Sport 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).
Remarkably 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.
Solid pedal feel throughout, but unimpressive stopping distance. Fade apparent as well.
Skid 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.