2008 Nissan Maxima  -  $29,325

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $29,325
Base Invoice: $26,924
Destination Charge: $695
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn CVT 3.5 SE
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 19 | Hwy: 25
Body Style: 4dr Sdn CVT 3.5 SE
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission
Engine: 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine


Fashionable interior; high-end luxury features for an affordable price.

Model Highlights

Nissan has always promoted the Maxima as a car that straddles the performance/luxury line, and the 2008 model continues to fill this role. A four-wheel independent suspension design allows a supple ride but also responsive handling, while four-wheel, four-channel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist provide strong, stable braking.

One year off a cosmetic redesign, the Maxima's interior continues to be refined. It now features better ergonomics, fewer buttons, and a Fine Vision Meter display to make the gauges more readable. Nissan's stylish interior continues, providing plenty of aluminum and wood trim throughout.

A 3.5L V6 is the only available engine, making 255 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque and incorporating continuously variable valve timing and variable induction. It is now paired with the Xtronic CVT, which simulates the feel of gears for sporty driving.

The Maxima is available in two trims, SE and SL, and the SL has almost all of the common luxury amenities standard; however, the options list brings many features usually reserved for more expensive luxury-brand vehicles. Options include a Sensory Package that includes leather seats (heated in front), heated mirrors, a power passenger seat, and a digital compass. The new Platinum Edition includes power driver's seat lumbar, HID bi-xenon headlights, Bluetooth, and a heated steering wheel. There's also a DVD navigation system with a seven-inch display available.

A SkyView glass-paneled roof is standard on both Maxima models. It stretches nearly the entire length of the roof and comes with sliding sunshades. A conventional, smaller opening sunroof can be substituted.

The advanced air bag system on all Maximas comes with front seat side-impact air bags and roof-mounted side-curtain air bags. Active head restraints are also standard. The vehicle dynamic control system is optional.

Model News

For 2008, Nissan's flagship Maxima sedan gets the SkyView panoramic roof standard, which provides a fixed-glass window down the center of the vehicle roof. A new Platinum Edition Package adds HID headlights, Bluetooth, reverse parking sonar, and a heated steering wheel. XM satellite radio is now standard on the uplevel SL model.

Value Writeup

Nissan's 2008 Maxima sedan straddles the line between luxurious and sporty, and makes a strong design statement with its chiseled appearance and showy wheels. The Maxima offers many luxury features not found on other vehicles in its price range, and its powerful V6 engine, which is shared with the 350Z, makes the Maxima feel sportier than other upscale sedans in the same segment.

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
25 MPG

Cruising Range - City
380.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
19 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
500.00 mi

Engine Type
Gas V6


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
255 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
252 @ 4400

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Continously Variable

First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 - 0.44

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
8.8 qts

EPA Classification

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
103.6 ft³

Front Head Room
40.1 in

Front Leg Room
43.9 in

Front Shoulder Room
57.9 in

Front Hip Room
53.5 in

Second Head Room
37.3 in

Second Leg Room
36.5 in

Second Shoulder Room
56.5 in

Second Hip Room
54.8 in

111.2 in

Length, Overall
194.4 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
71.7 in

Height, Overall
58.3 in

Track Width, Front
61.0 in

Track Width, Rear
61.2 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.5 in

Liftover Height
29.2 in

Trunk Volume
15.5 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3591 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
1000 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
100 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
1000 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
150 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Independent strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
0.87 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
1.04 in

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
18 x 7.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
18 x 7.5 in

Spare Wheel Size
17 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
40.0 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.60 x 1.10 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.50 x 0.35 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
20.0 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Emissions Years

Emissions Years

Emissions Years

Emissions Miles/km

Emissions Miles/km

Emissions Miles/km

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine

Electronically controlled throttle

Continuously variable transmission

Traction Control System (TCS)

Front wheel drive

Battery saver

Independent strut front suspension

Independent multi-link rear suspension

Front & rear stabilizer bar

P245/45VR18 all-season tires

Compact spare tire

18" 7-spoke alloy wheels

Pwr rack & pinion steering

Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes, front vented

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Brake assist & electronic brake force distribution (EBD)

Dual exhaust w/4-ports & chrome finishers

SkyView panoramic roof

Rear spoiler

Body color bodyside moldings & bumpers

Front fog lamps

Auto on/off halogen headlamps

Body color pwr mirrors

UV reducing solar glass w/dark upper windshield band

Cornering lights

Variable intermittent speed-sensitive windshield wipers w/mist function

Body color door handles

5-passenger seating

Cloth seat trim

8-way pwr driver seat w/manual lumbar support

Front bucket seats

60/40 split fold-down rear bench seat w/lock & sliding console/center armrest

Lower c-stack storage w/lid

Tilt & telescopic steering column

Leather wrapped sport steering wheel w/illuminated audio controls

Center display-inc: HVAC temp, digital clock, outside temp display, distance to empty, average fuel/speed, driving time, maintenance intervals

LCD trip odometer

Tire pressure monitoring system

Pwr windows w/driver & passenger auto up/down feature, key cylinder up/down

Retained accessory pwr

Pwr door locks w/selective unlocking feature

Illuminated entry

Illuminated pwr accessory switches

Vehicle security system

Intelligent Key ignition

Immobilizer system

Cruise control w/steering wheel mounted illuminated controls

Remote pwr hood/trunk/fuel-filler door releases

AM/FM audio system w/CD player-inc: (8) speakers, auxiliary input

In-glass diversity antenna

Dual zone automatic temp control

Rear air conditioning vents

Rear window defroster w/timer

Lockable glove box

Front & rear dual cup holders

(2) 12V pwr outlets

Front door map pockets

Overhead console w/sunglass holder

Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors

Sunvisor extensions

Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/HomeLink universal transmitter

Front/rear map lights

Driver/front passenger seatback pockets

Dual rear coat hooks

Cargo net

Driver & front passenger dual-stage airbags w/seat belt sensors

Driver & front passenger side-impact supplemental airbags

Front & rear roof mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags

Active front head restraints

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Front seat belts w/pretensioners/load limiters/adjustable anchors

ELR seat belt system for driver

ALR/ELR seat belt system for all passengers

All position 3-point rear seat belts

Child safety rear door locks

Lower Anchor & Tethers for Children system (LATCH)

Energy absorbing steering column

Front & rear crumple zones

Emergency inside trunk release










[W10] (4) 18" CHROME WHEELS




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