$28,050 – $30,300 MSRP
$25,698 – $27,756 Invoice
21 / 28 MPG City/Hwy
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In keeping with the freshening of its entire lineup, Nissan has upgraded the Maxima for the 2007 model year. The sixth-generation sport sedan gets a new exterior, a refined interior, a Continuously Variable Transmission, state-of-the-art technology, and new wheels and tires. New exterior colors for 2007 include: Super Black, Radiant Silver, Pebble Beach, Precision Gray, and Dark Slate. Although horsepower and torque numbers are slightly lower than in the previous model, the VQ 3.5L V-6 engine still produces the same output. The lower numbers are due to a recalculation from the Society of Automotive Engineers that has set new requirements for all manufacturers for 2007.
There are two trim levels of Maxima for 2007-the 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL-just like in 2006. The 2007 Maxima's dimensions are virtually identical to the model it replaces. Only overall length has increased an inch due to the redesigned exterior, which means it will continue to compete in the large sedan segment. Exterior design remains close to the previous Maxima's "sedan as a coupe" design. A new front grille, hood, bumper, and combination headlights update the front end, while more aggressive side sills, a new rear bumper, and a more prominent rear spoiler give the Maxima a sportier stance. And while the 2006 Maxima's interior was cleanly styled, the use of metallic accents didn't offer much warmth. The new Maxima not only features a more upscale appearance with a wood tone trim on the 3.5 SL, but the quality and luxury are easy to see from the moment you step inside. A redesigned center stack, new instruments, and a better tactile feel to the knobs and switches add to the Maxima's appeal.
The Maxima still offers plenty of great features, including standard fog lights, intermittent wipers, the SkyView glass-paneled roof, a power driver's seat, a new auxiliary input jack for MP3 players, power everything, and remote keyless entry. Options include Nissan's Intelligent Key remote start system, leather seats, a Bose audio system, a Bluetooth phone system, and satellite radio.
There are no engine changes for the 2007 Maxima, since Nissan's VQ Series 3.5L V-6 continues to produce outstanding power and torque. For 2007, the new Society of Automotive Engineers regulations have adjusted the numbers to 255 hp and 252 lb.-ft. of torque. The big news is that the transmission is a standard Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The benefit of a CVT is to offer smooth, responsive, trouble-free performance, as well as overall power-transfer efficiency.
The Nissan Maxima competes in the Large Conventional segment, which consists of 14 models. Buyers in this segment look for performance, comfort, and exterior styling, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Chevrolet Impala (289,868 units sold), Chrysler 300 (143,647), and Dodge Charger (114,201). The Nissan Maxima sold 69,763 units in 2006, a decrease of 7.5 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Conventional segment include the Pontiac Grand Prix, Buick Lucerne, Toyota Avalon, and the Ford Five Hundred and Crown Victoria.
|3.5 SE (CVT)||continuously variable automatic||$28,050||255-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||21/28|
|3.5 SL (CVT)||continuously variable automatic||$30,300||255-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||21/28|
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