The Maxima is a quick car, but it doesn't add much over the less costly Nissan Altima overall. While pleasant, it falls short in some ways. Handling is responsive, but at low speeds the steering is overly light. The car is quiet, and the ride is decent. But the new coupelike silhouette has compromised visibility, trunk room and rear-seat comfort.
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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

"Sweet 4-door sports car! Nissan branding with an Infiniti engine (yes, I know Infiniti is owned by Nissan but many do not realize the stout engine you get). This car has amazing acceleration and handling is nimble. However, it only take premium unleaded so your gas bill will be higher than normal."

VICTOR R., TX (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"Getting on the highway is a breeze; still has great acceleration after 7 years!"

JOHN M., TN (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"it is the best car I have had besides the cougar in the 60's"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"I have had my Maxima in forty-two states on various vacations, and I am not afraid to take it anywhere ... mountains, flatlands, deserts, Interstates, backroads, etc. I have ultimate confidence it will get me where I want to go comfortably and safely."

BILL G., IA (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"Drives like a genuine sports luxury car. Sticks to the curves like a big cat. Very quick acceleration when needed, like when entering the interstate."

OVEL D., KY (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"Very powerful great handling when driving"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"The car acceleration is more than adequate for safely getting on to highways and blending into 60+ mph traffic. I feel safe taking curves and turns and on highways, I feel that I have control of the car."

CAROLINE A., CT (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"The turn radius is too wide."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"For a front wheel drive I find the car handles exceptionally well. It is fast and very comfortable. I enjoy taking this car on family vacations."

Ralph L., ON (2009 Nissan Maxima)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"I love how comfortable and luxurious the interior is."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"I am 6 foot 3inches with very long legs. The maxima is the best car in its class for long legs."

GLENN P., CO (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"The car still looks very nice on the inside and outside. Comfortable to ride in however difficult to get in and out of."

Linda C., NC (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"The power steering wheel adjustment is broken and the dealer repair cost is over $800."

John B., OH (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"It's a bery comfortable ride with little to no noise unlike our other car"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"My Maxima matches and/or beats some of the more high-end upscale sedans I owned previously. I love the ultra-smooth transmission. The performance and acceleration is really quick and highly satisfying. And I love the handling—especially the way it sticks to the pavement on curvy rural roads."

Ovel D., KY (2009 Nissan Maxima)


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

What Owners Say

"Awesome vehicle for the money, great engine, super handling."

PETER H., OH (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"The value was excellent as far as comfort and handling. We didn't get the sports package as we wanted the comfort seats which fit us perfectly. It only has had one problem in all the years we owned it in the fact the steering sensor went out on us but it was under warranty so the car hasn't cost us any major repairs."

Anonymous, TN (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"The asking price included everything that could be added to the car (except for a GPS which was an extra). Although the car included extras I would seldom use, the purchase price was reasonable for the extras I wanted. I had not previously seen a car offered for sale which included almost all available extras in the asking price."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"We paid what was expected but everything uou want not standard"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"A lot of bang for the buck. Great car. Comfortable and quiet."

Anonymous, SC (2009 Nissan Maxima)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Often get compliments on the look of the car."

JOHN M., TN (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"Nissan has maintained the same style for 7 years, the car still looks as good as when I purchased it."

CAROLINE A., CT (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"My car is still attractive after 8 years."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"It looks slick. Not like the typical camry/accord look. Inside all is great"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Nissan Maxima)

"The car looks striking to this day."

Anonymous, ON (2009 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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