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2011 Nissan Maxima

  • 2011 Nissan Maxima S Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      290/261
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $31,750
  • 2011 Nissan Maxima SV Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      290/261
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $34,450
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2011 Nissan Maxima Review

Lots of promise, may not be the best value

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Nissan Maxima is a luxury sedan that's also fun to drive due to its refined, powerful engine performance. Equipped with a 3.5 liter V-6 engine with 290 horsepower coupled to a continuously variable transmission, the Maxima still has the ability to thrill while treating you to an ultra-luxury interior. With the sport package, dampers, springs, paddle shifters, and 19-inch wheels are added.

Great for families, the Nissan Maxima offers plenty of room for people and cargo and features luxury items, such as automatic climate control, an eight-speaker stereo system, power front-seats, leather, a navigation system, a backup-camera, and a moon roof. Higher-end safety equipment complement Nissan Maxima's other standard features. Fuel economy ratings are in the 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway range.

New for 2011

For 2011 the Nissan Maxima SV sport package gets a facelift. It now has smoked headlamps in lieu of clear lenses, a "dark chrome" grille, special gray interior stitching, and new metallic interior trim. The Maxima palette is extended to include three new colors: Metallic Slate, Brilliant Silver and Pearl White. Finally, the rear fascia gets a new tailpipe finisher.

Essentials

Engine: 3.5L V-6
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Body Style: Sedan
Trims: S Sedan, SV Sedan

On the Outside

The 2011 Nissan Maxima's exterior is designed to exude power and speed, which can be seen in its prominent hood, sculpted fenders, wraparound headlamps, and 12-LED tail lights. 19-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler can be added for additional flash.

From the Inside

Designed to combine a sports car cockpit with the roominess of a sedan, the Nissan Maxima's interior space is high tech but practical. Among the premium features available are leather-trimmed seats, navigation system, and 9.3GB music hard drive.

Driving Performance

The 2011 Nissan Maxima's only engine continues to be a 3.5-liter VQ-series V-6 that delivers 290 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque routed to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic (CVT) transmission. A front strut/rear multi-link suspension is standard. The optional sport package adds paddle shifters, firmer suspension, and 19-inch wheels.

Safety Equipment

Standard on every Nissan Maxima are front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. In addition, front-seat active head restraints, stability and traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system are also standard.

Gas Mileage

3.5 S, 3.5 SV: 19 mpg city/26 mpg hwy

Plusses

  • Attractive curves
  • Powerful V-6 engine
  • Optional paddle shifters

Minuses

  • Not terribly sporty
  • CVT is iffy for xome

Rating

Lots of promise, may not be the best value

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