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#62 of 684 2009 Maxima vs G35
Jun 30, 2008 (2:09 pm)
I saw a 2009 Maxima at the dealer and pulled my 2008 G35X next to it. They were very similar. The Infiniti appeared to be a fancier trimed Maxima. The Infiniti's dash was a bit fancier. The center screen area and air ducts were nearly indentical. The Infiniti is tuned for 16 more hp (306 vs 290). That Maxima was 35K, 2 grand cheaper than my Infiniti. It appears that Nissan is pulling a GM and putting a different badge on virtually the same car!
#63 of 684 '09 Maxima
Jun 30, 2008 (4:56 pm)
This is the first model I've liked since 2002. But I think the premium fuel and poor gas mileage would nix it for me. I think, next time around, I might look more at the Nissan Altima hybrid instead.
#64 of 684 Gas mileage for new Maxima
Jun 30, 2008 (5:32 pm)
Don't jump to conclusions about the MPG for the new Maxima. The observed gas mileage recorded by Edmunds was calculated under a lot of hard driving to obtain 0-60 speed times and 60-0 braking times. Like many cars, the first tank of gas consumed does not necessarily generate a realistic average fuel economy for the car. My new acura TL only got mpg in the low 20's for its first tank of gas, since then I am averaging 28-29 mpg for mostly hwy driving,
#65 of 684 Question on packages
Jun 30, 2008 (6:33 pm)
I'm new on this board, so forgive me if this has been mentioned before. I was at my local dealer today and saw a Maxima for the first time, and I'd say they look pretty good. One thing I really like is the heated/cooled driver seat and the heated steering wheel. Our weather hits all the extremes, and I like to be comfy when I drive.
I noticed that it looks like you can only get the heated/cooled seat with the premium package. And then if you get the premium package, you have to get the wood grain trim. Personally, I think wood trim in cars looks like garbage. That's just my opinion, and I have no problem with others who think differently. Anyway, is it true that you can only get wood trim with the premium package? Is there a way to opt out of that? Or is there a way to get the sport package and add the heated/cooled seat? It seems kind of ridiculous that you can't get all the options you want because of the way the packages are set up. I'd also like to have the dual sunroofs and the sport-tuned suspension, but it doesn't look like that's possible, either. Any ideas?
#66 of 684 Re: Question on packages [fornov]
Jun 30, 2008 (7:04 pm)
I agree with you on the heated/cooled seat. It is a great feature. I had one on an old Saab, and it really was useful. It's a shame you can't add it to the Max without all the other garbage.
I read somewhere else that the double sunroof is really heavy, and that it would alter the sport package tuning.
#67 of 684 Re: Question on packages [elam42]
Jun 30, 2008 (8:15 pm)
Well, that at least makes sense about the sunroof. I'll have to just keep checking on the other stuff. It's too bad other cars in this price range don't offer the heated/cooled seat option.
#68 of 684 Re: 2009 Maxima vs G35 [drwilsc]
Jun 30, 2008 (8:55 pm)
But this isn't really anything new that Nissan/Infiniti has done. Remember the Infiniti I30/I35? That was a rebadged Nissan Maxima. Same goes for the Infiniti QX56. It's a rebadged Nissan
Armada. While I do think the hood area on the 2009 Maxima resembles an Infiniti, I'm not seeing too much else on the new Maxima that looks a lot like the Infiniti G35. Don't get me wrong. I think the G is a nice looking car. But it looks like the New Maxima might be a little larger than the G also. Also, don't forget that the Max will be FWD as opposed to RWD in the G.
Also, I guess Nissan isn't offering the power-folding mirrors on the
new Max like they did on the top-of-the-line previous gen. Maxima.
Can anyone confirm this?
#69 of 684 Re: 2009 Maxima vs G35 [drwilsc]
Jun 30, 2008 (9:10 pm)
I disagree with what you are saying there are some people who like FDW over RDW. Look at Acura's TL, that is the true competition for the new Max... Not the Infiniti...
#70 of 684 Re: Gas mileage for new Maxima [shaase]
Jul 01, 2008 (5:06 am)
My current Max gets 19-26 mpg also. I just think next time around I will want something that does better, especially if it needs premium fuel. Too bad, because I really like the Maxima. Staying the same won't work, and I don't think gas prices are going down anytime soon.
#71 of 684 Re: Gas mileage for new Maxima [suydam]
Jul 01, 2008 (7:54 am)
We had a 05 Altima SE 3.5 and traded it on a 08 Rogue FWD SL, the mileage difference makes up the lack of power... Now Nissan is to bring over a Diesel Max later in the 09 model year, that should be interesting, its going to the first diesel that Nissan has had in over 20 yrs here in the states.