(4.1) 40 reviews
MSRP: $2,218$8,330
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 23-24
Engine: 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2004 Nissan Maxima

Our Take on the 2004 Nissan Maxima

Our Take

For its sixth generation in the U.S. marketplace, Nissan's front-wheel-drive flagship gets a stronger VQ engine and a new Skyview roof that features a narrow glass panel running lengthwise between the front and rear seats. A new Elite Package includes a fixed, full center console that allows... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Road noise

Notable Features

  • 265-hp V-6
  • Automatic or manual transmission
  • Optional four-passenger version
  • New Skyview roof


Our Expert Reviews

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Consumer Reviews


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My Second Max

by Maxima Fan from Waynesville, MO on December 22, 2010

I bought my 95' Maxima with 171,000 miles on it. 5 spd of course. I like the manual shifts because the engines last longer. Now I just bought an 04 with 67,736 miles on it. It has all the creature com... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

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.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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