2019 Maxima Wins Second J.D. Power Award of Year


The 2019 Maxima continues to sweep the J.D. Power awards collection, this time taking the top place in the 2019 APEAL study.




If you’re looking for an award-winning sedan, the 2019 Maxima has crushed the competition this year. The J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study was recently released, with big wins for Nissan. The 2019 Maxima sat proudly upon the throne of first place among the Large Car Segment. This marks the second year in a row that the Maxima has won the honor. 

As if that victory was not enough, it was actually the second award handed out to the 2019 Maxima by J.D. Power. Earlier this year, the sedan sailed to first place in the segment for the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study. Taking the top spot in both awards in the same year is extremely rare, with only seven other vehicles ever accomplishing the feat. 


Award-Winning Sedans 


The 2019 Maxima wasn’t alone in winning awards from the study. The 2019 Altima took the top spot in the Midsize Car category in a three-way tie. With 2020 bringing a refreshed Maxima alongside all-new versions of the Altima and Versa, Nissan feels their sedan lineup is set to conquer all competitors. 

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Other Strong Showings 


While they didn’t take home trophies, three other Nissan vehicles surpassed the non-premium APEAL average this year. The 2019 Armada, 2019 Murano and 2019 Titan all performed admirably in their respective segments. Nissan noted that this was particularly great news for the Titan, which had an excellent performance in the year’s earlier Initial Quality Study. Much like the 2019 Murano, the 2019 Titan took the top spot in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment, with a seventh-place placement among all vehicles. 


Appealing to the APEAL


The J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, held every year for the past 24 years, is one of the nation’s most prestigious automotive awards. Customers who purchased or leased a new vehicle are survey across the country to get their two-cents about their cars, trucks and SUVs. 77 different factors are considered and combined to create a final score. 


With J.D. Power showering the 2019 Maxima in awards, it is hard to argue against owning this sedan. Come check out our selection today at Metro Nissan Redlands! 


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Pull Over, Trucks and SUVs: American Millennials Love Sedans

While big, brawny vehicles may be the poster children for American roadways, a new study from Nissan suggests that the nation’s younger drivers see themselves behind the wheel of a sedan.

Millennial Counter-Car-Culture

According to a press release direct from Nissan, sedans remain a hot ticket item for drivers across the nation, especially with Millennials and Generation Z.

Nissan reported that a study they conducted found that 78% of participants who did not currently own a sedan would consider buying one. That number rose to 86% in those polled from the ages of 18 to 34 years old.

This is welcome news to Nissan, who has ramped up efforts to provide top-notch sedans in the American market. Nissan’s sedan stars include the all-new Versa and Altima alongside the refreshed Maxima.

The latest Versa received a lively new design all around as well as some rarer subcompact class technological upgrades. The Altima now features athletic new proportions, with a lower and wider frame; it is also the proud bearer of Nissan’s first sedan-level inclusion of their ProPILOT Assist driver assistance system. Not to be left out, the Maxima’s upgraded style, safety and convenience make it a strong contender as well.
Nissan’s strong sedan offerings are poised to give the company a leg up on the competition. "We see great opportunity in the sedan segment, which is why we're continuing to launch all-new and refreshed products," said Rob Warren, director and chief marketing manager at Nissan North America.

While other car companies have cut back on sedan production, Nissan’s continued investment should prove powerful in capturing the sedan market. "Sedans are still extremely popular with our customers, so as our competitors exit the category, they're creating even more prospects for Nissan,” Warren said.

Nissan shows no signs of slowing down their sedan production, especially with strong sales from America’s newest drivers. "What we're hearing from younger buyers is that they appreciate the features, versatility, fuel economy and value in our sedans," said Warren. "Sedan design has also come a long way, as these traditional four-door cars shed their generic look, add more technology and take on a more aggressive, stylish profile. As sedans become more exciting to look at and to drive, younger buyers are putting sedans at the top of their consideration list."

