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Maxima (2010 and older) MSRP: $ 30810.00
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Description:
The 2010 Nissan Maxima is a 4-door, 5-passenger sports sedan, available in two trims, the S and the SV.

Both trims are equipped with a standard 3.5-liter, V6, 290-horsepower engine that achieves 19-mpg in the city and 26-mpg on the highway.

Expert Review: 2011 Nissan Maxima | 2009 Nissan Maxima
Expert Rating: 4.5 stars

"While Maxima expertly mimes the Z car, what it really does best is to carry 4 (or 5 in a pinch) expeditiously, comfortable and spaciously. In that regard, it has few peers at any price."


 
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Reviewed by:
tennis347



Review Date
January 14, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
1 to 3 months

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5.00 of 5, 15.00 votes

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Review 1 of 446

Price Paid:  $0.00 from Kings Nissan

Year / Model Reviewed:
2010 3.5S

Strengths:
The Maxima has a great engine and subperb styling. I have owned 3 Maximas, 1990, 1999 and 2005. The 7th generation is the best design that Nissan has made. The interior is more upscale looking and is very comfortable. The 18 inch rims and wide tires definetly add better handling. Overall, it's a fun car to drive, especially when the engine goes above 4,500 RPMS. The Maxima has unbelieveable power and the engine is silkly smooth!

Weaknesses:
The suspension does get a little upset on an bumpy road that is uneven. This is to be expected considering the suspension even on the base model is very tight. The original Goodyear tires have to go as they are terrible in te snow and wear out quickly. I will look for better tires once the Goodyear's are worn out. I think I'll have a better feel for any shortcomings after owning the vehicle for 5 years.

Summary:
Overall, the Maxima is sporty sedan that offers excellent performance. I believe that getting at least 200k miles on the Maxima is not out of the question. You get what you pay for when it comes to a vehicle. There are not many other vehicles for the price that will beat the Maxima in terms of performance. The Infiniti G series is a bit more sporty, however does not offer the same interior room or comfort. I believe that 2010 Maxima is keeper and my search is over. Even after the honeymoon, the excitement is still there. There will be no more vehicle purchases for many years.

Similar Products Used:
I have owned 3 other Maximas and was very satisfied. I have also owned an 03 and 06 Infiniti G35. The Maxima gets better gas mileage than the Infiniti with the same output in engine performance.



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Reviewed by:
Totally Happy


Review Date
November 17, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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5.00 of 5, 16.00 votes

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Review 2 of 446 , from Chicago, IL

Price Paid:  $0.00

Year / Model Reviewed:
2010 Maxima SV

Strengths:
The 2010 3.5SV with Premium and Tech packages is a true hidden gem. Have had mine for 2 months and it is a great car. Ride is quiet, comfortable, and tight. You will want for nothing on the options side, heated (and cooled) seats, Nav, IPOD, Bluetooth, plus many more. The CVT is fuel efficient and with the paddle shifters or sport mode you would never know it is a CVT. Stereo is first class and with the music box (tech package) you can load 2000 songs. The seats are extremely comfortable and the stitching adds a touch of class. Engine is powerful (290hp) and car is quick for its size. Handles well and drives great. Dual Moonroofs and auto rear window shade add to total package.

Weaknesses:
The car could use a few more cubbies in front to hold things. Also, needs a sunglasses holder. Fuel economy is good...not great, but when you buy a 290hp car, not sure you're looking for 40mpg...I get 21 around town and recently got 27.5 on trip.

Summary:
This car is really under the radar as I have seen few on the road. If you are looking at Acura, Lexus, etc...You owe it to yourself to look at this car. I have had many people get into this car and say "Maxima...I never thought they were this nice." Styling is great and front wheel drive handles well. Ride is smooth and tight and the car is so quiet. Voice activated phone, Nav, Bluetooth are great. I would tell everyone in the market for a new car to check this car out and you will be surprised and very satisfied.



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Reviewed by:
sotolux



Review Date
June 30, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
1 to 3 months

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4.93 of 5, 15.00 votes

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Review 3 of 446

Price Paid:  $37400.00 from Nissan of Santa Rosa

Year / Model Reviewed:
2009 Nissan Maxima SV/Sport

Strengths:
Engine power and sound. Seat comfort. Programmable CVT transmission sport mode. Styling is brilliant and unusual (take a note Acura designers). Quiet road manners that allow the engine note to be heard. Great Nav system and backup camera. Large trunk. Great iPod interface. Huge glove box. Rattle free interior. Xenon headlights. Sensuous view out the windshield of the fender line and hood bulge.

