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2010 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV Sport Review

Comfort Incognito

A three-quarter rear view of a navy blue 2010 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV Sport

In short: A practical and feature-packed luxury sedan.

imed at providing comfort and practicality, this newly redesigned sedan is a suitable choice for people who want a luxurious daily driver without the extra attention. Attractive exterior lines and an optional rear spoiler give the Maxima an athletic appearance, an impression no doubt enhanced by the car’s 290-horsepower V6 engine. Furthermore, while this roomy five-passenger vehicle comes with a continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive, our tester featured metal paddle shifters and a sport-tuned suspension. Regardless of its sport car pretensions, the Maxima is a value-minded vehicle, including power front seats, a trip computer, a six-CD player and a power sunroof among its standard accessories. Our test vehicle included options such as heated front seats, a heated steering wheel (with audio controls), a nine-speaker Bose sound system and rear bucket seats.

Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty; five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Base Price: $33,180 / As Tested: $38,660

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.5-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6
Horsepower: 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque: 261 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

Curb weight:
3,579 lbs
Wheelbase: 109.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 190.6/73.2/57.8 in
Turning circle: 37.4 ft

all-wheel power-assisted vented disc with ABS, EBD and brake assist
Suspension: independent strut in front; independent multi-link in rear; stabilizer bars in front and rear
Traction: vehicle dynamic control and traction control

0-60 mph: 6.3 seconds

EPA City: 19 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg

front seat-mounted airbags; side-impact airbags; roof-mounted curtain airbags; emergency inside trunk release; tire pressure monitoring system; energy-absorbing steering column; crumple zones in front and rear

horsepower; spaciousness; value


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