07 Nissan Maxima

07 Nissan Maxima

2007 Maxima Overview Future historians will record that, in the summer of 2006, astronomers revoked Pluto’s status as a planet, and Nissan reeled in the spacey styling of the Maxima, bringing it down a little closer to Earth-car standard.Those same historians will also render a verdict whether either decision was a good one.Right now we’re might be too close to these events to tell, but we’re thinking the styling changes to the 2007 Nissan Maxima are a good thing.And we still like to think of Pluto as a planet.In both cases, call us old fashioned.Gone is the beaver-toothed, studded grille from the ’58 Buick, replaced by a more conservative, more elegant grille more in keeping with the Nissan Altima.In fact, all of the body work has been restyled.The 2007 Maxima gets new headlamps, new taillamps, and redesigned fenders, rocker panels, rear spoiler, and hood.The cabin gets a new instrument cluster and center dash for 2007, making for easier, more intuitive operation.Underneath, a continuously variable transmission, or CVT, replaces the more traditional five-speed automatic for smoother, more efficient operation.Nissan excels in this technology and we found the Maxima’s transmission responsive.The Nissan Maxima fills a niche for aficionados who appreciate something different.Straddling the line between mid-size family hauler and a near-luxury sport sedan, it offers drivers an interesting alternative to mid-size sedans such as the Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, and Honda Accord.The Maxima is more focused on personal luxury and performance.And the 2007 model is just a little less quirky than last year’s model.Buyers choose between the more responsive SE and the more plush SL.Either way, cruising on the highway is effortless with Nissan’s wonderful 255-hp V6 engine.For 2007, both the Maxima SE and SL come standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission, which translates to smooth, efficient power.Gone is the available six-speed manual, which is fine because we didn’t care for it.Both the Maxima SL and SE models abound with luxury features.The re-styled 2007 cabin is innovative and comfortable with supportive, luxurious seats.Surviving the 2007 revision is Maxima’s daring Skyview roof, a narrow glass panel running lengthwise over the front and rear seats.It’s the sort of feature associated with futuristic concept cars.Also interesting are the available rear bucket seats, a feature seen primarily on show cars or as an option on high-end luxury models.Together, the rear bucket seats and Skyview roof make back-seat riders feel more like first-class passengers and less like coach-class cattle.The Maxima is not as family-friendly as the Altima, particularly with the optional four-bucket-seat interior.Instead, it’s designed for people who don’t have children or maybe just one and want a more interesting, more luxurious sports sedan.(A traditional rear bench seat comes standard for owners who may want to put three people in back.) In short, the 2007 Nissan Maxima is an enjoyable and interesting sports sedan.Hide Full Review
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07 Nissan Maxima

The Maxima was the first Japanese import to encroach on the European sport sedan market. Viewed by many as a sporty alternative to the family-oriented Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the Maxima set new standards in performance, luxury and reliability. Ironically, as the competition has reached parity with these standards, Nissan has repositioned the Maxima, with a greater emphasis on luxury and comfort. Gone is the wonderfully smooth manual transmission, replaced by a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with manual shift mode – hardly the transmission of choice for the enthusiast crowd. Still, for the consumer who needs a car to be the family sedan, a client hauler and a weekend escape pod, the Maxima is, as it has always been, an excellent choice.
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07 Nissan Maxima

2007 Nissan Maxima Details Interior The instrument panel mimics the three-pod motif found in the Z-Car and Altima, a nice tie-in to the Nissan family line. The dash and door panels are very well arranged, with proper backlighting for all buttons and switchgear. Safety features include seat-belt pretensioners, built-in crumple zones, front side-impact airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags. Exterior The sleek Maxima is a far cry from the boxy designs that defined previous generations of the well-known nameplate. A rounded greenhouse, sleek nose and big 18-inch alloy wheels practically place it on a par with the Infiniti line. Innovative features, such as the fixed glass panel running down the center of the roof, show Nissan’s willingness to push the design envelope.
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07 Nissan Maxima

2007 Nissan Maxima Values For 2007, the Maxima is a four-door five-passenger family sedan that gets a mid-model refresh, one that includes new sheet metal and a 3.5-liter V6 that now produces 255 horsepower (linked to a variable speed automatic transmission). The Maxima is offered in either the SE or SL trim levels. Read more Read less
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07 Nissan Maxima

