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With a limited number of feature possibilities, the 2011 Nissan Maxima can easily come with the tech features of premium sport sedans—but the price climbs steeply for a loaded car.
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There's nothing really wrong with the car, save for its sticker.
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The selection is as good as any luxury brand might offer
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Plugged into the USB port beneath the center console bin, an iPod is completely controlled via the multipurpose knob and LCD screen menus that nicely mimic the iPod's actual controls.
Edmunds

plenty of useful storage spaces including a large locking glovebox
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Maxima SV is your best bet for a starting point if you want to load up on options
J.D. Power

The Maxima stays true to its name and offers a tremendous list of standard features and available tech features. All considered, however, it can come at a luxury-brand price.

Two different models of the 2011 Nissan Maxima are offered—S and SV—with the SV modestly expanding the standard equipment list to include leather upholstery, fog lamps, and a Bose premium audio system, among a few other items. Both models have a standard-equipment list that also would be fitting for a luxury car, including a power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, power front seats, keyless entry, an Intelligent Key entry and starting system, a six-disc changer, and steering-wheel audio controls.

Tech features are all now well-represented. Bluetooth comes standard on all Maxima models, while a heated steering wheel and cooled front seats. Other technology options include a Bose premium audio system, a navigation system with 9.3GB Music Box hard drive, XM NavTraffic, XM Satellite Radio, and iPod interfaces. Just keep in mind that most options are only available in the more expensive SV. Separately, a 7-inch monitor system is available in the Maxima.

Especially of note is a Sport Package, which brings firmer suspension tuning, larger 19-inch wheels, paddle shifters, upgraded front seats, and a host of other upgrades. We recommend the package for enthusiasts, despite its $2,300 price, because of its superior seats and crisper handling response without significant effect on the ride.

The last Maxima that The Car Connection tested, a 2010 Nissan Maxima SV Premium Package model, stickered at $37,310. That's pricey compared to some of these rivals, but it's absolutely loaded to the gills with equipment that's optional even on many luxury-brand models—xenon headlamps, a power rear sunshade, a dual-panel moonroof, heated seats and steering wheel, a nav system with rearview monitor, and iPod/USB inputs, for example.

Conclusion

With a limited number of feature possibilities, the 2011 Nissan Maxima can easily come with the tech features of premium sport sedans—but the price climbs steeply for a loaded car.

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