The Japanese automaker has decided to make customers choosing the 2018 model year Maxima weigh in the price increase against the subtle tweaks operated to keep the sedan fresh.

The customers can choose a completely new color, and also spec in some additional standard technology. For starters, clients don’t need to change their smartphone if they want access to the smartphone mirroring functions, because Nissan has now added support for Android Auto as a standard, in addition to the infotainment system’s existing support for Apple CarPlay. Rear seat passengers can also hook up their devices to get juice from the new pair of USB ports. The new Carnelian Red hue complimenting the existing color palette is also mixed with black accents for the grille.

Just like it’s the case with most of the lineup for the 2018 model year, the Maxima is also getting the carmaker’s automatic braking system – a radar keeps track of the vehicle in front and signals a potential crash, and if there’s no response it will also automatically start reducing velocity. The standard available powertrain is kept unchanged – a 3.5-liter V6 good for 300 horsepower (224 kilowatts) linked to the front wheels through a CVT. Prices kick off at $33,905 for the 2018 Maxima S and top out at $41,575 for the Maxima Platinum trim.



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