Lost amidst the wash of entry-level mid-sized sedans is the Nissan Maxima. To those who’ve owned one, they know the Maxima as a strikingly quick sedan, with a well-designed interior and reliable guts. However, from the outside the Maxima won’t really invoke a sense of exhilaration and comfort. It’s a shame, because the Maxima tenders more options than most of the mid-sized, moderately priced sedans it competes against.
Powering this hidden gem is a 3.5 liter V6 engine which produces a respectable 290 horsepower and 261 foot-pounds of torque. This engine is quick and powerful, yet still manages to knock out decent mileage ratings at 19 MPG/city and 26/MPG on the highway. Controlling the Maxima is Nissan’s continuous variable automatic transmission system (CVT).Read more »
The 2013 Nissan Maxima 3.5S is equipped with a 3.5 liter V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 261 foot-pounds of torque. This engine is handled by Nissan’s continuous variable automatic transmission system (CVT). Standard features include: Bluetooth, eight-speaker sound system, six-disc CD player, auxiliary audio jack, split folding rear seat, trip computer, eight way power driver’s seat, four way power passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, keyless ignition, 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, automatic headlights, sunroof, leather steering wheel, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Unfortunately, optional packages are limited to the SV trim level.
The Base 3.5 SV is the same as the S trim level with the addition of a leather interior, an improved driver’s seat with lumbar and thigh support, and improved fog lights. However, the SV trim level offers a plethora of packages and options. The Monitor package includes: a rearview camera, iPod interface, and a color monitor in the dash. The Cold packages includes: a heated steering wheel, mirrors, and front seats, while a Bose Audio package upgrades the speakers to a Bose nine-speaker system with satellite radio. A combination package called the SV Value package combines the Cold and Bose Audio package into a singular upgrade.
In addition, the SV trim level offers a Premium and Sport package. These are similar and include: upgraded interior leather upholstery, a ventilated driver’s seat, upgraded headlights, driver’s seat memory, and a power steering wheel which has power tilt and telescoping features to go along with paddle shifters. In addition, these packages include both the Bose audio and the Cold packages. Where they differentiate is that the Premium package includes ambient interior lighting, wood trim, and a dual-panel sunroof. The Sport packages features larger 19-inch wheels, and tighter and stiffer sport suspension and upgraded trim. Finally a Technology package can be added which combines the Cold, Bose audio, Premium and Sport packages into one.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Nissan Maxima$20,600 | 25,723 mi
2012 Nissan Maxima$18,555 | 40,403 mi
2012 Nissan Maxima$19,294 | 36,276 mi
2012 Nissan Maxima$19,400 | 27,105 mi
2011 Nissan Maxima$18,965 | 40,286 mi
2011 Nissan Maxima$22,851 | 27,286 mi
2011 Nissan Maxima$23,000 | 34,019 mi
2010 Nissan Maxima$16,613 | 65,995 mi
2010 Nissan Maxima$17,953 | 53,071 mi
2010 Nissan Maxima$17,990 | 22,100 mi
2010 Nissan Maxima$17,990 | 40,410 mi
2010 Nissan Maxima$18,888 | 39,450 mi
2010 Nissan Maxima$18,990 | 46,962 mi
2010 Nissan Maxima$18,990 | 35,469 mi
2010 Nissan Maxima$19,950 | 47,290 mi
2010 Nissan Maxima$20,750 | 28,000 mi
2010 Nissan Maxima$21,950 | 28,000 mi
2010 Nissan Maxima$22,795 | 38,000 mi
2010 Nissan Maxima$23,950 | 34,000 mi
2009 Nissan Maxima$16,950 | 64,000 mi
2009 Nissan Maxima$22,995 | 20,621 mi
2006 Nissan Maxima$6,980 | 95,798 mi
2006 Nissan Maxima$8,980 | 89,668 mi
2006 Nissan Maxima$14,995 | 44,901 mi
2005 Nissan Maxima$7,995 | 100,438 mi
2004 Nissan Maxima$6,980 | 93,777 mi
1997 Nissan Maxima$3,810 | 116,485 mi
1997 Nissan Maxima$5,950 | 82,539 mi
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More dynamic exterior and cheaper price tag, but far less fun to drive.
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