• (4.4) 34 reviews
  • Available Prices: $2,435–$9,867
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24
  • Engine: 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2006 Nissan Maxima

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Nissan Maxima

What We Don't Like

  • Road noise

Notable Features

  • 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Automatic or manual
  • Optional four-passenger version
  • Skyview sunroof
  • Shapely styling

2006 Nissan Maxima Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Redesigned for 2004, Nissan's front-wheel-drive flagship sedan received a stronger V-6 and a new Skyview roof that features a narrow glass panel running lengthwise between the front and rear seats. An Elite Package included a fixed, full center console that provides four-passenger seating, with rear buckets rather than a bench seat.

Performance-oriented 3.5 SE and luxury-focused 3.5 SL models are offered. For 2006, either Sirius or XM Satellite Radio can be installed, and a Bluetooth-based hands-free phone system is available.

The Maxima features distinctive C-pillars that extend beyond the rear window in a "flying buttress" configuration to form a coupelike silhouette. Boldly sculpted fender openings add to the car's sporty nature. All Maximas come standard with the Skyview roof, but a traditional front sunroof is optional.

Combination headlight elements are available with xenon bulbs. Six-spoke alloy wheels hold 18-inch tires on the 3.5 SE, while the 3.5 SL gets 17-inch tires. Two fully independent suspensions are available: performance-tuned for the 3.5 SE and luxury-tuned for a supple ride in the 3.5 SL.

Seating for five occupants is standard, but the Elite Package reduces the seat count to four with the installation of twin bucket seats and a console in the rear. The package includes heated rear seats and a powered rear sunshade.

An eight-speaker 320-watt Bose premium stereo with an in-dash six-CD changer is standard in the 3.5 SL. A navigation system is optional.

Under the Hood
The Maxima's 3.5-liter V-6 produces 265 horsepower and 255 pounds-feet of torque. The engine in the 3.5 SL drives a five-speed-automatic transmission. The 3.5 SE can be equipped with either the automatic transmission or a close-ratio six-speed-manual gearbox.

Standard features include four-channel all-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags. The front seats have active head restraints. Vehicle Dynamic Control is optional.

Driving Impressions
Even though the Maxima delivers more road noise than expected, it's a top-notch highway cruiser. Ride quality in the 3.5 SE is excellent. Riders will feel significant bumps, but that's a small price to pay for such sporty handling and precise response. The Maxima remains impressively flat through curves. The 3.5 SE's five-speed-automatic transmission performs with extra-smooth gear changes and prompt reactions.

Expect plenty of power from the refined V-6, which cruises comfortably and pulls avidly. The 3.5 SE's six-speed-manual gearbox is exceptionally smooth. The Skyview sunroof is most appealing to rear occupants.

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 34 reviews

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Very nice ride!

by Dingotx from Mabank Texas on December 6, 2017

Fast little Nissan Maxima very fun to drive and good on gas mileage.love the stereo and moonroof.power seats and windows.keyless entry and alarm.good tires and paint.engines so clean you could eat off... Read Full Review

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