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2025 Nissan Maxima Is an Electric Sports Sedan Worth Waiting For

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From the May 2023 Issue of Car and Driver.

What It Is

Reports of the Maxima‘s death are greatly exaggerated. While the internal-combustion Maxima is set to conclude this year, we won’t have to wait long for its electric successor. We expect it to carry some of the sharp styling from the 2019 IMs concept, a car Nissan referred to as an “elevated sports sedan.” To our ears, that sounds pretty close to “Toyota Crown.”

Why It Matters

Nissan remains dedicated to sedans even as automakers are abandoning the segment in favor of SUV-ing everything. Putting a genuinely futuristic electric sedan at the top of its lineup would help solidify the notion that sedans are here to stay.

Platform

The Maxima EV will ride on Nissan’s CMF-EV platform, which underpins the Ariya electric SUV and is shared with partners Renault and Mitsubishi. It’ll serve as the base for more than a dozen EVs by 2030.

Powertrain

The base Ariya makes 214 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, and an entry-level Maxima wouldn’t be unsurprising with a similar setup. In keeping with the Maxima’s sporting intent, it’d be nice to see the IMs concept’s figures—483 horsepower and 590 poundfeet—make an appearance.

Competition

BMW i4, Hyundai Ioniq 6, Sony/Honda Afeela EV sedan, Tesla Model 3.

What Might Go Wrong

It could very well end up a watered-down Bud Light, like the last three generations of gas-powered Maximas.

Estimated Arrival and Price

Production is due to kick off in Canton, Mississippi, in 2025. Pricing should be close to that of the Ariya, which starts in the mid-$40,000s.

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Cars are Andrew Krok’s jam, along with boysenberry. After graduating with a degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, Andrew cut his teeth writing freelance magazine features, and now he has a decade of full-time review experience under his belt. A Chicagoan by birth, he has been a Detroit resident since 2015. Maybe one day he’ll do something about that half-finished engineering degree.



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