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2009 Nissan Maxima Sedan

4dr Sdn V6 CVT 3.5 S

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2009 Nissan Maxima Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Nissan Maxima Sedan

Since its 1982 introduction, the flagship Maxima has always been a sporting sedan at heart, and the restyled 2009 model furthers that trend. With sharp, attractive exterior styling, a classy cabin, plenty of power on tap, and a smart price tag, the Maxima is a sure contender in the midsize performance sedan category.

What's new for 2009?

Nissan's popular Maxima sedan gets a fresh new look for 2009, plus plenty of other notable changes. The 'four-door sports car' sports a shorter wheelbase, wraparound headlights, and LED taillights. The interior appears a bit more upscale and refined, and the Maxima is available in two trim levels: S and SV.

Model Strengths

  • New, bolder look
  • more powerful 3.5L V6, excellent standard equipment list, sporty performance, good interior room

Model Review

The Maxima has long been billed as the 'four door sports car,' and nowhere is that more apparent than in the restyled model available for 2009.

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Review: 2009 Nissan Maxima

Source: MSN Autos

With an impressive 290 horsepower, the 2009 Nissan Maxima is said to bring new credibility to the "4-Door Sports Car" slogan that it wore in the late ‘80s. But with a curb weight of nearly 3,600 pounds, a front-wheel drive layout and no manual transmission offering, it may be more accurate to recognize the Maxima as a modern version of what it was then — a great mid-level sedan that’s packed full of upscale goodies.

Model Lineup
As always, the Maxima only available with four doors and a V6. The simplicity stops there, though. The Maxima comes with a typical array of standard features, but the list gets long when various packages are tacked on.

Right off the bat, you’ll need to choose between the Maxima 3.5S and 3.5SV. The S is the base model, but you get Nissan’s Intelligent Key with push-button ignition and dual-zone climate control. And that’s about it. Opt for the 3.5SV and you’ll get leather seats, a Bose stereo, an excellent driver’s thigh support, and a few other treats. Most importantly, upgrading to the SV opens you up to the three packages offered on the Maxima.

The sport package is highlighted by 19-inch wheels and a stiffer suspension, plus heated seats and steering wheel. The premium package focuses on a dual-panel moonroof with sunshades and a power rear window sunshade. The tech package, which can only be added after opting for the sport and/or premium package, includes a navigation system with voice recognition, XM NavTraffic (when you buy the contract), and a back-up camera.

Under the Hood
It’s hard to find a Nissan that doesn’t offer some variant of the company’s successful VQ-series V6 under the hood, and that’s fine with us. This refreshed 3.5-liter version sees a 35-horsepower bump from the 2008 model, to 290 hp at 6400 rpm. Torque moves from 252 lb-ft to 261 lb-ft at 4400 rpm, and as an added bonus, the car is actually more efficient on the highway, at 26 mpg (city driving nets 19 mpg).

The V6’s smooth, linear powerband makes it one of the silkiest in its class. But as satisfying as the VQ V6 is, it’s a wonder Nissan chose to mate only a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to its side. The gearbox is smooth and predictable, but it hardly helps actualize the car’s sporting intentions.

Inner Space
A major focus during the design phase of the new Maxima was the "Super Cockpit Interior," which Nissan says (you guessed it) feels like a cockpit while still being spacious. While it’s definitely roomy, it’s tough to see the "cockpit" part. But if you can once again leave the sporting mission statement aside, you’ll find that the excellent front seats are built for the long haul (particularly when equipped with the optional thigh extension), and the 9.3 GB Music Box means your favorite tunes are always on tap.

Almost every one of the many technical gizmos found on the Maxima can be accessed on the steering wheel — though we found some bits to be counterintuitive. A "eucalyptus wood tone trim" is optional on the SV premium package, but we’d skip it. And if we’re really nit-picky, we’d say that the seat heat controls and the power rear shade toggle are somewhat awkwardly mounted in the crevice between the dashboard and the center console. 

On the Road
Because of its sporting pretensions, we opted to drive a Maxima 3.5SV equipped with the sport and tech packages. A few corners in, it’s obvious that this is not sports car steering. It’s perfectly precise, and it isn’t easily upset by undulations in the road, but offers up enough assist to power a school bus. This is fine when you’re competing with Toyota's Avalon, but not when you’re trying to shake Acura's TL.

Nissan says the Maxima’s CVT knows when you’re cornering, thus eliminating the need for a manual transmission. That’s a bold statement, but with over 700 shift-logic algorithms, it’s pretty darn hard to argue in practice. The Maxima really does seem to be in the right gear all the time.

On the other hand, if you’re really flogging it on twisty mountain roads, the suspension has a tough time keeping up. The Maxima is better suited for highway cruising, which it does exceptionally well. There’s always plenty of passing power, and the interior is reasonably quiet. The five-seat arrangement makes sense whether or not you opt for the sport package, which adds twin bucket seats in the rear, but only slightly compromises the middle seat.

Right for You?
Ignore Nissan’s lofty sports car mission statement for the Maxima and you realize that it actually fits into its segment quite well. It’s a sportier car than Honda's Accord V6 or the Toyota Avalon, and provides more gadgetry than your neighbor’s Nissan Altima. For this, you’ll pay anywhere from $29,000 to just over $40,000, and they’re available now.

James Tate cut his teeth in the business as a race team crew member before moving to the editorial side as Senior Editor of Sport Compact Car, and his work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Automobile, Motor Trend and European Car. When not writing, Tate is usually fantasizing about a vintage Porsche 911.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX® Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 167 point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty No/Yes with the purchase of the CPO Wrap Coverage at time of sale. Fee to transfer is estimated to be $50
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

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