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2018 Nissan Maxima Revealed With Minor Updates, Higher Prices 19
Posted by Michael Gauthier in nissan, Nissan Maxima, prices, USA on 10 19th, 2017

Nissan has taken the wraps off the 2018 Maxima.
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Nissan Adds Standard Automatic Emergency Braking To Most 2018 Models 8
Posted by Zac Estrada in nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Rogue Sport, Nissan Sentra, Tech on 06 8th, 2017

Nissan is the latest automaker to make standard on a number of its vehicles what advocates consider to be the next important safety feature.
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Nissan’s Midnight Edition Package Available On Maxima, Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Murano And Pathfinder 9
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chicago Auto Show, Galleries, new cars, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Sentra on 02 9th, 2017

Nissan is expanding its Midnight Edition equipment package fleet by introducing five new models at the Chicago Auto Show 2017.
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Nissan’s Midnight Edition Package Available On Maxima, Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Murano And Pathfinder 9
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chicago Auto Show, Galleries, new cars, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Sentra on 02 9th, 2017

Nissan is expanding its Midnight Edition equipment package fleet by introducing five new models at the Chicago Auto Show 2017.
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Nissan Reveals Sexy Vmotion 2.0 Concept, Likely Previewing Next Altima 9
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Maxima on 01 9th, 2017

The new Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept was revealed in Detroit, with the company saying that it’s signalling the future sedan design direction they’re willing to take. All we have to say is hell yes Nissan, you take that direction, right now.
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This Thing Isn’t Your Run-Of-The-Mill 2016 Nissan Maxima 22
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, nissan, Nissan Maxima, tuning, Vossen, Wheels on 11 22nd, 2016

If for some reason you thought the 2016 Nissan Maxima wasn't enough of a looker, maybe you should try this customized edition for size instead.
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Nissan Recalls 120,000 Maximas & Muranos For Fire Risk 11
Posted by Carscoops Staff in nissan, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Murano, Recalls on 09 11th, 2016

Nissan has found a problem with the ABS actuator pumps on some of its vehicles leaking brake fluid onto an electrical circuit board. As any high school graduate could tell you, liquid meeting electricity is bad news, so the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall for the affected vehicles.
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2017 Nissan Maxima Adds Standard Apple CarPlay, Starts At $32,560 10
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, nissan, Nissan Maxima, prices on 06 10th, 2016

Nissan has enhanced the Maxima for the 2017 MY, which is on sale at dealers nationwide.
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2016 Nissan Maxima SR Gains Sporty Midnight Edition Pack 19
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in new cars, nissan, Nissan Maxima on 02 19th, 2016

Nissan announced the availability of a special Midnight package exclusively for the 2016 Maxima SR models.
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2016 Nissan Maxima Tagged For Safety Car Duties 24
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in nissan, Nissan Maxima, racing on 08 24th, 2015

Nissan's new 2016 Maxima served as the official Safety Car at Oak Tree Grand Prix in Virginia. The Maxima will resume Safety Car duties at Lone Star Le Mans, Sept 17-19.
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Nissan Maxima Convertible Fails To Sell On eBay – We Wonder Why… 25
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Galleries, nissan, Nissan Maxima, tuning, used cars on 07 25th, 2015

You can always count on eBay to provide the most bizarre and crazy automotive creations.
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Nissan Sport Sedan Concept At 2014 NAIAS Could be Next Maxima 13
Posted by Darryl in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, naias, News, nissan, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Sport Sedan Concept, North American International Auto Show on 01 13th, 2014


We already knew about Nissan unveiling something that should set the tone of the upcoming redesigned Maxima. What we think is the basis for the next Maxima, was revealed today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit as the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept.


The new concept has many of the new styling language found in the Nissan brand while it sports 4-doors giving us the indications of being the next Maxima. For a while, the Nissan Maxima received a lot of flak for retaining the ‘4-door sports car’ moniker. It is possible, by the looks alone, that the new Nissan Sport Sedan Concept could capture that nomenclature so consumers and enthusiasts alike won’t give Nissan such a hard time about calling what we see here a 4-door sports car.


