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Nissan Maxima Named to “2016 Wards 10 Best Interior” List 

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – WardsAuto today named the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima as one of its “10 Best Interiors” for 2016. The Maxima features a bold new exterior design and a premium-crafted interior anchored by a command central fighter jet-inspired driver’s cockpit that rivals luxury vehicles.

Maxima was chosen among a field of 47 nominees with all-new or significantly improved cabins, including 15 sedans. Also included among the “10 Best” nominees were the freshened Nissan Altima and all-new Nissan TITAN full-size pickup. The Maxima will be honoured at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference on May 11th in Detroit.

Now in its eighth generation, the flagship Maxima sedan was noted by the editors ofWardsAuto for being the ideal front-wheel-drive sport sedan with a warm, inviting interior that competes with significantly more expensive vehicles from luxury brands.

“This interior makes a brilliant first impression,” said WardsAuto Senior Editor Tom Murphy. “The Maxima exhibits expert craftsmanship and reminds us once again why it serves as Nissan’s flagship. We love the black-and-camel colour scheme, two-tone flat-bottom steering wheel,’Liquid Chrome’ metallic trim and Alcantara diamond-quilted seating surfaces. Nissan took some chances with the Maxima interior, but the rewards are evident.”

2016 Nissan Maxima SR Interior

Eight WardsAuto editors selected the “10 Best Interiors” after spending February and March evaluating the vehicles and scoring each based on materials, ergonomics, driver information, safety, comfort, fit-and-finish and aesthetics. There is no price cap for the competition, though value remains an important judging criterion. This is the sixth year that the “10 Best Interiors” awards have been given. The new Nissan Murano was named to the list in 2015.

WardsAuto editors have said that the line continues to blur between luxury and mainstream brands in terms of premium materials, connectivity, driver-assistance and infotainment systems – and the new Maxima certainly fits that positioning,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “Nissan products are developed in a global collaboration and so was the new Maxima. We are especially proud that Nissan Design America and Nissan Technical Centre North America played significant roles in that process. This strongly validates that here in North America we can design, develop and manufacture highly competitive world-class products with global appeal, as recognized by WardsAuto.”


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