2007 model year changes View changes + Nissan’s flagship Maxima sedan gets a new look, a refined interior appearance, and several new technology features for 2007. Most notably, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) replaces the former five-speed automatic. Four colors are new for 2007: Radiant Silver, Pebble Beach, Precision Gray, and Dark Slate. The Intelligent Key system, which allows vehicle entry and starting without physically using a key, is now standard. Horsepower is down 10 to 255, but this is due to a new power-rating method and actual performance reportedly remains the same. Competitive comparison View advantages + Fashionable interior; high-end luxury features for an affordable price. Special features for 2007 View special features + The luxurious Maxima sedan straddles the line between luxurious and sporty, and makes a stronger design statement for 2007 with a more chiseled appearance, showier wheels, and the continued availability of the standard SkyView roof. The Maxima makes a strong appeal on value, offering many luxury features not found on other vehicles in its price range.
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07 Nissan Maxima

Under the Hood Nissan’s 24-valve, 3.5-liter V6 is without question one of the best V6 engines ever produced. With such sturdy and rarely-found features as an honest-to-goodness timing chain (as opposed to a rubber belt, which will eventually require replacement) and platinum-tipped spark plugs, the Maxima’s powerplant is built to go the distance. Smooth as silk at idle and at high speeds, the 3.5-liter engine delivers abundant power throughout the rpm range yet sips fuel like a frugal four-cylinder. 3.5-liter V6 255 horsepower @ 6000 rpm 252 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28 To compare current market prices, check out KBB.com’s car classifieds to view the new and used Nissan Maxima vehicles for sale near you.
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07 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima fills a niche for aficionados who appreciate something different.Straddling the line between mid-size family hauler and a near-luxury sport sedan, it offers drivers an interesting alternative to mid-size sedans such as the Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, and Honda Accord.The Maxima is more focused on personal luxury and performance.And the 2007 model is just a little less quirky than last year’s model.
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07 Nissan Maxima

For 2007, the Maxima is a four-door five-passenger family sedan that gets a mid-model refresh, one that includes new sheet metal and a 3.5-liter V6 that now produces 255 horsepower (linked to a variable speed automatic transmission). The Maxima is offered in either the SE or SL trim levels.
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The luxurious Maxima sedan straddles the line between luxurious and sporty, and makes a stronger design statement for 2007 with a more chiseled appearance, showier wheels, and the continued availability of the standard SkyView roof. The Maxima makes a strong appeal on value, offering many luxury features not found on other vehicles in its price range.
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For 2007, the Maxima is a four-door five-passenger family sedan that gets a mid-model refresh, one that includes new sheet metal and a 3.5-liter V6 that now produces 255 horsepower (linked to a variable speed automatic transmission). The Maxima is offered in either the SE or SL trim levels. Read more Read less
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Special features for 2007 View special features + The luxurious Maxima sedan straddles the line between luxurious and sporty, and makes a stronger design statement for 2007 with a more chiseled appearance, showier wheels, and the continued availability of the standard SkyView roof. The Maxima makes a strong appeal on value, offering many luxury features not found on other vehicles in its price range.
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Both the Maxima SL and SE models abound with luxury features.The re-styled 2007 cabin is innovative and comfortable with supportive, luxurious seats.Surviving the 2007 revision is Maxima’s daring Skyview roof, a narrow glass panel running lengthwise over the front and rear seats.It’s the sort of feature associated with futuristic concept cars.Also interesting are the available rear bucket seats, a feature seen primarily on show cars or as an option on high-end luxury models.
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The sleek Maxima is a far cry from the boxy designs that defined previous generations of the well-known nameplate. A rounded greenhouse, sleek nose and big 18-inch alloy wheels practically place it on a par with the Infiniti line. Innovative features, such as the fixed glass panel running down the center of the roof, show Nissan’s willingness to push the design envelope.
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Nissan’s 24-valve, 3.5-liter V6 is without question one of the best V6 engines ever produced. With such sturdy and rarely-found features as an honest-to-goodness timing chain (as opposed to a rubber belt, which will eventually require replacement) and platinum-tipped spark plugs, the Maxima’s powerplant is built to go the distance. Smooth as silk at idle and at high speeds, the 3.5-liter engine delivers abundant power throughout the rpm range yet sips fuel like a frugal four-cylinder. 3.5-liter V6 255 horsepower @ 6000 rpm 252 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28

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