Nissan Maxima 250L 2009 Review

Nissan Maxima 250L 2009 Review

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David Attenborough impresses me. Not for the fact that he must have a bladder the size of a water cooler, but that he relentlessly treks into uncomfortable wildernesses devoid of tarmac roads. When we think of going away from the weekend it’s generally not to discover the mating habits of hummingbirds, or the social interaction of a troop of monkeys; it’s usually to get away from the monkey on your back, and commence mating with your bird.

To achieve this, one doesn’t usually need a Land Rover and seven layers of thermal underwear. While the workhorse of the naturalist (don’t get that confused with naturist) needs to be rugged, strong, sturdy, and the match of any surly rhino; the weekend getaway is perfectly accomplished with a car like this new Nissan Maxima. It doesn’t sprint away from the line like a cheetah that’s just sat on a blob of chilli paste, it doesn’t corner like a gazelle being chased by the aforementioned feline, it doesn’t have the go-anywhere ability of a mountain goat, and it won’t carry a tree trunk like an elephant can.

What it does is waft you along in enough comfort that the thought of braving the sweltering desert to see a cactus that only blooms once every 80 years never enters your mind, and if it did, you’d dismiss it like one of those blowflies that always finds and takes a liking to you in Queensland.

The Nissan itself is not especially kind on nature, but then it doesn’t have a gerbil on a wheel for an engine. This 2.5-litre, 134kW model achieves 9.5l/100km on the combined cycle and 222g/km of CO2, and if you need more horses, there’s a 3.5-litre, 185kW version.

Attenborough’s a tolerant man, but the itchy fly bite comes in the form of vague steering and an annoying CVT box. The steering you can live with — it’s basically a cruiser, so you shouldn’t expect a Lotus Elise-style connection to the road, but the CVT is just annoying. In my opinion CVT should not exist as no one has done it well. On steep hills it searches through the rev range sounding like a yawning bear. Put your foot down and the revs wrap around to the redline, then as you back off as your desired speed approaches the revs fall, but you continue to gain speed, which is just confusing  to the brain.

As should be expected from a car this size, it contains all the safety elements of the day — traction control, ABS, vehicle dynamic control, lots of airbags, electronic brake force distribution and more. Interior comforts are adequate with electric seats, dual zone air conditioning, cruise control, 6-disc CD changer.

The ultimate reward for any nature program is recognition by its peers, and with a small amount of modification our black Maxima would respectably pass as limousine-like transport to the red carpet. Some 21-inch wheels, removing two inches of suspension travel, and tinting the windows would just about do the trick. It’s a handsome car with plenty of room in the back, and space in the boot to carry all the requirements of a trek through the wilds.

So, the capacious Nissan performed admirably on the weekend away, and the only creatures not in favour are the flies that might meet their maker on the front of a holiday-bound Maxima

Click through to the next page for a list of specifications

Price: $43,495

What we like:

  • Unfussed performance
  • Handsome looks
  • Comfortable cruiser
  • Lots of space

What we don’t like:

  • CVT gearbox sounds like a yawning bear
  • Vague steering
  • Large turning circle with no parking radar

Nissan Maxima 250L – Specifications

Engine

All-aluminium VQ-series V6 with Continuously Variable Timing Control System (CVTCS)
Capacity (cc) 2496
Power: kW @ rpm 134 @ 6000
Torque: Nm @ rpm 228 @ 4400
Bore and Stroke (mm) 85.0 x 73.3
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Induction – Sequential Multi Point Fuel Injection

Transmission

XTRONIC CVT Automatic Transmission with 6 Speed Manual Mode
CVT Range 2.349 — 0.394
Reverse 1.750
Final Gear Ratio 6.120

Dimensions

Overall Length (mm) 4850
Overall Width (mm) 1795
Overall height (mm) 1485
Wheelbase (mm) 2775
Track – Front (mm) 1550
Track – Rear (mm) 1555

Weights & Capacity

kerb Weight (kg) 1522
Gross Vehicle Mass (kg) 2030
Luggage Capacity VdA (litres) 506
Towing Capacity – Braked (kg) 1500
Towing Capacity – Unbraked (kg) 500

Wheels and Tyres

Wheels 17 x 7J Alloy
Tyres 215/55R17 94V Interior Courtesy Light – delay/Fade

Words: Darren Cottingham Photos: Adam Mamo

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David Attenborough impresses me. Not for the fact that he must have a bladder the size of a water cooler, but that he relentlessly treks into uncomfortable wildernesses devoid of tarmac roads. When we think of going away from the weekend it’s generally not to discover the mating habits of hummingbirds, or the social interaction of a troop of monkeys; it’s usually to get away from the monkey on your back, and commence mating with your bird.

