$27,900 - $30,150

Review Summaries

What reviewers liked most about the Nissan Maxima

  • The cut-out dash near the windshield is unique, and it's lined with a suede material (which makes its way around to the doors) that entices you to touch it.

    - Road & Track
  • The engine is an absolute joy to use and defines the term 'silky smooth.' Instant power is available in any gear at any rpm -- no waiting.

    - Road & Track
  • Behind the wheel, the driving experience is pleasant, with sharp steering and a comfortable but firm ride with excellent control over bumpy back roads. It's on curvy, rough roads where the Maxima's fully independent rear suspension setup shines.

    - The Car Connection

What reviewers liked least about the Nissan Maxima

  • Because the Maxima is built on the same front-engine, front-wheel-drive large-car platform as the Altima, it exhibits the same weaving responses to aggressive throttle application, and the same wheel-tugging steering fight.

    - Car and Driver
  • Our only complaint with regard to ergonomics is the small joystick-type button that must be used to access certain information in the main display screen...Once your finger is touching the knob, a bump or turn can cause unwanted adjustments.


Nissan Maxima Comparisons

  • Though not significantly different in size than the Altima, the new Maxima conveys more of an aggressive, upscale image, thanks to a more distinct, coupe-like shape, more arched roof, and large, styled wheels.

    - The Car Connection
  • While Altima was being aimed at megasellers Camry and Accord, a step up from where it used to be, the 2004 Maxima was being moved upscale with premium equipment and pricing to compete with the Acura TL, Toyota Avalon and the V6 versions of the Audi A4.

    - AutoWeek

Best one-liner about the Nissan Maxima

  • We borrowed a 3.5SE six-speed model for evaluation, since the priorities of this magazine tend -- as you've possibly noticed -- toward the sporting lunatic fringe.

    - Car and Driver
  • Our actual first words behind the wheel of an SE with the big tires and the five-speed automatic were something like, 'Whoooo' and 'hooo!'

    - AutoWeek

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