So we got a 2010 Nissan Maxima

So we got a 2010 Nissan Maxima

We’d been asking for the 2010 Nissan Maxima since October last year. For reasons unknown, our five requests were not taken seriously, while crappy magazines were getting to keep GT-Rs for months at a time. But finally someone took notice and let us have a Maxima for three measly days. I can’t say I was too enthusiastic about test-driving a rebodied Altima, but our readers had been clamouring for a real review of this car, and I’m now happy to oblige.

General Maximus wouldn’t mind being seen in this Maxima. The car’s gluteus maximus especially makes it seem like the Maxima works out a maximum of 5 times a week, and possibly on weekends too.

The upright front-end sports more muscles, bumper foglights and HID headlights “inspired” by the ones on the 370Z.

Dual exhaust tips, 19-inch wheels and LED tails complete the premium look and feel of the car.

The front-wheel-drive Maxima looks like a big car, but is really a midsizer no bigger than the Altima. However, its pleasantly-boxy shape possibly offers a bit more cabin space.

The upper cabin materials are all soft-touch, with leather door trim and padded armrests. The ambience feels as expensive as in the Lexus ES and the Audi A6.

From behind the steering wheel, it feels like an Infiniti, what with that exact same navigation touchscreen, chrome trim and even huge paddle-shifters.

The front seats are moderately-bolstered and power-adjustable on our top-spec trim, upholstered in creamy perforated leather.

Front passengers get lots of covered storage spaces. Only the driver’s seat can be had with an extendable thigh-support as well as a ventilation-fan feature.

The rear is average in terms of legroom, due to the thick front seats, but average-sized folks like us fit comfortably. The rear bench prioritises two passengers instead of three. We feel there is a bit more headroom than the Altima. Rear passengers get rear a/c vents, door speakers and covered cup-holders.

Luggage trunk space is expectedly immense, with a full-size spare wheel underneath and a split-folding rear seat with pass-through feature to carry long skis, assuming you bought your skis just to use at Ski Dubai.

Nissan is really pushing the boundaries on its upper-level cars, fitting them out to be a luxury range unto itself. Between the new Murano and the new Patrol, the new Maxima rounds out a trio of cars that could’ve simply been badged as Infiniti, and none would’ve been the wiser. All three are proper luxury vehicles. More in the full review.

What do you think?



  1. A perfectly luxurious and affordable car.. 🙂 Love it 🙂

  2. Weird steering wheel….

  3. beautiful car, beautiful interior, very odd-looking steering wheel!

  4. boooring dashboard design…

  5. nice looking car.
    maxima simply Superb and fast.

  6. this car in terms of exterior looks it is better than lexus

  7. amazing car,
    but what about the KIA bag in the trunk 🙂

  8. its awesome and affordable 🙂

  9. Author

    There’s a Honda bag back there too

  10. Dear M.C,

    I have been an avid reader of your site for a long time, however the standards are steadily decreasing, this reviews justifies why nissan did not give you a test car ealier.

    Hand on heart, can you honestly say that you review is anything more than what someone could write sitting in a car seeing the maxima in the next lane.

    The reason I am being so critical and bordering on overkill is that you were one of the first in the region to give an unbiased review keeping in mind the GCC perspective at all time.



  11. Author

    ^ I didn’t get it. This is a preview, not a full review…

  12. ^^^
    ya….its not the full review J.J

    keep going mash…

  13. M.C,

    My apologies.

    Go figure, I gues its either caffeine deficiency or senile decay… I thought this was a full review as opposed to a ‘preview’ …. maybe the titled got me wronng… I apologize.

  14. Author

    ^ No problem, buddy. Reviews are on the main site under ‘road test.’

  15. What Mess…….. Such a Superb desing…….Such a superb engine…..
    BUt…..BUT….. BUT…..


    Common All you Car Lovers. Maxima is not for you………..

    RWD is the BEST>….. I hope Mesh will agree with dat…..

  16. Author

    ^They didn’t want it to compete with the Infiniti G37.

  17. I would like to know the fuel economy of the car is it better in City & Highway , Fuel tank capacity is the same as that of the Ultima , 76 litres , with a 3.5 litre engine how much does it offer , with the petrol prices increasing does it provide the economical performance

  18. How much does it offer, mileage per litre,
    kindly answer my query !!!

  19. 19 City, 26 Highway

  20. Around 10 km for every 1 litre.. 🙂

  21. Nissan Maxima 2010 is superb at this time this is so beautifull & comfortable to drive with full of luxurius………………..

  22. nissan maxima is very bad take nissan petrol it
    is very good for burnout

  23. What about the engine performance and reliability?
    is it better than altima v6 3.5L?

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