2009 Nissan Maxima vs. Its Competition

2009 Nissan Maxima S
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Nissan Maxima appeals more readily to those looking for a perky, smooth, and stylish V-6 luxury sedan than to those wanting a sport sedan.

For the latter, shoppers might consider the Pontiac G8—especially in GT trim—or the Dodge Charger R/T, though neither of those cars has an interior that's as stylish as the Maxima's or offers the same level of appointments and tech options.

At the opposite end of the scale, for those who might want even more comfort and interior space, there's the Toyota Avalon, although it's less exciting to drive and look at.

In between, the Volkswagen Passat VR6 offers similar performance and a very attractive, comfortable interior, along with available all-wheel drive, but it's more expensive.

The newly redesigned 2009 Acura TL, which at the time of this writing hasn't yet gone on sale, also promises to be a formidable rival.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The stylish 2009 Nissan Maxima has the looks—and acceleration specs—of a sport sedan but lacks the high-performance driving feel to match.
8.4
The G8 gives Pontiac real sport-sedan credentials and hits the mark with only minor faults.
8.2
The 2008 Acura TL is a "nice" car that's well equipped in every category except personality.
8.2
The 2008 Dodge Charger sedan has plenty of practicality and character--and thirst, with the big HEMI engines.
8.0
The 2008 Toyota Avalon is designed for a cushy, comfortable ride and impressive interior space above all else.
MSRP From     
$30,160$28,250$33,725$22,510$27,325$21,750
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeLarge SedanMid-SizeLargeLargeMid-Size
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan Automatic4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan XL (GS)4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
Transmission     
Continuously VariableAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD