The 2007 Nissan Maxima classifies as a midsize, front-drive sedan that comes in two trim levels: the 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL. Both models come equipped with the same engine and transmission. The SE provides the sportier model.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Models: Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE, Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL
The 2007 Nissan Maxima comes outfitted with a new front end. The five- and six-speed manual transmissions from 2006 get replaced by a CVT automatic, the only remaining transmission option.
The 2007 Nissan Maxima sports a redesigned front bumper, grille, and hood, and it displays new headlights. A new spoiler and new foglights round out the exterior changes. The Maxima SE features 18-inch alloy wheels; 17-inch alloys grace the Maxima SL.
Standard equipment on the Maxima SE includes variable intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, power mirrors, and a fixed glass sunroof. The 3.5 SL, which serves as the more luxurious version, includes auto delay-off, dusk-sensing, xenon HID headlights.
Standalone options include a rear spoiler and a power sunroof.
The Nissan Maxima features an especially roomy interior. Seating five, legroom seems ample in every seat. Seats feel wide and comfortable. Interior trim varies by trim level with a fair amount of plastic found in the cabin. All of the gauges and controls seem well-placed, but some folks may find the optional navigation system a bit difficult to operate. The 2007 Nissan Maxima offers 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space; the split-folding rear seatback increases cargo space if necessary.
Standard features for the Maxima include an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support and height adjustment, cloth upholstery, bucket front seats, a split-folding rear seatback, power door locks, power windows, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, a front console with storage, retained accessory power, speed-proportional power steering, a universal remote transmitter, a 12V power outlet, a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, interior air filtration, dual-zone climate controls, leather and simulated alloy interior trim, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a tachometer, a trip computer, external temperature display, and a 240-watt audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3 and eight speakers.
The SL adds heated seats, a four-way power passenger seat, leather upholstery, leather and simulated wood interior trim, a compass, and a 320-watt Bose premium audio system with AM/FM, a six-disc CD changer, MP3 compatibility, two subwoofers, a radio data system, and eight speakers.
A Preferred package features rear park assist, driver-seat memory, Bluetooth connectivity, and a heated steering wheel. The Elite package adds a rear center console and seating for two passengers in the back seat along with a rear sunshade. Standalone options include satellite radio and a navigation system with an LCD display screen.
Performance & Handling
The Maxima’s 3.5-liter V-6 generates 255 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. The CVT offers a quick response by continually adjusting the transmission’s gear ratios for optimum acceleration and fuel economy. Acceleration feels brisk and the suspension produces a comfortable, smooth ride. Steering seems responsive, but doesn’t measure up to some of the competitors.
The optional VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), which provides Nissan’s electronic stability control system, remains optional. MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear independent suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars, four-wheel ABS, emergency braking assist, electronic brake force distribution, and ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes improve handling.
Changes made to the 2007 Nissan Maxima may make it less attractive to buyers. The lack of a manual transmission option for the SE decreases its appeal as the sportier Maxima option; the CVT has not made an improvement to fuel economy either. Great competition appears amongst the midsize family sedan segment. This year’s Maxima may move lower down the list of viable options.
Standard safety equipment for the 2007 Nissan Maxima includes four-wheel ABS, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, cornering lights, auto delay-off headlights, and side-impact and side-curtain airbags. In crash testing, the Maxima receives a ""good"" rating for frontal-offset crashes and a ""marginal"" rating for side-impact crashes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Maxima SE: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Nissan Maxima SL: 19/25 mpg city/highway
- Interior quality
- Ride quality
You Won't Like
- Rear visibility
- Turning radius
- No manual transmission
A comfortable ride; a roomy, quiet interior; and good brakes and steering.
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