Fuel Economy suffers
By volsfan16 on
2007 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
I traded a 2005 Maxima for a 2007 Maxima. The fuel economy was rated the same so I didn't think anything about the CVT affecting it. However this 07 Maxima operates at 25% higher RPMs than my 2005 Maxima did. It also gets 25% less MPG than my 2005 Maxima did. Traveling on the interstate at 70MPH, I get about 23MPG and the RPMs are turning at 2500. In town driving yields gas mileage similar to my V8 full-time 4WD vehicle. Tried consumer affairs to see if this was something that should happen and they were of no help at all. Received a form response that didn't even attempt to answer my question. Also, the CVT is not nearly as responsive as the old transmission.
Appearance and style.
Get rid of the CVT until fuel economy can be improved and it can be more responsive. This was a step backwards not forward.