In this paper, we investigated the heat and mass transfer analysis of an MHD convection flow of Maxwell nanofluid with Cattaneo–Christov heat flux model along with a porous stretching sheet. The effects of thermal radiation, viscous dissipation, suction/injection, and higher-order chemical reaction are taken into consideration. By using similarity transformations the governing equations of the study are reduced into a system of ordinary differential equations and solved numerically by using the BVP5C matlab package. The effects of dimensionless parameters on the present study are deliberated with the aid of graphs and tables. It is found that an increase in thermal Grashof number, thermal radiation, and thermal relaxation time parameter drops the temperature field. The heat transfer rate is declined with enhancing heat source, Brownian motion and thermophoresis parameters. Also, observed that the concentration field reduces with the rising value of chemical reaction. The numerically computed values of Nusselt number and Sherwood number are validated with existing literature and found a good agreement.