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2010 Nissan Maxima At A Glance

The popular Nissan Maxima enters the second year of its seventh-generation design in 2010 with two new exterior colors and fine-tuning of available option packages.  The “4-door sports car™” is again offered in two well-equipped models – Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV – each featuring a standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ-series V6 engine and Xtronic CVT™ with manual and “Ds” (drive sport) modes and available paddle shifters.

Along with its breakthrough sports sedan exterior styling, the 2010 Maxima’s sporty interior design combines a driver-oriented cockpit with ample comfort and luxury for passengers. The wide range of available technology includes a premium audio system, RearView Monitor and Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic® Real-Time Traffic Information and XM NavWeather® (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Voice Recognition and 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive.

Revisions for 2010 include new wheel finishes for 18-inch (Fine Silver) and 19-inch (Hyper Silver) wheels; Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System is now standard on all models; a 7-inch color monitor, RearView Monitor, auxiliary audio/video input jack, iPod® net and 2GB Music Server are added to the new optional Monitor Package (USB connectivity also included); DVD playback capability, streaming audio via Bluetooth® technology and XM NavWeather® are added to Technology Package; XM® Satellite Radio becomes standard on Maxima 3.5 SV; and the previous iPod® connectivity is changed to USB connectivity.

Highlights of the 2010 Nissan Maxima


  • “Liquid Motion” exterior design theme, embodying the flow of its powerful and beautiful surface, like the undulation of a wave
  • Aggressive, powerful form and commanding stance and a premium presence
  • Large wraparound L-shaped headlights with “turbine” light surrounds, wide grille, large bumper opening and “catamaran-style” hood
  • Deeply sculpted body/fender treatment similar to that of exotic sports cars
  • Distinctive “Maxima-style” C-pillars and high trunk lid
  • Available Dual Panel Moonroof with wide opening front panel, fixed translucent rear panel with front and rear power retractable sunshades, providing the appearance of a full black glass roof; available power rear sliding sunshade
  • Auto on/off halogen headlights, available High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, available fog lights
  • 12-LED L-shaped “stepped” taillights
  • Manual folding outside mirrors; power outside mirrors with available reverse tilt-down feature, turn signal indicators, available heated outside mirrors, available auto-dimming feature (driver’s side)
  • Available rear spoiler
  • Dual exhaust with chrome finishers
  • Nine exterior colors: Mystic Jade, Crimson Black, Radiant Silver, Dark Slate, Super Black, Tuscan Sun, Navy Blue, Ocean Gray and Winter Frost

Engine and Driveline

  • Front engine/front-wheel drive
  • Nissan “D platform” with enhanced body rigidity for responsive handling with virtually no torque steer
  • 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with optimized air intake, combustion and exhaust efficiency, producing 290 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm and 261 lb-ft torque @ 4,400 rpm
  • Engine features include electronic throttle, silent timing chain, microfinished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces, molybdenum coated pistons, resin intake collector, digital knock control system, cross flow coolant pattern and high capacity muffler, quad E-VTC
  • Platinum-tipped spark plugs with 100,000-mile maintenance intervals
  • 6-point engine mounting system (2 solid, 2 solid w/anti-torque rod, 2 electronically controlled)
  • Standard Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), Ds (Drive Sport) and manual modes
  • Available paddle shifters
  • 20-gallon fuel tank capacity for extended driving range

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Independent subframe-mounted strut/coil spring front suspension with extensive use of lightweight aluminum parts
  • X-type upper cowl structure helps provide front body rigidity for suspension mounting
  • Independent multi-link double wishbone rear suspension
  • Rear shock absorbers and springs separated; shocks are in line with the center of the rear wheels, providing excellent damping and minimal harshness
  • Front and rear stabilizer bars
  • 4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes, standard 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • Twin Orifice Power Steering (TOPS) vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering system
  • 10-spoke, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (Fine Silver painted finish) with P245/45R18 all-season tires
  • Available split-5-spoke, 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (Light Hyper Silver painted finish) with P245/40R19 tires; available P245/40R19 W-rated high-performance summer tires

Interior Features

  • Warm, inviting “Super Cockpit” interior with flagship craftsmanship
  • Tailored, refined interior styling, use of premium materials including available metallic-link trim and Eucalyptus wood-tone trim
  • Five-passenger seating with luxury cloth or leather-appointed seats with available sport stitching
  • Premium leather-appointed seats available with Premium and Sport Packages
  • Sporty driver’s seat with available manual thigh extension and climate control (heating and cooling)
  • Standard 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with manual lumbar support
  • Available 2-driver automatic entry/exit memory feature
  • Standard 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Available heated front seats
  • Rear 60/40 split fold-down rear seat or fixed rear seat with armrest pass-through
  • Available large rear-seat fold-down armrest with HVAC and audio controls
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with illuminated steering wheel switches; unique “parallel” stitch pattern on Sport and Premium Package models
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • “Daytime Illumination” electroluminescent meters, with a rotated tachometer so engine redline is placed at 12 o’clock
  • Power door locks, power windows with driver and passenger auto-up/down feature; rear window auto-up/down feature on Premium Package models
  • Two 12-volt power points
  • Driver and passenger door bottle holders
  • Dual overhead map lights, dual rear reading lights
  • Available 7.0-inch color monitor
  • Available RearView Monitor
  • Standard audio system with 8 speakers and AM/FM/6CD/MP3 with auxiliary audio input jack and steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Available Bose® premium audio system with 9 speakers, AM/FM/CD6 in-dash CD changer and RDS radio function
  • Available 2.0GB Music Box
  • Available USB connectivity, DVD playback capability
  • Available XM® Satellite Radio (active XM® subscription required, sold separately)
  • Available Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather® (active XM® subscription required, sold separately) and streaming audio via Bluetooth® technology, Voice Recognition, 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive, and 7.0-inch touch-screen color display
  • Dual zone air conditioning with automatic temperature control and rear vents
  • Standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
  • Available HomeLink® Universal Transceiver

Safety and Security

  • Standard Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage air bags, seat belt sensors and occupant classification system
  • Front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Front-seat Active Head Restraints
  • 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver’s seat ELR only) including rear center position
  • Front seat belts with adjustable upper anchors, pretensioners, and load limiters
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Emergency inside trunk-release
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Models and Manufacturing

  • Offered as two well-equipped models: Maxima 3.5 S and 3.5 SV
  • Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna & Decherd Tennessee Plants

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