2014 Nissan Maxima | new car review

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 by
2014 Nissan Maxima
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  • Rated 2.5 stars
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AEDAED 103,000 - 134,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 75%
  • Interior
    Editor: 75%
  • Quality
    Editor: 65%
  • Features
    Editor: 60%
  • Performance
    Editor: 50%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 60%

Review Summary:

The Maxima has been around since the 1980’s and is currently in its seventh generation. Marketed as the brand’s “4DSC” or 4 Door Sports Car, the Maxima competes with likes of the Toyota Avalon and Honda Accord.

Pros

Exterior design

Cons

CVT transmission
Tries too hard to be a sports car, even though it isn't

Looks

When the refreshed Maxima surfaced in 2009, it turned quite a few heads and nearly 5 years later, it continues to do so. It is beyond my understanding how Nissan created a design that is aggressive yet elegant for the Maxima, all I know is, it works.

2012 Nissan Maxima

Feels

Inside, the Maxima is a cross between the luxurious fit and finish of its Infiniti brothers, yet sporty enough to be confused for its younger sibling, the 370Z. With circular air vents on either end, a well laid out and typically Nissan centre stack, and a steering with paddle shifters that feels like it’s been pulled right out of a genuine sports car, the Maxima is a wonderful place to be.

2010 Nissan Maxima

Engineering

Though the interior of the Maxima is spacious, the available Dual Panel Moonroof opens up everything to a whole new level.  The distinctive roof made entirely of glass, allows light in for everyone and a splendid view of the city.

What’s on offer?

The 2014 Nissan Maxima is fitted with a 3.5 litre V6 that transmits 291 raging horses and 350 Nm of torque through a CVT transmission system to its front wheels. You’re probably thinking a CVT transmission and a front wheel drive layout probably isn’t the best combination for a sports car, and you’re absolutely right.

The basic S variant with cloth seats and an 8 speaker sound system retails for a decent AED 103,000; however, if it’s the Bose sound system and leather ventilated seats you’re after, you’d have to opt for the SR variant which costs a steep AED 134,000.

2013 Nissan Maxima rear + side

Summing it…

The 2014 Nissan Maxima just feels like it’s trying too hard to be something it isn’t. Sure, it looks sporty, but anybody who’s driven one will know it can’t be compared to even the weakest of sports cars. So at the end of the day, I don’t understand why you’d pick the Maxima over the cheaper Honda Accord, or the more luxurious Toyota Avalon.

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