The 2011 Nissan Maxima offers features you might not expect from a mainstream car. You can see that right from the start, since the Maxima has a stylish, upscale design. That’s matched inside by an attractive cabin. Perhaps the biggest advantage, however, is the Maxima’s enthusiastic performance.
In terms of dimensions, the 2011 Maxima is a midsize sedan with room for five people. It’s available in S and SV trims. Nissan supplies additional content in the SV with Sport Package and SV with Premium Package models. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) are standard throughout the lineup.
Nissan reports minor style updates for the Maxima for 2011, including the debut of Brilliant Silver and Metallic Slate exterior colors.
The 2011 Nissan Maxima has the aggressive looks of an uplevel sport sedan. Highlights include subtle flowing lines that emphasize the car’s sleek shape. Up front, the Maxima’s headlights are especially dramatic. They have a stylized “L” design that complements a bulging hood and a no-nonsense grille. A dark chrome grille is part of the Sport Package, as are smoked headlights.
The Maxima’s standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and power moonroof are stylish as well. Automatic headlights and power-adjustable mirrors are also standard. Nissan offers many upgrades for the SV trim level. This model can be configured with high-intensity discharge headlights, fog lights, a rear spoiler, a dual-panel moonroof, 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and multifunction mirrors. The standard SV mirrors have LED turn signals, and they can add heating and tilt-down functions, too.
The cabin for the 2011 Nissan Maxima is simple but refined. A large center stack dominates the dashboard, which is also set off by molded oval climate vents at the outboard positions. For the driver, an athletic three-spoke steering wheel and deeply hooded instrument panel are on display. There are two different rear-seat setups for the Maxima. A 60/40-split rear seat is standard, and a fixed rear seat, with a center pass-through into the trunk, is optional.
The Maxima offers a number of premium cues as standard content. That includes an eight-way power-adjustable drivers seat, dual-zone automatic climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise controls. Leather-appointed seating, extra thigh support for the driver and an eight-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat are standard for the Maxima SV. The same trim can further provide options like heated front seats, a driver’s seat that’s also cooled, a heated steering wheel and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column.
To live up to its athletic promise, the 2011 Nissan Maxima comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 290 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. This reflects a 20-horsepower boost over the optional V6 for the 2011 Nissan Altima (the brand’s conventional midsize sedan). All Maxima models pair that engine with front-wheel drive and a CVT. SV models with the Sport Package benefit from an upgraded suspension.
The Maxima checks in with standard fuel-economy grades of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.
The Maxima offers relatively high levels of technology. For example, Bluetooth for hands-free calling is standard. So is an audio system with a six-disc CD changer, an auxiliary input jack and eight speakers.
A backup camera and Bluetooth for audio streaming are available for the SV trim level. Also optional are a USB port, hard-drive storage and a navigation system with a 7-inch touch screen, voice recognition and satellite traffic/weather services. The premium audio system is from Bose. It provides satellite radio and nine speakers, including two subwoofers.
"The CVT transmission in this car sucked.. I traded it after 1 month. Great features, great gas mileage and smooth, powerful ride but the whining and stammering of the CVT transmission was NOT it."
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2011 Nissan Maxima Pricing
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The price range for the 2011 Nissan Maxima is $6,566 - $10,950.
The average selling price is $8,685.
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$31,750 - $34,450
This is the price range for the 2011 Nissan Maxima based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$6,566 - $10,950
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