Weaknesses:
Suspension is set up a 1/2" too high. Rear seats on the Sport/Premium packages only have a pass through and don't drop down completely. Plastic on the lower door panels doesn't seem as nice as the rest of the car. Sunroof buffets a slow to moderate speeds, needs a wind baffle.

Summary:
A powerful sedan that has multiple personalities, which are conveyed by its interesting transmission and powerful engine (with a great Z engine note). Sportingly comfortable and entertaining handling. The Sport package has 19" wheels, stiffer springs and antiroll bars. Always insist on having the summer Bridgestone rubber, it is quieter and adds steering feel at the wheel (same wheel as the Z). Seats are very supportive and for the driver, thigh extensions, ala BMW. Sport package also includes heated seats, but counterintuitively, leaves out the cooling function available in the "premium" package. Exterior styling is fascinatingly sensuous, masculine and menacing from some angles. The fluid fenders emphasize the beautifully styled wheels. Headlights echo the Z and GTR. GTR touches also in the "haunches" of the rear which is better emphasized by the rear spoiler available in the sport package. So far, no service issues, the car is quiet and rattle free. Mileage is improving with each tank. Standard "D" for around town is best for mileage and takes advantage of the CVT's efficiency. Open highways and curvy roads are definitely enhanced by the "Ds" mode, where the car suddenly has a six speed transmission, that will downshift while braking into turns and the flappy paddles will hold a gear. Mileage on long trips has been about 24 mpg, while combined in town, 20, not bad for a nearly 300 horsepower car! The Tech package adds back up camera with predicted path grid, bluetooth, iPod interconnection cable, nav, 9 GB internal drive (it can record CD's) and a compact flash transfer point, which I used to listen to music off of a friend's computer...The nav/talk function is more deliberate than Acura's system, but there are shortcuts that are in the manual. Further, the Infinit-based nav system is intuitive and has good tactile feel. What would be really nice is to set up various computer mapping functions on this system, which would help program how the engine, transmission and traction control interact. One thing I haven't mentioned is torque steer: that is because it is so minimal it is not worth mentioning, Nissan has dropped the engine further down into the subframe support structure and used equal length half-shafts to keep the axles from canting at extreme steering angles.

Similar Products Used:
In shopping for a mid sized (and mid priced) performance sedan, I drove an Acura TL (too ugly), Audi A4 (moaning 2.0T engine), Infiniti G37S (bone jarring ride, too narrow), Cadillac CTS (uncomfortable), Mazda 6 (too loud and tinny, ugly interior), Hyundai Genesis 3.8 sedan (too heavy), VW CC 2.0T & VR6 (turbo, loud and peaky, VR6 better but engine moaned like it was being punished). BMW 328i (you could only buy a stripped one to compare with this group, too small inside).



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Reviewed by:
carguy



Review Date
December 18, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Value Rating
 3 of 5

Used product for
Less than 1 month

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Review 4 of 446

Price Paid:  $0.00 from my sister

Year / Model Reviewed:
2009 Maxima S

Strengths:
color, paint quality

Weaknesses:
interior ergonomics

Summary:
I like the styling, but the interior ergonomics need a little work. Just not as intuitive as Toyota interiors. Power is fair and factory tires need to be replaced with something quieter.

Similar Products Used:
bmw 3-series, toyota camry



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Reviewed by:
SJW


Review Date
December 7, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Value Rating
 2 of 5

Used product for
Less than 1 month

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5.00 of 5, 15.00 votes

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Review 5 of 446

Price Paid:  $19000.00 from Rt 22 Nissan

Year / Model Reviewed:
2009 Maxima SV

Strengths:
Good Looks (lots of compliments & wows from friends and family) Performance. fast & decent handling for such a big car.

Weaknesses:
Build / Design Quality - 19" Rims just not practical for family/sports sedan. about $200 per tire also. Also 19in Rims bend and crack rather easily. Before having to make my 1st payment to NMAC I had roughly 2000 in out of pocket repair costs. Also, design flaw in Tilt-telescoping steering column motor. Motor failed while completely retracted and tilted in the most upright position. $700 Nissan should have recalled this because it is a chronic problem with all nissans that have the power T&T wheel.

Summary:
I purchased my maxima used. . . This is probably a better new car than used. I suppose The base "S" package is better because you will likely not have the power T&T and it will also come with slightly better wheel rim package 18" & 45 ratio..because potholes are the enemy of any passenger car tire bigger than 17" ... Maybe they should not sell the car in the NE...

Similar Products Used:
1999 Maxima



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