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Nissan Maxima
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Issue Thirteen
August 3, 2004
Hybrid Vehicles: Sales on the Rise
Summer BBQ Guide
The Dells Auto Museum
Hot Lap: Top of the Line
2004 Mazda6
2004 Nissan Maxima SE
Coming Next Issue
Chrysler 300C
iPod FM Tuners
Helmet Review

2004 Nissan Maxima SE
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Driving dynamics were about what we had expected. The Maxima offered little-to-no body roll, and it handled road surface irregularities with comfort and ease. The car did give the impression of feeling heavier than its claimed weight of 3400-lbs, and pushing it through quick switchbacks had us really working to hit the apexes. On the open road, wind noise was virtually invisible, but we did notice some tire noise on certain road surfaces, which is most likely a result of the large P245/45/R18 Goodyear RS-A tires.

Around town, the Maxima's large size can be both a blessing and a curse. The large interior and roomy trunk provide plenty of room for people and cargo, but the increased wheelbase and wider track result in a fairly wide turning radius. Steering feel was light and responsive, and offered decent feedback. At speed, the steering ratio is quick and accurate, but would probably benefit from a little more weighting - it's almost too quick at times.

After firing up our trusty Beltronics GX2 Performance Meter, we rattled off a series of sub-7 second 0 to 60 runs, and a host of 15-second quarter mile runs. We're positive the 6-speed manual would provide better times, but for a car of this size that's been outfitted with an automatic, our numbers are nothing to be ashamed of. The Maxima's brakes felt superb, with a strong, progressive bite and plenty of feedback. We recorded a modest 70 to 0 stop distance of 181 feet. On our skidpad, the Maxima's new for 2004 independent rear suspension helped generate a respectable figure of .84g's.

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