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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

“Plenty of power. handles nicely. Not pleased with the wide turning radius...”

Anonymous, TN (2005 Nissan Maxima)

“A lot of pep. Excellent acceleration, tight steering. Easy to pass slower traffic.”

CHRIS P., FL (2005 Nissan Maxima)

“The motor is extremely powerful,quiet and reliable. And although it runs on Super gas, it is very economical.”

MARC C., QC (2005 Nissan Maxima)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride


What Owners Say

“I'm 6'3 and weight 250 pounds. This the best car for my size on the market now. Furthermore, there's enough space in the back for three adults.”

MARC C., QC (2005 Nissan Maxima)

“The only thing I feel that could have been improved upon is the noise. Road noise is present no matter what tires are on the vehicle, and to me it seems excessive for the top of the line Nissan sedan.”

CHRISTOPHER S., VA (2005 Nissan Maxima)

“road noise is annoying”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Nissan Maxima)

“Wheels have always made strange noise at certain speeds”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Nissan Maxima)


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


What Owners Say

“I bought this vehicle used from the dealer and have been very happy with its performance.”

DOROTHY B., FL (2005 Nissan Maxima)

“Major failure in AC system. It had to be completely replaced $1500.00. Crome rims leaked cost many $ to replace tires & finally purchased aftermarket rims. ended up spending over 3000.00 in tire replacement & rim replacement. Nissan would not help with rim problem. Rack & Pinion went bad.problem.”

DENNIS P., MA (2005 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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