Not enough headroom for tall people seated in the backseat
Ruling: The Nissan Maxima is a very good and solid sedan. It is plenty powerful, handles relatively well, has lots of room, and a plethora of high tech amenities.
The 2011 Nissan Maxima continues is 4-door sports car tradition combining an energetic 290 hp V6 engine with an exciting ride and true passenger comfort. As the flagship of Nissan's sedan lineup, Maxima continues to exemplify the Nissan brand with its unmatched combination of style, performance, comfort, technology and value.
For 2011, Maxima adds two new exterior colors (Brilliant Silver and Metallic Slate) and an available Sport Package option. Revisions include new rolled edge tailpipe finisher; new smoked headlights (Sport models); new dark chrome grille (Sport models); and unique shiny gray interior stitching (Sport models).
The 2011 Maxima features a standard 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine rated at 290 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque. Chassis engineering teams worked together to achieve their goal of setting the Maxima up with virtually no torque steer during acceleration and a level of agility that makes the car fun to drive without compromising ride comfort.
Inside the Maxima, comfort and convenience features include a standard moonroof, 8-way power drivers seat and 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat, dual-zone automatic temperature control, cruise control with illuminated steering wheel mounted controls, Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Ignition, power windows and door locks, AM/FM/CD6/MP3 audio system with eight speakers, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System and available USB connectivity.
Be ready with a strong grip to handle the torque steer
Yearning for a firmer suspension setup reminiscent of true 4DSC performance
elephant-ear sized shifter paddles behind the steering wheel
Verdict: The Maxima comports itself with admirable composure, not only on smooth roads, but over potholed irregularities. While the suspension could stand to be a bit firmer for true 4DSC performance, your passengers won’t be complaining about a lack of ultimate grip since they’re so well looked after by the interior. While the Nissan 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.