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Settling into the cabin, the driving position is near optimalAutoblog »
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Front seats have ample bolsters for ambling along a winding roadCars.com »
QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Settling into the cabin, the driving position is near optimal
Best feature? A manually adjustable thigh bolster, a la BMW
Front seats have ample bolsters for ambling along a winding road
The 2010 Maxima offers a comfortable interior and good details, and shoppers are unlikely to have any issue with the cabin appointments.
Front occupants get great seats—especially with the Sport Package—but backseat occupants will likely find headroom tight. The sculpted interior of the 2010 Nissan Maxima is designed to seat five, but the interior dimensions mean that in practice, it seats only four average-sized adults. The front seats receive raves in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, and ConsumerGuide calls them "very comfortable and supportive." Cars.com reviewers also find that "the front seats have ample bolsters for ambling along a winding road...and their soft inserts provide good long-haul comfort." Autoblog's reviewer is impressed that his "six-foot two-inch frame found plenty of leg, shoulder, hip and headroom in the generous front seats," and they recommend that "if you can't get comfortable in the front seats of this car, make an appointment with a chiropractor." The rear seats on the Nissan 2010 Maxima are comfortable as well, if not quite as much as the front buckets. ConsumerGuide says the rear seats offer legroom that "is adequate for an average-sized tester, but headroom can get tight because of the sloped roofline," while "the narrow center position is not suitable for adults or even large children."
The smaller overall dimensions of the new 2010 Nissan Maxima are most noticeable when it comes to available cargo space; other areas of the Nissan Maxima's daily practicality show some problems as well. Cars.com notes that "full-size cars like the Avalon and Chrysler 300 have larger cabins and trunks—the Maxima's measures just 14.2 cubic feet—so if you frequent the golf course," you might want to look somewhere else. On the positive side, ConsumerGuide observes that the trunk on the Nissan Maxima is "wide-opening" and has "a moderately low liftover height," but the SV suffers from "a fixed seatback with a not-so-useful ski pass through." When it comes to interior storage on the Nissan Maxima, ConsumerGuide feels that the "storage spaces are decent and include a large, wide glovebox, deep center console, and small scattered cubbies."
Otherwise, interior refinement, materials, and build quality are quite good. For the 2010 Nissan Maxima, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com unanimously praise the interior materials and build quality, with Road & Track saying that "the materials are of a high quality and the fit and finish are generally good." Cars.com reports that "dashboard quality rivals a Volkswagen Passat or Lexus ES, with gap-free panel fits around the glove compartment, center controls and steering wheel." ConsumerGuide also praises some of the interior materials, especially the "quality-looking red contrast stitching" that accents the seats.
The 2010 Nissan Maxima isn't the quietest vehicle on the road, but the sounds that enter the cabin aren't all of the bad variety. Autoblog is quick to point out that "the intake roar, to which Nissan paid special attention, is very apparent under nearly all throttle increases," but the engine note "is satisfying." ConsumerGuide agrees, reporting that at "around 4500 rpm, Maxima emits a throaty, sporty note," but they also mention that the Nissan Maxima suffers "from moderate wind noise and tire thrum."
The 2010 Nissan Maxima, especially in SV trim, is beginning to feel more and more like a vehicle from the Infiniti lineup, and this is definitely a good thing.