Styling for the new Maxima was previewed by a 2014 concept car that I wrote about here regarding its visually disconnected roof that I and design critic Robert Cumberford approved of at the time. Now that the design has reached production I'm beginning to worry that the "floating roof" (as Cumberford referred to it) might be yet another styling cliché on its way, because Nissan is using the same motif on its 2016 Murano (I posted on it here), and some think like it can be seen on the 2016 Lexus RX.
As for the Maxima's overall styling, it's yet another fussy, over-decorated example of current styling fashion. In recent years, Maximas have been face-lifted Nissan Altimas. Sometimes the alterations are improvements, other times not. For 2016, my vote is for the "not" side.