2015 Nissan Maxima | new car review
Tries too hard to be a sports car, even though it isn't
When the refreshed Maxima surfaced in 2009, it turned quite a few heads and nearly 6 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!
Inside, the Maxima is a cross between the luxurious fit and finish of its Infiniti brethren, yet sporty enough to be confused for its younger sibling, the 370Z. Circular air vents on either end, a well laid out and typically Nissan centre stack, and a steering with large paddle shifters, make the Maxima a wonderful place to be.
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 2015 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 103,750, 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 131,750.
The 2015 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.
|Specifications||2015 Nissan Maxima|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.5 litre / V6|
|Max Power |
|291 hp @ 6,400 RPM|
|350 Nm @ 4,400 RPM|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||5.8 secs|
|Top speed||212 km/h|
|Price||AED 103,750 - 131,750|