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2010 Nissan Maxima: Luxurious, Sporty Family Transportation


2010 Nissan Maxima

2010 Nissan Maxima

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When Nissan owners outgrow their Z-sport coupe it is without question a great time for mourning in the life of any discerning driving enthusiast. But thankfully for these Nissan faithful there is a sedan from the very same manufacturer that promises all the space and utility of your average family car mixed with the brute power and handling of your average Z. It is, of course, the original “4-Door Sports Car” also known as the Nissan Maxima.

Last year the Maxima underwent a number of styling revisions outside and in that helped fix a mean case of design frumpiness that had set in during the past few model cycles. What’s left is a rather angular and unique looking family/sports sedan that manages to look like it might just belong up in the Infiniti luxury range. The taillight and headlight designs are unique in the new car marketplace for, well, being totally unique designs. Kudos on that to Nissan.

The interior of the 2010 Maxima, while a huge improvement over the Altima, is a little less stylishly trimmed than your average Infiniti but should serve the purpose of rapid family transport with little problem. The seats, most especially, deserve note for being heavily bolstered and on up-level models is covered in some of the softest cow hide from a mainstream auto manufacturer since Ricardo Montalban introduced the term “Corinthian Leather” to the American public all those years ago.

With prices ranging from only $30,460 for a base model all the way up to $38,980 for a fully loaded SV/Premium Package variant with navigation, dual moonroof, leather, real eucalyptus wood trim and multi-gigabyte storage for your music there is bound to be a 2010 Nissan Maxima that suits you. Just look at the basic model with its standard 3.5 liter 290 horsepower V6, CVT auto, moonroof, Bluetooth, Nissan Intelligent-Key, dual zone climate control and stylish 18 inch alloy wheels as proof that each Maxima always leaves the factory with plenty of toys.

Best pick of the range is the $35,210 Maxima SV with Sport Package which gives the Maxima a sports suspension, gorgeous 19-inch snowflake alloys, High Intensity Headlamps, rear spoiler, Bose audio, the aforementioned leather upholstery available only in “winter frost black” (other Maxima models can be ordered with beige leather) and XM satellite radio. The paddle shifters behind the steering wheel may not replace heel and toe downshifting with your Z’s manual transmission but at least the Maxima uses the same steering wheel as the 2010 370Z.

In this day and age, however, it should be noted that the 2010 Maxima charges you extra for USB port and iPod jack as part of the $700 “Monitor Package” which throws in a rear view camera (on a sedan?) and hard-drive music storage. All told, however, it is probably worth it as it is the same iPod connectivity found on most 2010 Infiniti models and that system is peerless.

While the 2010 Nissan Maxima is a rather large car that roominess pays dividends with an ample 20 gallon fuel tank and sensibly shaped 14 cubic foot trunk. With EPA fuel economy of 19 city and 26 highway this might just be one of the best “Las Vegas Road Trip” four-doors that we have seen since the days of mighty Cadillac land yachts. And as opposed to piloting a huge Cadillac across the desert you will at least still have fun behind the wheel of the 2010 Nissan Maxima.

In a full review of the 2010 Nissan Maxima on The Car Connection, noted editor Bengt Halvorson praised the agile ride and handling of this spacious sports sedan yet criticized the standard CVT automatic for not letting the glorious 3.5 liter V-6 out of its cage. Maybe it’s time for Nissan to start selling manual transmission Maxima sedans again, then?

 
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