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2009 Nissan Maxima



  • drwilscdrwilsc Posts: 140
    I saw a 2009 Maxima at the dealer and pulled my 2008 G35X next to it. They were very similar. The Infiniti appeared to be a fancier trimed Maxima. The Infiniti's dash was a bit fancier. The center screen area and air ducts were nearly indentical. The Infiniti is tuned for 16 more hp (306 vs 290). That Maxima was 35K, 2 grand cheaper than my Infiniti. It appears that Nissan is pulling a GM and putting a different badge on virtually the same car!
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 884
    This is the first model I've liked since 2002. But I think the premium fuel and poor gas mileage would nix it for me. I think, next time around, I might look more at the Nissan Altima hybrid instead.
  • shaaseshaase Posts: 4
    Don't jump to conclusions about the MPG for the new Maxima. The observed gas mileage recorded by Edmunds was calculated under a lot of hard driving to obtain 0-60 speed times and 60-0 braking times. Like many cars, the first tank of gas consumed does not necessarily generate a realistic average fuel economy for the car. My new acura TL only got mpg in the low 20's for its first tank of gas, since then I am averaging 28-29 mpg for mostly hwy driving,
  • fornovfornov Posts: 34
    I'm new on this board, so forgive me if this has been mentioned before. I was at my local dealer today and saw a Maxima for the first time, and I'd say they look pretty good. One thing I really like is the heated/cooled driver seat and the heated steering wheel. Our weather hits all the extremes, and I like to be comfy when I drive.

    I noticed that it looks like you can only get the heated/cooled seat with the premium package. And then if you get the premium package, you have to get the wood grain trim. Personally, I think wood trim in cars looks like garbage. That's just my opinion, and I have no problem with others who think differently. Anyway, is it true that you can only get wood trim with the premium package? Is there a way to opt out of that? Or is there a way to get the sport package and add the heated/cooled seat? It seems kind of ridiculous that you can't get all the options you want because of the way the packages are set up. I'd also like to have the dual sunroofs and the sport-tuned suspension, but it doesn't look like that's possible, either. Any ideas?
  • elam42elam42 Posts: 6
    I agree with you on the heated/cooled seat. It is a great feature. I had one on an old Saab, and it really was useful. It's a shame you can't add it to the Max without all the other garbage.

    I read somewhere else that the double sunroof is really heavy, and that it would alter the sport package tuning.
  • fornovfornov Posts: 34
    Well, that at least makes sense about the sunroof. I'll have to just keep checking on the other stuff. It's too bad other cars in this price range don't offer the heated/cooled seat option.
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    But this isn't really anything new that Nissan/Infiniti has done. Remember the Infiniti I30/I35? That was a rebadged Nissan Maxima. Same goes for the Infiniti QX56. It's a rebadged Nissan
    Armada. While I do think the hood area on the 2009 Maxima resembles an Infiniti, I'm not seeing too much else on the new Maxima that looks a lot like the Infiniti G35. Don't get me wrong. I think the G is a nice looking car. But it looks like the New Maxima might be a little larger than the G also. Also, don't forget that the Max will be FWD as opposed to RWD in the G.

    Also, I guess Nissan isn't offering the power-folding mirrors on the
    new Max like they did on the top-of-the-line previous gen. Maxima.
    Can anyone confirm this?
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,524
    I disagree with what you are saying there are some people who like FDW over RDW. Look at Acura's TL, that is the true competition for the new Max... Not the Infiniti...
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 884
    My current Max gets 19-26 mpg also. I just think next time around I will want something that does better, especially if it needs premium fuel. Too bad, because I really like the Maxima. Staying the same won't work, and I don't think gas prices are going down anytime soon.
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,524
    We had a 05 Altima SE 3.5 and traded it on a 08 Rogue FWD SL, the mileage difference makes up the lack of power... Now Nissan is to bring over a Diesel Max later in the 09 model year, that should be interesting, its going to the first diesel that Nissan has had in over 20 yrs here in the states.
  • hipreckhipreck Posts: 64
    I test drove the 2009 Maxima today. It was a loaded, sticker price 38.3K. Dealer is selling it at 36.3K -- they are a one price dealer.

    Interesting information on the Maxima. They have had it on their lot since around June 20th. They sell 250 Nissans per month, so it's a pretty large Nissan dealer. The Maxima had ONLY 109 miles on the odometer and is the only one they had. They also have not had anyone purchase one yet. They expect to receive a quantity of Maxima's in late July. Obviously very little interest in the Maxima so far, they did run an ad on it a week ago.

    On to the test drive. The car I drove was black/black. I was surprised at how generic it looked from the outside, I expected a little more sport. Wheels were nice, but the sheet metal is pretty bland.

    The interior is gorgeous and feels like an Infiniti. While I like the exterior of the Altima, I still don't like the interior (feels cheap). The 09 Maxima is an entirely different class than the Altima in the interior and I thought the drivers position and room was better.

