2004 Nissan Maxima

  • 2004 Nissan Maxima SE Sedan

    SE Sedan

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    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
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  • 2004 Nissan Maxima SL Sedan

    SL Sedan

    • MAX MPG
    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
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2004 Nissan Maxima Review

Continues to make a powerful statement in the Nissan lineup.

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The 2004 Nissan Maxima continues to take its place as the brand’s flagship sedan, offering a complete redesign, inside and out. The base SE and luxury SL models offer plenty of standard and optional equipment. The car boasts a powerful V-6 engine coupled with countless interior perks that make it hard to resist at its reasonable price point.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE, Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL

What's New

The 2004 Nissan Maxima starts a new generation, so Nissan went to great lengths to introduce a new combination of luxury, performance, and sportiness. It’s hard to ignore the new Skyview roof that claims to provide a fresh view form both front and rear passengers. Also noteworthy is the wheelbase expansion that grew 2.9 inches to a longer total of 111.2 inches. An Elite Package is also now available for both.


At first glance, the 2004 Nissan Maxima may look like a new sports car, but it still falls under the sedan category. It features new designs from the hood to the trunk. The body sits lower to the ground on alloy 17-inch all-season tires for the SL and 18-inch tires on the SE. Power door mirrors are available on both trim packages, while heated varieties are standard on the SL and optional on the SE. The fully automatic headlights took a new shape as part of the revamped front fascia.


The sporty look and feel of the 2004 Nissan Maxima exterior carries over to the interior with plenty of luxury accents. Four interior colors are available: Black, Burnt Orange with Black, Caffe Latte, and Frost. Cloth seats are standard on the SE and leather seating is standard on the SL. Standard equipment and features on both models include air-conditioning, automatic temperature control, a CD player with an eight speaker audio system, and remote keyless entry. Navigation systems, a heated steering wheel, and memory front seats are optional on both models.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Nissan Maxima SE and SL are powered by a full throttle, 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that climbs to 265 horsepower and releases 255 lb-ft of torque. Handling is smooth while behind the wheel and the extended body size and weight only enhances the comfortable ride. The engine can be paired with an optional six-speed manual transmission on the SE, while the five-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models. With a 20-gallon tank, drivers can rely on above average fuel economy.


The 2004 Nissan Maxima offers plenty of safety features on both models, including a quality security system, dual front side impact and front airbags, ABS brakes with brake assist, and a panic alarm. Stability and traction control are optional on the SE and LE models. According to NHTSA Crash Test Ratings, the Maxima scored four out of five stars in front passenger, rollover resistance, side rear seat, and side front seat crash tests. The IIHS Crash Test data offered ""good"" ratings on overall frontal crash tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Nissan Maxima: 18/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful Engine
  • Complete Redesign
  • Available Features

You Won't Like

  • Cost Additions from options

Sum Up

Continues to make a powerful statement in the Nissan lineup.

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