2016 Nissan Maxima SR Bests BMW, Audi on the Track

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2016 Nissan Maxima SR is nearly a second faster than the BMW 328i at Buttonwillow.

The Japanese automaker reached out to AMCI Testing to conduct an objective, independent third-party test for the “2016 Nissan Maxima Test Track Challenge,” pitting the new sedan against the Acura TLX 3.5L, BMW 328i and Audi A4 2.0T Quattro. All four vehicles were taken to the 1.8-mile Buttonwillow Raceway Park’s West Loop where the 2016 Nissan Maxima SR came out on top with a lap time of 1:18.50. Closest to the Maxima was the BMW 328i that turned in 1:19.48 while the Acura TLX 3.5L was in third, finishing in 1:20.58. Fourth place went to the Audi A4 2.0T Quattro that lagged behind the Maxima SR by 2.71 seconds with a 1:21.21 lap time.

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According to Nissan, AMCI Testing obtained the Acura, Audi and BMW anonymously from manufacturer authorized dealers while the 2016 Nissan Maxima SR was supplied by Nissan North America. The certified lap times were set by a pair of AMCI Testing certified test drivers with all stability and traction controls turned off for all laps. Each lap began from a 40-mph “Pace Car” start.

Powering the 2016 Nissan Maxima is a 3.5-liter VQ V6 that has been redesigned for 300 hp and has 60-percent new parts compared to the previous-generation 3.5-liter V6 engine.

“We expected the all-new 2016 Maxima, with its re-engineered engine, transmission and chassis to do well, but frankly even we were surprised by the head-to-head test results against some very well-established luxury sports sedans,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America. “Following the adage that ‘seeing is believing’, the video highlights that the 2016 Maxima’s drivetrain and powertrain combination is well optimized for performance, meeting the challenge offered by the well-regarded rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive competitors.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • SSXT SSXT on May 19, 2015

    How's that reliability coming along?

  • Alexander Suprun Alexander Suprun on Jul 10, 2015

    They compared their top of the line car with entry level competitors. No wonder Maxima performed better. Why did they compare 240hp BMW 328i with 300hp Maxima? Why didn't they take BMW 335i with the same 300hp? Because Nissan paid for this test and they wanted their CVT equiped "sport" car to win the race. This test has nothing to do with performance. That's pure marketing.

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    • Alexander Suprun Alexander Suprun on Apr 26, 2016

      wrx is a awd sports car ... hm, so what? BMW 328i is a rear-wheel drive and Audi A4 Quattro is all-wheel drive, and Maxima is a sport sedan. So I didn't get your point, why they didn't compare Maxima vs WRX? Because they didn't want to compare it with any car that is faster than Maxima. Whats wrong with comparing a WRX that is the same price as the nissan?