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The freshened Nissan Maxima has a roomy interior, logical controls, and quick acceleration. However, the ride is ordinary, handling is not agile, the turning circle is wide and the car can be somewhat squirrely under hard acceleration. In some ways, the less expensive Nissan Altima is a better car.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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NA
2002
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2003
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2006
NA
2007
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NA
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NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2000. Side air bags available, standard from 2004. Head protection air bags standard from 2004. ESC available from 2004, standard from 2009.
Road Test

The freshened Nissan Maxima has a roomy interior, logical controls, and quick acceleration. However, the ride is ordinary, handling is not agile, the turning circle is wide and the car can be somewhat squirrely under hard acceleration. In some ways, the less expensive Nissan Altima is a better car.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (255 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Nissan Maxima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“cracked refrigerant line. Vacated and had Freon replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“The a/c compressor pump bearings seized, causing a full system contamination, there for the condenser, expansion valve and dryer required replacing as a full system disassembly and cleaning were required, 800.00 in parts & 16 hrs labor @ 65.00”

Peter B., NJ (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“Compressor pooped out”

Anonymous, KY (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“The compressor went out, and we had to replace it at a cost of $600+”

Anonymous, GA (2007 Nissan Maxima Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

“The replaced parts could not be cleaned by their design.compressor $600.00, condenser/dryer $170.00, expansion valve $35.00, a/c system flush 75.00, system evacuation $65.00, a/c belt $8.00, and 16 hrs labor @ $65.00, misc. shop supplies $20.00”

Peter B., NJ (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

“The heating system does not work, even when I increase the temperature to the maximum it is still blowing cold air”

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“I had to have upper air conditioning hose replaced. Cost 550.00”

Keith M., MO (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“Brought the car to the dealer because the air was not cold. Dealer replaced some sort of rail and recharged the system costing $300. Two days later same problem, returned to the dealer and needed the compressor replaced $800. Total $1100 to fix the p”

Anonymous, MO (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“Chronic leakage of refrigerant over the last two years”

Anonymous, ID (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“car stopped cooling; freon was depleted due to leakage”

Richard M., VA (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“The refrigerant seems to be lost about every 2 years and needs replacement. Cheaper to refill than have them work on the system”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“The rubber hose finally gave out. Considering the age of the vehicle... First problem with the A/C”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“Blower burned out”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“I had a problem with the break peddle feeling soft or the experience of slow breaking. Needed to replace all four break rotors, calipers and break pads. $900 total bill”

Anonymous, MO (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“Rear ABS sensor failed and took out ABS computer. Cost $2,200 to repair”

Chuck D., MA (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“rust and corrosion in rear hubs causing the ABS to activate and cutting power - $670 to fix the problem which was mostly labor”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“Rusted”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“had to have them replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

“Different mechanics gave me different assessments. Suddenly they needed fixed”

Michael K., KY (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“brakes squealing. Replaced pads and rotors. Brakes well, bud at times( when cold) backing out of garage, still squeals a little. Just enough to have wife ask if all is ok”

Rick C., OK (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“had to have the brakes replaced several occasions”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“Mainly excessive rusting”

B M., ON (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“Rust”

B M., ON (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“rust causing ABS to activate cutting power”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“I had to have the front end struts, ball joints, and right axel replaced at only 100,000 miles. Plus have had to have multiple engine gaskets replaced because of multiple oil leaks. I've spent almost $5K in the past 12 months on this car. My 2006 Toy”

Greg D., TX (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“High pressure hydraulic hose split & started leaking”

Anonymous, MO (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“Small leak in a line that is hard to access.. Past experience makes me worry that the whole system will soon be at risk”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced on all 4 wheels”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“Front struts failed at 70000 miles and again at 100000”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“I did not notice. Took Car in for tuneup and was told needed to have the struts and shocks replaced. Noticed car ran smoother after this was done”

