Efficiency and performance go a long way for drivers in and around St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters. If you're looking for a new, sleek sedan and have these two priorities at the top of your list, then this 2021 Nissan Maxima MPG and performance review will prove handy!

Along with discussing efficiency, we'll also be touching on the engine specifications as well as other notable features that make this model tick. If you want to see how the 2021 Nissan Maxima handles in real time, you can always contact St. Charles Nissan for a test drive!

Nissan Maxima Miles Per Gallon

Every trim level of the 2021 Nissan Maxima sports a 3.5L VQ V6 engine that offers the perfect balance of excitement and efficiency. See what it has to offer at peak performance below:   

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20 MPG

30 MPG

24 MPG

This type of efficiency is seen throughout Nissan brand models, and it makes a car like the Maxima appealing to a variety of drivers, whether you have a long daily commute or take a lot of road trips.

A lot of the credit for this sterling efficiency goes to the refined Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) that features a drive mode selector. This drive mode selector allows you to switch your driving style to better handle changing exterior conditions.

The Drive Mode Selector allows you to choose between two drive modes, normal and sport. Leave your 2021 Maxima in Normal Mode for your everyday driving, or, if you're feeling spicy, flip it up a notch into Sport Mode. With Sport Mode engaged, you'll sharpen the throttle response and steering-and maximize your fun on the road.

Horsepower and Torque

One of the most appealing aspects of the Nissan Maxima is that it pairs high-end fuel economy with dynamic performance. This performance does well in all scenarios, too, blending in beautifully with city streets or rural back roads.

This powerful, gasoline-powered 3.5L V6 engine clocks in with some impressive statistics. At maximum capacity, your 2021 Maxima will offer up 300 horsepower as well as 261 lb-ft of torque.

To further improve the efficiency under the hood, the Maxima is outfitted with the following mechanical features:
• Standard Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System on intake and exhaust valves.
• Electronic drive-by-wire throttle.
• Sodium-filled exhaust valves.
• Anodized pistons.

Those sodium-filled exhaust valves help to cool the engine and keep it from getting too hot when you're pressing the pedal to the metal. The anodized pistons are reinforced to increase longevity of the engine, thus maximizing the overall performance of your 2021 Nissan Maxima.

Performance Features

To maximize your fuel economy and performance, the Nissan Maxima comes with other features as well.

For starters, let's take a look at some of the standard features that help to make the 2021 Nissan Maxima a high-performance beast on the roads. Some of the performance boosters include:

• Standard 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System
• Standard Electronic Brake force Distribution setup
• Standard Brake assist.

If you run into bumps during your travels, the independent strut front suspension and independent multi-link rear suspension will comfortably absorb the blow. There's also a hollow-tube front stabilizer bar and hollow-tube rear stabilizer bar.

Nissan Maxima Trim Levels: Key Features

Now that we have explored the nitty gritty of the 2021 Maxima sedan, let's take a look at the four different trim levels that are available. The four trim types for the 2021 Nissan Maxima are the base trim SV, the sport-tuned SRPlatinum, and the 40th Anniversary Edition.

All four trim levels include a powerful 3.5L DOHC V6 engine under the hood, standard front-wheel drive, and the added peace of mind from the driver-assistance features in the Nissan Safety Shield® 360. The base trim SV comes standard with heated front seats, while all of the higher-level trims include heated and cooled seats.

If your rides call for ultimate handling and control, you may be interested in the sporty SR. The SR trim offers standard fine-tuned suspension and upgraded wheels. Along with performance, the SR also comes standard with a Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof and premium Ascot Leather-wrapped steering wheel.

For a highly refined ride, the Platinum trim places an emphasis on style and comfort. The Platinum trim comes with premium Ascot leather-appointed seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and Satin Birdseye Maple Wood-tone faceted interior trim.

Nissan is also offering the 40th Anniversary trim in celebration of four decades of inspired driving. This includes the features from the Platinum trim, but takes it a step forward with 40th Anniversary edition aesthetic features. Standard red Semi-aniline Leather appointed seats, white gauge faces, and heated rear seats are all included.

Sporty Upgrades

The 2021 Nissan Maxima SR comes standard with sport-tuned suspension for those of you seeking the thrill that usually comes only in a racecar. Sport-tuned suspension means stiffer springs and a larger front stabilizer bar for optimal handling even around the tightest of corners.

If you like to feel the full power of the transmission at your fingertips, the 2021 Maxima SR is also equipped with available wheel-mounted paddle shifters. With the paddle shifters always in reach, the perfect gear settings are, too.

Depending on your choice of trim, you will have access to a few different wheel choices to fit your personality. There are three different wheels to choose from above the base trim, which sits on standard 18-inch machine-finished aluminum alloy wheels.

The 2021 SR comes with 19-inch gloss black alloy wheels, the 2021 Maxima Platinum comes with available 19-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels, and the 40th Anniversary Edition comes with 19-inch 40th Anniversary Edition gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels. 

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See the Efficient 2021 Nissan Maxima MPG in Person

The Nissan Maxima offers an appealing blend of MPG and performance, making it an ideal option for folks in the St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters areas.

You can take this sedan for a spin, too. Simply reach out to the staff at St. Charles Nissan and we'll happily put your test drive together!

12021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 20 City MPG / 30 Highway MPG / 24 Combined MPG for Maxima®. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

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