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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
There's nothing really wrong with the car, save for its sticker.
The selection is as good as any luxury brand might offer
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.
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
In its base trim, the Maxima comes with a long list of a standard features, as well a few options, too. But, if you're looking for many of the most desirable features, you'll likely have to step it up to the SV model.
There are two trims available on the Maxima–S and SV–with the SV model adding standard leather, Bose premium audio, fog lamps, among other items. The S model comes well-equipped, too; it also includes standard dual-zone auto climate control, power front seats, and the Intelligent Key entry and push-button start system.
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 are all standard, though, while a heated steering wheel and cooled front seats are among many options.
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. The Sport Package has also been enhanced with a seven-inch monitor, iPod/USB connectivity, a rearview monitor, and a climate-controlled driver's seat. A Dark Hyper Silver wheel finish (from last year's Limited Edition Package) is new as well.
The SV Value Package that adds nine-speaker Bose audio, satellite radio, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated outside mirrors.
Well-equipped in base trim, the Maxima outstrips its slim marketing niche when you add a lot of options.