2008 Nissan Maxima vs. Its Competition

2008 Nissan Maxima SL
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Nissan Maxima is very comfortable and refined inside, with especially attractive appointments, but it doesn't have the exterior styling or the performance of other sport sedans in its price range, like the Acura TSX and Audi A4--and both of those bring the better dealership experience associated with luxury brands.

The Subaru Legacy GT doesn't compete with the Maxima on the level of refinement, as it's quite a bit louder inside and its powertrain is coarser, but it rivals the Maxima for performance and has standard all-wheel drive.

Then there's the Passat, which in V-6 form feels especially refined and comfortable, also with a standout interior.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
8.2
The 2008 Acura TSX is far from the freshest sport sedan design, but it remains one of the most sensible and fun-to-drive.
8.4
The 2008 Audi S4 has aged gracefully—and still has fleet V-8 feet and great handling, too.
MSRP From  
$28,630$28,190$28,900
Gas Mileage  
19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Mid-SizeCompactCompact
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE4-Door Sedan Automatic4-Door Sedan Manual 2.0T FrontTrak
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission  
Continously VariableAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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