Redesigned for 2004, this version of the Maxima was signifcantly improved over the previous model. We like its quick, refined powertrain and roomy interior. However, a stiff ride and a wide turning circle detract from the overall package.
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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

"Great acceleration & handling."

Anonymous, MD (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Acceleration, handling, comfort, features, and styling."

MICHAEL S., IN (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"lots of power. but turning radius is bad"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Has great acceleration in spite of the very good gas mileage for a full size V6. Handles well but at only lower speeds in tight turns. Very poor turning circle."

STAN G., ON (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"great acceleration, poor turning radius"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Plenty of power and responds well"

JONATHAN L., OK (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Powerful engine"

RENEE B., FL (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Rough riding over uneven road and bumps. Good ride on smooth highways"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"smooth quick acceleration when needed poor turning radius"

RICHARD W., KS (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Over-sensitive accelerator causing far too rapid acceleration from a standstill--often producing squealing tires."

Anonymous, OH (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"It is still very powerful acceleration and handles well."

Anonymous, SC (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Great engine. Out accelerates any car I have driven."

Anonymous, OR (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Acceleration, braking, takes curves great! A little heavy steering in parking lots and slow sharp turning."

Ronald M., AB (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"The acceleration and handling are very good, although the conservative way that I drive do not push these to their limit."

R H., MD (2004 Nissan Maxima)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"I love my Maxima and it was probably the most expensive and nicest car we have owned. It has all the bells and whistles but as I have gotten older I have health issues that make it hard to get in and out of the low seats. That's the only thing I can complain about. May have even bought a new Maxima in 2015 had the seats set up higher."

Ann T., AL (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Road noise is very loud for this quality of car. The ride is not comfortable-- too stiff."

Gene D., TX (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Very quiet and moth ride"

Gary F., MN (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"CD player quit and ate 6 cds. Motor for seat fore and aft went out. To costly to replace. Sun roof does not work well. Sometimes can't close."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Very comfortable ride even on long trips. very little noise except tires at time depending on pavement slaps against the pavement. Very spacious."

STAN G., ON (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"It is very noisy"

Anonymous, AK (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Road noise has become my major dissatisfaction."

DAVID S., TX (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Electrical problems have resulted in no blower and thus no heat and no A/C. This limits my use of the car to days that are not too hot and not too cold, usually in the Spring and Fall. The ride is extremely comfortable, especially the driver's seat."

R H., MD (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"The seats, on the plus side are leather, heated and fully a electric adjusted. On the downside a little to firm for my bony bum! Heated, tilt and telescope steering wheel is nice. Downside the steering is a little heavy. The accelerator is a bit touchy for big shoes and winter boots. The noise level is a bit too high."

Ronald M., AB (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"I need a seat that puts me at a 90 degree angle because of my back. Have to use a seat cushion to achievve. Probably true of most autos"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Nissan Maxima)


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

What Owners Say

"It was a great choice, it runs well, with some maintenance, is roomy, strong, reliable, has lots of comfort."

MILES E., WY (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"I like the styling, the power and handling and a nice car for the money. We have had 5 Maximas."

B S., AZ (2004 Nissan Maxima)

"Bought car online and did not have it checked by a mechanic. Car was low mileage but previous owner apparently did not properly maintain it and it used a large amount of oil and smoked often on start up. Cheapest repair was to replace engine with a known good used engine. Other than timing chain problem, it was my fault for not having car inspected before purchase."

ARTHUR S., NE (2004 Nissan Maxima)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"A very nice design, one that still looks great"

JONATHAN L., OK (2004 Nissan Maxima)

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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