• Jun 11th 2006 at 8:05AM
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$28,050. That's the price of entry for Nissan's new-for-2007 Maxima. That coin will get buyers a Max in base 3.5 SE spec, which includes the automaker's evergreen VQ engine, good here for 255 horsepower, tied to the company's Xtronic CVT transmission with manual override. The six-speed manual appears to be a casualty of the upgrade, continuing Nissan's trend of moving the Maxima away from its role as "The Four Door Sports Car" to that of a near-luxury player.

Those with a bit more largesse may wish to opt for the 3.5SL ($30,300), which includes new 'wood-tone' interior accents, heated leather seats, and 18" seven-spoke alloys,  among other niceties.

Click through for more information on the reworked Max (including video), then check here for more on-hand impressions at the New York Auto Show.

[Sources: TopSpeed.com; Nissan]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I went and test drove an '07 Max SL this weekend w/everything but the navi. My sole purpose was to see what was up with that CVT. The car is VERY smooth and quiet. Since it doesn't downshift, the car doesn't feel like it's pulling all that hard, but watching the speedo says otherwise. I was all set for a new Max, but the competition is fierce in that class, and I agree that they need to step it up a notch. It's fine to increase your luxury, but your traditional buyers want performance, and they shouldn't give that up. As for the Avalon, it does have more HP, but it's also heavier and history has shown Nissan's VQ series to perform as though it's got 30 more hp than it does because it's so efficient and responsive (the competition may have taken a similar approach with current designs though). Don't put too much weight on the specs. Go drive them both and make your decision based on that. If it's powerful and responsive enough and meets your other requirements, then get it. If not, get whatever you like better. That's just my opinion.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Actually, the 2006 Maxima is available with a six-speed manual. Definitely gone for 2007?

      I'll input 2007 Maxima prices as soon as I have a complete list, including options.

      • 9 Years Ago
      VQ35 isn't that good, the old '265' was imaginary, and the new 255 is on premium? The camry makes ~275hp with premium.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #2 waiting for saturn and what do you suck........
      • 9 Years Ago
      255 hp? Thats it? I never thought I'd see the day when a Camry had more power than the so-called "four door sport sedan." I used to love the Maxima. The 90s editions were HOT. Now the MAX is watered-down and can be out-ran by an Altima. Maybe Nissan should drop the Maxima and spend the extra-cash on making the Altima first-class and really give CamCord a run for their money.
      • 9 Years Ago
      our you guys really serious??? sure, i agree with the styling. They made it look more like and Altima but, they did do some great things to it for '07. They added a CVT transmission which is only going to give it a smoother stronger ride and they also gave it Intelligent Key. The interior is a huge step up but the exterior is a step down. It used to look futuristic now it looks like it's lost it's edge and maybe thats because the Altima style sells alot more then the Maxima's. It's the type of style you either love or hate in the '06, but I still think the Maxima even though it only has 255hp, drives like a real car is supposed to feel and I'd take it over any toyota or honda.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Toyota 3.5 L is brand spanking new, first seen in the new 2006 Avalon.
      The Nissan 3.6 was introduced in 1996. The VQ is some 10 years old.
      The VQ is updated for the 2007 Altima with new parts however, making a real 265 hp at an unknown mpg.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Maxima will continue to grow into an Avalon fighter...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Now just for the altima selling prices.... nervous....
      • 9 Years Ago
      Holy crap! I guess the Passat won't have to worry about being considered the most expensive family sedan anymore. Sure, it's got the V6, but 255 hp for an almost-$30k sedan is pretty sad. And if people balk at a $30k Volkswagen, what are they going to say about a $30k Nissan? Add to that the fact that the 2007 Maxima looks even more like a bloated Altima than the outgoing iteration, and I'm starting to wonder how large a market Nissan plans for this model.

      I recall driving the '06 model, well-optioned, and thinking "this is a $30k car? I could get a base-model BMW or Audi for this price!" Well, now, you can get a base-model BMW or Audi, and add a few options as well. Ouch.
      • 9 Years Ago
      yes, nissan has lost it. As a previous owner of Altima v6 and current owner of Maxima SE, there is a certain beauty to these cars. But one thing is for sure: the craftsmanship has never been in par to toyota and honda. I love my 05 maxima, but i cant help thinking how a car that is 30k to 35k fully loaded can have inferior craftsmanship. Remember, good hard plastics are in the altima and maxima, but that does not mean that they are put together correctly, just look at the wide body gaps and movement of the materials in both cars. How do I know: well, like I said, i have driven both extensively. Good materials is not enough, one must know how to glue them together correctly. Honda and toyota are still at the top of this game.
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