2011 Nissan Maxima

S FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

S FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

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2011 Nissan Maxima
2011 Nissan Maxima
The seventh generation Nissan Maxima was launched in 2009. This continues the Maxima's charge from the late 80's. For most of the 90's there were many Japanese midsized sedans to choose from. While they were mostly good at moving people in a practical fashion, the only really sporty option was the Nissan Maxima, combining V-6 engines, with manual transmissions, and suspensions more tuned to sport than the competition. Other automakers have since redesigned some of their models to compete more directly with the Maxima, forcing Nissan to continually improve on the original design.

The current Maxima offers a high quality interior design and sport tuned suspension. There is a great deal of technology based options, although much of it included only with specific packages. The price of the Maxima maybe it's biggest drawback as it puts it into range of many of the more esteemed auto makers.

Driving this sporty sedan is Nissans 290 HP, 3.5 liter V-6 engine. The front wheels are driven by a continuously variable transmission, or CVT. A sport package ups the ante with 19" wheel and an 8 speaker audio system.
2011 Nissan Maxima 3 5 SV Front View Static
I know the continuously variable in the CVT acronym refers to the mechanism within this infinite-ratio gearbox, but it also seems apt for describing the personality of the Maxima's CVT. Nissan tuned the gearbox to almost function as three different designs. In its default setting, the transaxle functions like a standard CVT, allowing the engine speed to rise to a certain point and remain there while velocity increases. In sport mode, however, it's stepped like a conventional automatic, and is tuned to hold onto revs before switching to a new drive ratio. If that isn't enough variety, a pair of column-mounted shift paddles allows the driver to trigger pseudo-shifts at his or her whim.
- Evan McCausland, Associate Web Editor
2011 Nissan Maxima 3 5 SV Front View Static
There's a lot to like in the Maxima, including the accessible power, the curvaceous body, and the driver-oriented cockpit. But the engine noise? Wow. I sure hope that Nissan has a vast team of engineers working on ways to develop a V-6 that isn't so noisy and coarse. This VQ-series V-6 engine family is outclassed in refinement by just about everyone now.
- Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor
2011 Nissan Maxima 3 5 SV Front Three Quarters Static
The Maxima isn't the four-door sports car that Nissan claims, but it's definitely a SPORTY four-door that's reasonably fun to drive. The engine's performance is particularly satisfying, and its CVT partner does its job admirably.
2011 Nissan Maxima 3 5 SV Rear Three Quarters Static
Before Infiniti existed, the Maxima in effect served as Nissan's flagship sedan. I know people who happily traded in Cadillacs for the Four Door Sports Car in the 1980s. Now, of course, Infiniti not only exists, but has blossomed into a full-line brand with very serious offerings starting as low as $31,000 (for a G25). This puts the Maxima in a very awkward spot. Our particular test car costs as much as a very well equipped G35 sedan, but is closer mechanically to an Altima. And though it certainly doesn't drive badly, nothing about it, except for the voluptuous sheetmetal, says "sports car."
2011 Nissan Maxima 3 5 SV Hood
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2011 Nissan Maxima 3 5 SV Rear Three Quarters Static Ground
As part of the unraveling cycle of model-year product pricing, Nissan has released the revised figures for two of its sedans today, the Maxima and Sentra.

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2011 Nissan Maxima Specifications

Quick Glance:
3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
290 hp @ 6400rpm
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)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
36,000 miles / 36 months
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash

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