(4.4) 31 reviews
MSRP: $1,631$6,983
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 23-24
Engine: 255-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2002 Nissan Maxima

Our Take on the 2002 Nissan Maxima

Our Take

Plenty of extra power goes into the 2002 edition of Nissan’s top front-drive Maxima sedan, which isn’t much bigger than the Altima. The two models are now the same length, and though the Altima is still considered second in rank, it has a longer wheelbase than the Maxima.Nissan took a ... Read Full Report


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The Maxima used to be Nissan's only four-door sports car, but that role has changed with the advent of the feisty Altima 3.5 SE. The Maxima maintains its station at the top of the product totem, offering a higher level of comfort and performance. Key to the Maxima's performance is the 255-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that is as sweet and powerful as any in production. This engin... Read full review for the 2002 Nissan Maxima

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Best Performance & Relaibility from a V-6 Maxima

by Performance Car Specialists from Louisville, KY on March 3, 2008

I've had this car for 4 years, no problems just regular maintence. And 0-60 times stock are just a shade over 6 seconds. I have 152,738 miles on it and still get 21 city and 28-30 hwy mpg. J D Power Q... Read Full Review

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Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

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There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

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