Take it to the 'Max'
By John Bull on
1999 Nissan Maxima GLE 4dr Sedan
Leased my Maxima GLE on a whim on my
Birthday in 1999. I knew as soon as I
fired up the silky V6 and drove down
one particularly rough section of road,
I had to have it.
It's cushy yet fun to drive
in the twisties, though it
won't be confused with a sports car.
This car's forte is silent running and
comfy cruising. The Bose system is
People have said the styling is non
descript, and I tend to agree to a
point, but blending in is good,
especially since the car loves to run
fast; I've found myself well in excess
of the 65 MPH limit and not being aware.
Sometimes I'll go for a drive just to
listen to the Bose and feel the
response and smoothness.
Bose stereo, auto climate control,
silky V6. Feels solid without feeling
ponderous. The interior is very
inviting; the leather and the wood trim
go well together, and even though the
wood trim isn't real, it looks real
enough, and is placed about the cabin
in all the right places.
The major gripe I have with the car is
that the bumpers have never matched the
rest of the car. Maybe the color
(Icelandic White Pearl) has a part in
it but can't believe Nissan can't get
the bumpers to match. Auto makers
should use the material on the bumper
that Saturn uses.