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2007 Nissan Maxima Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Nissan Maxima was new.

The Maxima delivers a nice combination of performance and luxury in a sport sedan. Whether it's a good value depends on which cars you compare it to. The Maxima is often compared with lower priced sedans such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, but is priced in the $30,000 range, close to entry-luxury midsize cars such as the Acura TL, Lexus ES and G35.

7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.4
Safety: 8.2
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 engine comes standard
  • Sporty handling for a midsize sedan
  • Roomy interior
  • High sticker price compared to competent, non-luxury competitors
  • Front-wheel-drive system often causes problematic torque steer

2007 Nissan Maxima Overview

Auto reviewers see the 2007 Nissan Maxima as a sporty, powerful alternative to a mainstream midsize sedan, but its price puts it in a class dominated by luxury brands. The 2007 model represents the car's sixth generation and is a carryover from the 2004 redesign. New for 2007 are a slightly redesigned exterior and interior, and a standard continuously variable transmission. Edmunds calls the Maxima "...a fine car, and new or used sedan shoppers desiring extra performance, room and luxury should give it heavy consideration." Kelley Blue Book also offers high praise, noting "If you're looking for a high-performance front-wheel-drive sedan offering a number of unique styling and comfort features, you'll love the Maxima."

The Washington Post sees the Maxima as "a genuine contender in the entry-level, sports-luxury segment," which includes such competitors as the Acura TL and Audi A4. Likewise, the Sacramento Bee sees it as a great buy, commenting that "given the whole package, the Maxima is a lot of sedan for the money. It's a bargain-leader in an era when buyers are dropping $40,000 to $50,000 on four-door passenger cars that have little more than you can find on a Maxima." Automobile Magazine feels that even a full-loaded SL model "is a reasonable alternative to so-called 'entry-luxury' cars such as the Acura TL and Lexus ES 330, providing more interior space for thousands of dollars less."

However, other critics believe the Maxima is overpriced, often because they compare it to a different set of cars. Fro example, Consumer Guide says the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry offer better performance for the money, while the Acura TL, Cadillac CTS, and G35 offer more refinement for only a small additional cost. Edmunds cautions that buyers should "weigh the Maxima's price premium as part of the decision-making process."

Resale values should be somewhat above average. IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Maxima a "better than average" value rating for its predicated five-year total cost of ownership, compared to vehicles in its class.

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