2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV

2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV

Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, Nissan made sports cars. The best-known was the Z-car, then known as the 300ZX in both naturally-aspirated and ferocious turbo form. At a lower level of performance was the 240SX, four cylinders, 2.4 liters, and still sportier by far than the average poser coupe of the day. And to back up street credibility, Nissan had serious racing programs in both SCCA and IMSA, with both modified street cars and specially-constructed prototypes.

The performance image, and substance, extended to sedans. Even to its flagship Maxima. Although a front-wheel drive car, the 1985 Maxima shared the Z’s V6 engine, and had a much sportier mien than the average family sedan. By 1989 it became known as the “4-Door Sports Car”, aka 4DSC. And that was not merely advertising hype.

Then times changed. The Maxima got softer, more luxury-oriented. Nissan itself went through a tough period, rescued in a deal with, of all entities, France’s Renault. Any vestige of 4DSC was deeply buried. Very deeply buried.

But life is cyclical, and performance is back at Nissan, if leavened with comfort and, yes, even alternative technologies in the works. The 350Z of 2003 gave notice, and if anyone missed that, the GTR introduced last model year showcased Nissan’s considerable potential. On a lower budget, the sleek Altima Coupe is a fine successor to the old 240SX.

Still, sedans are the heart of a mass-market company like Nissan. And the Maxima as 4DSC is back. The degree of performance and refinement suggested by the 2009 Maxima’s strikingly-styled bodywork is delivered by its 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower V6 engine, and routed to the front wheels through Nissan’s “Xtronic”(tm) electronically-controlled continuously-variable transmission (CVT). Steering, suspension, and braking are as good as the drivetrain, which is to say very good. Two trim levels are offered, the well-equipped S and premium SV, which can be made as upscale as desired with a number of option packages not offered in the S.

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