2011 Nissan Maxima Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, Revisions for the 2011 Nissan Maxima focus on the Maxima SV with the sport package, which now wears smoked headlamps (in place of clear lenses), a “dark chrome” grille, special gray interior stitching, and new metallic interior trim. Maxima’s color palette gets three new hues — Metallic Slate, Brilliant Silver and Pearl White — while the rear fascia receives a fresh tailpipe finisher.
One will notice the returning sports car, the Maxima, the earliest versions hosted a four-door sporty design that it once offered in the 80s and 90s. The 2009 models didn’t maintain much of the car’s main appealing attributes however. The fourth generation of the Nissan Maxima hosted a V-6 motor offering 190 hp joined to a five-speed manual tranny. The fifth/sixth generation entered the market with less sportiness. Simultaneously, car buyers demanded luxury and comfort over speed and athleticism.
Today’s Maxima has a 4DSC sticker on the window. It has a V-6 offering 290 horsepower married to a CVT with sport mode. The Maxima is sold with a sport package too which allows for the additions of dampers, springs, paddle shifters, and 19-inch wheels.
Maxima’s intent may be all sport, but it really is a family-oriented offering. The cabin is very spacious, it has a lot of cargo room, and it can seat as many as five passengers. Luxury features include things like auto-climate control, an eight-speaker stereo system, power front-seats, leather, a navigation system, a backup-camera, and a moonroof.
From the bulging hood and aggressively sculpted fenders to the L-shaped wraparound headlamps and 12-LED taillamps, every exterior cue of the Maxima is designed to suggest power and speed. Optional 19-inch alloys and a rear spoiler add flair. Maxima’s interior concept — “Super Cockpit, but with Space” — is designed to impart the intimate feeling of a sports car with the utilitarian space of a sedan. Premium features include available leather-trimmed seats and navigation with 9.3GB music hard drive.
The Maxima’s sole engine continues to be a 3.5-liter VQ-series V-6 that delivers 290 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic (CVT) transmission. A sport package adds paddle shifters, firmer suspension, and 19-inch wheels. All Maximas use a front strut/rear multi-link suspension. Nissan fits every Maxima with front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. The Maxima also boasts front-seat active head restraints, stability and traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Engines: 3.5L V-6
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: 3.5 S, 3.5 SV
EPA Fuel Economy
3.5 S, 3.5 SV: 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway
Price : $31,400 – $34,100