    Driving the Maxima, it feels solid with excellent steering. The steering is on the heavy side which I prefer. The V6 is more than enough to drive the car and torque steer wasn't too bad. I was surprised how isolated the car felt from the road. Compared to the G37 which feels like it is part of the road, the Maxima feels more like a luxury cruiser. Very comfortable, but more isolated than I expected from a car that claims to be sportier. I really liked the driving position in the Maxima.

    I drove the Altima 3.5SL right after the Maxima. Two entirely different cars. The Altima feels cheaper and the Altima steering is way too loose for me. The Altima does feel a little more nimble -- more road feedback.

    So the big question is if the Maxima is worth the $$, especially with gas prices at $4+ a gallon? I actually like the Maxima more than the Infiniti M35 or the Acura RL/TL. Actually it is much better than the TL, but that is being replaced this year. So yes, the Maxima is worth the $$, but I see deeper discounts coming to move them off the lot. The gas prices will hurt it and the Altima 2.5 has plenty of pep for most drivers.

    So -- when there is a better selection available, I will look at the Maxima again. All that is available here are black/black models. I want to see something with the blonde interior which looks very nice.
  • cyberpunkcyberpunk Posts: 39
    I purchased one of these several days ago, and I couldn't be happier.

    Mine is an SV with the technology package. Dark Slate exterior with black interior.

    I've been driving it for several days now, and I love this thing. I think Nissan absolutely nailed it with the exterior. I love what they've done with the sheet metal. The look is "Infiniti done right", in my book. I absolutely love the aggressive flairs on the hood and sides. I know that not everybody will feel the same way, but to me, the look is great.

    I agree with the previous poster - the interior is top knotch! The fit and finish is spectacular. The seats are awesome - the extension on the front of the seats is a very nice touch, and the material quality and fit, not to mention the design, of the interior is first rate.

    This car has a wide, aggressive stance, and you can feel it when driving. You are not in a small car, and for a car this size, the performance is exhilarating. This thing can move!! But its overall smoothness and handling nicely bridges luxury-car comfort with sports car performance.

    The engine emits a nice, low note. While driving slowly through residential neighborhoods, the note coming out the back of the car never lets you forget that you are driving a nice sedan that is very capable of morphing into a performance car with the slight twist of one's ankle.

    The dials and interfaces are intuitive, and the ergonomics are fine in this car.

    Yes - more economical is the new trend in cars, and I suspect that will impact Nissan's sales. But the '09 Maxima is the new king of its class of vehicles, in my opinion.
  • I just returned home from my dealer with figures on the new Maxima. Let me know what you think of this deal.

    2009 Nissan Maxima Sport and Technology package.
    MSRP $37750
    Invoice $34175
    Selling price $34675
    39 month lease
    15k miles per year
    Money Factor .00250
    Residual $20652
    Sign and drive is $589.02 month

    Does this sound like a good deal? I was expecting the money factor to be much better.

  • hipreckhipreck Posts: 64
    Congrats on the new ride. Keep us posted on it. I'm very interested in the MPG you get. As noted in my review, I am seriously considering one once they become more available. I actually may have bought one today if they had a selection.
  • hipreckhipreck Posts: 64
    Residual looks better than what I would expected (55%?). Money factor (6%) is to be expected on a new model. Nissan will not offer lease support until they have to.
  • cyberpunkcyberpunk Posts: 39
    Will do. I'll be paying attention the the mpg's and post when I've broken it in.

    For now, the only thing I'll add is to anybody that is considering a car in this class, check out the Infiniti G35, M35, BMW, Audi, Acura, Accord, and Toyota and Lexus' offerings. Check out any car in the ballpark (up and down) from this class of cars, and you'll find that - unless you absolutely must have RWD, the '09 Maxima comes out looking extremely good.
  • trstacktrstack Posts: 4
    Chris -
    What part of the country are you in? The dealers I've called in NY (Long Island) are talking MSRP and higher. I need a new car within 3 months. The 2009 Maxima and 2009 Acura TL are tops on the list.
  • hipreckhipreck Posts: 64
    MSRP? Seriously?

    Here in Minneapolis/St. Paul the Maxima is already at 2K under MSRP without negotiation.
  • Todd,

    I'm in the Atlanta area. All of the dealers in Atlanta are charging $3500 to $5000 above MSRP. They call it a market adjustment. Its funny because none of them have sold one yet. So I started calling dealers 40 to 50 miles outside of Atlanta and they are more than willing to negotiate.

  • snagssnags Posts: 27
    You would think with car sales lagging , the maxima using premium fuel and the actual mileage yet to be determined ,that the dealers would stop playing these stupid games and do the opposite by dealing right off the bat.

    Who in their right mind is going to pay 3-5 k over list for starters not to mention that it would bring the top maxima to over 40k bringing it into more competition including their own. infiniti.

    These cars will not sell as expected unless the dealers start dealing in todays climate.
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