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1998 Nissan Maxima Review
Nissan’s take on luxury.
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The 1998 Nissan Maxima is a powerful sedan designed with the comfort of the driver and passengers in mind. It features a large, spacious interior with an impressive array of optional comfort and audio features. The more luxurious Maxima GLE has many features, such as leather seats, as standard for that model. While the Maxima is not quite a luxury sedan, it also is priced substantially less than the entry-level luxury models.
The 1998 Nissan Maxima matches its comfort with high performance as well. The standard engine for this sedan is a three-liter six-cylinder engine. It is one of the most powerful vehicles in its price range. The engine provides great acceleration and performance that should satisfy almost any driver.
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Maxima GXE, Nissan Maxima SE, Nissan Maxima GLE
The 1998 Nissan Maxima now offers side curtain airbags as optional equipment on the SE and GLE models. Sterling Mist is available as a new color option.
The 1998 Nissan Maxima is based off the same platform as the Altima and shares a similar appearance as a result. It is a smooth, rounded four-door sedan. The Maxima is attractive and still manages to look good, even compared to more recent vehicles.
The interior of the 1998 Nissan Maxima is very close to many luxury sedans in terms of size and comfort. It does not quite have all the bells and whistles as a true luxury sedan, but it comes very close. The Maxima offers cruise control, air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, AM/FM radio, and a cassette player as standard equipment, even on the lower priced Maxima GXE. Optional features include keyless entry, power moonroof, CD player, power driver seat, leather seats, and an anti-theft alarm system.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Nissan Maxima comes standard with a three-liter six-cylinder engine. This engine provides a great deal of power and acceleration compared to similar sized and priced cars. Both models provide a comfortable ride with the standard feature set. Even without any optional features, the both versions of the Maxima provide a smooth drive. The one slight negative is that the Maxima occasionally experiences torque steering. Vehicles that experience torque steering pull the steering wheel slightly during acceleration. It is not difficult to handle for most drivers but can come as a surprise to anyone that has never operated a vehicle that has this issue. This issue is standard on most powerful, front-drive vehicles, like the Maxima. Cars that have similarly powerful engines, but no torque steering issues, are almost always substantially more expensive than the Maxima.
The 1998 Nissan Maxima has dual-front airbags standard for the driver and passenger. In addition, four-wheel anti-lock brakes are a standard feature. Side curtain airbags are now available as optional equipment on the Maxima SE and Maxima GLE models.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Reasonable price
- Powerful engine
- Good handling
You Won't Like
- Nissan constantly fiddles with this model
- Awkward rear-end styling
Nissan’s take on luxury.
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