Phone, GPS and Tablet Mounts for a Nissan Maxima

Nissan Maxima InteriorI recently had a chance to get a close look at the Nissan Maxima.  The Nissan Maxima has a very nice interior.  Lots of good places for a mount but I found a few locations that will not work.

As always, a photo of the interior is attached to this article.  It’s a somewhat conventional design.  Having a Nissan Murano myself as my day-to-day vehicle, I was concerned about all the strange curves present in the Murano’s design.  Apparently, the Nissan Maxima designers were more on the normal side.  Not a lot of radical curves or lips.

The most popular location for mounting a cell phone or GPS continues to be the windshield so let’s start with those mounts.  The Nissan Maxima windshield isn’t overly sloped and is reachable by the driver.

On the windshield, I’m going with my usual phone choice which is the Arkon MegaGrip Suction Cup Windshield and Dash Mount.  The suction mount features a vacuum locking suction assembly attached to a pivoting arm.  There is an expandable holder that opens to 3.4 inches so it will fit almost any size phone.  The phone can swivel into any orientation.  The mount also comes with an adhesive disk that you can stick to the dash to turn the mount into a console mount.  The suction assembly can adhere to the adhesive disk just like it would on a windshield.  This is a very reliable mount and I can vouch for it based upon my years of personal use.

The same mount but for a Garmin GPS is the Arkon Windshield Dash Garmin Nuvi Suction Mount.  I have recommended this one over the many years it has been available and have used it myself as well.  It’s an excellent mount that comes with a 2-year warranty.  It’s more rugged and longer than the Garmin mount you received in the box.  Like the prior mount, this is a longer reach to the windshield so set it before the drive.

Vents on the Nissan Maxima are typical horizontal varieties.  Use the vent location in the middle left near the driver.  Easy to see and simple to install onto the Nissan Maxima vents.  The TechMatte MagGrip Magnetic Car Mount Holder for SmartPhones is an excellent choice.  The mount has a magnetic surface a little larger than a US Quarter.  The back has four prongs that are used to attach to a car vent.  The attachment to the vent is accomplished by lining up a vent slat between the prongs and pushing forward.  There are included metal strips which attach to the back of your case or phone.  That’s how it attaches to the mount.  You can also use this for a GPS that has a flat back (as most Garmin devices do).

The car seat bolt is a no-go in the Nissan Maxima.  The seat bolt is not exposed at all.  While I suppose you can attach it directly to the floor board, most would prefer not to do that.  So let’s skip this mounting location.

The Nissan Maxima dash is flat and the windshield isn’t unusually sloped.  The Arkon Friction Dash Mount for SmartPhones and Midsize Tablets is a good small to midsize tablet choice.  Just need to ensure the mounted device isn’t blocking your view of the road.  Need to stay safe.  This includes a cradle that opens to over 7 inches so it’s going to fit most smartphones and tablets up to the size of an Apple iPad Mini.  The included bean bag weighted dash mount weighs almost two pounds and has a safety anchor which I suggest using.  The mount swivels 360 degrees.  It pivots and tilts.  This comes with a 2-year warranty.

You can also use one of the suction cup mounts mentioned in the beginning of the article.  They come with an adhesive dash plate so that the suction mount can be stuck to your dash.  A dash mount is best for states where mounting to a windshield is illegal.

I have been running into some vehicles without a CD Player.  Fortunately the Nissan Maxima has a CD player so let’s use it as a mount.  The Mountek nGroove Universal CD Slot Mount for Cell Phones and GPS Devices uses a knob on the bottom to secure the mount within the CD player.  The included cradle swivels and pivots.

I’m going to pass on recommending any cup holder mounts for the Nissan Maxima.  The center console is on the compact side and the gear shift is going to bump into a mounted device.  I think the driver’s arm will also bump into a mounted device.

So overall, the Nissan Maxima is a mount friendly vehicle.  As almost all vehicles do, the Nissan Maxima has several USB ports so power connections are present to compliment these mounts.

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