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You'll Like The 2007 Nissan Maxima If...

If you're looking for a high-performance front-wheel-drive sedan offering a number of unique styling and comfort features, you'll love the Maxima.

You May Not Like The 2007 Nissan Maxima If...

The Maxima's unique exterior shape is a litmus test. Some love it; some don't care for it. Others (perhaps those who view themselves as more enthusiastic drivers) might prefer the steering feel of a car with rear-wheel drive.

What's New

The Maxima receives a major makeover, with a new front and rear fascia, new interior and a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) as standard equipment on all trim levels.

Interior Features

The instrument panel mimics the three-pod motif found in the Z-Car and Altima, a nice tie-in to the Nissan family line. The dash and door panels are very well arranged, with proper backlighting for all buttons and switchgear. Safety features include seat-belt pretensioners, built-in crumple zones, front side-impact airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags.

Exterior Features

The sleek Maxima is a far cry from the boxy designs that defined previous generations of the well-known nameplate. A rounded greenhouse, sleek nose and big 18-inch alloy wheels practically place it on a par with the Infiniti line. Innovative features, such as the fixed glass panel running down the center of the roof, show Nissan's willingness to push the design envelope.

Driving Impressions

No matter which trim you choose you'll find the same 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood. This wonderful engine is absolutely power-happy, without a flat spot or weak point anywhere in the rpm band, and it runs and performs like a big gas-thirsty V8 while returning a respectable EPA highway fuel rating of 28 miles per gallon.

By utilizing both mechanical innovation and electronic science Nissan engineers have done a good job of giving the high-performing Maxima a level of steering feel that hides almost all traits that it is driven by its front wheels. The somewhat firm suspension and big tires provide great handling, but those who prefer pillowy comfort might like a softer ride.

Pricing Notes

The Maxima SE has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $28,665, while the upscale SL is $30,915. A look at the Fair Purchase Price shows the typical transaction price being paid in your area, so be sure to equip yourself with this number before you start negotiations. The Maxima is projected to retain a slightly better-than-average residual value over a five-year period. Similar vehicles, such as the Volkswagen Passat and Acura TL, hold their values better than the Maxima, while the Chrysler 300 and Buick Lucerne lag behind in resale.

Notable Equipment

The Maxima SE comes with a 255-horsepower V6, CVT automatic transmission with manual shift mode, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Vehicle Dynamic Control stability system, traction control, fog lights, remote keyless entry, garage door opener, AM/FM stereo with CD, front side-impact airbags, front and rear head-curtain airbags, SkyView fixed glass-panel roof, eight-way power driver's seat, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, trip computer and alloy wheels.

Notable Options

Options include heated leather seats, Bose audio, quad bucket seats, power rear sunshade, DVD navigation, heated rear seat, power moonroof, heated steering wheel, xenon headlamps, Bluetooth hands-free phone and XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Favorite Features

SkyView Roof

The Maxima's unique glass roof allows natural light to fill the cabin.

Elite Package

The Elite Package's rear bucket seats offer a level of exclusivity not found on any competitor.

Under the Hood

Nissan's 24-valve, 3.5-liter V6 is without question one of the best V6 engines ever produced. With such sturdy and rarely-found features as an honest-to-goodness timing chain (as opposed to a rubber belt, which will eventually require replacement) and platinum-tipped spark plugs, the Maxima's powerplant is built to go the distance. Smooth as silk at idle and at high speeds, the 3.5-liter engine delivers abundant power throughout the rpm range yet sips fuel like a frugal four-cylinder.

3.5-liter V6

255 horsepower @ 6000 rpm

252 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28

Editors' Notes

The Maxima was the first Japanese import to encroach on the European sport sedan market. Viewed by many as a sporty alternative to the family-oriented Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the Maxima set new standards in performance, luxury and reliability. Ironically, as the competition has reached parity with these standards, Nissan has repositioned the Maxima, with a greater emphasis on luxury and comfort. Gone is the wonderfully smooth manual transmission, replaced by a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with manual shift mode - hardly the transmission of choice for the enthusiast crowd. Still, for the consumer who needs a car to be the family sedan, a client hauler and a weekend escape pod, the Maxima is, as it has always been, an excellent choice.

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2007 Nissan Maxima

My Nissan maxima is a great car I enjoy the smooth ride. It was a gift from my mother, I appreciate it to the fullest. It started off really great ran good until I started taking it to a different dealer than mother use to go to slowly but surely it began to go down hill. It all ways have some type of problem engine, tires, brakes, dashboard lights come on and off while driving, took to dealer it never does it for them. It very expensive to maintain. Performance is o. K just expensive to keep up. Reliability sometimes worried about driving because not sure if it will continue going. Comfort is great. Feature are also great took awhile to get use to them.

- Sylvia Q

Positive overall experience

2007 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE

While I have been driving my Nissan Maxima vehicle I have really enjoyed the velocity, it's durability, it's special area inside the vehicle, etc. it has a unique moonroof and heated seats (moon roof is nice in the summer and heated seats are much needed in a cold winter state). The one issue I have had with my Nissan Maxima has been the tires and them being loose. Our roads have lots of divots in the road and hitting even the smallest ones seem to affect my wheel area and they begin to sound like they are loose. I have had to take it to the shop to repair that specifically. Besides that, I am overall satisfied!

- Morgan A

The car is very reliable, but has a turning radius problem.

2007 Nissan Maxima

I drive a 2007 Nissan maxima and it has 150,000 miles. I have never really experienced problems with it and it has been very reliable. It has not broken down on me before (knock on wood) and it has not had any performance issues. It has a v6 in it and it gets about 22mpg which is fairly decent, but for a car I wish it was a little better. The a/c works very well and the heated seats and steering wheel come very in handy for the colder months. I have used it to travel and have taken it to Ohio from Alabama with no problems, so I would definitely recommend this car to others.

- Justin C

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