The Maxima is the flagship sedan of the Nissan lineup, but largely overlaps the less expensive Altima in size and the outstanding Infiniti G in price. The Maxima is a stylish alternative though, with aggressive lines and large wheel/tire combinations. This front-wheel-drive sedan is powered by a standard 3.5l V6 rated at 290-bhp mated to Nissan's CVT transmission. The interior has seating for five. Two trim levels are offered: S and SV. A couple of option packages tilt the SV model towards either the luxury or sport direction. With leather equipped models starting at around $35,000 there are a number of alternative vehicles including the Audi A4 and Acura TL that offer all-wheel-drive. Nissan reduced the price of the Maxima by almost $2000 in mid-2013.
|Model/Trim/Package ||Engine || || ||Original MSRP
|Maxima S ||3.5l V6 (290-bhp) ||CVT ||FWD ||$31,000|
|Maxima SV ||3.5l V6 (290-bhp) ||CVT ||FWD ||$33,240|
|Maxima SV Sport ||3.5l V6 (290-bhp) ||CVT ||FWD ||$36,490|
|Maxima SV Premium ||3.5l V6 (290-bhp) ||CVT ||FWD ||$36,940|