Stats on Seeking Sedans

According to Nissan’s study, American car buyers continue to see sedans as worthy cars that are satisfying and functional. As Nissan’s press release laid out, the four main highlights of the study were that:

78% of American drivers not currently owning a sedan would consider buying one now or in the future.
Generation Z and millennial drivers support sedans, as 86% of drivers between 18-34 years old who don't own a sedan would consider buying one now or in the future. Slightly fewer older drivers showed interest, at 81% of drivers from age 35-50.
U.S. sedan owners appear slightly more satisfied with their cars (89%) versus non-sedan owners (88%).
95% of sedan owners listed functionality as the most important aspect they love about their car, versus 94% for non-sedan owners.

If you are one of millions of Americans looking to buy a sedan, come check out our lineup at Metro Nissan of Redlands today!

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4 Improvements to the Nissan Maxima in 2019

The Maxima is a large classic sedan—it is considered a mid-size car—with a luxury look and feel. It has been an important part of Nissan’s vehicle lineup since its initial launch in 1981. The Maxima arrived on the market as the Nissan Datsun Maxima to serve as an updated replacement for the Datsun 810 model. The Maxima was an instant hit among Nissan drivers. It was produced in Japan until 2004, when its production moved to North America—specifically Tennessee. Since it was released to the public in 1981 for the 1982 model year, the Maxima has moved through eight generations as it has been updated and refined to reflect advancing vehicle technology and changing trends in terms of interior and exterior style. Its eighth generation began in 2015 with the 2016 Maxima model, and the current 2019 Maxima also falls within this eighth generation.

Nissan must be doing something right with the Maxima in order to sustain its sales for more than thirty-five years. That being said, Nissan’s decision to continue pouring their valuable resources into improving the Maxima rather than phasing it out is somewhat unexpected considering the current buying patterns in the auto industry. Over the past few years, drivers have been gradually straying away from compact cars and passenger sedans in favor of SUVs, full-size trucks, and other bigger, more powerful vehicles. This shift in the market has led many other popular mainstream auto corporations—like Fiat, Buick, and Chevrolet—to cease production altogether on many of the sedans and smaller cars in their vehicle lineup and focus their time, energy, and money on creating and improving their larger vehicles instead.

Nissan’s choice to improve rather than give up on their long-beloved Maxima might pay off in the long run, though. Experts suggest that the tides are likely to turn soon and that drivers might turn back toward sedans and compact cars rather than trucks and SUVs in the very near future. The improvements that Nissan made to the Maxima for 2019 are not especially glaring. In fact, most of these improvements are fairly subtle, but they are expected to make a significant positive difference in drivers’ experience with the Maxima. These four improvements represent some of the most notable updates that are brand new in the 2019 Maxima model.

Integrated Exterior

The exterior of the Nissan Maxima received important updates for 2019. Its updated appearance is integrated better into the exterior appearance of the rest of the models in Nissan’s vehicle lineup. New LED lighting, the addition of chrome detailing in front, and other small updates and refinements give the 2019 Maxima’s exterior a put-together, luxurious look that is in line with current trends and fits in well with other upgraded Nissan models.

Upgraded Luxury Interior

Two of the major selling points of the Nissan Maxima are its luxury look and feel—which is especially notable in its interior design—and its roomy, ultra-comfy cabin. The upholstery in the 2019 Maxima is upgraded to look and feel even more luxurious for drivers and passengers. Additional luxury upholstery options are also available in the 2019 model.

New Modern Safety Features

Any worthwhile modern vehicle is equipped with the very best in modern safety technology, and the 2019 Maxima does not disappoint in this area. It comes with a host of upgraded high-tech, advanced safety features that keep up with and even surpass modern standards for vehicle safety.

Some of the most notable advanced safety features of the 2019 Maxima include an advanced air bag system including supplemental knee air bags, pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, intelligent forward collision alert, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and more.

Updated Technology

The Maxima’s technology has been noticeably updated for 2019. These technological updates include additional built-in USB-C ports—the Maxima now includes two USB ports and two USB-C ports—to allow drivers and passengers to charge multiple mobile devices at once on the road without fighting over outlets.

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are also now compatible with the Maxima. The integration of these features allows drivers to easily access a wide range of entertainment, information, and communication options using voice commands and a familiar interface to minimize the risk of distracted driving. The 2019 Maxima’s navigation system was also updated for 2019. It allows drivers to save important locations in an address book, offers detailed information on traffic, provides the fastest and most efficient routes to your destination in real time, suggests places nearby for you to go based on what you’re looking for—food, gas, etc.—and more.

