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Nissan's flagship midsized sedan was redesigned and much improved for 2000. Since then, it has been one of our higher-rated family cars. The Maxima's ride is quiet though a little stiff, and its handling is secure but not agile. A spacious, airy cabin includes supportive front seats and roomy rear seating. Fit and finish are good, and reliability is among the best in class.
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling


What Owners Say

“it's awfully quick”

TONY K., GA (2002 Nissan Maxima)

“The agility, fast acceleration and handling.”

Anonymous, MO (2002 Nissan Maxima)

“This is the smoothest, most powerful vehicle I have ever owned. I get compliments from passengers on the quietness, power, and the smooth ride. A teenager didn't like it because she couldn't hear road noise or feel typical physical rumblings.”

PAUL K., BC (2002 Nissan Maxima)

“Great acceleration Poor turning radius otherwise good handling”

MIKE R., TX (2002 Nissan Maxima)


Anonymous, NY (2002 Nissan Maxima)

“Driver's side power seat motor malfunctioned early in our ownership. Nissan did not cover it as a recall. Excellent acceleration.”

LES S., NC (2002 Nissan Maxima)

“It is a very good car for interstate driving. That is when it gets good gas milage. it is excellent with acceleration on entrance ramps. handles well on curves.”

Anonymous, VA (2002 Nissan Maxima)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride



Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?


What Owners Say

“Bought '02 Maxima in 2006 w/ about 26,000 miles on it. Payed about $16K for it including a four year/ 60K mile extended warranty. It now 31 July 16 has about 110K miles on her and still runs good, looks good and gets me there and back.”

E O., TN (2002 Nissan Maxima)


Anonymous, TN (2002 Nissan Maxima)


How it looks inside and out


What Owners Say

“Love the interior style and lay out.”

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Nissan Maxima)

“Bose Sound System outstanding. Bose CD player was Terrible had to replace CD Player with another Brand 18 months after Purchasing The Automobile. Dealer no help nor Was Bose”

STERLING H., CA (2002 Nissan Maxima)
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Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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