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Nissan Maxima 350 Ti (2009)
With the new fifth generation Maxima, Nissan are looking to lure more buyers away from competitors in both the large and now the medium car segments.
Entry to the three-tier range starts at $33,990 for the 2.5-litre V6 ST-L, while the top rung is occupied by the 350 Ti.
The Ti has been well kitted out with standard features and safety items, and at the price, value should be attractive. Its 3.5-litre V6 revs sweetly, never feeling lethargic or lacking in enthusiasm. Nissan’s X-Tronic CVT (transmission) to which it’s mated works well, and when required keeps the V6 spinning in its most productive rev band.
The Ti’s refinement is enhanced by a supple ride, though suspension damping can be found wanting at times. Handling has been improved and while it will meet many buyers’ expectations, keener drivers may be less inspired. The steering is pleasantly weighted but lacks real road feel.
The standard reversing camera with predictive path capability makes reverse parking easier and will help alert drivers to children or adults who stray behind the car during reversing, thereby preventing injuries.
Cabin and boot space is good, though such ergonomic shortfalls as a foot-operated park brake, heated seat switches hidden away in the console stowage box and no reach adjustment on the steering, spoil a generally user-friendly interior.
Equipment, refined V6 performance, supple ride, improved dynamics
Climate control, xenon headlamps, Bose audio and 6 CD stacker, DVD, reversing camera, sunroof, keyless entry, and leather, power and heated front seats
Stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA), active front head restraints, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters, and dual front, front side and front and rear curtain airbags
||Maxima 350 Ti
||Large Under $60,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
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||3.5-litre V6, double overhead cam, 24 valves petrol
||185 kW @ 6000 rpm
||326 Nm @ 4400 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
|Braking from 80 km/h
||PULP (95 RON)
||10.2 litres/100 km
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