2009 Nissan Maxima Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Nissan Maxima - Road Test Specs

2009 Nissan Maxima Sedan

(3.5L V6 CVT Automatic)


Model year2009
Style3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$32,860
Options on test vehicleSport Package ($2,300 ? includes 19-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, rear spoiler, xenon headlights, auto-dimming driver side outside mirror, heated power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, driver memory functions with automatic entry-exit system, upgraded leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear bucket seats, Bluetooth, satellite radio and metallic-look interior trim); Tech Package ($2,250 ? includes hard drive navigation system with voice recognition, real-time traffic update capability, rearview parking camera, 9.3GB of digital music storage, iPod integration control, auxiliary audio/visual jacks and single-CD player); Floor Mats and Trunk Mat ($180).
As-tested MSRP$37,380


Drive typeFront wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3498 / 213
Block/head materialAluminum/Aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC 4 valves/cyl, variable intake/exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.6:1
Redline (rpm)6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)290 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)261 @ 4,400
Transmission typeContinuously variable
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)Forward = 2.371 - 0.439; FD = 5.173


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson Struts, Coil Springs, and Stabilizer Bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, Multi-Link, Coil Springs, and Stabilizer Bar
Steering typeSpeed-sensitive hydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.2:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle RS-A
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP245/40R19 94V
Tire size, rearP245/40R19 94V
Wheel size19" X 8" front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.6-in ventilated disc
Brakes, rear12.1-in ventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph (sec.)6.3
0-75 mph (sec.)8.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.5 @ 95.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.80
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.6
@ Full throttle (dB)76.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsRemarkably easy to launch, the Maxima has little wheelspin regardless of launch technique. Quickest run was with transmission in "D", not "D Sport". Simulated shifts in "Manual" mode do not provide better acceleration.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsSolid pedal feel throughout, but unimpressive stopping distance. Fade apparent as well.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid Pad: Despite sporty and well-controlled suspension, the Maxima's tires ultimately let it down for an otherwise excellent chassis. Slalom: Excellent feel, response and sense of control for a car this big and heavy. Body motions are well controlled and chassis is stable even over mid-corner bumps.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)78.8
Wind (mph, direction)2.8 mph SW

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 City / 26 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.8
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,579
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,609
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61.2 / 38.8
Length (in.)190.6
Width (in.)73.2
Height (in.)57.8
Wheelbase (in.)109.3
Track, front (in.)62.4
Track, rear (in.)62.4
Turning circle (ft.)37.4
Legroom, front (in.)43.8
Legroom, rear (in.)34.6
Headroom, front (in.)38.5
Headroom, rear (in.)36.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)14.2


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsbraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot Available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemtire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverBeing Researched
NHTSA crash test, passengerBeing Researched
NHTSA crash test, side frontBeing Researched
NHTSA crash test, side rearBeing Researched
NHTSA rollover resistanceBeing Researched

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