Car reviews - Nissan - Maxima - 250 ST-L sedan
Nissan has shrunk the V6 for its entry-level Maxima, but may have grown its allure
24 Dec 2009
THE latest-generation Maxima really deserves to succeed in Australia, because it exceeds our expectations. And we’re not talking about the flagship model either, but rather the everyday base $33,990 250 ST-L featuring a derivation of one of our favourite V6 engines ever. The old Maxima put style ahead of functionality, but this one – though not as attractive – goes a long way to impress both medium and large car buyers looking for great value for money.
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J31 MaximaReleased: December 2003
Ended: May 2009
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NISSAN’S sixth-generation Maxima seemed more than a little influenced by Renault design, with its clean surfaces inside and out. But it was still an incredibly comfort-orientated sedan, with soft suspension settings to match the large and inviting seats, so keen drivers were left out in the cold. This is despite the inclusion of the world-renowned 170kW/333Nm 3.5-litre VQ35 V6 petrol engine. Paired first with a four-speed automatic gearbox and then – from early 2006 – a smooth CVT gearbox, the Maxima’s performance was peerlessly sweet for the money. Three models were offered, the base ST-L, mid-range Ti, and upmarket Ti-L. However, after a strong sales start, the J31 Maxima fell victim to skyrocketing petrol prices and the global move away from large cars.
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