The Maxima debuted in 1976 as an upscale version of the Bluebird and was spun into its own line in 1980, having been made continuously since then.
The Maxima models are also known as Nissan Cefiro or Nissan Laurel in various markets.
Nissan Maxima 2010 SPECIFICATIONS (Note: Some Spec might varies with variants):Body style(s): 4 Door Sedan
Complete specifications: Specifications of Nissan Maxima 2010
Colors: Crimson Black Metallic ,Drk Slate Metallic ,Mystic Jade Metallic ,
Navy Blue Metallic ,Ocean Gray Metallic ,Radiant Silver Metallic ,Super Black Available,Tuscan Sun Metallic ,Winter Frost Pearl
Fuel Capacity:(gal) 20.0
Mileage(estimated)(city/highway): 19 / 26
Price Onwards: $30,690
Website: Nissan Maxima 2010 US
Nissan Maxima - What the Auto Press Says- usnews.rankingsandreviews
The 2010 Nissan Maxima ranks 13 out of 15 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 19 published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Maxima, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
The 2010 Nissan Maxima is a car searching for an identity. Nissan calls it a "four-door sports car," but most in the automotive press say it's more like a family car with just a hint of spice. Its interior is a strange mix of upscale and cheap -- but it may be a good bargain for those looking for a sedan that's just a bit sporty.
The 2010 Nissan Maxima is hard for the automotive press to put its collective finger on. It's not as sporty as Nissan's marketing wants you to believe, but it will out-corner many similarly-priced sedans. It's not as upscale as its price would indicate, but it does borrow some bits from the Infiniti parts bin, giving at least an impression of luxury.
Redesigned just last year, the Maxima combines a punchy V6 engine, a fine-tuned suspension that virtually eliminates torque steer, and a shorter wheelbase to better differentiate its styling from the Nissan Altima. Some writers say that its Continuously Variable Transmission robs it of much of the punch its engine should provide.
Some in the automotive press like the car, but many feel that it doesn't live up to the promises Nissan makes for it. Nissan marketing calls the Maxima "the four-door sports car." Auto writers, however, find it a nice family sedan with a slightly sporty character. "It's a handsome sedan with a healthy dose of engagement," Autoblog writes, but the four-door sports car label "may be going a bit too far."
Other Cars to Consider
If you're looking at the Maxima as an alternative to a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, you may find it a slightly more athletic option that meets your needs. It is not, however, a sport sedan to compete with Audi or BMW products.
The Maxima's sticker has begun to intrude on the entry-level luxury class. Nissan makes an entry-level sports sedan -- the Infiniti G37 -- which outclasses the Maxima in many ways and is not much more expensive. At this price, the BMW 3-Series is an alternative as well. Both of those cars offer several transmission options that make Nissan's CVT look sluggish.
Nissan Maxima: The Details
The Maxima carries into 2010 virtually unchanged after a 2009 redesign. It is available in a base 3.5S, or a more upscale 3.5 SV model. A sport package, with tighter suspension settings, and a luxury-oriented Premium package are available on SV models.
- "Fun to drive while offering practical cabin technology in this comfortable sedan." -- CNET
- "One of the most fun to drive cars in the class." -- New Car Test Drive
- "A stylistic and performance winner." -- The Auto Channel
- "Sports sedan? Not really. Sporty sedan? Yes. Although we'd ask for more communicative steering and a smoother ride, the...Maxima's power and speed will satisfy fans perhaps left a little cold by the last generation, and they won't disappoint those seduced by its clean, rich shape. " -- Car and Driver
- "While...the Maxima is not designed to appeal to consumers who would be looking seriously at the Avalon, the fact is that the Maxima is more luxury than sport when it comes to styling and performance." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram