Cars come and go. Some vehicle types increase in favor while others fade to a level as appealing as yesterday’s garlic mashed potatoes. But the Nissan Maxima, the brand’s entrant in the large sedan market, continues to go its own way decade after decade. For 2019, style and sportiness are what its product planners say Maxima buyers want.
While most large-sedan buyers seem to crave quiet, comfort, and reliability in a package that doesn’t make waves, the Maxima delivers more than its share of driving fun — OK, sedate fun — and it has styling that is designed to get noticed. For 2019, the Maxima is the beneficiary of what they call in the industry a “mid-cycle refresh,” which means that at about the midpoint in its model life, the manufacturer does things like change the headlights to make the car look different. In fact, that’s just what Nissan did.