• May 30th 2008 at 8:02AM
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Along with the 2009 Nissan Maxima's new styling comes new trim level designations. Apparently Nissan's classical conventions have been muddled over the years, so buyers get confused about what the GLE or SL stuck onto the trunklid means. Does it have a CVT? Leather? At least the V6 is easily discerned by the 3.5 badging. The new flavor of alphabet soup goes like this: Base is S, fitted with common options will be the SV, luxury is SL, and people who like to drive will want to keep an eye out for the SR combo; we wonder if the R will be red.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Why not just have a base model to which option packs are added?

      Oh wait, that will make car shopping too easy and won't confuse consumers enough

      PS I tried configuring a 350Z just for fun a while back, I quit when I saw the trim levels page
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sport Value
      Sport Luxury
      Sport Racer

      • 7 Years Ago
      The thing is to keep it consistent across the board and not get muffled again. It doesn't matter what you designate the trims, you can use X, Y, Z, F, J blah blah to mean whatever, but just make it the same. Look at Honda, DX, LX, EX from low to high and it's always been that way. Very easy to "remember" from year to year as long as it's consistent. Toyota has issues with trim too... CE, C, XL, XLE, ugh...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Currently, this is how it plays out...

        Versa (S, SL)
        Sentra (Base, S, SL, SE-R)
        Altima (Base, S, SE, SL, HEV)
        Altima Coupe (S, SE)
        Maxima (SE, SL)
        350z (Base, Enthusiast, Touring, Grand Touring, NISMO).

        Again, just start adding option packages everywhere. I agree, it should be a lot more simplified. It's a mess.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Does Nissan still make anything with an SR-series engine?
      • 7 Years Ago
      While we're on the subject, what the heck does XE stand for on base frontiers and why was it an S13 coupe model lol, nissan has never been consistent with their package nomenclature.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So S, the letter normally used to denote sport or supercharged it now used to represent the bottom end model? Well that makes sense
      • 7 Years Ago
      all i can say is.. the SR version better have a 6spd...

      much like my Altima SE-R has now :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's CVT action all the way...
      • 7 Years Ago
      What the heck is SV? I get the others, but SV? Really? I guess its no worse than the rest of them...
        • 7 Years Ago
        SV is gay. just call it SE like normal Nissans? oh it is their:
        "we want to be different" strategy?

        Yeah about that.........

        • 7 Years Ago
        S for Standard
        V for Value
        L for Luxury wannabe
        R for Racey looking
        • 7 Years Ago
        Weird. Ugly.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Um, SE wasn't the step up from the S when I leased a Murano in 2005. Back then the model designators were:
        S -- a just introduced base trimline
        SL -- the step up
        SE -- Performance model
        SE-R -- High performance model

        Some models like the Altima had an "S with Value Package" option, but most S's carried few options.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Goodness, I just quit selling Nissans. The two trim levels were SE (Sport) & SL (Luxury). From there, you add the additional option packages. If anything, this will make it harder for sales people. What a mess...
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