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2007 Nissan Maxima

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2007 Nissan Maxima Review

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The Maxima was the first Japanese import to encroach on the European sport sedan market. Viewed by many as a sporty alternative to the family-oriented Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the Maxima set new standards in performance, luxury and reliability. Ironically, as the competition has reached parity with these standards, Nissan has repositioned the Maxima, with a greater emphasis on luxury and comfort. Gone is the wonderfully smooth manual transmission, replaced by a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with manual shift mode—hardly the transmission of choice for the enthusiast crowd. Still, for the consumer who needs a car to be the family sedan, a client hauler and a weekend escape pod, the Maxima is, as it has always been, an excellent choice.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a high-performance front-wheel-drive sedan offering a number of unique styling and comfort features, you'll love the Maxima.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Maxima's unique exterior shape is a litmus test. Some love it; some don't care for it. Others (perhaps those who view themselves as more enthusiastic drivers) might prefer the steering feel of a car with rear-wheel drive.

What's Significant About This Car?

The Maxima receives a major makeover, with a new front and rear fascia, new interior and a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) as standard equipment on all trim levels.

Driving the Maxima

Driving Impressions No matter which trim you choose you'll find the same 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood. This wonderful engine is absolutely power-happy, without a flat spot or weak point anywhere...

in the rpm band, and it runs and performs like a big gas-thirsty V8 while returning a respectable EPA highway fuel rating of 28 miles per gallon.

By utilizing both mechanical innovation and electronic science Nissan engineers have done a good job of giving the high-performing Maxima a level of steering feel that hides almost all traits that it is driven by its front wheels. The somewhat firm suspension and big tires provide great handling, but those who prefer pillowy comfort might like a softer ride.

SkyView Roof
The Maxima's unique glass roof allows natural light to fill the cabin.

Elite Package
The Elite Package's rear bucket seats offer a level of exclusivity not found on any competitor.

2007 Nissan Maxima Details
2007 Nissan Maxima photo Interior

The instrument panel mimics the three-pod motif found in the Z-Car and Altima, a nice tie-in to the Nissan family line. The dash and door panels are very well arranged, with proper backlighting for all buttons and switchgear. Safety features include seat-belt pretensioners, built-in crumple zones, front side-impact airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags.

Exterior
2007 Nissan Maxima photo

The sleek Maxima is a far cry from the boxy designs that defined previous generations of the well-known nameplate. A rounded greenhouse, sleek nose and big 18-inch alloy wheels practically place it on a par with the Infiniti line. Innovative features, such as the fixed glass panel running down the center of the roof, show Nissan's willingness to push the design envelope.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Maxima SE comes with a 255-horsepower V6, CVT automatic transmission with manual shift mode, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Vehicle Dynamic Control stability system, traction control, fog lights, remote keyless entry, garage door opener, AM/FM stereo with CD, front side-impact airbags, front and rear head-curtain airbags, SkyView fixed glass-panel roof, eight-way power driver's seat, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, trip computer and alloy wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options include heated leather seats, Bose audio, quad bucket seats, power rear sunshade, DVD navigation, heated rear seat, power moonroof, heated steering wheel, xenon headlamps, Bluetooth hands-free phone and XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Under the Hood

Nissan's 24-valve, 3.5-liter V6 is without question one of the best V6 engines ever produced. With such sturdy and rarely-found features as an honest-to-goodness timing chain (as opposed to a rubber belt, which will eventually require replacement) and platinum-tipped spark plugs, the Maxima's powerplant is built to go the distance. Smooth as silk at idle and at high speeds, the 3.5-liter engine delivers abundant power throughout the rpm range yet sips fuel like a frugal four-cylinder.

3.5-liter V6
255 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
252 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28

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2007 Nissan Maxima Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 599 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.4/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Great Car

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quality, Reliability, Good Looks"

Cons: "Battery life"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my 2nd Maxima and I'm very impressed with the quality and reliability of the car after owning it for 10 years (2006 model purchased 7/2005). I'm very impressed with the original paint/clear coat as I rarely put on any wax protectant and the paint still looks beautiful. The only issue I have with the car is it needs a new battery about every 2, maybe 3?, years (although the Texas heat may contribute to this wear), which is something I can live with."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Rock solid, dependable, go anywhere tomorrow car

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "The four door sports car."

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Been driving Maximas sine 1990. They are a real value. Solid, fairly priced, extremely low maintenance vehicle. Economic to own and operate."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Very nice car. Fun to drive

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Sporty car to drive with nice exceleration"

Cons: "Turning radius is just to wide."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Only issue is the very, very, very wide turning radius. Numbers of times I have had to back up pulling into a parking space because I could not make the turn. Forget about making a u-turn with out backing up."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Worst vehicle ever

By on Friday, May 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 201,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Cons: "Very fast and comfortable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Nissan Maxima was my dream car. I saved and put down the deposit to a total nightmare. I paid $21k for the car. I replaced the transmission twice. I replaced the right rear hub assembly. I replaced the radiator and all hoses and thermostats. And about 5 other sensors that took weeks to figure out what the actual problem was. ABS system went out. Car squeaks and makes noises.Air conditioning squeals when you cut it on. I mean i would get it out of the shop and one week later its back for something else. This is by far the worst car i ever bought and the biggest I told you so in my family. Every time i see someone driving one with 30 day tags my skin cringes. Currently it the power steering fluid is leaking and needs to be repaired as well as the anti freeze is leaking and needs repair. recently had a headlight go out...bulb cost 100 and then 100-200 to install because the BUMPER has to be removed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There has NEVER been a recall on anything and doesnt make any sense."

9 people out of 20 found this review helpful

sad to say goodbye

By on Thursday, April 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "styling, acceleration"

Cons: "turning radius, gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"After 10 years we will be selling our Nissan Maxima. This makes me sad because I loved this car. It is sporty and fun and the styling is awesome and has stood up to the test of time. It has lots of great options including my favorite - a heated steering wheel. The gas mileage isn't great, and the turning radius is pretty awful, but the ride and acceleration are fantastic."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

quality so so

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great features"

Cons: "cheapened the product tht it was known for"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"ha the timing chain noise and nissan dealer said it was worn out at 51000 miles . found out nissan has alitigation law siuit against premature timing chain wear because of plastic tensioners . the reason we bought the car was becuase it had atiming chain and not abelt . silly us."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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