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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
Mar 18, 2008 (3:53 pm)
I actually like the new design, it combines the look that I like about the Accord, the Altima and the Infiniti. I only hope the price will be reasonable. I hate the overall look of the new Accord. I was leaning toward the Altima. The Altima is nice, but the tail lights have to grow on me. I can't afford the Infiniti . The new Max just might be the right fit if the price is right. In my opinion the butt ugly redesign award goes to the 2008 Honda Accord Sedan . Honda got confused on this one. This is coming from a long time honda lover and owner.
Mar 19, 2008 (7:00 am)
REMINDS ME OF THE Q SERIES FROM INFINITI BUT I LIKE IT CANT WAIT FOR IT !!
#5 of 684 2009 Maxima
Mar 19, 2008 (7:20 am)
Wow. I haven't been that immediately taken with a design since the European version of the Mazda 6 (still bummed we're not getting that.) That is an absolutely beautiful design.
One negative for me is they've borrowed Infiniti's navigation dash design, which looks very strange to me.
But that exterior. Wow. I can't wait to see it in person. I too really like the Altima but still hate the tail lamps. Thank God Nissan played it cool on these rear lamps.
#6 of 684 Re: 2009 Maxima [johnmarco]
Mar 20, 2008 (6:53 am)
Funny, I love the Altima rear. To me the Altima front is too plain. I also think the new Accord Sedan is fugly, but the Accord Coupe is sweet looking.
This new Maxima looks awesome! There is mention on the Nissan site of a dual panel roof and other things not seen in the pics so there is more to come. Maybe AWD??
#7 of 684 Impressed
Mar 20, 2008 (7:50 am)
I have been very impressed with what I have seen so far. This may be my next car (I currently drive a 2000 Audi A4).
The only disappointment I have so far is the lack of AWD. I have stated to my friends and family that I will never buy again a car without AWD. I love the look and features in the new Maxima but 290HP though the front wheels could be a major issue for torque steer. Hopefully Nissan have done their homework here if they want this thing to be a sports sedan.
Things I want in my next car:
Memory seats (it gets shared with my wife) - check
Heated seats - check
(nice to have) Cooled seats - check
Auto dimming rearview mirrors (all of them - not just the center) - don't know on this
Remote start - don't know on this
AWD - doesn't look like it at the moment
Bluetooth - check
iPod control - check
Spacious - check
Good looking - check
Quality interior - check (I think - as it looks a lot better than Nissans in the past)
I really hope the interior holds up as I have been disappointed with Nissan interiors when I have looked at them previously. Bad enough that I discounted their cars. This one looks like an Infinity so hopefully the quality is there as well.
#8 of 684 Re: Impressed [kjnorman]
Mar 20, 2008 (8:00 am)
My 2005 Maxima had heated side mirrors and even a heated steering wheel so hopefully they carried that stuff over. Torque steer on the 2005 was brutal, but once used to it easy enough to compensate. The torque steer was eliminated in the Altima so I'll assume it will be further improved on with the Max. I still have some hope for AWD, I guess we will find out Monday.
Remote Start.. inexpensive to add but I have heard it is problematic with the push button start and remote entry features so an oem solution would be nice.
#9 of 684 Re: 2009 Maxima [steevo]
Mar 20, 2008 (12:09 pm)
After posting I looked closer and noticed Nissan added a weird flourish on the headlamps. Not something that would prevent me from buying this car (much like the bulging headlamps on the Accord) but annoying nonetheless.
Nissan has this habit of adding at least one extra bit of exterior weirdness to every car they make. Apparently others find these features attractive, but they bug me as I like very clean, jewelry-free exteriors. Examples are:
-- Strange door handles on 350z (why not flush with doors, very ugly!)
-- Weird big black plastic thingy on tailgates of Titan and Frontier (no other truckmaker does this and that's a good thing)
-- Already mentioned the taillamps on the Altima (better than last model's but still bizarre to me)
-- Roof tumor on Armada and QX
-- Chrome strip on trunk lid of G35
-- All kinds of clutter on Xterra (although at least some is functional)
So I like Nissan products but I just with they were a little cleaner.
#10 of 684 2009 Maxima shrinks
Mar 20, 2008 (12:12 pm)
I just read on the Edmunds News that this Maxima is actually shorter! That's exciting. First they shrink the Altima and now the Maxima. I was annoyed that the Accord got so much bigger, and I think the Camry should not grow another inch. Nissan seems alone in not always expanding their sedans. When it's needed, so be it, but, for example the old Accord, that was the perfect size.