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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
A treasure chest of options oriented toward both sport and luxury
An available navigation-system interface lifted from Infiniti
Offers options including leather-trimmed seats, metal or Eucalyptus wood dash paneling
The Maxima stays true to its name and offers a tremendous list of standard features and available tech features.
The standard features list on the Nissan 2010 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 do 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." New for 2010 is the addition of standard Bluetooth on all Maxima models, including the base Maxima 3.5 S.
On the upscale Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV, ConsumerGuide notes 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 the upgraded Bose sound system, which Autoblog calls a "disappointment" because of its "distant" and "muddy" sound quality.
The 2010 Nissan Maxima also offers a long list of optional features, but the vast majority of them come only in packages. Road & Track reviewers note 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." New for 2010 is the Monitor Package—this adds a 7-inch color monitor and a rearview camera system, along with some extra audio features.
For 2010, Nissan adjusts the way these options are sold as packages. Rather than offering three different Technology packages like last year, the 2010 model sees just one Technology package available. There is also a new Monitor package that allows buyers to option a 7-inch monitor system in the Maxima. Especially of note in the 2010 Nissan Maxima 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 2010 Nissan Maxima's packaged options make selection a snap but offer limited combination possibilities—and the price climbs steeply for a loaded car.