By James Bergeron

Photo Gallery:
2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV

Day 1:

2009 Nissan Maxima SV
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From the small and economical to the large and luxurious, that is the way it goes sometimes; an advantage for the luxurious part, perhaps but a disadvantage on the size front. Generally, I have no use for a large car so they do not swoon me as they would some, but I will admit I like the ride and feel you generally get in a longer-wheelbase car.

This week I am piloting the 2009 Nissan Maxima — yet another redesigned version of this car, as Nissan had felt it had lost its edge. “In recent years, competitive vehicles have caught up with Maxima in ‘sporty’ looks and performance,” said Ian Forsyth, Director, Product and Corporate Planning, Nissan Canada Inc.

2009 Nissan Maxima SV
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According to Nissan, the 2009 Maxima is inspired by the concurrent top-secret development of the 2009 Nissan GT-R supercar. In designing this car, Nissan threw away positioning words like “conservative” and “balanced” and concentrated instead on new concepts and qualities like “addictive performance,” “striking,” “commanding” and “powerful.”

My first impressions? Well, it does sort of remind you of the GT-R when you step back and take it in. It must have impressed the teenagers at the mall as well, as a group of them were gawking at it. Either that, or they had visions of the old Maxima commercials where their lives flashed before their eyes when they placed their hand on the fender.

The 2009 Maxima’s 3.5-litre DOHC 24-valve V6 is now rated at 290 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque, increases of 35 horsepower and 9 lb-ft of torque over the 2008 Maxima.

Gone are the model designations of the past. The Maxima is available in only one model designation — the 3.5 SV. Starting at $38,700, available packages include: the Sport package for a total of $40,750, the Sport and Tech package bumps the price to $43,200, while the premium package (as my tester is equipped) goes for $41,850, and, of course, there’s the Premium package with navigation for an additional $2,100.

2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV
MSRP as tested (including destination): $43,410

For more information on Nissan and the Maxima visit Nissan Canada

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