This Nissan Sport Sedan Concept is said to be powered by a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to a CVT transmission. That layout is all-too familiar to what we already see in current Nissan products. We are not so sure a CVT transmission belongs in a 4-door sports car, though Nissan could do away with that old classification. Though, we fail to find the sportiness in any CVT transmission. However, this concept does look pretty awesome and you could easily call it sporty.

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Press Release


– Nissan provides an advanced look at a future production sports sedan
– Offers bold and exciting sports car proportions with energetic styling, driver-oriented interior
– Embodies next-generation Nissan design signatures, including V-Motion front aspect, distinctive “floating” roof and boomerang-shaped lamps

Design has long been a differentiator between Nissan and its competitors – along with performance, innovation and technology. Now, as the company celebrates its 80th anniversary, it is doing so with the world debut of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Sport Sedan Concept, a design study with a particular emphasis on next-generation design and sporty style, was created to embody the essence of a true sports sedan – that rare execution of 4-door sedan with the aura of a real sports car. It previews a future production vehicle intended for owners with a passion for cutting-edge design and driving dynamics.

“The Sport Sedan Concept shows a new, highly emotional and energetic design direction that takes Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan to the next level,” said Nissan Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura. “The Sport Sedan Concept captures that essence with bold and exciting sports car design and proportions.”

Next-Generation Nissan Design Language
The Sport Sedan Concept joins a trio of advanced concepts that share signature design aspects that will be adapted to all future Nissans. Along with the Nissan Resonance and Friend-ME concepts that were introduced in 2013, the Sport Sedan Concept shares the new V-Motion front aspect, “floating” roof and boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights.

As demonstrated by the three diverse concepts, these distinctive design cues will be incorporated into a range of body types from sedans to crossovers.

“Our new design direction mirrors the strength, power and capabilities of the engineering and innovation that serves as the foundation of every Nissan vehicle,” said Nakamura. “Nissan is a brand for people seeking bold and passionate experiences, and who are willing to make choices outside of traditional boundaries. That’s why Nissan is committed to breaking new ground in automotive design, as expressed in the stunning new Sport Sedan Concept.”

The exterior of the Sport Sedan Concept is marked by low, wide proportions, with a lowered hoodline and reduced ground clearance compared to traditional sedans – elements that would be right at home in a sports car.

The “V-Motion” movement of the front end flows from the dramatic chromed grille up through the hood. The front of the Sport Sedan Concept also incorporates the large LED boomerang headlights, a deeply scooped front fascia and wide, sloped windshield.

The profile of the vehicle is equally powerful, with its dynamic bodyside lines adding a strong sculptural feel and connecting the wheels and tires – which are pushed out to the four corners.

There is a projection of motion, even when the vehicle is standing still. The Sport Sedan Concept rides on custom 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with low-profile 275/30R21 tires.

The distinctive silhouette blends smoothly into the rear design, which is capped by the high deck, large chrome trunk accent and wide, deeply scooped rear fascia. As in the front, the boomerang rear combination lights accentuate the centered feeling and push outward to edges.

The unique “floating” roof adds a sense of openness and lightness in contrast to traditional sedans’ heavy cabin appearance.

“The innovative roofline, which is also prevalent on Resonance and Friend-ME, makes it seem as if there are no pillars at all, enhancing the sense of athleticism and sportiness,” said Nakamura. “The roofline also contributes to the Sport Sedan Concept’s class-leading stance, which balances the look of the substantial lower body and a streamlined cabin.”

The final exterior touch is the unique “Strad Amber” paint that was inspired by the craftsmanship and rich finish of noted classic violins – instruments capable of producing vibrant intensity at times and at other times a soft stillness. The elaborate candy color paint finish is achieved through application of an orange-amber topcoat over a base of gold paint, creating a distinctive depth and bespoke richness.

The Sport Sedan Concept’s interior also offers cues to future production designs. Premium materials are found throughout, with the use of diamond-shaped graphics on the quilted seats, stitching and panels enhancing the sense of dynamic motion. Rather than traditional flat surfacing, the diamond treatment adds three-dimensionality. The edgy and geometric look was inspired by modern furniture, apparel and accessories. The interior also features high-contrast colors and facet metallic accents. All these aspects finely express Nissan’s individual authenticity and modernity.

The front-wheel drive Sport Sedan Concept is powered by a 300-plus horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine backed by a sport-tuned Xtronic CVT® and features an innovative suspension layout with performance dampers.

