2006 Nissan Maxima Consumer Review: Good but not great

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By bigvic1 on


2006 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


We purchased a loaded se and owned for almost 2 years. Purchased used in 2008 with 26k on the odometer. Cost was $20k out door with fl tax (orig. Sticker was over $34k. Whoa). Has almost every option except dvd/nav. Here is a good car that could have been great. While dependable, it has it quirks. Fast car, but terrible torque steer. Nice interior, but seats need more padding. Trips over 1.5 hours and your bottom is sore. Great styling, but bad turning radius. Weird cloth substance on dash/doors. What is up with that? Leather would have been perfect. All in all, a sharp looking, dependable car that is good on gas. No maintenance issues in 2 years. No rattles, leaks, creaks etc.

Best Features

Engine power (fast), good mileage (avg. 22 city, 29 hwy), very dependable. Virtually never in the shop (only on 2 items, under warranty). Black leather seats stay cool-ish even when hot. Tilt/telescope wheel is nice, Bose stereo sounds fine to me. Heated front and rear seats are great. Xenon lights.

Worst Features

Torque steer on hard acceleration is almost dangerous. Get rid of that! Needs better turning radius, some wind/road noise. Get rid of cheesy cloth-like dash material looks tacky. More padding in seats. I would buy another if they addressed the above. Add a manual trans., make it RWD, perfect.
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