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The Nissan Maxima is back for 2008, and prices for the premium midsize sedan have jumped ever so slightly to $28,130 for the SE and $30,380 for up-model SL. Nissan for some reason felt the need to bump the price by $80 for both models. New for 2008 is a Platinum Edition Package that includes bi-xenon headlights, hands-free Bluetooth, and memory for the seats, steering wheel, and side mirrors. The new package will provide savings of $1,350 vs. buying the options separately. The Xtronic CVT is back once again and will control Nissan's excellent 3.5L VQ engine, and the exterior is unchanged from last year's refresh. No word on whether Nissan intends to continue the strange tradition of having the sporty 18" rims on the SE and the smaller, less attractive 17s on the more expensive SL.

[Source: Nissan]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      The problem is the Altima has taken the Maxima's spot. Infiniti G35s are only $33,000, so why would somebody take a Maxima. The Altima is almost as big as the Maxima, and has more hp from the same engine as well. Back in the '90s this wasn't a problem because Nissan Altimas were smaller like the current Civic and Sentras were economy cars. Nissan shifted its entire line up a size when they added the Versa and updating the Altima in 2002, basically screwing over the Maxima.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The G35 sedan is 31,500 base msrp so yeah definitely a better choice vs the Maxima. I think Nissan should just discontinue the maxima since the Altima seems to have taken most of its sells.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Talk about forcing a product down our throats! The CVT transmission is a bad idea that won't go away! After driving the Altima and Maxima I just hate that CVT thing. It's just weird that the new Altima is a better drive then the Maxima that costs more! But either way the CVT ruins both of them and the artificail shift point feel just so artificial!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I never thought I'd see the day when a Maxima would sticker in the 30's. No wonder they don't sell any of these things.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Infiniti I35 is gone, but I don't see why Nissan can't pair the Maxima and G35 as platform twins. It works for the 350Z and G35 (2006) coupe. I'm sure the next gen Z will take after the G37 in the power department.

      The RWD 270HP Maxima. The return of the 4-Door Sports Car. 4DSC stickers all around!!
      Seriously, you wouldn't want it to have the 300+HP VQHR, or people wouldn't buy the G35.

      It will be the Pontiac G8 Killer. Well, almost.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I drove them both, and the Maxima felt more like a luxury car than the Altima. Both were 2007 models. The Altima felt like a really nice Altima, decent seats, leather, etc.

      The Maxima seats were very luxurious and it felt more like an Infiniti. The Altima felt more sporty, but cheap. The Maxima felt less sporty, but better built and more luxurious. I can see that shoppers would not cross shop them if they drove them back to back. The Altima is no doubt the performance champ, but the Maxima does indeed feel like a luxury car, IMHO.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with others re: Altima taking over Maxima's old turf. Unless I'm mistaken, you can't even get the Max with a manual transmission. Oh well, it's still a good car, just a different target audience now. It's up against the Avalon, which is fine. It fills out Nissan's lineup. And while it may appear to be priced in G35 territory, the Infiniti is still significantly more expensive when comparably equipped (by my standards anyway, a couple grand plus the Nissan will probably have incentives on it).

      Still, I'd rather have the G35 minus some options, or an Altima for a lot less.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, you guys sure do hate the Maxima. I agree that it's running on the Altima's and G35's turf, but before these 2 cars, the Maxima held it's own as a sporty mid size sedan. This car was never meant to be a luxury car. Sure it has some luxury features, but Nissan always presented the Maxima as a sporty family sedan. A lot of you guys are way too biased, I am not sure it's because you dislike Nissan or just the Maxima itself.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a long time owner of Nissans and Datsuns dating back to the early 80s, I say ...

      blah...

      What the hell happened to Nissan?
      • 7 Years Ago
      What are they talking about? The Maxima never left for 2007. So how can it be making it's return? Dorky reporting! Moreover, this car is a huge failure compared to the Maxima's of the 80's and 90's. The styling got too wacky, including the old-fashioned triangle taillights, stretched to the sides front air intake area, strange grille that for years was designed AROUND the emblem (gimmicky and cheap), the motorcylce gauge pods (WE WANT A LUXURY CAR INTERIOR, NOT SOMETHING ROUGH AND BRASH!), and the too high price. Nissan lost their way a while back and only the Altima has some credibility (for the price). May as well just can the Maxima, it's been a waste of time for three gens now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Infiniti I35 is gone, but I don't see why Nissan can't pair the Maxima and G35 as platform twins. It works for the 350Z and G35 (2006) coupe. I'm sure the next gen Z will take after the G37 in the power department.

      The RWD 270HP Maxima. The return of the 4-Door Sports Car. 4DSC stickers all around!!
      Seriously, you wouldn't want it to have the 300+HP VQHR, or people wouldn't buy the G35.

      It will be the Pontiac G8 Killer. Well, almost.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nissan Maximas are everywhere in my area. I could never figure out why Nissan made the Altima almost the same size as the Maxima. Even the interior look almost the same. Nissan needs to diffrentiate the Maxima from the Altima. Making it RWD would be a start. Higher quality materials used all around in building the car. Closing all those wide body panel gaps would also be a good thing.

      I have a 2006 Maxima SE that I leased in March 2006. I replaced the front struts 3 times within the first 7 months of the first year of ownership ( I live in NYC). Problems with the brakes that took 3 visits to the dealer to fix. Two weeks ago I replaced the condensor for the aircondition unit (under warranty). Can't wait for the lease to be up and to turn it in.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      UNless this car gets larger, and better looking, the price is not justified. Oh, and quality would be nice too. This is the ugliest Nissan of modern time. Wait, no, thats the quest lol. Or is it the Titan?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        It doesn't need to get any larger, that's the problem. The Sentra's too tall (with 4 donuts like the first Neon), the Altima would be the perfect Maxima with a better interior, and there should be something between the size of the current Altima and a smaller Sentra called Altima. Each of those cars are at least 250lbs overweight.
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