The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept was created by Nissan Design America in San Diego, California and developed at the Nissan Global Design Center in Atsugi, Japan.

191.7 in. (4,870 mm)
75.3 in. (1,912 mm)
54.3 in. (1,378 mm)
111.2 in. (2,825 mm)
Front overhang
39.1 in. (992 mm)
Rear overhang
41.5 in (1,053 mm)

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– Third in a Series of Nissan Concepts
– Resonance, Friend-ME and Sport Sedan Concept
– Defines the Next Generation in Coupes, Sedans and Crossovers

First there was the Nissan Resonance, with its boldly futuristic aerodynamic styling signalling the direction of upcoming Nissan mid-size crossovers. It made its world debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.

Then came the Nissan Friend-ME, showcased at Auto Shanghai 2013, with its category-busting energetic and provocative modern design.

And now, making its world debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit comes the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept – applying real sports car performance standards and new design philosophies to a 4-door sedan.

Together the three concept models form the roadmap to the next generation of Nissan exterior and interior design evolution – and the global design-led renaissance of the Nissan brand.

“Nissan’s design language is our brand promise – Innovation and Excitement for Everyone – rendered in metal,” said Nissan Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura. “We are continually pushing the envelope, as the Sport Sedan Concept shows. It is a car that is more emotional, more exciting and that provides a strong hint of the design direction we are taking.”

Though targeted for specific markets and customers, Resonance, Friend-ME and now the Sport Sedan Concept share distinctive and memorable design signatures.

The strong front end is marked by Nissan’s “V-Motion” movement, which flows from the front grille through the hood to create an impressive cadence and emotional attitude. The unique boomerang-shaped lighting signature also accentuates the rear designs of each vehicle.

The innovative “floating” roof, also featured prominently on Resonance, Friend-ME and the new Sport Sedan Concept, gives an impressive sense of lightness and sophistication. The thin, sculpted pillars make the cabins of each concept appear less heavy and help open the greenhouse for an airy, inviting interior environment.

Resonance, Friend-ME and Sport Sedan Concept also share an edgy muscularity, derived from their low, wide stances with tires placed far out to the corners. The designs also utilize short front and rear overhangs, reduced ground clearances and small gaps between wheels and fenders. The resulting look imparts a sporty and athletic strength, rather than brute and aggressive force.

Inside, the trio of advanced concepts provide private-yet-connected spaces for drivers and passengers. The high tech, streamlined feel of each interior derives from a combination of magnetic detailing and use of high-contrast interior colors and materials.

“These distinctive design aspects will be applied to all future Nissan models,” Nakamura concludes. “Nissan design will possess consistency and diversity which covers all body types, from sedan to crossovers.”

2012 Nissan Maxima SV Quick Spin 13
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, nissan, Nissan Maxima, Test Drives on 09 13th, 2012

The 2012 Nissan Maxima, now in its 4th year for the current generation, receives only minor updates and a Limited Edition package adding some of the top SV trim features and sporty styling to the base S model. For 2012 and the upcoming 2013 model, the Maxima receives restyled tail lights and a new selection of wheel styles.

The 2012 Nissan Maxima still serves its purpose as Nissan’s flagship sedan continually grasping at its traditional 4-door-sport-car moniker ported through sporty handling and performance attributes all wrapped up in a V6-powered front-wheel-drive sedan package.

To put it lightly, the 2012 Nissan Maxima feels a bit dated when you consider its higher price point when pitted next to the newly redesigned 2013 Altima. The Maxima has always offered a higher level of features and luxury amenities that gave the Maxima a perception of being placed on a pedestal above any other sedan offered by Nissan. Still, the 2012 Maxima gives drivers an enjoyable and quite exciting driving experience when compared to much of its competition. Not to mention, the 290 horsepower V6 engine combined with an aggressively mapped CVT transmission gives the Maxima excellent acceleration, 0-60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. The CVT unit in the Nissan Maxima is by far one of the best the automotive market has to offer. CVTs, including this one, are not exactly known for being all that sporty in the first place. The paddle shifters, as part of an optional Premium Package, adds a bit of peculiarities to the drive by offering simulated shifting points out of the quick ratio-bending CVT.

