It’s safety sweeps season for the auto industry, and Nissan is cleaning up nicely!
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is one of the foremost rating organizations in America. When it comes to safety, their word is law. Luckily for Nissan (and Nissan drivers), four Nissan models have received IIHS Top Safety ratings.
The Top Safety Pick+ is the highest honor of all the IIHS Top Safety ratings, and two Nissans took this title home: the 2016 Nissan Maxima and the 2016 Nissan Murano. These sedans are going to be big deals next year!
Just below Top Safety Pick+ is the Top Safety Pick. Two more Nissans scored this award: the 2016 Nissan Rogue SUV and the 2016 Nissan Sentra.
To earn a Top Safety Pick rating, a vehicle must score “Good” or better in all five of the IIHS’s crashworthiness categories. To earn that ultimate plus-sign, a vehicle must also earn an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention.
The all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima SR was recently put to the test as it completed laps around the track at Buttonwillow Raceway. It was up against some stiff competition in the 2015 Acura TLX 3.5 with Technology Package, 2015 BMW 328i, and Audi A4 2.0T quattro Premium Plus Tiptronic. The Maxima more than held its own, though, posting the best lap time out of them. Check out the Nissan Maxima performance times below.
Acura TLX 3.5L
Audi A4 2.0T Quattro
Nissan has been positioning the 2016 Maxima as the “4-Door Sports Car” and it’s most certainly living up the name!
Pierre Loing, vice president of Product Planning at Nissan, said, “We expected the all-new 2016 Maxima, with its re-engineered engine, transmission and chassis to do well, but frankly even we were surprised by the head-to-head test results against some very well-established luxury sports sedans.”
The all-new NissanConnect℠ Services program is powered by SiriusXM® and promises to keep drivers more connected, engaged, and aware than ever before. NissanConnect Services will provide users with unprecedented access to their vehicles and the outside world, including vehicle monitoring, security and remote access.
According to a recent news release, three levels of services will be available when the system debuts on the 2016 Maxima later this year. The basic level is NissanConnect Services, which will include emergency services such as the Stolen Vehicle Locator and Automatic Collision Notification, along with maintenance alerts, like Dealer Service Scheduling Reminders and In-Vehicle Messaging.
A the next level (NissanConnect Services Premium), users will benefit from everything included in the base package plus remote services such as Remote Start and Remote Door Lock/Unlock along with monitoring alerts like Curfew Alert and Valet Alert.
The highest level of services offered is the NissanConnect Services Premium Plus program, which adds a full-suite of concierge services, including Connected Search, Assisted Search, and Journey Planner.
Nissan says that the NissanConnect Services program will also be available on four other models later this year, but has not yet revealed which models, or when.
Look for the exciting 2016 Nissan Altima to make its way to Bates Nissan later this year.
If we had asked you what Nissan’s flagship model was last year, odds are your answer would have been the Nissan Altima. By all logic, you’re right. The Altima sold 336,000 units in 2014. Reviews are fantastic and they’re easily recognizable on the road. So you probably wouldn’t have believed us if we had told you the Maxima was the real flagship.
Nissan agreed with this sentiment, after the Maxima sold only 50,000 units in 2014. The engineers did their part and made sure to bring the Maxima and a certain logo out of an early retirement. Headlining next year, the redesigned Nissan Maxima: Four Door Sports Car.
The all-new Maxima has five trim levels: S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. The base model, S, comes fully loaded with plenty of convenience features many other automakers consider optional, like navigation and remote start. The “4DSC” logo is hidden away in the headlight and taillight lenses.
The interior of the Maxima looks and feels like an airplane cockpit, just as you’d expect from a sports car. Under the hood is a 3.5L V6 engine that can hit 300 hp with a press of the gas pedal. Fuel economy hasn’t been forgotten: 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city.
You can find the Tennessee-built 2016 Nissan Maxima on lots this summer. Starting price: $32,410, a bargain if we’ve ever seen one.