• Aug 20, 2010

2011 Nissan Maxima – click above for high-res image gallery

Nissan has released pricing for its 2011 Maxima and Sentra sedans, complete with specification changes that are more along the lines of 'running changes' than they are actual product freshenings. No matter, the Maxima will start at $30,810 in 3.5S CVT guise, while the sportier SV rings up at $33,530. On the more frugal side, the Sentra 2.0 6MT rings in at $15,520, spooling all the way up to $20,080 for the line-topping SE-R Spec V 2.5 model.

On the upgrade front, the 290-horsepower Maxima receives smoked headlights, darkened chrome grill and "shiny gray interior stitching" on sport models, along with a new exhaust pipe finisher. Metallic Slate and Brilliant Silver also join the Max's paint palate. For 2011, the Sentra doesn't really get any new features, but a six-speed manual is now available with the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder, giving the range a new entry-level model.

The 2011 model-year Nissans are available in dealers now, and you can check out the full press release after the jump.


[Source: Nissan]

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Nissan Announces U.S. Pricing for 2011 Maxima and Sentra

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced U.S. pricing for the 2011 Nissan Maxima and 2011 Nissan Sentra sedans. Both vehicles are on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide.

The 2011 Maxima is offered in two well-equipped models – Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV, each featuring a standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ-series V6 engine and Xtronic CVT™ transmission. Revisions for 2011 include new rolled edge tailpipe finisher; new smoked headlights (Sport models); new dark chrome grille (Sport models) and unique shiny gray interior stitching (Sport models). Also offered are two new exterior colors, Metallic Slate and Brilliant Silver.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2011 Nissan Maxima include:

Maxima 3.5 S CVT $30,810 USD
Maxima 3.5 SV CVT $33,530 USD

For 2011, the fine-tuning of the popular Nissan Sentra compact sedan continues with a realignment of option package equipment, helping buyers to attain just the right level of features to match their needs and budgets. Sentra is offered in six models – Sentra 2.0, 2.0 S, 2.0 SR, 2.0 SL and the performance-oriented Sentra SE-R and SE-R Spec V.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2011 Nissan Sentra include:

Sentra 2.0 6MT $15,520 USD
Sentra 2.0 CVT $16,700 USD
Sentra 2.0 S CVT $17,450 USD
Sentra 2.0 SR CVT $17,450 USD
Sentra 2.0 SL CVT $18,850 USD
Sentra SE-R 2.5L CVT $19,580 USD
Sentra SE-R Spec V 2.5L 6MT $20,080 USD

About the 2011 Nissan Maxima
The iconic Nissan Maxima, the original and continuing 4-Door Sports Car™, once again in 2011 offers breakthrough sports sedan styling, responsive performance and a range of standard and available premium equipment. Maxima's interior design provides the feeling of a sports car with controls ergonomically close, yet with ample roominess and comfort for both driver and passengers.

The wide range of available technology includes a premium audio system, RearView Monitor and Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and XM NavWeather™ (XM subscription required, sold separately), Voice Recognition and 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive.

Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV models each feature a standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ-series V6 engine and Xtronic CVT™ with manual and "Ds" (drive sport) modes and available paddle shifters.

About the 2011 Sentra and Sentra SE-R
Nissan Sentra 2.0 models feature a standard 140-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual transmission or fuel-efficient Nissan Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). Sentra SE-R is equipped with a 177-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder with Xtronic CVT™ and SE-R Spec V offers a potent 200-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder and a 6-speed manual transmission.

SE-R and SE-R Spec V models include unique sporty exterior and interior designs and exclusive wheel/tire offerings. Sentra is also available with a range of amenities ranging from the luxury of heated leather-appointed seating to the convenience of Nissan's Intelligent Key keyless entry system.

Changes for 2011 include the addition of a SE-R style rear spoiler for 2.0 CVT, 2.0 S and 2.0 SL models. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) is now standard on Sentra 2.0, and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS) have been added as standard equipment to the Sentra 2.0, 2.0 S and 2.0 SR.

Sentra is available with a range of unexpected amenities – ranging from the luxury of leather-appointed seating to the convenience of Nissan's Intelligent Key™ keyless entry system and Nissan Navigation System (Secure Digital Card-based) with 5.0-inch color screen and XM NavTraffic® Real-Time Traffic Information (XM® subscription required, sold separately).

About Nissan in North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com.


