2002 Nissan Maxima Overview


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4.55 stars

Based on 32 reviews

Great Car For Passengers, Sporty Feel, Tons Of Gadgets by Chris
 — Ive owned this car for a little over a year and have put around 15,000 miles on since owning. It is the GLE which has basically every option imaginable except the 6 spd tranny which only comes in the ... Read More
A Family Sedan With A Lot Of Fun For The Driver. by rhody
 — I owned a 2002 Maxima SE 6 speed manual and drove it about 90,000 miles in less than 3 years. I bought the base model and had the dealer install leather. I had owned a 1999 Maxima SE 5 speed manual ... Read More
A Car Hard To Part With... by Abheek
 — Love this car. Personally, the styling (interior and exterior) are true to the luxury 4-door sports sedan mentality. Exterior has clean, straight lines. The stance is both agressive and refined. Inter... Read More

2002 Nissan Maxima Overview

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2002 Nissan Maxima

You need enough room for your family, yet you don't want to sacrifice luxury.  And the 20-year old youth in you craves a fun and sporty ride.  The 2002 Nissan Maxima tries to fill all those roles by upping its horsepower this year and adding sportier exterior and interior trimmings.  Available in base GXE, sports-oriented SE, and upscale GLE models, the 2002 Maxima gets a new 3.5-liter, 255-hp V6 engine this year.  While a 4-speed auto tran is standard for the GXE and GLE, the V6 on the SE is matched to a new 6-speed manual gearbox, to enhance driving performance and feel.  

Aside from some fiddling with the grille and light design, many of the additions in 2002 have to do with more standard features.  All of the Maximas now feature xenon headlights, which improve visibility, but apparently are a target for thieves looking for aftermarket parts for earlier Maximas.  All models get 8-way power seats, while the GLE gets dual power front seats with a driver's memory setting.  The base GXE is much more loaded than in 2001, with new 16-inch wheels, steering wheel-mounted audio, cruise control, a garage opener, CD player, and auto-dimming mirror.  For 2002, the GLE gets upgraded audio and an optional navigation system.  A trip computer is also new for all models this year, and a sunroof is optional on both the SE and GLE.

A roomy interior seats five, and rear seats split-fold and feature a trunk pass-through.  Seat comfort overall is more supportive.  The SE remains the choice of driving enthusiasts, with a stiffer suspension, performance tires, a rear spoiler, leather-wrapped wheel, and chrome exhaust pipes.  Though drivers love the extra power, more aggressive styling, and family-sized room in the 2002 Maxima, many opt for the cheaper Altima, which is similarly equipped and is actually the Maxima's chief competition.  Drawbacks to Maxima ownership include a wide turning radius, poor customer service, low fuel economy, and a so-so sound system.


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