First Drive: 2009 Nissan Maxima – Autoblog

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Compared to the outgoing model, the new is shorter (in height and length) and (in both track and width) a wheelbase reduced by two inches. on the D-platform that’s shared the Altima and Murano, the Maxima’s is designed to exude sport luxury-and it does so with than a hint of the Nissan in the front end.

The most styling element is found on the with their quirky hook. In person, they are noticeable as your eyes are immediately drawn to the muscular flanks that make the appear much smaller it truly is. With a subtle in the hood and just enough to soften the rough edges, the maintains an aggressive, if not polarizing,

Nissan is offering the Maxima several different packages and a chest of options oriented both sport and luxury. You can load it up with enough to compete head-to-head with the M. Without hesitation, we grabbed the to a Sport Package model, differentiated by its 19-inch wheels and spoiler.

Justifying the claim as a reincarnated Nissan fits the Maxima a powerful adaptation of the now-familiar VQ Still displacing 3.5-liters, the is now rated at 290 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of Horsepower is up 35 over the last while torque increases 9

Even with the boost in Nissan is claiming fuel of 19 mpg in the city. On the highway, the new sedan is at 26 mpg (1 mpg better than before). Xtronic S-CVT (Continuously Transmission), the automaker’s alternative to the stepped transmission, is again the transmission available on the Maxima.

In to the standard D mode, Nissan is now a new drive sport (Ds) for enthusiasts designed to increase feel and maintain engine during cornering.

From a standpoint, Nissan nailed the (let’s hope the same is putting the final touches on the Z due due out in November). The adjustable steering offers the proper diameter, the thickness, and a pleasantly tactile and grip. The HVAC primary are round dials, and the NAV screen is Settling into the cabin, the position is near optimal.

Our six-foot two-inch frame plenty of leg, shoulder, and headroom in the generous front (embarrassingly a bit wider to fit American Our prototype had lumbar support and an thigh booster, too. If you get comfortable in the front seats of car, make an appointment a chiropractor.

Nissan’s goal was to the Maxima the best front-engine, sport sedan in the world. To their point, the planners our driving route to include city traffic, long stretches, and plenty of back canyon-carving through the mountains of California. With a press of the button, it was time to see what the had delivered.

Fighting LA traffic as our from the hotel, we immediately the improved chassis. Regardless of the and expansion joints, the cabin was from bothersome NVH irritations. observation. from the driver’s the exhaust signature from the tips is inaudible. The intake to which Nissan paid attention, is very apparent nearly all throttle increases.

Hit the gas, and the engine roars. It is even if the noise is coming out of the end of the car.

Nearly an hour miles from downtown, we opened it up. Touring through after mile of near-deserted roads with our heavy camera backpack on the rear we found ourselves nonchalantly hard enough to send the flying to the other side of the car and repeatedly. Wisely, we moved it to the where it proceeded to easily the exhaust hump on the floor and sail to the other side.

The was performing well, very and without any unnecessary drama the driver’s observation. As expected, at the of adhesion (a tire problem-not a weakness) the nose-heavy sedan eventually understeer. On public however, you’ll land in deep trouble with the law before you run out of grip.

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Nissan also burned the midnight oil in an to eliminate torque steer. apparently succeeded. On a barren with the car stopped and our hands in the we put the transmission in D and floored it. The Maxima forward. in a completely straight

We tried again, and the results themselves. Don’t get us wrong, all FWD vehicles you can still feel nudging on the front wheels power, but Nissan appears to eliminated the most obvious ripping the steering wheel out of hands sensation.

The brakes been upgraded in the new model as and it shows. We slammed them from illegal speeds, and clamped down on the four rotors with pit-bull Only after repeated abuse did they start to signs of fade. While the performed admirably, the transmission entirely confused by our odd driving

We were obviously not fitting any of its algorithms, and it would frequently a few seconds to re-orient itself resuming normal operations.

As we were totally unable to the CVT. It may be the perfect transmission for 98 of the car-buying public, but we prefer with cogs. An enthusiast to drive by listening to the relationship engine RPM and vehicle speed. A the engine speed steady none of that feedback to inputs.

Furthermore, we frequently found wanting a bit more power and the CVT was slow to respond. Even an artificial downshift initiated via the (it wouldn’t let us drop below gear most of the time), the was frustrating. We tired quickly of the Ds and instead chose to leave it in D we found power by simply the accelerator and waiting for everything to up.

With the canyons far behind us and but expansive LA freeways and surface in our windshield, the CVT was in its element. Seamless in light traffic combined the VQ’s big torque curve to power delivery very The automatic climate control us cool as temps blistered on the side of the glass (a toasty 115 F. on the OBC).

Outward visibility was although the exterior mirrors their massive plastic could offer a wider of view.

The Bose audio was a disappointment. Upgraded over the audio package, the sound was and a bit muddy. There are no tweeters on the inside of the doors, so the sound is out of the dash-mounted speakers way up front and off the glass.

We tweaked around with it for a time before simply up. With our best attempts resulting in unimpressive sound, we turned it off and enjoyed the music from the VQ’s intake for the of the drive.

As we stood in the lobby of the at the end of the day, the obvious question was or not this new Nissan was really all different from its predecessors. Had the reinvented the 4-Door Sports Car or was this just another slide of the Maxima legacy? The we were given in our 200-plus behind the wheel is that car is a step forward for the Maxima.

As for or not it deserves that 4DSC on the rear window once let’s just say that sports cars don’t use CVT

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