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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#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.
#11 of 684 interior of 2009 maxima
Mar 21, 2008 (11:35 am)
Does anyone know if only certain colors or trim will have the wood grain?
#12 of 684 Re: interior of 2009 maxima [iwantone]
Mar 21, 2008 (7:06 pm)
My expectation would be that Nissan would make detailed information like that available when they announce pricing and expected delivery dates. Are you hoping to have wood grain or avoid it? Guessing you want it. I actually dislike the wood look, preffering metallic trims.
Mar 21, 2008 (7:53 pm)
So any idea as to when pricing and configuration details will be available?
From what I read this car should be available in June, so I would hope this information is forthcoming soon.
#14 of 684 Re: interior of 2009 maxima [johnmarco]
Mar 22, 2008 (9:07 am)
Yes I do want the wood look. But if the pricing is not right I will be avoiding the max all together and going for the Altima. I have been a long time owner of the Accord, but the new design is too ugly. The Accords are dependable but so boring.
#15 of 684 Re: interior of 2009 maxima [iwantone]
Mar 22, 2008 (2:29 pm)
Hopefully they won't jack the price too bad. One thing about the Maxima that has been true for the last few years is that even though it is priced much higher than the Altima, you can actually get one for less since they are discounted pretty heavily at the dealers. I doubt that would be the case right away with a new model but maybe in a year or so if this design is not a big succes then you might see the actual transaction price dip below the high-end Altimas.
I'm looking forward to the diesel Maxima which is expected as a 2010 model.
Like I said I'm also a big fan of the Altima. It pretty much won me over the moment I saw it at the 2007 LA Auto Show. The only thing that surprises me is that Nissan is not more competitive with MSRP. They are priced just like Accords and Camrys, but Nissan ought to be undercutting, like Hyundai, to get more foothold. Again that may be happening at the dealer level, but it is quite off-putting to me when I configure the Altima I like (3.5 SE w/leather) and it's $30k! That sure makes a $25k Sonata Limited look pretty appealing. For $30k I'm creeping pretty close to G35/TL territory.
#16 of 684 Re: interior of 2009 maxima [johnmarco]
Mar 22, 2008 (3:49 pm)
Unfortunately I can't wait until next year, I will have to purchase around September. Looking to trade my 2001 Accord without putting any mechanical work into it and not wanting to put a lot more miles on it either. I will be looking at the reviews especially user reviews. My brother has a 2004 Max and the ride is sweet compared to my Honda. Accords are boring and road noise is bad. Accord's new design is ugly.