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* MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and destination charges. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This still doesn't make these cars any less ugly. Nissan needs a new designer for the front fascias of almost their entire line.
      zizixx89
      • 3 Years Ago
      the altima nd maxima should have AWD options each one with more horsepower
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Maxima is a good car but starting price is too high. I'd rather go with a RWD Genesis, which would probably be around the same price once you match the feature set.

      Drop the price by a couple grand and you've got a winner, Nissan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with you, I personally love the Genesis.

        RWD with regular automatic > FWD with CVT
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't get it.

      If you are DEAD set on a Nissan product, why wouldn't you just get a G25/37 instead of the Maxima?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Some prefer the styling of the Maxima over the G, some prefer FWD over RWD, some prefer "lower profile" brands like Nissan over Infiniti, and availability i.e. more people have Nissan dealerships nearby than Infiniti dealerships.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ken, the G is much more rewarding to drive. So much so, that it should outweigh the negatives.

        The CVT in the Maxima is enough to kill it for me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        rear passenger space.
        • 4 Years Ago
        NightFlight, A G37 costs significantly more then a Maxima. The G25 while base price is about the same, it is smaller and makes quite a bit less power. Also Styling is completely different, some perfer one over the other. And while i'd personally rather have a conventional automatic as well, Nissans CVTs have proved to be very reliable and come with factory 100K mile warranties.
      zizixx89
      • 3 Years Ago
      hmmm would be nice with awd nd bump up the torque
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well the Maxima , altima and sentra might indeed be the most outdated long in the tooth models in need of a remake ASAP,but their holding their age a lot better then their newer counterparts from Honda and Toyota who designs are god awful looking ! I just hope Nissan can remodel these designs to be nice looking like the many models we are seeing from Hyundai, KIA and ford as of late because those 3 automakers are on fire with their redesigns of their current or very near future models !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome, more shades of grey. Can we please have some interesting colours?
        • 4 Years Ago
        But then they can have beige!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Majority of Population: "NO!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      30k to start? WoW Nissan...

      What about the Infiniti G25 which also starts at 30k?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is such a lazy ass, boring front end. Seriously, I can't believe that no one in the design department said "whoa, seriously? That's your front end?".
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...and looks better. I can't stand Nissan's currently headlights. So Ugly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Someone recently told me that you couldn't get a manual transmission in the Maxima, and I came very close to losing a bet before I backed down, I was aghast. Nissan, who with the possible exception of Mazda markets itself as the performance enthusiasts choice in Japanese cars, doesn't offer a manual in their 'Four Door Sports Car' ?

        I understand the US market isn't very friendly to the stick, and I admit I drive an automatic myself due to the very heavy traffic in my city, but come on now, a stick in the Maxima should be a no brainer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well the Maxima makes significantly more power and is also roomier. Some may perfer the styling over the G as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a 2008 Maxima 3.5SE. It's a good car, and the CVT can be annoying but there are also some benefits - it's an incredibly smooth car to drive. The biggest complaint I have with it is the FWD. 255 hp and 252 lb-ft is really easy to get spinning in a FWD car, and that's when you aren't even trying to.

      I would love to have a 6MT as an option, or a conventional automatic, but oh well. I realize I'm not in the majority here in the US in that respect.

      I can only hope they stopped selling it with those awful Goodyear Eagle RS-A's on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i hate cvt, can we get a 6mt in the max please
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to really like the Maxima, the interior was great when I sat in it. But $30k for a front wheel drive car sounds like to much, it should be AWD.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maxima has a much better interior and one of the best steering wheels I have held.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't Sentra one of the most out dated small cars on the market? I have yet to see one positive review of it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not just outdated, but it's as front-heavy and sloppy as a second-generation base Neon. The interior is plush yet boring, but so's the Versa's, so I see no reason to get a Sentra over a Versa hatch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No kidding, Nissan needs to get off their butts and release a new Sentra. It is such a sad looking little car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        About two months ago I flew into San Diego and went to the nearest rental car place. Going with the cheapest option (and what I at the time assumed would of been the most economic in terms of fuel), I had to choose between a Chevy Aveo and a sentra. It was the saddest decision to make.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oh gees....i drove one not too long ago that was a brand new loaner (thanks insurance company /s) and it made my 07 civic lx look and feel like a lexus. i couldn't wait to get rid of it and get back to my civic.
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