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Five Reasons to Consider Buying the 2019 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima has recently reemerged as a top model in the automobile industry. The new Maxima is not only fun to drive but has also proved to be a comfortable ride for a family. Of course, no one can overlook its stylish exterior, which features the midnight edition and a set of black wheels. The 2019 Maxima also boasts of refreshed taillights and headlamps. The grille shape of the 2019 Maxima is more pronounced, and its lower bumper has also been redesigned. Its infotainment system was also redone to match the features of the modern unit of Nissan Altima. The following are the top reasons to invest in the 2019 Nissan Maxima.

Advanced Drive-Assist Display

The fabulous styling of the exterior of 2019 Maxima draws the attention of many shoppers. Its aggressive front fascia comes with grille highlights that make it even more attractive than other models. It also comes with a set of 19-inch wheels and dual exhaust pipes that give it a sportier look. The most popular colors of Maxima are Super Black, Coulis Red, and Deep Blue Pearl. The Maxima has the advanced drive-assist display attached to its gauge cluster to give a high-resolution display and enhance the overall driving experience. Owners of Maxima 2019 have easy access to a lot of information such as safety warnings and navigation instructions. Its graphics are also bright, enabling drivers to drive attentively.

Zero Gravity Seats

The comfort of its seats is one of the things that shoppers consider when looking for a family vehicle. Nissan's cozy and zero gravity seats are top contenders in the industry. These seats are designed to give occupants the ideal anatomical position to help prevent stiffness during prolonged, exhaustive trips. Though the standard Nissan seats are remarkably comfy, ventilated and heated seats are on a different level. The 2019 Maxima inspires drivers with a lot of confidence when they're behind the wheel. It delivers impressive performance and a comfortable ride while on the road. Equipped with ride control technology and sports-tuned suspension, the 2019 Maxima is the most fun-to-drive Nissan model.

A Powerful Engine and Automatic CVT

The 2019 Maxima's Xtronic CVT isn't like other transmissions that hinder performance. You will appreciate the overall responsiveness and quiet operation of its Xtronic CVT. It has an innovative D-Step feature that drivers can utilize to mimic the gear shifts of an automatic transmission. No driver can overlook the fuel-saving design of the 2019 Maxima's Xtronic CVT. Under the hood of the new model of the 2019 Maxima sits a powerful V6 engine. Experts in the automobile industry rave about the high performance of this engine. It can pump up to 261 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Its strong acceleration makes it fun to drive. The 2019 Maxima posted a competitive performance when tested on the track.

Fuel Efficiency and Value-Priced Models

Of course, almost every driver will fall in love with the fuel efficiency of the 2019 Nissan Maxima. It can return up to 30mpg and 21 mpg on the highway and in the city respectively. However, some users of the 2019 Maxima in places with an excellent transport network have experienced even better fuel efficiency. However, drivers might need to power their 2019 Maxima with premium fuel to optimize its performance. The base S model will leave anyone that doesn't want to spend a lot of money satisfied. It has an affordable price of around $30,000, and like other Nissan Models, the base 2019 Maxima comes with the famed VQ-series engine. Its other notable features include an eight-speaker sound system, backup camera, and infotainment display.

Safety Technologies

The 2019 Maxima comes equipped with several advanced safety technologies. For example, its predictive forward collision warning technology makes it a secure family vehicle. It is a reliable technology that can predict an accident several meters ahead, and that allows a driver to react to an emergency as quickly as possible. Over time, Around View Monitor has become an essential feature for urban dwellers. It is available in the 2019 Maxima, and drivers can use it to monitor their surroundings. You can also take advantage of the feature to avoid fender benders when you park a car on a busy street. The amazingly comfortable seats and top-tier safety rating of the 2019 Maxima will appeal to any family. It also comes with a lot of exciting technologies that enhance the overall driving experience and safety. The sports-tuned SR Maxima is also fun to drive due to its high-performance engine. The 2019 Maxima offers a comprehensive suite of safety features, which include the Safety Shield 360. That means it will come with an automated emergency braking system, automatic high-beams, and blind-spot monitoring capability.

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