• (4.3) 19 reviews
  • MSRP: $780–$6,004
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 22-24
  • Engine: 222-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2001 Nissan Maxima

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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.

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.

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

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Most reliable vehicle I have ever purchased

by Vvvvrrrrooommvroom from on July 23, 2017

Also the least expensive car I ever bought, paying only $800 cash. The seller had to jump start an old battery to start it. I never had any issues with this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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