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Nissan Maxima Reviews from Consumer Reports

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Nissan Maxima Reviews

The Nissan Maxima is a sedan offered in a 4dr Sdn 3.5 SV, 4dr Sdn 3.5 SL, 4dr Sdn 3.5 SR, 4dr Sdn 3.5 S and 4dr Sdn 3.5 Platinum. The powertrains include 3.5-liter V6 (300 hp) engines, and CVT transmissions. It is Front wheel drive. EPA-rated fuel economy ranges from 22 mpg city to 30 mpg highway. The Maxima uses Premium fuel.

Competing models include Toyota Avalon , Lincoln MKZ and Buick LaCrosse.

Last Model Reviewed: 2016

Reviewed Nissan Maximas from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has placed the following models through over 50 tests at our test track:

  • 2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV V6 CVT
  • 2007 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL V6 CVT

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