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1996 Nissan Maxima

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1996 GXE 4dr Sedan
most popular
Price:   -  From $20,999
1996 SE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $22,679
1996 GLE 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $26,279


When Nissan redesigned the Maxima for 1995, it nabbed several honors and asserted itself as a tiger in the midsized sedan class. For 1996, the Nissan Maxima got a larger cupholder, two new exterior colors and a power seat on the passenger's side. The 1995 redesign was prompted by a desire to broaden appeal beyond the sports-car enthusiast segment. Nissan definitely succeeded on that front by modifying the body design in a way that downplayed the sportier looks of the previous Maxima. While the more rounded body design drew some yawns from the more sportily inclined, the new Maxima scored big among family-sedan buyers. But if the appearance of the fourth-generation Maxima does not make the heart of performance enthusiasts go pitter-patter, all is forgiven once they get behind the wheel. Nissan chose a wise strategy. If the redesigned Maxima may look more conservative than its antecedents, it actually packs more power. Therein lies the genius of the redesigned Maxima: Road-burning acceleration in a quieter, roomier and smoother-riding 4-door sedan. The Maxima comes in three models: The entry-line GXE, the sport-equipped SE and the luxury-line GLE. Our test model SE was granite pearl in color, that is a deep gray to you and me, and sported a base sticker price of $22,679. Standard equipment on the GXE includes air conditioning; cruise control; stereo cassette player; tilt steering wheel and power seats, windows, door locks and mirrors. SE included such standard equipment features as sport-tuned suspension; liquid-controlled front suspension (on models with automatic transmission); alloy wheels; rear-deck spoiler; front fog lamps; sport velour seat cloth; leather-wrapped steering wheel and black-on-white analog gauges. The upline GLE offers such additional standard amenities as woodgrain trim; automatic transmission; 8-way power driver's seat and 4-way passenger seat; automatic climate control; keyless remote entry system and Bose CD audio system. Our SE came with nearly $4000 worth of options. They included: antilock brakes ($999); power sunroof ($899); Bose audio system with CD player and six speakers ($799); the security and convenience package--which includes power driver's seat, keyless remote, intermittent wipers and illuminated vanity mirrors ($699)--and a cold-weather package that includes a heavy duty battery, heated front seats and heated outside mirrors ($199). That brought the total suggested retail price up to $26,274, and Nissan's standard destination charge adds another $405.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 190 HP / 205 ft.lbs.
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 27 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Not Available
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 190 HP / 205 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 27 / 24 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
187.7 "
Exterior Width
69.7 "
Exterior Height
55.7 "
Front Headroom
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,001 Lbs. / 3,063 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
2-way / 8-way (2-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
2-way / 8-way (2-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo / Brand Am/fm Stereo / Premium Am/fm Stereo
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
Corrosion Perforation
Accessories Months

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