The only part of the Maxima truly being a 4-door-sports-car is its mid-sized agility. Departing from the drivetrain and somewhat fun-sapping CVT, the Maxima remains to be a civil mid-sized entry-level luxury sedan. The Maxima serves up a competitiveness amongst luxury branded vehicles through its comparative short base price tag and tall order of available features, some of which really matter to conservative-spending consumers. Over-all, the 2012 Nissan Maxima retains its expected sporty driving dynamics. They are about as sporty as you can get from a front-wheel-drive mid-sized sedan.

Power from Nissan’s long-touted VQ-series V6 engine is eager to break the front wheels loose even during mid-throttle launches. Torque steer is fortunately kept to a minimum but still requires the driver have full attention when laying into the gas pedal. The Maxima’s balance appears to be the best in its class and has a well-dampened suspension system that gives the Maxima a sporty yet smoothly adapted ride quality.

My 2012 Nissan Maxima SV test vehicle was fully loaded with a premium package, premium technology package and rear spoiler. All together, these packages combined many sought-after luxury options such as HID Xenon headlights, premium leather seats, heated leather steering wheel, climate controlled driver’s seat, dual-panel moonroof w/ power sunshades, rear power sunshade and a 7-inch color touch-LCD screen for the hard-drive based GPS navigation, 6-cd changer /w Bluetooth streaming audio system, backup camera monitor, a/c and vehicle control settings. My 2012 Maxima rolled on 18-inch alloy wheels. Buyers may opt for larger 19-inch wheels as part of a Sport Package.

The 2012 Nissan Maxima is still set-apart from its closely related Altima family member. Many standard features on the Maxima are either not offered on the Altima or require a high trim level, such as power tilt and telescoping steering wheels, 8-way power driver’s seat w/ 4-way power passenger’s seat, LED tail lights and a more-powerful 290 horsepower V6 engine. Though, when it comes to efficiency the Maxima has some catching up to do with its mediocre 19 mpg city and 26 mpg EPA estimates.

The 2012 Nissan Maxima still lacks proper brand recognition within the luxury segment but manages to hold its own sleeper status without a ridiculous price. Considering its starting price point of $32,420, and my loaded SV trimmed Maxima topping out at $40,930, buyers literally have a long list of options to consider on this vehicle and its competition.



  • Price: Base Maxima 3.5S $32,420 As-Tested Maxima SV $40,930
  • Engine: 3.5-liter DOHC V6 290 horsepower @ 6400 rpm / 261 ft-lbs. torque @ 4400 rpm
  • Drive: Front-Wheel-Drive
  • Wheelbase: 109.3in.
  • Total length: 190.6in.
  • Total width: 23.2in.
  • Total height: 57.8in.
  • Fuel tank: 20 gallons
  • Headroom: f/r-38.5/36.4in.
  • Shoulder room: f/r-56.3/55.1in.
  • Curb weight: 3,565lbs.
  • 0-60mph: 6.2 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 19mpg/city, 26mpg/highway

2011 Nissan Maxima SV Review & Test Drive 21
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, featured, nissan, Nissan Maxima, Test Drives on 02 21st, 2011


The 2011 Nissan Maxima SV puts more fun and excitement when driving a midsize family sedan.  The Maxima SV still has plenty of comfort, room and luxury for families but when the time and place is right, an exciting and exhilarating vehicle to let the daily stress’s of life melt away.

At first glance I see similar features to the Nissan 370Z sports car up front with the boomerang HID headlamp clusters which are set deeper into the front fenders of the Maxima, and the blacked-out horizontal slats of the grille and lower air intake.  The lower front bumper holds the round foglamps and air-intakes to cool down the front disc brakes.  The bulging ‘catamaran-styled’ aluminum hood, similar to the Infiniti M Series, gives Maxima SV a formidable expression, setting the tone for the rest of the car.

The powerful Maxima SV form continues along its profile with steeply raked A-pillars and careful layering of the bumper, hood and fender parting lines.  The sideview mirrors are aerodynamically styled to cut through the air more effectively and lesson wind noise while the deep side extensions give the Maxima SV a more hunkered down look and lowering the center of gravity increasing it cornering power.  The polished, elegant motion spreads from the deep-waisted rear fenders through distinctive Maxima SV-style C-pillars and high trunk lid with a spoiler that is similar to the Z370’s.  The chrome pull-out door handles are very easy to use for easy opening of the large doors.

