The Nissan Maxima impresses in NHTSA tests, where it earns the highest possible rating of five stars in every impact category.
That includes five-star ratings for front and side impacts, as well as a perfect five-star rollover protection rating. In IIHS tests, the Nissan 2010 Maxima performs equally well, earning the highest rating of "good" for the IIHS's frontal offset impact test. The only segment where the Maxima falters is in roof-strength testing, which yields the IIHS' second best rating of "acceptable."
In addition to great crash-test results, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the Nissan 2010 Maxima boasts quite a few standard safety features. Electronic stability control is now standard, as are front side airbags, side curtain bags, active front headrests, and anti-lock brakes.
One of the characteristics of the 2010 Nissan Maxima that helps improve overall safety is that the driver's seat affords good visibility. Reviewers at Autoblog find that "outward visibility was good" during their time with the Nissan Maxima, but "the exterior mirrors with their massive plastic housings could offer a wider field of view." Further increasing driver awareness and visibility is an optional "rearview camera" that ConsumerGuide says is available as part of the Premium Package.