2014 Nissan Maxima: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Nissan Maxima, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

Nissan's lineup is full of mainstream sedans, but don't let the sportiest one fool you — the Maxima is very family-friendly. Accessible Latch anchors and a roomy backseat helped earn this five-passenger sedan plenty of A's in our car seat check.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

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In some ways, the Nissan Maxima's 5-year-old seventh generation is well-served by its relative lengthiness of tooth. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says this is particularly evident in the lively acceleration from the 2013 Maxima's 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, assisted by an effective continuously variable automatic transmission; physical buttons on the navigation system are also a welcome throwback. Still, if Nissan intends for its flagship sedan to compete effectively with younger, scrappier competitors, it'll need to address shortcomings in standard tech, interior space and fuel economy.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Nissan Maxima

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As a full-size flagship sedan, it has long seemed that the Nissan Maxima was fighting above its weight class. It's a middleweight compared to most contenders, which Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says helps its 3.5-liter V-6 sting like a bee when it comes to quickness and passing power. Its relatively unchanged interior luxury was once impressive but now looks like a has-been. It's too bad; in another class and another time, it coulda been a contender.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 11, 2013 | Comments (1)

2013 Nissan Maxima: Car Seat Check

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Nissan's lineup is full of mainstream sedans, but don't let the sportiest one fool you — the Maxima is very family-friendly. Accessible Latch anchors and a roomy backseat helped earn this five-passenger sedan plenty of A's in our car seat check.
By Jennifer Geiger | August 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Should I Buy a Nissan Maxima or Wait for the Redesign?

"Should I buy a Nissan Maxima or wait for the redesign?"

Sean P., Calabasas, Calif.

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Your question would be much easier to answer if only we knew when the next-generation Maxima were due, what it would look like and what features and technology it would have.

Unfortunately, Nissan has kept a tight lid on the next Maxima. The current Maxima was redesigned for 2009, so under Nissan's usual five-year product cycle the next-gen version should have been due in 2014, but the 2014 is a carryover with few changes. Nissan, however, has stayed mum on that while managing to keep prototypes away from the prying eyes of spy photographers.

Last year Nissan's chief designer, Shiro Nakamura, was quoted by trade paper Automotive News as saying the next Maxima would have "a very aggressive" design to make a strong statement in a competitive market segment, but that's about the only hint that has been dropped.

Because automakers face increasingly tough fuel-economy requirements, you should also expect the next Maxima to have significant gas-mileage gains.

Waiting for the next Maxima has risks. First, you may not like the way it looks or be thrilled with other new features. Conversely, if you are thrilled by it, chances are that thousands of others will be, too, and they will be ready to pay top dollar to be the first on their block to own one. That means discounts will be hard to come by, initially. Finally, the first year of a new or redesigned model is typically when owners experience the most quality issues.

At least with the current Maxima you know what you will be getting.

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By Rick Popely | August 18, 2013 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2010 Nissan Maxima

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Typically, when a car model gets as old as the 2010 Nissan Maxima, which is now in its third model year, it starts to look dated next to newer competitors. Not so with this Nissan, according to Cars.com senior editor David Thomas. The 2010 Maxima outclasses its competitors in terms of handling fun, and the car’s features and interior quality are still up to snuff. Can this large sedan accommodate both the needs of families and driver enthusiasts? Read the review to find out.

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By Colin Bird | October 20, 2010 | Comments (5)

2010 Nissan Maxima Video

The 2010 Nissan Maxima is virtually unchanged compared to last year’s model, so in this video we decided to see how the model holds up against the newer Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon. According to Cars.com senior editor David Thomas, the Maxima handles a lot better than the Ford or Toyota. Despite its relatively short overall length, the Maxima has a comfortable backseat, as well. Check out the video to watch David weigh all the pros and cons.

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By Colin Bird | September 30, 2010 | Comments (0)

2011 Nissan Maxima, Sentra Get Minor Price Bump, Upgrades

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For 2011, the Nissan Maxima and Sentra get modest price bumps and minor trim realignments, which we detail below. The two are on sale now. 

The 2011 Maxima starts at $30,810, which is $120 more than last year’s Maxima. The base model’s amenities include a power moonroof, push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity and automatic climate control. The 3.5 SV — which includes fog lights, Bose stereo, satellite radio and leather seats — starts at $33,530, a $120 price bump from the 2010 model. 

The only revisions to the model seem to be on the 3.5 SV with Sport Package, which now has a darkened chrome grille, smoked headlights and unique interior appointments that give the trim a sportier look. The 3.5 SV with Sport Package starts at $35,610, a $170 jump from last year’s trim. Destination charge on the Maxima is $750 on all trims. 

The 2011 Sentra gets upgraded safety systems. Antilock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, traction control and electronic stability control are now standard on all trims. Besides that, not much changes. Read on for a breakdown of each Sentra trim and the price increase from 2010. Models that received upgrades see minor price bumps; SE-R and SE-R Spec V pricing remains the same. Destination is an additional $750 on all Sentra trims. 

By Colin Bird | August 20, 2010 | Comments (7)

Nissan Updates Incentives for Cash for Clunkers

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Now that Cash for Clunkers has a fresh round of funding, automakers who didn’t see huge sales the first time around are making sure their own incentives will lure in shoppers. Nissan launched a new sale called the Bottom Line event. There are significant cash-back offers on a number of models including $3,000 off a 2009 Nissan Quest and $2,000 cash back on a 2009 Nissan Sentra.

The program runs through Aug. 31; a detailed list of incentives is below.

By David Thomas | August 10, 2009 | Comments (4)

Cars.com Videos: 2009 Honda Fit, 2009 Nissan Maxima and more

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2009 Honda Fit: Joe Wiesenfelder takes on the Fit is Go mantra for almost a minute and then throws in the Cars.com family to get their feedback on Honda's popular sub-compact.

2009 Nissan Maxima:
With its V-6 engine and good suspension, the Maxima is a premium-esque sedan that deserves a look, says Kelsey Mays.

2008 Kia Sedona: The Sedona might not be the flashiest minivan out there, but Kelsey says it’s an excellent value with an emphasis on usability and durability.

2008 BMW Z4:
Kelsey says this coupe is a strong performer with a powerful engine, but he just can’t get over its “rat-like nose.”

View and share all of Cars.com’s videos via YouTube.

By Jennifer Newman | October 20, 2008 | Comments (0)

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