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2009 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima nameplate has a sports sedan history, although in recent years, the car has trailed its competitors in terms of the enthusiast driving experience. With the 2009 Nissan Maxima, Nissan has tried to restore some of the sporting character to the name, though reviews read by show that results are mixed.

2009 Nissan Maxima-12009 Nissan Maxima-2The Nissan 2009 Maxima boasts a similarly sized engine to the outgoing model, but for this latest incarnation, Road & Track says "Nissan has pumped up the VQ-series 3.5-liter V-6" to make "290 bhp at 6400 rpm and 261 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm." Those numbers represent an increase of 35 horsepower and 9 pound-feet of torque, and the power boost is definitely evident during acceleration. ConsumerGuide feels "acceleration is strong from a stop, and Maxima has reserves of power at the ready for highway maneuvers." Autoblog also praises the "seamless acceleration" afforded by the V-6, while Car and Driver notes that the Nissan Maxima is "a peppy performer, sprinting to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds."

Although the strong engine is capable of posting very competitive acceleration numbers, reviews read by contain few positive impressions of the Nissan Maxima's transmission. says the Nissan 2009 Maxima comes with a "continuously variable automatic transmission, which is the only transmission available this year." Autoblog reviewers confess that, "as enthusiasts, they were totally unable to embrace the CVT." Although the CVT does offer "a new 'drive sport' ('Ds') mode for enthusiasts designed to increase acceleration feel and maintain engine speed during cornering," the Autoblog reviewers still feel "the response was frustrating." Automobile is somewhat more impressed with the CVT, but they still report that, "for all the CVT's cleverness," they can't help "wishing for the option of a manual gearbox."

Power and acceleration tell only part of the performance story; the other aspect of performance centers on a car's handling characteristics. In this regard, the 2009 Nissan Maxima doesn't disappoint. ConsumerGuide says the "ride is firm, but not overly so," and they call the Nissan Maxima "composed and comfortable in most situations."

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