2007 Nissan Maxima Review

For 2007, Nissan’s flagship, the Maxima, got a minor refresh. While you may here it called ‘new’, it’s not really. The platform is the same, and so is the engine and most of the working parts. There are some notable upgrades, with the most interesting being the transmission. Gone are the 6 speed manual and 5 speed automatic from 2006 – the Xtronic CVT is your only choice this year. In stark contrast to it’s performance in the Murano ( very sluggish ) , the CVT performs brilliantly in the 2007 Maxima. ‘Shifts’ are smooth and flawless, takeoff is easy. Before driving the 2007 Maxima, I wasn’t convinced that it was the right vehicle for a CVT, but there is no question in my mind now.

The front of the Maxima also received an update, and is much more attractive. No more giant Chiklet stuck in the grill – and I think we can all agree that’s a good thing. Inside, the interior received a nice upgrade too – particularly the center console. Nissan still needs to work on the dash – it looks like it goes on forever, and is distracting from an otherwise very pleasing interior.

2007 Nissan Maxima Specs

  • 255 HP 3.5L VQ DOHC V6 Engine
  • Xtronic CVT ( Continuously Variable Transmission )
  • Standard SkyView glass roof
  • Available center console for rear passengers
  • Standard 18″ wheels ( SE )
  • Available memory seating system for driver

2007 Nissan Maxima Reviews

Automobile Mag reviews the 2007 Nissan Maxima and writes – ‘The interior benefits from an upgrade in material quality, although its design and execution actually are not up to the standards seen in the all-new Altima, the Maxima’s less expensive, smaller sibling. The 255-hp, 3.5-liter engine, one of the best V-6s in the business, carries over, and now it’s mated to a standard continuously variable transmission.’

Autobytel reviews the 2007 Nissan Maxima and writes – ‘As a sedan, the Maxima is a fine, sporty unit. As an upscale sedan it falls short, inside and out. Though the restyled sheetmetal is pretty and all, it makes for only a revised new look and not the all-new attitude some may be counting on. It’s actually more subdued than its predecessor, and while the style is improved, I was looking for more sophistication.’

Kelsey Mays at Cars.com reviews the 2007 Nissan Maxima and ends up unconvinced – ‘If the Maxima is truly intended to be a full-size contender, Nissan needs to make it larger. I suspect the next generation may come through on that. For now, the current car offers a high-quality — if somewhat flawed — cabin and engaging road manners. Car shoppers who want midsize performance should save some scratch and get the V-6 Altima. Those who prefer elegance and luxury should buy the Avalon. Somewhere in between, there’s a group of buyers for whom the Maxima is just right.’

Automotive.com reviews the 2007 Nissan Maxima and writes – ‘Together, the rear bucket seats and Skyview roof make back-seat riders feel more like first-class passengers and less like coach-class cattle. The Maxima is not as family-friendly as the Altima, particularly with the optional four-bucket-seat interior. Instead, it’s designed for people who don’t have children or maybe just one and want a more interesting, more luxurious sports sedan.’

Velocity Journal reviews the 2007 Nissan Maxima and writes – ‘Make no mistake, the 2007 Maxima is no racer. For a FWD midsize sports sedan, it does surprisingly well on the track. The powerful V-6 shoots the car forward through the straights, while the CVT allows the driver to execute seamless downshifts before each corner. If one makes allowances for the front weight bias and all-season tires, the inevitable understeer can be kept under control, so the driver can enjoy the superb powertrain that separates the Maxima from most of its competition.’

Karl from Karl on Cars at Edmunds reviews the 2007 Maxima and writes – ‘But as the weekend wore on I realized that, for $30,000, several cars fit that description in 2007. For most of the Maxima’s history it has represented a somewhat unique offering.’ – referring to Maxima’s 4 door sports car motto. He goes on to lament that there are several other cars that offer more features and a better interior when compared to the Maxima, all at a similar price. I have to agree; I’ve thought the Maxima has been overpriced for awhile now. Especially when compared to it’s little brother, the Altima. There simply isn’t enough differentiation between the V6 Altima and the Maxima to warrant the significant price difference.

Published on December 21, 2006 in Nissan

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