18 reviews
2008 Nissan Maxima
2008 Nissan Maxima
Available Price Range $3,982-$12,926 Trims2 Combined MPG 22 Seats 5

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

Reviews

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

4.8

Average based on 18 reviews

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Best Car Ive owned

by Love To the Max from Meridian, ID on March 22, 2011

In the past sixteen years I've owned a different car every one to two years. Couldn't really find one I liked so I'd trade. Not economical but it's what I did. Last year we bought my husband a new tru... Read Full Review

2 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.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

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


Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

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

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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