BUYERS beware as a popular car is set to be discontinued so the company can make way for electric vehicles.
Nissan is discontinuing the Maxima model this year, a decision that was announced last summer but is now fast approaching.
The company reported that the now eight-generation model sold just 3,753 units in the first half of 2022, while Nissan’s Altima sold 78,610 units.
In announcing the decision, Nissan gave a clear reason for the change and cited a new direction for the company.
They intended to start “prioritizing electric vehicles” and said to “stay tuned for future Nissan Maxima news.”
The Maxima model has been in use for nearly four decades and is a three-time 10Best winner; For many drivers, it’s a tried-and-true staple.
Car and Driver predicted that the Nissan EV sedan will likely be the vehicle Nissan wants to prioritize given Maxima’s discontinuation.
Drivers took to X, formerly Twitter, to speak out about the company’s decision to remove Maxima from production.
For some, it leads to unwanted emotions.
“I’m really sad that Nissan has discontinued the Maxima. He had so much potential.” Posted a user.
Others are confused about the decision and think it is the wrong move.
“Why is Nissan discontinuing the nicest car they have in the lineup, bro? I understand if they set the opposite…because…who buys that? But the MAXIMA? Nissannn bro, you make strange decisions.” wrote Another user.
“This car had so much potential, man, I’m disappointed. I have an Altima now but now I just want to switch to Honda,” they continued in a response post.
Car enthusiasts have noticed a pattern in the car market as other car manufacturers no longer offer similar car models.
“Maxima has been added to the list of cars that will be discontinued in 2024, along with Camaros, Challengers and Chargers. There won’t be too many fun vehicles left on the road soon.” Posted a user.
“It seems as if the industry has agreed to do away with the full-size sedan. Impala, Charger and now the Maxima is being discontinued.” wrote another agrees.
Many blame the latter model years’ continuously variable transmission (CVT), which uses a pulley system and differs from a traditional automatic transmission in that it has infinite gear ratios.
“The Maxima SE “was” an outstanding automobile in design and performance in its second to fourth generations. After that, it became a more common sedan and lost its 4DSC roots. A CVT transmission killed any remaining excitement,” wrote one commenter on Car and Driver.
Others agreed with her assessment.
“The last two variants were far too bloated, were equipped with a CVT and were nowhere near as fun to drive as the earlier cars,” says another comment.
Despite the Maxima’s crashes, people have hope for Nissan’s remaining models.
“The Maxima was a great car until 2007 when they introduced the CVT. I hope they do a little more with the Altima, but I doubt it,” shared another Car and Driver reader.
“Altima, Accord and Camry aren’t as nice, but offered much of what the Maxima offered at a lower price, and you can argue about the Accord powertrains too,” another consumer wrote.
Nissan has not yet responded to US Sun’s request for comment.