As a matter of fact, it's not very small all around. Its engine is a 3. It's pretty tall compared to its competition but I have to admit that you sit up high enough to get a good view of the road. Since I'm not much into annual updating of the sheet metal, Nissan could have kept the nosework from last year as far as I'm concerned but I guess that the lower hood and redesigned grille make the car more attractive to some people. Copyright 1996— The Auto Channel. As for passive safety systems equipped, the Maxima came with an option of front door-side airbags. A few of years ago, I didn't have to plan for the baby's stroller when I went places.
The modern taste in a sporting vehicle is a four-door sedan that looks good, has dynamite performance and handles well enough to provide a thrill on twisting roads. Even though there's a poke-through hole in the rear to slip skis through, I would like it better if the rear seat back could be folded flat for long packages. The interior gives more shoulder room than the other cars in its class and the wheel base is up around 106 inches. The car feels big when you drive it and I know it doesn't mean much but I like the throaty rasp that the exhaust makes under hard acceleration. .
This automatic is a bit harsh on the upshift and isn't conducive to assertive driving. I suspect that a lot of it's engineering features can be found in the Infiniti Indy car V8 engine. To report errors and other problems with this page, please. It puts out 190 horses, is very smooth and propels this Maxima along at 0 to 60 in a bit over 7 seconds - and that from an automatic transmission. The extra luggage space would be handy. Among other changes made, independent rear suspension was replaced with a torsion bar while some trims were available with a 6-speaker sound system. Bob Hagin has seen the line grow to luxurious heights since those days but son Matt wishes that Nissan would bring back its hairy sports cars.
This was mostly due to the introduction of more customization options, a larger interior space and a new engine. I'm more impressed with the disc brakes on all four wheels but I lament the fact that our test car wasn't equipped with anti-skid braking. It's a variation on the now-common twist-axle with some linkage that keeps the rear wheel geometry lined up better. Submit Company releases or Product News stories to. The ride is firm but not stiff and to my amazement, the heavy understeer that I felt when I was driving it alone went away when I had a couple of other people in the back seat. Even at that, I think that a set of aftermarket high-performance tires would help. Nissan has always been in the forefront of the contemporary sports car market and I hated to see it go.
The steering had been made a little more crisp for '97 and as a former mechanic, I was intrigued by the rear suspension. And in that respect, this new Nissan Maxima fills the bill very well. . . . . .
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