2001 Nissan Maxima Review

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When an auto manufacturer cares enough to give you 45 seconds after you've switched off the ignition to close the windows you've stupidly forgotten to power up, you know the designers were thinking of us average Joes.

This attention to detail in Nissan's Maxima, the flagship model that tops its two-tier lineup of compacts and midsize sedans, is seen throughout its engineering and design. Small touches mean a lot when you spend hours daily in your vehicle, and Nissan provides many, such as a power outlet on the dash for your cell phone, an on/off fog light switch on the headlight lever, an auto-reverse function for the power sunroof in case you left your surfboard sticking through it, and a light that happily blinks when the traction control is doing its work and limiting wheelspin. After all, you may have PAID for a traction control system but have you actually seen it?

As for styling, Nissan's 2001 model is still very European. It is basically the same as its brand-new 2000 fifth-generation version with very minor changes. Designed with the kind of elegant sculpting back and front one admires in the top luxury cars from Germany, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, the new sedan is understated externally but high-performance within. Moving away from too many Japanese carmakers' preferences for bland, homogenous architecture, or adding too many design elements, Nissan's Maxima creates a subtle but dramatic impact that distinguishes it from every other car in the company's lineup.

As European cars have begun to discard the jellybean look for more exciting, edgy styling, Nissan has caught the mood and moved right in. Nothing extraneous mars the fluid bodyline and smooth, sweeping roofline. Even the side-view mirror design is restrained, joined neatly to the A-pillar. My favorite part of the car is the back end where gracefully designed taillights are sculpted to sit between the quarter-panel and bumper.

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December 24, 2016
2017 Nissan Maxima SR 3.5L

Great buy, great looking.

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I have a Pearl White Maxima SR model, came off an 2012 Audi A6. Test drove the SV and was very impressed with the interior quality, materials and design, as well as ride. My wife saw a Pearl White SR and fell... + More »
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July 19, 2015
2016 Nissan Maxima 4-Door Sedan 3.5 Platinum

wow the most awesome maxima yet

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just bought 2016 maxmia truly impressed had a 2011 max this one is far superior interior is great ride and drives great
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July 19, 2015
2016 Nissan Maxima 4-Door Sedan 3.5 SL

Great car, no regrets.

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Test drove mazda6 and Hyundais offering. Neither came close. Honda and Toyota highly rated but boring looking. Found the maxima SL beautiful inside and out. Looks great, sort of like a cross between sports... + More »
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July 8, 2015
2016 Nissan Maxima 4-Door Sedan 3.5 Platinum

Just keeps getting better

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This is my 3rd. maxima. First a 04 then a 09 then the new 2016. Have only had it for 5 days but is a cut above my 2009 Maxima. Everything works better. Love the new car and all the new high tech features. Car... + More »
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June 21, 2015
2016 Nissan Maxima 4-Door Sedan 3.5 SL

Interesting style for the 8th generation model

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CVT still does not belong in a Maxima, needs a DSG or 6 speed manual transmission. It would be worth the extra money. Now the current CVT looks for the highest ratios for better gas MPG. If you're buying a... + More »
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February 10, 2016
2014 Nissan Maxima 4-Door Sedan 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg

Nothing but problems!

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Brake/rotor problems at 16,000 miles and after repairs again at 19,000 miles, a/c dials don't work 40% the time, already had to replace a faulty master cylinder at 18,000 miles, emergency brake light randomly... + More »
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June 3, 2015
2014 Nissan Maxima 4-Door Sedan 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg

Nice car with decent power

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Nice car with decent power and fun to drive, could use more horsepower and better upgrade in luxury styling and transmission upgrade.
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April 30, 2015
2014 Nissan Maxima 4-Door Sedan 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg

STYLISH AND FUN

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I love the Maxima! It is a superb combination of sleek sophisticated styling and fun performance. No wonder Nissan calls it a 4door sports car :) I previously had a 2005 Ford Mustang GT and as an addition to... + More »
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April 17, 2015
For 2014 Nissan Maxima

A great car.

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I have had 7 Maximas over the years, and this one is the best yet. They just keep getting better.
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April 28, 2015
2012 Nissan Maxima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg

The car is comfortable, roomy, fast, stylized very well, and I enjoy driving the vehicle.

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This car has just about everything that you would want in a car of this quality. When you want it to be sporty you can change to the paddle shifters and get a real sports car feel with a four door. It has all... + More »
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