2001 Nissan Maxima

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$21,249

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2001 Nissan Maxima

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Overview

4 trims

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2001 Nissan Maxima review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The Maxima was redesigned last year, getting larger dimensions and a new American-designed appearance. For 2001, it marks its 20th anniversary in the United States with a special edition of the sporty SE model, which will have five more horses than the other models. The anniversary model will have a 227-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 engine, 17-inch wheels and tires, and an aerodynamic spoiler package.

The front-drive Maxima shares its basic design with the Infiniti I30, a luxury sedan with more features and higher prices.

Exterior
The wheelbase on the Maxima is 108 inches, and the overall length is 190.5 inches — a little longer than the Toyota Camry. The previous Maxima and I30 shared much of their styling, but the roof is the only body panel they share now.

The Maxima’s styling was done at Nissan’s California design studio, while the I30 was designed in Japan.

Interior
The Maxima’s roomy interior provides space for taller folks in both the front buckets and the rear bench, which has ample legroom and adequate headroom in the outboard positions. However, the center position is hard and cramped. The split rear seatback folds to expand the trunk’s 15-cubic-foot capacity.

Dashboard controls for the climate and stereo systems are large and well marked, and the power front windows have new one-touch up and down operation.

Under the Hood
All Maximas come with a 222-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 engine, except the special-edition SE, which gets a 227-hp version of this engine. The base GXE and sporty SE models come with a standard five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is standard on the GLE and optional on the others. Antilock brakes are standard, and side-impact airbags for the front seats are optional.

Driving Impressions
The Maxima delivers the same spirited acceleration and adept road manners as the more-expensive I30, though it lacks the attentive customer service and more comprehensive warranty that comes with the Infiniti brand. The Maxima is a more performance-oriented sedan than midsize rivals such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, offering sportier handling and a firmer ride.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Would Buy It Again

This has been a solid and reliable car for 20 years! If Nissan offered a Maxima today with a regular automatic transmission I would eagerly purchase one, but not with a CVT. I only drive 3400 miles per year but I have experienced problems that you would expect on a much higher mileage car. Two oxygen sensors failed at 28000 miles; the radiator cracked at 33000 miles; the passenger side front strut failed at 37000 miles; there is currently an oil leak the dealer can't locate; and the radiator lower support has been rusted out since about 2004. Despite the continuing maintenance issues I still love this car and its styling and performance.

5.0

Reliable

Had vehicle for 16 years. Just general maintenance Had 265000 miles at time of trade in One recall 24 mph hwy at 19 years 19 mph city Vehicle body rusted

2.9

GOOD IF YOU DRIVE MAXIMUM 25 MILES A DAY....

GOOD FOR STUDENTS, BACHELORS OR PERSON WHO ONLY DROVES CAR FOR SCHOOL, COLLEGE OR OFFICE (IN 25 MILE RANGE, COMFORTABLE, VALUE FOR PRICE, GOOD FOR COMMUTING.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
N/A
Powertrain
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer certification required
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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