2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5SE – Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Nissan Maxima

2004 Nissan Maxima

A sharper, stronger new Maxima to the faithful.

Nissan’s 2004 is the sixth-generation sedan to carry nameplate, and the company is confident it will satisfy an extremely owner group, many of have owned four or Maximas. This time, wisely decided to split the range into sport and luxury (SL) variants to both sides of the market.

We borrowed a 3.5SE six-speed for evaluation, since the priorities of magazine tend-as you’ve noticed-toward the sporting lunatic All models get the same engine-Nissan’s VQ-series 3.5-liter V-6-which tunable for almost any application.

In the the V-6 produces 265 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of much of which is available a broad engine-speed range. In so torquey is this engine the driver must take to launch with relatively few on the dial to avoid abusing the

Thanks to an electronic drive-by-wire that in our test car had a mind of its that was easier said done. In fact, the distinctly response we got from our car made testing difficult, rendering wheelspin modulation a real

Which probably explains why car looks slower on paper the last Maxima we tested in 2002, requiring 6.4 seconds to 60 mph (instead of 6.0) and 15 seconds to cover the quarter-mile. The last took only 14.7 to do the same job.

Nissan Maxima

Such are the risks one runs preproduction cars, so don’t be to see the figures improve when we a final-spec production Maxima. what probably won’t is the fairly pronounced torque that afflicted our car. the Maxima is built on the same front-wheel-drive large-car platform as the it exhibits the same weaving to aggressive throttle application, and the wheel-tugging steering fight.

This sort of insolence the Altima dearly in our mainstream-sedan test last month, relegate it to a sixth-place tie, and disappointed to see the same symptoms so clearly in the new Maxima. Audi has a suspension geometry that this kind of thing, and of the other players in the front-drive, category have dealt it to a reasonably satisfactory extent. So why not

It raises questions about cost-cutting measures necessary for an model-rollout strategy. Although may prove to be a gamble that off as Nissan’s business case it’s a regrettable flaw in an attractive product.

For this 2004 rebirth, kept the Maxima concept to the current formula, with to interior dimensions so slight are unlikely to be noticed. For example, headroom is reduced by 0.8 inch, and hiproom increases by 1.1 inches. there’s still enough in this car to comfortably convey adults, even with a new roofline that trims headroom by 0.3 inch.

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