Completely redesigned for 2009, the new sportier 4-door Nissan Maxima gets updated styling, a more upscale interior and a higher performance engine, a 3.5L V6 good for 290 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque. A Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) is provided that can be overridden by six driver-selectable "gear" ratios, which on the SV trim are controlled from paddle shifters mounted on the steering column. Of special mention is the standard power steering that was enhanced to improve the "driving feel" coupled to the front-wheel drive. Maxima fuel economy is EPA estimated to be 19 mpg city/26 mpg hwy and 22 mpg combined. Standard Nissan Maxima safety features include stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front and rear active head restraints. Accommodating five passengers, the newly-designed Nissan Maxima is a high-quality entry-level luxury sedan that, when fully loaded, seriously competes with the name-brand badges.Read more Read less
Nissan's popular Maxima sedan gets a fresh new look for 2009, plus plenty of other notable changes. The "four-door sports car" sports a shorter wheelbase, wraparound headlights, and LED taillights. The interior appears a bit more upscale and refined, and the Maxima is available in two trim levels: S and SV. The tried and true 3.5L V6 returns, though it has now been retuned to churn out 290 hp, a 35 hp bump over previous models. Fuel economy has gained as well with 19 mpg city / 26 mpg highway.
New, bolder look; more powerful 3.5L V6, excellent standard equipment list, sporty performance, good interior room
Since its 1982 introduction, the flagship Maxima has always been a sporting sedan at heart, and the restyled 2009 model furthers that trend. With sharp, attractive exterior styling, a classy cabin, plenty of power on tap, and a smart price tag, the Maxima is a sure contender in the midsize performance sedan category.