• (4.7) 24 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,026$11,390
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 22
  • Engine: 255-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
2008 Nissan Maxima

Our Take on the 2008 Nissan Maxima

Our Take

For 2007, Nissan gave the Maxima a new grille, hood, bumper and headlights — in short, nearly everything in front of the A-pillars. The sheet metal made the car look much more menacing than the model it replaced, but its bark is worse than its bite. Competitors include premium sedans such a... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Side-impact crash-test ratings
  • Rear visibility
  • Roominess
  • Turning radius

Notable Features

  • Updated for 2007
  • CVT
  • 255-hp V-6
  • Six airbags


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in November 2006 about the 2007 Nissan Maxima. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what details are different this year, check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. Ever since the Altima became a midsize sedan with an optional V-6, experts have wondered why anyone would pay thousands more for the equall... Read full review for the 2008 Nissan Maxima

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 24 reviews

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Fantastic Automobile

by Tex from on January 7, 2011

This is simply a great car. I bought mine used with 60k miles about 6 months ago. It has exceeded my expectations. The car is absolutely solid; no squeaks or rattles anywhere. The engine is superb wit... Read Full Review

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Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2008 Nissan Maxima.

Warranty Coverage





What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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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