The Maxima debuted in 1976 as an upscale version of the Bluebird and was spun into its own line in 1980, having been made continuously since then. Most pre-2004 Maximas were built in Oppama, Japan, until the current North American Maximas started being assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee.
The Maxima models are also known as Cefiro or Laurel in various markets.
1995 - 1999 Maxima
The car was redesigned again in 1995 as the A32. A new VQ30DE 190 hp (142 kW), 205 lb•ft (278 N•m) tq 3.0 L V6 was the only engine option for the North American market. The VQ30DE's smooth, powerful acceleration and long-term durability helped it earn a first spot on the Ward's 10 Best Engine List, and the VQ has now been recognized consecutively for every year since its introduction (as of 2008, 14 years running). The independent rear suspension of the previous generation was replaced with a lighter and cheaper solid axle system.
2000 - 2003 Maxima
Whatever you think of the wrapper, facts reveal the fifth-generation Maxima a consummately good car. With this iteration, the Maxima's DOHC 3.0-liter V-6 was enlivened from 190 horsepower to 222 and mated to a five-speed manual in the base GXE and sporty SE models or a four-speed automatic in the upmarket GLE (the automatic was optional in the other trim levels). For 2001, a 20th-anniversary model got a five-horsepower boost, while all 2002s received a 3.5-liter version of the engine, good for 255 horses. For 2003, the manual box became a six-speed available on the SE only, so this might be considered the most special of the group from a performance standpoint; other models got the autobox instead. Four-wheel discs with ABS were standard across the board. With the 2000 redesign, wheelbase increased two inches, benefiting interior room, while Nissan continued to fiddle with the twist-beam rear suspension that so horrified purists when it was introduced in the previous car. Short answer: It handles just fine, thanks.
2004 - 2007 Maxima
The latest generation Maxima, codenamed A34, shares its platform with the third generation Altima, in addition to several other models, and this Maxima is only sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico (all countries where the Altima is sold). In the US, it comes with the venerable VQ35DE, a DOHC V6 engine that now produces 265 hp (198 kW). The VQ35DE and its predecessor, the VQ30DE, have won Wards 10 Best Engines award every year since the competition's inception in 1995.
Interestingly, in Australia, the Maxima has the same engine, but has set the maximum power to only 170 kW. The Australian version only comes with a four-speed automatic transmission. However, SEs in the US can be had with an optional five-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is still standard on some models.
2008 - Up Maxima
It's trying to restore the Maxima's heritage, and has brought back the car's description as a "four-door sports car" (4DSC), first used during the 1980s. So in addition to the shorter length and wheelbase, this 2009 Nissan Maxima is also wider and lower. Actually, it's only slightly wider at the door handles, but the front and rear tracks are up 1.4 and 1.2 inches, respectively.
The bulging fenders give the 2009 Maxima a Coke-bottle shape like a muscle car from the late 1960s. There are some serious creases in the hood and a nose with hints of the GT-R . Add the standard 18-inch wheels (19s are optional) and there's definitely a seriousness to this Maxima's design that adds some credence to the whole sport-sedan revival thing.
There's plenty of new hardware underneath to back it up. The Maxima rides on the same front-wheel-drive platform introduced by the latest Altima but the Maxima adds lightweight aluminum suspension links, revised suspension and steering geometries and new, lower engine mounts.
A 3.5-liter VQ-Series V6 provides the power for the Maxima once again. It's been reworked with a revised intake, higher compression ratio and more advanced variable valve timing system, among other things. It produces 290 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque and sends it to the front wheels through a revised version of Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT).
At Custom Maxima we have the following kinds of Maxima aftermarket car parts:
- Maxima Performance Parts
- Maxima Exterior Parts
- Maxima Interior Parts
- Maxima Exhaust Parts
- Maxima Suspension Parts
- Maxima Electronic Parts
Maxima Years Reviewed:
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011