The Nissan Maxima is a mid-size sedan that has been a staple in Nissan’s lineup for over 35 years. It offers the perfect balance of economy, reliability and creature comforts.
HISTORY Of the Maxima
The year 1981 marked the introduction of the first Maxima. The early models were classified as compact cars instead of mid-size and were rear-wheel drive. Both a sedan and wagon were offered. A 2.4L 6-cylinder engine was mounted between the frame rails, bolted to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
In 1985, the Maxima switched to front-wheel drive, and it has stayed that way to the present day. The 2.4L 6-cylinder was also replaced by a 3.0L 6-cylinder.
For 2002, the Maxima got a new power plant once again, in the form of a 3.5L 6-cylinder. The same basic engine design is still being used to this day. In 2007, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) replaced the traditional automatic as standard equipment.
The eighth generation Maxima debuted in 2009. It was larger, more eye catching and more technologically advanced than any of the previous models. It was powered by an updated version of the tried and true 3.5L 6cylinder backed by a CVT transmission.
A sedan was the only body style offered and it came in either S or SV trims. Standard equipment included automatic headlights, cruise control, a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering column, eight-way driver and four-way passenger power front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a trip computer, an auto-dimming inside mirror and a CD changer with an auxiliary audio jack.
In 2012, the Maxima got a revised exterior with new grille and headlights. A new Limited Edition model was also added to the lineup. For model year 2014, the S model was upgraded with 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights and darkened headlight lenses.