Anonymous, LA (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“Missing bolt holding up steering assembly”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“The tread on all tires were a0lmost bare. They had about 50000 miles on them before they were replaced. Every three months, I had my oil changed and would forget to have them rotate tires”

Anonymous, LA (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“kept going out due to ballast problem”

Sanjay N., GA (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“It was the tag light. IT was on then it was off. Tap the lid and the light would come on. It was fixed for free by the dealer”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“My keyless entry has not worked for years on the driver side. I have tried to have it repaired years ago and just gave up”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“All four sensors failed in a three month time period”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“Tire sensors have all been replaced, taken it too the dealer still shows the tire sensor light on. It is 'fixed' for a few days then the sensor comes on again & again & again & again, etc”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“The light comes on every winter and goes our every spring. The sensor has been replaced 2 times and it doesn't matter how much air we add or replace, the annoying light comes on ALL THE TIME!”

Anonymous, MO (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“two indicators failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Oil leak around the oil pan. I haven't had a chance to get this checked by the dealer”

Keith M., MO (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“This vehicle has a very bad oil leak that only happens while the car is in motion”

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace valve cover gaskets”

Anonymous, HI (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“resealed oil pan and replaced oil cooler o-ring”

Anonymous, BC (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“it squeaks and rattles, period”

Bill C., TX (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“Bumping sound from engine compartment”

Robert I., MS (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“as the car ages there are a number of squeaks and rattles that are annoying”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“A lot of road noise. More than expected”

Michael M., KS (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

“This was a very expensive repair and my service tech said they see this issue fairly commonly with Nissan products at about 100K miles. Meanwhile my Toyota Camry at just over 100K miles is still going strong”

Greg D., TX (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

“I am about to finish paying for my car and found out I had to replace timing belt parts. The cost is upwards of $1500, it is a known problem for this model that Nissan did not recall”

Oscar B., FL (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“Tensioner system”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“Timing chain tensioners failed due to cheap parts used by Nissan. Common problem with the V6 engines used in Nissan vehicles between 2004 and 2007”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“The insulation trimming came loose on the front doors and had to be replaced”

Cedric J., CA (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“both side door mirrors have quit working and can't be set”

John P., TX (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“The motor for the drivers side mirror has stopped working”

Anonymous, SC (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“Sunroof motor stopped working for several months, then randomly began working again”

Anonymous, SC (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

“Replaced 1st full cap. Didn't fix problem. Replaced again and it did fix problem”

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“Car uses oil and oil sensors was bad”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace the Catalytic Converter - expensive! Engine light was on, would not pass inspection”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“The two silver stripes across the top of the car changed color and then became loose”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The sides of the car are fine but the roof and trunk paint is worn out and needs to be redone”

Oscar B., FL (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)
Rust

“The vehicle began rusting quickly around the sunroof in 2009 and by 2010 a whole started to form. The rust also occurred around trunk under the rear deck lid”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

“Satelite radio went out”

Robert I., MS (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

“At various times, more likely after riding over a bumpy road, the speakers would buzz very loudly as if broadcasting feedback tone”

Cedric J., CA (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“major transmission problems reported but Nissan refuses to take responsibility”

Sanjay N., GA (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

“The transmission was replaced in 2015”

Anonymous, MI (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Sensor in rear wheel hub failed or began to send erroneous messages such that transmission seemed to be at fault. This sensor does not send error codes to diagnostic computer used by dealership. Took dealer one week to identify fix. At first they recommended replacing the transmission. Overall the fix cost about $1200 and includes labour costs for simply figuring out what was wrong. Apparently its a rare problem, with limited documentation. The dealership has a mechanic with long service who had”

Anonymous, AB (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“Steering wheel freezes and ignition button will not work. I found out there was a recall for this exact problem and called Nissan but after asking for my VIN # said that the recall does not apply to my car as the problem parts came from diff supplier”

Judith S., ON (2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“ose leading to the air-conditioner developed a leak”

Anonymous, BC (2007 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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