08 Nissan Maxima

08 Nissan Maxima

Auto writers see the 2008 Nissan Maxima as a sporty, powerful alternative to a mainstream midsize sedan, but its price puts it in a class dominated by luxury brands. As a result, Maxima reviews are split between those who describe the car as a family sedan with an austere personality and those who say that the Maxima is an upscale midsize sedan that isn’t sporty enough to effectively compete with its class. This difference of reviewer opinion also affects assessments of the Maxima’s price. Weighing its amenities against its price, the Sacramento Bee reports, “this is one of the few cars you drive away from the dealership, chuckling to yourself and whispering, ‘Man, I stole this one!'” But Car and Driver says, “Gets pricey when loaded with options,” when describing the maxima, later noting, “it’s hard to justify over Nissan’s own Altima.” The 2008 model represents the car’s sixth generation and is a carryover from the 2007 with minimal changes. The 2009 Maxima, now being sold, is a complete redesign that breaks away stylistically from the Nissan Altima. If you’re in the market for an upscale midsize car, also consider the BMW 3-Series. If you’re in the market for some of the lower-priced sedans the Maxima is also compared with, consider the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. “The Maxima always used to be Nissan’s sporty mid-size Sedan. Over the years, though, it has grown in size, becoming ever more luxurious and powerful but less of a driver’s car.” — Car and Driver In its 2007 review, NCTD lists the Maxima as “individualistic and indulgently luxurious, with innovative styling and interior features. Its engine is powerful and its ride is smooth and quiet. Its interior is innovative and comfortable.” — New Car Test Drive “The Nissan Maxima continues as an upscale alternative to the common midsize sedan.” — The Auto Channel “Nissan’s Maxima wasn’t the first fast four-door, but it did help popularize the ‘four-door sports car’ concept back in the mid-late ’80s. … Fast forward to the present and the Maxima now has lots of company. Sporty sedans with powerful engines, taut suspensions, and great brakes are now the rule, not the exception. … To keep the Maxima near the front of the ever-growing pack is the challenge.” — The Car Connection “Nissan’s flagship sedan continues to emphasize its combination of performance, scale, luxury, and affordability, but today the Maxima finds itself in the thick of one of the most competitive segments of the car market.” — Automobile Magazine
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08 Nissan Maxima

Under the Hood Winner of numerous awards, the Maxima’s potent 24-valve 3.5-liter V6 is used throughout both the Nissan and Infiniti lineups. In the Maxima it makes 255 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque and drives the front wheels through Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission. This stepless CVT also incorporates a sport-shift mode with six “virtual” ratios for those who want the added control of manual-style gear changing. Either Maxima model will sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in about 6.5 seconds and has EPA fuel economy numbers of 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. 3.5-liter V6 255 horsepower @ 6000 rpm 252 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 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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08 Nissan Maxima

2008 model year changes View changes + For 2008, Nissan’s flagship Maxima sedan gets the SkyView panoramic roof standard, which provides a fixed-glass window down the center of the vehicle roof. A new Platinum Edition Package adds HID headlights, Bluetooth, reverse parking sonar, and a heated steering wheel. XM satellite radio is now standard on the uplevel SL model. Competitive comparison View advantages + Fashionable interior; high-end luxury features for an affordable price. Special features for 2008 View special features + Nissan’s 2008 Maxima sedan straddles the line between luxurious and sporty, and makes a strong design statement with its chiseled appearance and showy wheels. The Maxima offers many luxury features not found on other vehicles in its price range, and its powerful V6 engine, which is shared with the 350Z, makes the Maxima feel sportier than other upscale sedans in the same segment.
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08 Nissan Maxima

