Since the mid-1990s, the Nissan Maxima has been revered by critics and drivers alike for its combination of comfortable, well-equipped practicality, and genuine performance capability. With distinct styling, a spacious interior, and a smoothly powered 3.0-liter, V-6 engine, the new Maxima hit all the marks in terms of performance, practicality, and even luxury. For 2001, it's available in four trim levels: GXE, SE, SE 20th Anniversary Edition, and GLE. Easy on the eyes, fun to drive, and laden with luxuries and convenient amenities, it's definitely a cut above your average family sedan.
Body Styles: midsize sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Nissan Maxima GXE, Nissan Maxima SE, Nissan Maxima SE 20th Anniversary Edition, Nissan Maxima GLE
The 2001 Nissan Maxima has introduced a 227-horsepower version of the standard 3.0-liter V-6. That engine comes with the special 20th Anniversary edition of the Maxima, which also includes a bronze-lensed headlight cover, a body kit, faux carbon-fiber interior trim, and drilled metal pedals, among other features. This special edition model is also available in Majestic Blue, a new exclusive color. A new Meridian package has also been introduced as an option for all models. The Meridian package includes bundling side-impact airbags, front seat heating, heated side mirrors, and special trunk lid trim.
The 2001 Nissan Maxima features styling that was developed at its design studio in California. It is 190.5 inches long and has a 108-inch wheelbase. While previous models shared much in common with the Infiniti I30, it shares only the roof with the I30. It also boasts wheel arches suggestive of an Audi, a slat-toothed grille, and teardrop headlights. The SE features alloy wheels, foglights, and a rear decklid spoiler. The special Anniversary model comes equipped with special trim and a unique exterior paint color. It includes additional options across all models, like a power sunroof.
The 2001 Maxima features a spacious interior that can accommodate tall passengers in the front and the back. Front seats consist of buckets, while the rear features a split bench that can be folded to expand the capacity of the trunk. In both cases, headroom and legroom are adequate to substantial with the exception of the rear-seat center position. Its dashboard features large climate and stereo system controls that are well marked and also has power front windows that allow for one-touch up and down operation. The base model GXE includes such features as air-conditioning, remote keyless entry, and power accessories. The line-topping GLE model boasts fake wood interior accents, leather seats, automatic climate control, and a 200-watt Bose audio system. It includes additional options across all models like heated seats.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Nissan Maxima is simply a pleasure to drive with robust acceleration and a refined on-road demeanor that puts it on par with the more upmarket Infiniti I30. It's decidedly more performance-oriented than other models in its class, such as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. It delivers a firm ride and handles almost like a sports car. The standard engine is a 3.0-liter V-6 that’s rated at 222 horsepower. However, the special edition SE boasts a more powerful 227 horsepower V-6. The handling is great, and transmission choices consist of either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual.
The 2001 Nissan Maxima receives standard safety features such as anti-lock brakes, child seat anchors, an anti-theft alarm system, and an engine immobilizer. In crash tests conducted by the NHTSA, it receives four out of five stars for passenger and driver impacts and four-star ratings for front and rear side impacts. It also garners a second-highest rating of ""acceptable"" in frontal offset collision tests conducted by the IIHS.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Maxima: 19/25 mpg city/highway
- Spacious interior
- Smooth and powerful V-6 engine
- Handles like a sports car
You Won't Like
- Some styling details are on the unusual side
- High price tag
- Ride quality of SE model is on the rough side
Sell-equipped family sedan that goes above and beyond the call of duty in terms of performance and handling.
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