When it comes to safety, the Maxima might not meet all of family shoppers' requirements. Its safety-feature set is strong, but 'acceptable' ratings in the IIHS roof strength test have kept the Maxima from the top tier.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the Maxima top 'good' scores for frontal and side impact, but it still receives only a 'marginal' in the seat-based rear-impact category—indicating a much higher chance of whiplash than in other vehicles—and it rates only 'acceptable' in both the agency's new roof strength test and small overlap frontal test. The results aren't altogether so stellar from the federal government either. In federal NCAP testing, the Maxima has earned a lackluster three stars (out of five) for frontal impact, though it gets five-star side ratings.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the car only three out of five stars for frontal impacts, though the Maxima receives five-star ratings in side impact and rollover tests.Outward visibility is a strong point for the Maxima, despite the curvy exterior, and an available rearview monitor does provide additional help when parking.