2009 Nissan Maxima Review

The Return of the "Four-Door Sportscar"

Dramatic changes drive the 2009 Nissan Maxima.

With each year it seems the new models are consitantly bigger than ever. The same can't be said about the 2009 Nissan Maxima, it’s the exact opposite. Yes, the Maxima has gone lean, and that’s not a bad thing. With an estimated base MSRP of $28,000, it’s definitely worth your time and attention.

2009 Nissan Maxima Primed for responsiveness, the Maxima wheelbase shrinks 1.9 inches, length is cut by almost four inches and height is reduced almost half an inch. What it gives up in size, it makes up under the hood.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine boasts a new intake, reshaped pistons and a less restrictive exhaust. What does this all add up to? More power and more efficiency. The engine delivers 290 hp and 261 lb/ft of torque, and the Maxima’s fuel economy improves to an estimated 19 mpg in the city
and 26 mpg on the highway.

An electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with sport and manual mode is the only transmission offered, and it delivers seamless power and smooth acceleration. With the CVT transmission, you control the action. "Drive Sport" provides more aggressive shift points and sportier feedback. If you’re looking for a more hands-on approach, switch to Manual mode to change "gears." All you have to do is tap the shiftknob or use the optional paddleshifters.

The exterior of the 2009 Maxima is fluid with deep, muscular fenders. Wrap-around headlights and high-luster paint (available in eight color choices) add sophistication and elegance. Standard wheels are 18-inch alloy; the optional Sports Package includes 19-inch alloy wheels.

It’s all about style and comfort inside the Maxima. With this sportscar, no one is left on the bench &45; even the rear seats are available bucket-style with supportive side bolsters and extended lower cushions. Fold down the center armrest for audio and AC controls or keep the armrest up and seat five comfortably.

2009 Nissan Maxima It doesn’t end there. The cockpit features soft-touch material across the dash, chrome accents and electroluminescent gauges. The parallel French-stitched steering wheel offers you a feel-good grip, and front memory seats are heated for your comfort. The driver’s seat also features a cool-down system and for even more comfort, adjustable thigh support. Options such as high-grade leather and eucalyptus wood-tone trim add even more touches of sophistication. Oh, and look up through the dual-panel moonroof &45; the largest one Nissan has ever
built &45; and take advantage of its spectacular sky views. This car was built for you.

Before you even step foot in the car, you have it under control, thanks to the Intelligent Key that allows you to unlock the driver’s door and even start the car, all with the touch of a button. Inside, you’ll find available Bluetooth hands-free calling and touchscreen navigation with XM traffic and RearView Monitor, both of which make driving a little bit easier. Turn up the volume on the premium Bose audio with iPod interface and 9.3GB Music Box hard drive.

The Maxima is available in two trims: the 3.5S and 3.5SV. The SV features the extras like leather seats, nine-speaker Bose audio, HomeLink, foglamps and outside mirrors with turn-signal indicators. The SV is offered in two editions: Premium and Sport.

The 2009 Nissan Maxima has returned to its sportscar roots. Are you ready?

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