2016 Nissan Maxima Cold Air Intake by AEM Improves Horsepower while Protecting Engine


The AEM 21-793C cold air intake system includes three stainless steel clamps and low restriction mandrel-bent aluminum tubing with a durable gunmetal gray powder coated finish.

he AEM 21-793C air intake system is specifically designed and engineered for the 2016 front-wheel drive Nissan Maxima with the 3.5-liter V6 engine. The engine is mated to a revised continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that has Sport and Manual Modes. It comes in five trim levels – the base S, SL, SR, SV, and Platinum – with a plethora of safety features including blind spot warning, forward collision warning, and forward emergency braking. Driver attention alert, around view monitor, adaptive cruise control, and moving object detection is available only on the Platinum trim.


Included in the intake system is the AEM 21-2113DK DryFlow air filter that captures and holds up to 99% of harmful containments.

The S trim includes charcoal or cashmere cloth upholstery as standard. Charcoal or cashmere leather upholstery comes standard on the SV, SL, and Platinum. The SR includes leather upholstery with charcoal or camel Alcantara inserts. The SV trim includes leather seats, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, driver's seat power lumbar support, and driver's seat thigh support.

The SL includes what is in the SV, but also includes a Bose premium audio system, blind spot warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and panoramic moon roof. The SR does not include the moonroof, but adds a sports-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, premium Ascot leather with diamond-quilted Alcantara inserts, and an integrated dynamics control module, which adds active ride control and active engine brake to enhance ride and handling.

Central control is very convenient to use. For example, control of the basic audio system can be performed with knobs on the radio faceplate, from a central control knob on the console, or redundant controls on the steering wheel. The system also includes a touchscreen on which menu choices are displayed.


The system provides a professional look when installed in your 2016 Nissan Maxima.

The Platinum trim includes a 360° camera system, which is ideal in assisting the driver to park the vehicle. The moving-object detection (MOD) warns the driver of cars, bikes, and pedestrians who may be approaching the vehicle from any direction. Driver attention alert (DAA) monitors steering movements and sounds a warning if steering gets erratic, which may occur when he or she becomes drowsy.

The AEM 21-793C cold air intake is specifically designed and engineered for the 2016 Nissan Maxima. The system includes a DRYFLOW air filter that features a synthetic filter media with no oil required and a thick third media to help increase airflow and achieve higher capacity. The filter is washable and reusable and can be used for up to 100,000 miles before cleaning is necessary, based on driving conditions.

AEM also offers a synthetic air filter cleaner that is specially formulated to loosen and dissolve dirt and grime from the filter so that they can be easily rinsed with water.

The cold air intake system is designed and constructed to permit air to enter through the air filter for better airflow, filtration, and performance. The air filter fits into the factory air box space and is protected with a heat shield that reduces intake air temperature to help increase horsepower. The entire system can be easily installed using common hand tools and it is backed with an AEM Lifetime Limited Warranty.

The AEM 21-793C Cold Air Intake System is designed and engineered to fit the following vehicle:

2016 Nissan Maxima 3.5L V6

You can view all the air intakes that AEM makes for the Nissan Maxima at the Air Intake Systems for the Nissan Maxima page and all the air filters that AEM makes for the Nissan Maxima at the Air Filters for the Nissan Maxima page. You can view all the AEM performance products for any vehicle by using the Search by Vehicle tool and you can find a local AEM retailer by plugging your location into the AEM Dealer Search as well.