The 2021 Nissan Maxima will mark 40 years since its original release. Nissan has put together a special and limited 40th Anniversary Edition package for the Maxima which will go on sale this fall. There are many premium upgrades features on the limited edition package, building on what comes equipped in the Platinum trim level. Some of these features include heated rear seats, red contrast interior stitching, black exterior finishers and 40th anniversary badge.
The Maxima dates back to 1981 when the Datsun 810 came out bearing the Maxima name. Originally referred to as the “4-Door Sports Car”, the Maxima was innovative and exciting. Dropping the 810 from its name the true first generation Maxima featured the engine of the 240Z and a 5-speed manual transmission. At the time the industry standard was a 4-speed or less, so this was innovative for the time.
Next came the second generation of Maxima’s, which was from 1985 to 1988. This generation was the first to offer a V6 engine and front-wheel drive. It was the last model to have the option of getting a station wagon style body.
The third generation followed in 1989, being considered the best affordable sedan in the world. It was powered by a 160-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 and fiercely competed with many of the top European sedans at the time. The Nissan engineering team returned in 1995 with a larger design to the body and a new engine. This version of the Maxima was voted as Motor Trend’s Import Car of the Year and was featured on Car and Driver’s 10 best list.
After this three more generations followed in quick succession. The fifth-generation introduced the VQ35 V6 and had 255-horsepower. In 2004 the sixth-generation Maxima made a leap to becoming a more luxury focused sedan. The seventh-generation evolved to a more aggressive exterior styling as well as a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine.
The current generation of Maxima’s debuted in 2016 introducing the V-Motion front end and floating roof design. A facelift followed in 2019 bringing enhancements to security, safety, and technological connectivity.
40 years of the Nissan Maxima have been great, and the trend looks to continue with the upcoming 2021 edition.