2008 Nissan Maxima vs. Its Competition

2008 Nissan Maxima SL
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Nissan Maxima is very comfortable and refined inside, with especially attractive appointments, but it doesn't have the exterior styling or the performance of other sport sedans in its price range, like the Acura TSX and Audi A4--and both of those bring the better dealership experience associated with luxury brands.

The Subaru Legacy GT doesn't compete with the Maxima on the level of refinement, as it's quite a bit louder inside and its powertrain is coarser, but it rivals the Maxima for performance and has standard all-wheel drive.

Then there's the Passat, which in V-6 form feels especially refined and comfortable, also with a standout interior.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
8.2
The 2008 Acura TSX is far from the freshest sport sedan design, but it remains one of the most sensible and fun-to-drive.
8.4
The 2008 Audi A4 is a competent, high-quality entry-level import that’s in its last year of production.
7.4
The 2008 Subaru Legacy is an agile sport sedan, with a tough side.
7.8
The 2008 Volkswagen Passat is a roomy, comfortable mid-size sedan that feels sportier and more luxurious than most.
MSRP From    
$28,630$28,190$28,900$20,495$23,990
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas Turbocharged I4
EPA Class    
Mid-SizeCompactCompactCompactMid-Size
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE4-Door Sedan Manual4-Door Sedan Manual 2.0T FrontTrak4-Door H4 Manual4-Door Manual Turbo FWD
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
Transmission    
Continously VariableManual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/OD