Recall Alert: 226,000 Nissan, Infiniti Sedans and SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 226,000 model-year 2002-03 Nissan Maxima sedans and Pathfinder SUVs, and Infiniti I35 sedans and QX4 SUVs, as well as 2002-04 Nissan Sentra sedans and 2003 Infiniti FX crossovers

The Problem: A defect in the passenger-side front airbag could produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment; this could result in metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. This expansion of an earlier action involving a massive recall of vehicles from multiple automakers using airbags manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp. addresses both the passenger-side front airbags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement airbags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. For example, a replacement airbag may have been installed if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger-side front airbag.

The Fix: Nissan will begin notifying owners Aug. 11, and dealers will replace airbags on all vehicles in which defective airbags may have been installed either as original equipment or as a replacement; repairs will be made for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

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)

Nissan Sports Sedan Concept: Up Close

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For a concept with a nondescript name, the Nissan Sports Sedan Concept has loads of definition and realistic dimensions close to the current-day Maxima, only it's longer, lower and wider. The ground-scraping stance, sleek roof and bulging fenders are more than appropriate for a production sports sedan.

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The concept's large presence and substantial size is a stark contrast to the small, minimalist IDx sporty coupe concepts that Nissan debuted overseas and that flank the sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It's a bold look for Nissan on a car that's not only a sedan concept but supposedly the design you'll see in future Nissan products. This particular sedan is an aggressive approach with angular V-shaped front styling and gaping front grilles not unlike Nissan's own GT-R.

By Joe Bruzek | January 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Photo Gallery (20 photos)

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One of the most interesting concepts to show its face at this year's 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is Nissan's Sport Sedan Concept. Painted in bright orange, this unique four-door sport sedan executes Nissan's new styling direction. Up front you’ll see the V-Motion look followed by a short roofline and sloped-back windshield.

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Wide fenders, interesting boomerang headlights, an all-glass roof and big, 21-inch wheels accompany the Sport Sedan Concept's futuristic appearance. Inside you'll find four diamond-stitched leather seats and a cool, intuitive multimedia system. Under the hood you'll find a surprisingly familiar Nissan powertrain: front-wheel drive, a continuously variable automatic transmission and a 300-plus-horsepower V-6.

By Robby DeGraff | January 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

2013 Nissan Maxima Video

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)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Mileage Results

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A mileage drive with full-size sedans is the 200-mile trek editors have been yearning for, because if we're going to spend all day in cars evaluating gas mileage, they might as well be large, comfy, feature-laden sedans.

Our route west of Chicago consisted mostly of highway driving with slower stoplight-to-stoplight traffic driving sprinkled in. We observed average speeds of around 40 mph, according to various onboard computers.

Surprises were minimal.

By Joe Bruzek | September 8, 2013 | Comments (4)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Overview

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If the new-car market is a Big Mac, full-size sedans would amount to only the sesame seeds. They're a sliver of the auto market, accounting for just 3.5% of new-car sales in the first seven months of 2013. Still, automakers believe in big cars. Seldom does a comparison see so many redesigned or new entrants. From April 2012 to April 2013, four new or redesigned full-size sedans hit dealerships. Through the first seven months of 2013, those four nameplates accounted for nearly half of full-size sedan sales.

By Kelsey Mays | September 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Golf Bags

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When you put seven of the biggest sedans on the market into one contest one thing comes to mind ... those gigantic trunks.

All seven boast large dimensions on paper ranging from 14.2 cubic feet to a whopping 20.1 cubic feet in the Ford Taurus. That's the largest trunk on the market by the way.

But sometimes specifications on paper don't live up to reality. To test the true cargo capabilities of these cruisers we gathered 10 golf bags to see which car could haul the most drivers, irons and putters.

We were a bit surprised at just how many actually swallowed all 10 sets, and those that fell short still proved that car shoppers likely won't have to worry about cargo when cross-shopping these seven.

Here is how the contenders stacked up with animation of the process.

By David Thomas | September 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Results

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First, a quick reminder about whom our judges are:

  • Kelsey Mays, consumer affairs editor at Cars.com
  • Jennifer Newman, assistant managing editor at Cars.com
  • Kristin Varela, senior family editor at Cars.com
  • Fred Meier, automotive editor at USA Today
  • Brian Robinson, producer at "MotorWeek"
  • Bill Wegner of Skokie, Ill., our real-life family judge

Here's how the score broke down: The experts' scores accounted for 75% of the total score; 15% came from the family's scores; and 10% was based on fuel economy. To help you make your own comparisons of these sedans, we've pulled together a list of what you get for $38,000.

By Patrick Olsen | September 8, 2013 | Comments (23)

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