A-List Rides: One Car, Two Cities In 2016 Nissan Maxima

First City: I was invited to join some of the executives form Nissan’s Nashville office at the BET Experience in Los Angeles, California.

I arrived at LAX and Nissan left their 2016 Nissan Maxima SR for me at the airport so that I could drive myself to the JW Marriott at the LA Live complex where we were staying and all of the BET Experience activities were taking place.

I was amazed by the masculine new nature of the Maxima and the intricate details in its remodeled exterior design. The additional black accents along the windows and upper paneling of the vehicle just really added a high-end quality to the sedan.

Inside, its beautiful leather interior had signature stitching in the seats. I was pleasantly surprised by the attention to detail both in the exterior and interior of the new Nissan Maxima and I had only been with the car a few minutes.

Nissan Maxima on display in Los Angeles

Nissan Maxima on display in Los Angeles

I drove myself to the hotel, parked the car for most of the weekend (I did make a trip to Sweetie Pies North Hollywood location with my friend Trenyce that Saturday) and drove to the airport the day after the BET Experience ended.

Nissan wanted me to live with the car and said they’d arrange for me to spend more time in this retooled Maxima when I got back to Washington, DC.

Second City: Weeks later in DC, I scheduled some time to really live with the Nissan Maxima. Much to my surprise, the same beautiful blue model (its called Deep Blue Pearl) showed up again.

This new Nissan Maxima is an affordable luxury vehicle. And fact was realized with at least 10 exchanges like this one: “What kind of car is this?” I’d answer: “The new Nissan Maxima!” And they would reply: “Wow, I wouldn’t have thought it was a Nissan.”

Jawn Murray & his mentor Tanya Hart pose with the Nissan Maxima behind them

Jawn Murray & his mentor Tanya Hart pose with the Nissan Maxima behind them

While it has elements of a sports car and its fast as hell on the highway with its gutsy 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 300 horsepower; everything about this car is high-end. The design, the leather, the detailing, the mahogany wood trim, the ambient lighting, 8.0-inch touch-screen with navigation and Apple CarPlay. Basically, the Nissan Maxima has every amenity imaginable except for a sunroof—though I’m sure you could get one added.

On regular drive it glides and on sport it flies like bird. I put it on Virginia’s Highway 66 and drove about an hour into the Commonwealth’s countryside in the Maxima and enjoyed every minute of it.  I also drove it up to Baltimore and took a few of my professional wrestling buddies for a ride. They loved it too!

The Maxima has adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking. Plus, the gas mileage is solid with 22 city miles and 30 highway miles per gallon. The ticket price on my car was around $39,000.[divider]

Spin Control: Two cities, two experiences but the same love of this vehicle. One thing is clear: the 2016 Nissan Maxima is a must-have car!

Status: A LIST[divider]

WATCH: Check out the inside look into the 2016 Nissan Maxima SR below. If you have questions about the car, go to and posts comments under the vehicle.

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