At the rear Maxima SV features a 12-LED L-shaped taillight cluster design, with a pair of side marker bulbs for added visibility during night driving.  Under the bold rear bumper and nicely spread apart are two 4in. rolled aluminum exhaust tips that are also similar to the Z370’s.  They sit neatly at the ends of the center diffuser that keeps airflow out the rear more stable.

The flared fenders are nicely stuffed in the Maxima SV with standard light hyper silver twin-fork, five-spoke, 19X8in. aluminum wheels that are wrapped with 245/40VR19in. low profile, Goodyear RS-A high-performance all-season tires.

In creating driving performance worthy of Nissan’s flagship, the Maxima SV’s body and chassis engineering teams worked together to create a secure feeling, virtually no torque steering during acceleration and a level of nimbleness that ultimately makes the car fun and exciting to drive.  A range of enhancements helped to achieve these targets, increasing body rigidity and adjusting the wheelbase and track dimensions.

Utilizing Nissan’s advanced ‘D’ platform as its foundation, Maxima SV features a 3.5 liter VQ-series V6 engine rated at 290hp at 6,400rpm and 261lb.ft. of torque at 4,400rpm.  This potent engine includes a modular engine design with microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons, a resin intake collector, digital knock control, six individual coils and a cross-flow coolant pattern.  Also utilized are a Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System, a variable induction system, a silent timing chain and electronically controlled throttle.  The Maxima SV also utilizes a six-point engine mounting system, which includes upper and lower torque rods, high rigidity front and rear aluminum brackets and front and rear switchable control mounts to improve NVH performance under high engine torque conditions.  This high-tech powerful V6 engine quickly revs to redline and is very quiet at idle but when you put your foot down hard on the throttle, a loud growl sound emanates from the low-restriction dual exhaust system.

The Maxima SV comes equipped with a refined Xtronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), the best I have ever tested, with a manual mode (six-gears), which is tuned specifically for the SV’s sporty driving character.  For drivers seeking more aggressive shift operation, ‘Ds mode” (drive sport), electronic control logic programming provides increased acceleration feel with higher engine rpm’s, automatic engine braking, (downshift rev matching), and maintaining engine speed during cornering.  The SV’s standard column-mounted paddle shifters allow for quick manual transmission-like shift changes while you keep your hands on the steering wheel.  The SV’s CVT almost feels like you are shifting a true six-speed automatic with sequential shifting.  A readout of which gear you are presently in appears on the instrument cluster.  Upshifting and downshifting is immediate and you can really feel the acceleration and de-acceleration as you tap the paddles.

The Maxima SV’s full independent sport-tuned suspension is designed and engineered to be stimulating and relaxing, combining responsive and precise handling with a comfortable ride.  It also features coil springs and a 25.4mm solid stabilizer bar to keep front body lean to a minimum when cornering at high speeds.  The subframe-mounted strut/coil spring suspension makes extensive use of lightweight aluminum parts.  An X-type upper cowl structure helps provide front body rigidity for suspension mounting.

The multi-link rear suspension design, also subframe-mounted, offers outstanding handling by minimizing camber change during hard cornering.  The rear shock absorbers and springs are separated and the shocks are in line with the center of the rear wheels, providing excellent damping and minimal harshness.  A solid 21mm rear stabilizer bar further keeps body lean to a minimum during hard cornering.  Even though torque steer is now kept to a minimum during hard launches, I would have liked to see a change from front-wheel drive to either all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive so that the front-to-rear weight distribution would be more closely even thus exhibiting better and more nimble handling characteristics.  The Maxima SV’s front-to-rear weight distribution is 61/39% which puts too much weight up front interfering with crisper cornering at high speeds.  Understeer always shows it unwanted deeds with front-wheel drive vehicles.

To keep you on your chosen direction of travel the SV comes standard with a Twin-Orifice power steering (TOPS) vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack & pinion steering system with the quickest steering ratio of any Nissan sedan (15.2:1) that helps provide its sporty steering feel, quick reaction to your inputs and great feel for the road.  A hidden strut tower brace contributes to Maxima SV’s steering precision and rigidity.

