2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Nissan Maxima - Road Test Specs

2009 Nissan Maxima Sedan

(3.5L V6 CVT Automatic)


Model year2009
ModelMaxima 3.5 SV
Style4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$33,000 est.
Options on test vehiclePremium Package, Technology Package (Prem), Climate-Controlled Driver Seat.
As-tested MSRP$37,770 est.


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,498/213.5
Block/head materialAluminum / aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, 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 automatic
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, multilink, 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 M+S
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, front245/45ZR18 96V
Tire size, rear245/45ZR18 96V
Wheel size18 by 8.0 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.6-inch ventilated disc
Brakes, rear12.1-inch ventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.6
0-60 mph (sec.)6.5
0-75 mph (sec.)9.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.7 @ 96.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.3
@ Full throttle (dB)73.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsDiscovered the quickest run was in Drive because Sport-Drive or Manual modes both inserted faux shifts, eliminating the advantage of the CVT. In Drive, the tach ramped up to 6,400 rpm by 45 mph and stayed there throughout the quarter-mile. Wheelspin was minimal, as if there's an electronic torque-limiting program. Even so, there's plenty of right-biased torque steer in it at wide-open throttle.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsLike so many (non-sports) cars we test, there's little initial brake bite at 60 mph and most of the slowing occurs from 45-0 mph. The pedal is neither hard nor soft, but just right, with enough feedback to effectively modulate. Moderate dive and so-so stopping distances with little evidence of fade.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsIt's hard to maintain a constant speed around the skid pad even if "3rd gear" is manually selected. The throttle/transmission response lacks the immediacy preferred in this test. Once the edge is found, mild understeer sets in but is easily transformed into a slight tendency toward oversteer. Steering effort (light) and buildup (linear) are appropriate for the Maxima. In the slalom, we applaud the light and precise steering. What felt rather tight on the skid pad became "loose" while threading the cones. If provoked by abrupt throttle or steering inputs, the Maxima will rotate slowly and controllably. The quickest way through was the least dramatic.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)78.6
Wind (mph, direction)4.3 mph (SW)

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/26 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)17 combined average (20.0 best, 13.4 worst)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)Being researched
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,631
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61/39
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.)38.8
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
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Ski pass-through only


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 dual front
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front/rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsEmergency brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard
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

New Car Buying Guides

See which cars and trucks our editors recommend