The 2009 Nissan Maxima family sedan will start at a price of $29,290 for the Maxima 3.5 S base model.
Two years ago, the 2007 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE was available at a price of mere $28,050, so this gives us a price increase of 4.4 percent. With cumulative rate of inflation approaching 6.8 percent for these two years, the new car is even cheaper than before. Well, this is true if your annual salary grew together with or faster than prices, that is.
Still, if you don’t factor in the inflation rate, then the 2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV with a sports package will be even more expensive starting at $31,990, which makes it pricier than the 2009 Ford Taurus SEL AWD and almost on par with the 2009 Toyota Avalon XLS. Giving the Maxima its due, I must admit that, for the price difference, you get a better-looking car with a more powerful engine, better MPG rating in combined cycle, and such nice available options as heated steering wheel, front cooled seats and factory installed navigation.
The 2009 Maxima is built around the same D platform, which is already shared between the 2009 Nissan Murano mid-size crossover SUV and the brand new Altima.
Its base 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 290hp and 261lb-ft of torque, which is more than adequate for the vehicle of this class.
The car also features xenon headlights and LED taillights, Xtronic CVT transmission with paddle-shifters, a choice of 18-inch or 19-inch wheels, dual panel moonroof, heated seats and mirrors and this sort of things.
One of extra packages even includes an HDD-based navigation system and a rear-view monitor.
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