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Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima first made its debut as the high-end trim level of the 1976 Bluebird, but it was not until 1985 that the Maxima branched off into its own model. Having gone through a great number of changes and upgrades; the Maxima is one of the longest running mid-size sedans on the American automobile market. Starting out as a boxy two-door coupe, the Maxima has transformed into a muscular, sporty four-door sedan. With a complete redesign scheduled for the 2009 model year, the Maxima is still one of the most affordable luxury models on sales lots.

From 1976-1979, the Nissan Maxima was known in the United States as a trim level of the Datsun 810, while European consumers knew the model as a version of the Bluebird. However, the badge "Maxima" was only known to the European market. In 1982, Nissan introduced the 810 Maxima to the United States. This model featured a 2.4L I6 and the option of either a five-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.

The 1985 model year named the Maxima a standalone badge that was equipped with a 157 horsepower 3.0L V6. A Maxima wagon was available for both the 1987 and 1988 model years, but after that the model's exterior was tightened up and was listed as a compact sedan. The boxy exterior was traded in for a sleeker, more elegant design in 1989. The Maxima also gained a few inches, re-establishing it as a mid-size sedan in America.

With features like a moonroof, digital touch entry, and a complete power package, the Maxima quickly became an American favorite as an introductory luxury sedan. Though the engine remained a 3.0L V6 all through the 1990s, the Maxima's exterior was freshened up several times with curvier lines and a more aggressive front grille giving it a sportier appearance. However, the 2002 model year brought about the first major engine change for the Maxima. A new 255 horsepower 3.5L V6 was mounted under the hood, and upgraded wheels and a navigation unit became available.

Nissan Maxima's sixth generation brought with it a revamped version of the model. The build became more muscular, and the Maxima was only available as a four-door sedan. The engine stayed the same, but a continuously variable transmission was introduced. The unveiling of the 2009 Maxima at the 2008 New York Auto Show revealed a completely restyled edition with a futuristic appearance. With the redesign Nissan hopes to appeal to younger buyers.

Nissan Maxima Reviews by Year

2010 Nissan Maxima
There are two trims available for the 2010 Nissan Maxima: the 3.5 S and the 3.5 SV. Both are sporty midsized sedans that feature sleekly designed exteriors and very pleasing interiors. That sportiness is balanced out well with loads of standard luxury features. For instance, this year, Bluetooth hands-free communication/entertainment and USB connectivity become standard attributes on all Maximas.

The Nissan Maxima for 2010 provides more than adequate power to the front wheels with its 3.5L V6 that produces 290 horses at 6400 RPM and 261 lb-ft of torque at 4400 RPM. The Maxima can even pull up to 1000 pounds behind it. It also utilizes an automatic CVT (continuously variable) transmission that is reported to shift fluidly and quickly. It requires 18.7 feet of radius for turning.

Included safety features on the 2010Maxima from Nissan include frontal, front/side, side-curtain and overhead airbags; active head restraints, 4-wheel ABS braking, belt pretensioners, electronic stability control, a factory security system and tire pressure monitoring. more
2009 Nissan Maxima
The completely revamped 2009 Nissan Maxima is a 4-door sports car, that offers plenty of ready power and is a blast to drive. It's the 7th generation model of the Maxima and has been manufactured for sporty drivers that want a solid ride.
2008 Nissan Maxima
The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a capable and comfortable midsize sedan with an abundance of high quality materials and premium feature content. This 5 passenger sedan is available in 2 very accommodating front wheel drive trims, but unfortunately the Maxima does not stand out or excel in any particular area in the overcrowded midsize sedan category and comparably equipped models from other manufacturers tend to cost less.
2007 Nissan Maxima
The 2007 Nissan Maxima is available as the SE for $28,050 or the SL for $30,300. Both are equipped with a 255 horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine, but while previous-year models featured a six speed manual transmission, this model is available only as an automatic.
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