems are all standard. The Platinum model also includes a 360-degree camera and a parking system and a moving object detection system. The highest level adds a driver drowsiness monitor, as well, which notifies the driver visually when any object is moving around the vehicle. The 2017 Maxima received five out of five stars in government crash testing - the highest rating possible, making this one of the safest vehicles on the road. The Insurance institute also gave it the highest score for frontal and side impacts. The insurance institute also gave it a superior rating for its forward collision warning and mitigation technology.

The Nissan Maxima is a solid five-passenger sedan with enough sporty features and luxury touches to give it a good balance. It's V6 engine offers adequate power for most driving situations, and the 2017 Maxima accelerates well and drives smoothly. It is also nice enough inside to give it a luxurious feeling. The back seat and trunk are not as big as some would like, and all-wheel drive is not an option, but the Maxima has enough positives to make it a strong contender for 2017.