Slowing the new Maxima SV down from speed are large, 4-wheel steel disc brakes that are vented at each corner.  Up front are 12.6in. discs clamped with dual-piston calipers, while 12.13in. discs with single-piston calipers clamp down in the rear.  These brakes are very strong and the feel is very linear giving me confidence to take the SV to its limits. Further enhancing braking power and control are standard ABS, EBD and BA.

Well I guess you can’t always have everything that makes for great handling midsize sports sedan for under $34,000.00, but the car does its thing as it easily maneuvers around slow city traffic, traveling at speed on the highways, and cutting up the steep curving roads in the mountains. Maxima SV’s interior design gives a feeling of a sports car with controls ergonomically close, yet with ample roominess, comfort and luxury for both you and your passengers.

The instrument cluster features ‘daytime illumination’ electroluminescent gauges, with a rotated tachometer so engine redline is placed at the 12 o’clock position, while extensive use of chrome surrounds for the gauges, vent rings, vent knobs and audio switches lend a feeling of luxury.  The three-spoke/leather-wrapped/power tilt/telescoping steering wheel is sport-oriented and its diameter has been reduced for optimum control.  The SV model also features a unique ‘parallel’ pattern steering wheel stitching for enhanced grip.  A unique shiny gray stitch color is included in the SV model.

The driver’s bucket seat includes a manual thigh extension for long distance driving and additional padding in the side bolsters for good lateral support during sporty driving.  The seat is also available with heating and cooling functions and premium leather appointed surfaces with the special stitching.  Also available are power lower lumbar and memory functions.  The SV comes with a fixed rear seat with well padded side bolstering and a fold-down center armrest, dual cupholders, storage and pass-through for carrying long items.

Comfort and convenience features include a standard moonroof, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise-control with illuminated steering wheel mounted controls, Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start/Stop ignition, leather-wrapped/chrome stick shifter, aluminum shifter gate, power windows with front express up/down, power door locks, AM-FM-CD6/MP3 audio system with eight speakers, Bluetooth, and available USB connectivity.

More SV standard equipment not mentioned above includes metallic dot trim on the center stack, center console, doors and front door pulls, steering wheel audio controls, auxiliary audio input jack, multi-function trip computer, Bose audio system with AM-FM-in-dash 6-CD player with 9-speakers, 2-subwoofers, center channel speaker and XM satellite radio, speed sensitive volume control, Homelink Universal Transceiver, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-remote/heated sideview mirrors, overhead console with sunglass holder, sun visors with illuminated mirrors, dual map lamps, grab handles above each door, aluminum sill plates at each door bottom, storage slots in each front door, driver-side memory, floor mats and trunk mat. Option included in my SV test vehicle included a 7in. color monitor with rearview monitor, 2GB music box with 800MB storage, USB connectivity and iPod net in the center console.

Maxima SV comes standard with Nissan’s Advanced Airbag System with dual-stage front airbags, seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted curtain side-impact airbags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection, front seat active head restraints, 3-point safety belts for all seating positions including pretensioners/load limiters up front, emergency inside trunk release, Zone Body construction with front/rear crumple zones, steel beams in each door, LATCH system for child seats, and a tire pressure monitoring system.  Every Maxima SV comes standard with Nissan’s advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control to keep you on your chosen path.

Other options include Nissan’s hard Drive Navigation system with voice recognition, 9.3GB music box, XM NavTraffic with real-time traffic information, XM NavWeather, streaming audio via Bluetooth, 7in. touch screen color monitor with DVD playback capability, and a dual panel moonroof.

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  • Price: Base Maxima 3.5S $30,830 As-Tested Maxima SV $37,240
  • Engine/power/configuration: 3.5-liter V6 / 290hp – 261 ft-lbs. torque / Front Wheel Drive
  • Wheelbase: 109.3in.
  • Total length: 190.6in.
  • Total width: 23.2in.
  • Total height: 57.8in.
  • Fuel tank: 20 gallons
  • Headroom: f/r-38.5/36.4in.
  • Shoulder room: f/r-56.3/55.1in.
  • Curb weight: 3,565lbs.
  • 0-60mph: 6.5sec.
  • EPA mileage: 19mpg/city, 26mpg/highway