2010 Nissan Maxima

S FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

S FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

2010 nissan maxima Reviews and News

2010 Nissan Maxima 3 5 SV Front Three Quarters Static Driver
Contrary to Nissan's "4DSC" marketing campaign, the Maxima is no four-door sports car in my eyes. It's definitely a sporty four-door, but it feels too heavy to be a true sports car. The 290-hp V-6 does make the front-wheel-drive Maxima quite peppy, but a consequence of this is that there's a fair amount of torque steer under hard acceleration. It doesn't help that a CVT (the only available transmission in this car) is the least sporty type of transmission out there. The CVT does its job pretty well, although the engine takes a while to wind out in "first gear" when you're shifting manually through the six simulated ratios of the CVT (selectable via the console shifter or the column-mounted paddles).
2010 Nissan Maxima 3 5 SV Front Three Quarters Static Driver
I was prepared to say that this, Nissan's sportiest version of its so-called Four-Door Sports Car Maxima, was pretty appealing. But then I saw the price: $38,660. Um, no thanks. For that dough, I can get into a BMW 1-series or even an Acura TSX, and at least I'll have a premium brand and presumably a higher-end dealership experience.
2010 Nissan Maxima 3 5 SV Rear Three Quarters Static
The Nissan Maxima hasn't changed with the times. Fifteen years go, the Maxima lived atop a heap of sporty, front-wheel-drive big sedans. Since then, many competitors have either gone rear-wheel-drive (Chrysler 300) or bitten the dust (Pontiac Bonneville, Grand Prix). Even if you've decided you want front-wheel-drive and all the torque-steering compromise it brings, there are better-executed options, including the Acura Joe DeMatio mentioned and even the Buick LaCrosse CXS. But Maxima's real problem, I suspect, is Infiniti. With the G and M sedans getting all the love from Nissan engineers, product planners probably think there's not much room for a third sports sedan. They may be right, but I can't help but wish for modernized, reinvigorated Maxima that could better battle the 300 and Hyundai Genesis.
- David Zenlea, Assistant Editor
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Rather than the four-door sports car Nissan claims it is, the Maxima feels like a mainstream family sedan made to do battle with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and Chevy Malibu. Sure the suspension is a bit tauter and the power output a touch higher than your typical mid-size, but there's not enough here (aside from the more muscular styling) to make the Maxima truly stand out from its showroom peer, the Nissan Altima. Like Joe, I find this particular Maxima's price outrageous. Want a luxurious, sporty Japanese sedan for $39,000? An Infiniti G37 will do the job much better. The Nissan Maxima is nicely finished, behaves well, and has great lines, but to deliver on the name, Nissan needs to deliver a more focused mechanical package.
- Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor
2010 Nissan Maxima 3 5 SV Front Three Quarters Static Driver
For years, the Maxima was a car to aspire to for those legions of young buyers whose early automotive experience was with basic but reliable Nissan (or, before that, Datsun) stalwarts like the Sentra and the 210. Plush, powerful, and roomy, the Maxima was a logical and luxurious step up. The formula started to get muddied when the Altima began to encroach on the Maxima's turf, and the Maxima resorted to somewhat garish styling and gimmicky features to set itself apart from its sibling.
2010 Nissan Maxima 3 5 SV Rear Three Quarters Static
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$16,725

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2010 Nissan Maxima Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
Horsepower:
290 hp @ 6400rpm
Torque:
261 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
SUSPENSION
Summary
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 ALTIMA AND MAXIMA PASSENGER CARS. THE UPPER FRONT STRUT INSULATORS MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED OUT OF SPECIFICATION RESULTING IN A POTENTIAL FOR THE STRUT INSULATOR TO CRACK.
Consequences
IF THE STRUT INSULATOR IS CRACKED, THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR THE STRUT ROD TO COME OUT OF ITS MOUNTING POSITION, WHICH COULD AFFECT VEHICLE STABILITY AND INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE FRONT STRUT INSULATORS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-NISSAN1 (1-800-647-7261).
Potential Units Affected
26,398
Notes
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Marginal
IIHS Roof Strength
Acceptable
NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R

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