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Offers options including leather-trimmed seats, metal or Eucalyptus wood dash paneling
A treasure chest of options oriented toward both sport and luxury
An available navigation-system interface lifted from Infiniti
With a name like Maxima, it would be hard to get away with skimping on features. Fortunately, that's not a problem that Nissan Maxima consumers have to worry about, since the 2009 Nissan Maxima offers a wealth of standard and optional features.
The standard features list on the Nissan 2009 Maxima differs considerably between the S and SV trim levels, though Cars.com explains "Nissan expects just 10 percent of customers to get the base Maxima 3.5 S." For those who choose the less-expensive version, Cars.com says to expect standard features that "include dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, Nissan's Intelligent Key access system, a moonroof and an eight-speaker, six-CD stereo with auxiliary MP3 jack." On the upscale Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV, ConsumerGuide finds that the standard features list grows to include "leather upholstery" and a "Bose sound system," along with a convenient "driver-seat thigh extender." One of the features that reviews read by TheCarConnection.com find fault with is that upgraded Bose sound system, which Autoblog calls a "disappointment" thanks to its "distant" and "muddy" sound quality.
The 2009 Nissan Maxima also offers a long list of optional features, but the vast majority of them come only in options packages. Road & Track reviewers bring word of two major option packages, "Sport and Premium," though they are also mutually exclusive. For those opting for the Sport package on the Nissan 2009 Maxima, Cars.com says to expect "19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and a rear spoiler," while the "Premium Package adds rear climate control, the dual-panel moonroof and upgraded leather." The two other options packages that are available exclusively on the Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV are the Technology package, which ConsumerGuide says includes a "navigation system, voice recognition, traffic information, [and] satellite radio," while a Cold package brings "heated front seats, heated power mirrors, [and] heated steering wheel." The only available stand-alone option on the Nissan Maxima is a wireless cell phone link, though it's included on the Sport package.
The 2009 Nissan Maxima's packaged options make selection a snap but offer limited combination possibilities—and the price climbs steeply for a loaded car.