To achieve this, one doesn’t usually need a Land Rover and seven layers of thermal underwear. While the workhorse of the naturalist (don’t get that confused with naturist) needs to be rugged, strong, sturdy, and the match of any surly rhino; the weekend getaway is perfectly accomplished with a car like this new Nissan Maxima. It doesn’t sprint away from the line like a cheetah that’s just sat on a blob of chilli paste, it doesn’t corner like a gazelle being chased by the aforementioned feline, it doesn’t have the go-anywhere ability of a mountain goat, and it won’t carry a tree trunk like an elephant can.

What it does is waft you along in enough comfort that the thought of braving the sweltering desert to see a cactus that only blooms once every 80 years never enters your mind, and if it did, you’d dismiss it like one of those blowflies that always finds and takes a liking to you in Queensland.

The Nissan itself is not especially kind on nature, but then it doesn’t have a gerbil on a wheel for an engine. This 2.5-litre, 134kW model achieves 9.5l/100km on the combined cycle and 222g/km of CO2, and if you need more horses, there’s a 3.5-litre, 185kW version.

Attenborough’s a tolerant man, but the itchy fly bite comes in the form of vague steering and an annoying CVT box. The steering you can live with — it’s basically a cruiser, so you shouldn’t expect a Lotus Elise-style connection to the road, but the CVT is just annoying. In my opinion CVT should not exist as no one has done it well. On steep hills it searches through the rev range sounding like a yawning bear. Put your foot down and the revs wrap around to the redline, then as you back off as your desired speed approaches the revs fall, but you continue to gain speed, which is just confusing  to the brain.

As should be expected from a car this size, it contains all the safety elements of the day — traction control, ABS, vehicle dynamic control, lots of airbags, electronic brake force distribution and more. Interior comforts are adequate with electric seats, dual zone air conditioning, cruise control, 6-disc CD changer.

The ultimate reward for any nature program is recognition by its peers, and with a small amount of modification our black Maxima would respectably pass as limousine-like transport to the red carpet. Some 21-inch wheels, removing two inches of suspension travel, and tinting the windows would just about do the trick. It’s a handsome car with plenty of room in the back, and space in the boot to carry all the requirements of a trek through the wilds.

So, the capacious Nissan performed admirably on the weekend away, and the only creatures not in favour are the flies that might meet their maker on the front of a holiday-bound Maxima

Click through to the next page for a list of specifications

Price: $43,495

What we like:

  • Unfussed performance
  • Handsome looks
  • Comfortable cruiser
  • Lots of space

What we don’t like:

  • CVT gearbox sounds like a yawning bear
  • Vague steering
  • Large turning circle with no parking radar

Nissan Maxima 250L – Specifications

Engine

All-aluminium VQ-series V6 with Continuously Variable Timing Control System (CVTCS)
Capacity (cc) 2496
Power: kW @ rpm 134 @ 6000
Torque: Nm @ rpm 228 @ 4400
Bore and Stroke (mm) 85.0 x 73.3
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Induction – Sequential Multi Point Fuel Injection

Transmission

XTRONIC CVT Automatic Transmission with 6 Speed Manual Mode
CVT Range 2.349 — 0.394
Reverse 1.750
Final Gear Ratio 6.120

Dimensions

Overall Length (mm) 4850
Overall Width (mm) 1795
Overall height (mm) 1485
Wheelbase (mm) 2775
Track – Front (mm) 1550
Track – Rear (mm) 1555

Weights & Capacity

kerb Weight (kg) 1522
Gross Vehicle Mass (kg) 2030
Luggage Capacity VdA (litres) 506
Towing Capacity – Braked (kg) 1500
Towing Capacity – Unbraked (kg) 500

Wheels and Tyres

Wheels 17 x 7J Alloy
Tyres 215/55R17 94V Interior Courtesy Light – delay/Fade

Words: Darren Cottingham Photos: Adam Mamo

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