The Maxima is offered in two trim levels, 3.5 S and 3.5 SV, both with a 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The five-seat Maxima serves as Nissan's flagship sedan and competes with cars like the Dodge Charger and Ford Taurus.
The front-drive Maxima was last redesigned for the 2009 model year, so industry analysts expect a new version to arrive for the 2015 model year, though Nissan has not confirmed that.
New for 2014
A new S Value Package includes high-intensity-discharge headlights, a compass in the inside mirror, 18-inch dark silver alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, fog lights, integrated turn signals in the outside mirrors and other trim features. The SV model gains a USB connectivity, a rear camera and a 7-inch color monitor as standard equipment.
- Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
- Available 19-inch alloy wheels
- Standard power moonroof
- Optional dual-panel panoramic moonroof
- Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
- Optional rear spoiler
- Standard power front seats
- Standard 60/40-split folding backseat
- Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
- Optional heated and ventilated front seats
- Optional heated steering wheel
- Optional Bose premium stereo
- Optional navigation system
Under the Hood
- 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 261 pounds-feet of torque
- Requires premium gas
- Continuously-variable transmission with sport and manual modes
- Optional shift paddles
- Optional sport suspension
- Side-impact and side curtain airbags
- Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
- Electronic stability system with traction control
- Active front head restraints
- Available backup camera
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