2008 Nissan Maxima Details Interior The Maxima’s roomy cabin reflects the contemporary flair of its exterior, with a well-integrated mix of angles and contours. Passenger space is generous up front, even with the optional power moonroof, and the rear is adult-friendly, if a bit close on headroom. The SL matches leather and faux-wood accents and the SE features a cloth and brushed-aluminum motif. Common touches include legible main instruments, logically arrayed supplemental controls and, for the radio, dual-zone automatic air conditioner controls and trip computer functions, yellow LCD display readouts that, unfortunately, can fade to illegibility in bright sunlight. Firm but supportive front buckets are paired with a 60/40 split-folding rear bench that enables increasing the usable cargo capacity. Exterior A far cry from the boxy designs of its predecessors, the sixth-generation Maxima was restyled for 2007 using Infiniti-inspired cues that have now become part of the body language of its Altima and Sentra kin, as well. Crisply-tailored lines punctuated by an expressive C-pillar and short decklid are complemented by a standard SkyView glass-panel roof insert. On the SL, the Maxima’s pronounced fender bulges house 225/55 H-rated tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels, while the SE is fitted with 255/45 V-rated performance tires on 18-inch alloy rims and a tasteful decklid spoiler.
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08 Nissan Maxima

Auto writers see the 2008 Nissan Maxima as a sporty, powerful alternative to a mainstream midsize sedan, but its price puts it in a class dominated by luxury brands. As a result, Maxima reviews are split between those who describe the car as a family sedan with an austere personality and those who say that the Maxima is an upscale midsize sedan that isn’t sporty enough to effectively compete with its class.
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08 Nissan Maxima

Nissan’s 2008 Maxima sedan straddles the line between luxurious and sporty, and makes a strong design statement with its chiseled appearance and showy wheels. The Maxima offers many luxury features not found on other vehicles in its price range, and its powerful V6 engine, which is shared with the 350Z, makes the Maxima feel sportier than other upscale sedans in the same segment.
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08 Nissan Maxima

Special features for 2008 View special features + Nissan’s 2008 Maxima sedan straddles the line between luxurious and sporty, and makes a strong design statement with its chiseled appearance and showy wheels. The Maxima offers many luxury features not found on other vehicles in its price range, and its powerful V6 engine, which is shared with the 350Z, makes the Maxima feel sportier than other upscale sedans in the same segment.
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08 Nissan Maxima

This difference of reviewer opinion also affects assessments of the Maxima’s price. Weighing its amenities against its price, the Sacramento Bee reports, “this is one of the few cars you drive away from the dealership, chuckling to yourself and whispering, ‘Man, I stole this one!'” But Car and Driver says, “Gets pricey when loaded with options,” when describing the maxima, later noting, “it’s hard to justify over Nissan’s own Altima.”
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The 2008 model represents the car’s sixth generation and is a carryover from the 2007 with minimal changes. The 2009 Maxima, now being sold, is a complete redesign that breaks away stylistically from the Nissan Altima. If you’re in the market for an upscale midsize car, also consider the BMW 3-Series. If you’re in the market for some of the lower-priced sedans the Maxima is also compared with, consider the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.
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Flagship of its current sedan fleet, the mid-size Maxima is Nissan’s answer to established European sport/luxury competitors, as well as an alternative to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. This roomy, front-drive four-door mixes expressive style with impressive performance and loads of features. The enthusiast-oriented SE and more opulently appointed SL variants both use the same potent V6 engine backed by the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Minor functional upgrades add even greater charm for 2008 and keep the Maxima solidly on the list of candidates for any buyer who needs a single vehicle with a genuinely multifaceted personality.
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A far cry from the boxy designs of its predecessors, the sixth-generation Maxima was restyled for 2007 using Infiniti-inspired cues that have now become part of the body language of its Altima and Sentra kin, as well. Crisply-tailored lines punctuated by an expressive C-pillar and short decklid are complemented by a standard SkyView glass-panel roof insert. On the SL, the Maxima’s pronounced fender bulges house 225/55 H-rated tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels, while the SE is fitted with 255/45 V-rated performance tires on 18-inch alloy rims and a tasteful decklid spoiler.
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Relatively unchanged for 2008, the four door Nissan Maxima Sedan finds itself somewhere between mid-size Sedans and near-luxury Sedans, with seating capacity for up to five passengers and solid power under the hood. It’s offered in SE and SL trims, with a 255 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 1-speed Continuously Variable transmission under the hood. Luxury amenities include dual zone auto climate control, cruise, keyless entry, navigation, heated lumbar memory seats, a trip computer and AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite audio. Safety features include airbags and ABS brakes.

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