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2000 Nissan Maxima Review
Sporty family sedan.
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The 2000 Nissan Maxima is a completely remodeled vehicle. Nissan heard the complaints of previous owners and responded. This year sees a huge increase in engine power, as well as an extended wheelbase, which increases the interior space. Although there were several improvements, the 2000 Maxima isn’t exactly perfect. The new styling choices are a bit polarizing. Add to that the high price, the rough SE suspension, and some clunky bits, and consumers do have a few points of contention. However, the 2000 Nissan Maxima is a great vehicle, one that needs to be considered if you’re in the market for a four-door sedan.
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Maxima GXE, Nissan Maxima SE, Nissan Maxima GLE
The 2000 Nissan Maxima received a somewhat controversial body redesign. More power was added, as well as a longer wheelbase and more interior space. The big difference is the engine, which produces a whopping 222 horsepower, a huge jump from the 170 of previous years. Also new to the vehicle is the amazing Bose sound system, which pumps out 200-watts.
The 2000 Nissan Maxima has grown up a bit; receiving two more inches overall, extending the length of the vehicle to 189 inches. Its shares its styling with many other vehicles in the Nissan line. There were several styling changes this year, some normal, some controversial. Gracious, if not obscene curves were added to spice up the silhouette of the vehicle. The wheel arches are very close to those of the Audi, so much so, that one might suggest they were copied entirely. The grille is also suspiciously familiar. There are some headlight decisions that do not fit with the SE body colors.
The interior of the 2000 Nissan Maxima is much larger due to the bigger wheelbase offered this year. The extra space really pays off in the back seat, where even larger adults will find comfort. Even six-foot men and women will find adequate head and legroom. All models receive a new instrument panel with the base vehicles receiving a white background for the instruments, while the SE model receives a titanium finish that’s really smart. The trunk space is much larger this year, measuring in at 15.1 cubic feet. There is extra space when the 60/40-split rear seat is folded away. The rear seat also has an option folding rear center armrests.
Standard features on the base GXE model include bucket seats, a center console, keyless entry, lighted entry, a tachometer, cloth seating, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, power steering, remote trunk release, tilt steering wheel, leather shift knob trim, air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, and an AM/FM audio system. Optional features include a CD changer, universal garage door opener, heated front seats, leather seating, power driver’s seat, an upgraded stereo system with Bose audio speakers, and more.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Nissan Maxima comes equipped with a three-liter, V-6 engine that once produced 190 horsepower but now puts out 222 horsepower. This is a huge performance boost, and one that makes quite the difference. The torque is also increased from 205 lb-ft to 217 lb-ft of torque. The engine also benefits from a better cooling and breathing system. This gives the vehicle a huge boost when accelerating. When the engine is pressed to its max, it is never stressed, instead giving a relaxed ride. The engine comes paired with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. Either way, it gives a lot of response. New stabilizer bars were added to the front and the back of the vehicle, making for a smoother and quieter ride. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are also included as standard to give consumers an exciting and safe ride.
The 2000 Nissan Maxima comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, and driver and passenger front airbags. The NHTSA gave the 2000 Nissan Maxima four out of five stars for passenger and driver safety. Side and rear impacts received a score of four out of five stars. The IIHS gave the 2000 Nissan Maxima a score of ""good"" for chest, head/neck, restraints, and head restraints. Overall, it received a score of ""acceptable,"" the second best.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Maxima, four-speed: 18/20 mpg city/highway
- Rough and tumble
- Great interior
- Fantastic reliability
You Won't Like
- Awkward style
- Expensive base price tag
- SE suspension has rough ride
Sporty family sedan.
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