A redesigned 2004 Maxima went on sale in March. It's larger than the old model and, typically equipped, is priced in the low-$30,000 range. Its best feature has always been a smooth and powerful V6, now good for 265 hp, which makes it a very fast sedan, resulting in pronounced torque steer. The new car has a spacious, airy cabin and better handling than the outgoing model.
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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 has great acceleration and handling (sporty). Well mannered driving. Entering the freeway is quick wham needed. Gas millage, -town=ok at 22 mpgand highway = very good @ 26 mpg"

DAVID H., OR (2003 Nissan Maxima)

"excellent overall"

JOSE B., RI (2003 Nissan Maxima)

"excessive oil consumption/loss is disappointing"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Nissan Maxima)

"Outstanding performance in excess of newer Vehicles. Still one of the few higher powered cars to offer manual transmission. Excellent firmer ride and road holding. Outperforms competition."

ROGER K., BC (2003 Nissan Maxima)

"The turning radius is horrible."

NANCY L., FL (2003 Nissan Maxima)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Comfortable leather seats."

Anonymous, GA (2003 Nissan Maxima)

"ease of interior dash controls"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Nissan Maxima)

"I like the auto seats"

JOSE B., RI (2003 Nissan Maxima)


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

What Owners Say

"No major cost/repairs in 180k miles."

DAVID H., OR (2003 Nissan Maxima)
No Data Available

Would you buy this car again?

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Nissan Maxima
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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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