2008 Nissan Maxima Trims

Little changed from last year, the 2008 Nissan Maxima SE represents the sports-oriented version of this full-size luxury sedan. The sporty part means you get bolstered front seats, leat... Read More

Little changed from last year, the 2008 Nissan Maxima SE represents the sports-oriented version of this full-size luxury sedan. The sporty part means you get bolstered front seats, leather interior trim, 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, and a flashy rear spoiler. The engine is the same as that in the SL - a 3.5-liter, 24-valve, DOHC V6 that delivers 255 hp and 252 ft-lbs of torque when matched with a CVT (continuously variable transmission). The front-wheel-drive sedan earns four stars in crash tests and comes standard with 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tire monitor, traction control, and dual front-side and side curtain airbags. Also standard are foglights, cornering lights, and automatic headlights. Parking sensors and stability control are available as options.

This roomy sedan feels even more spacious with the SkyView sunroof, a two-panel sunroof that extends nearly the entire length of the cabin. Since it's still a luxury as well as a sport sedan, the 2008 Maxima SE comes with full power features, including an 8-way power driver's seat, remote start, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, a CD player with eight speakers, a trip computer, leather and sporty alloy interior trim, a temperature display, a garage opener, and a security system. Bundled options add leather seats, a 6-CD player, and a 4-way power passenger seat. A new Platinum Edition Package adds a heated steering wheel, parking sensors, memory settings, Bluetooth, and xenon headlights. Also available is a navigation system. Although the Maxima SE's 19/25 mpg estimates aren't terrible, drivers expect more out of a Nissan.

Powertrain: 3.5L 255 hp V6 Engine, FWD, Continuously Variable Transmission, MPG: 22
Air Conditioning Air filtration · Front air conditioning: automatic climate control · Front air conditioning zones: dual
Airbags Front airbags: dual · Head airbags: front and rear · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Side airbags: front
Audio System Antenna Type: diversity · Audio security system · Auxiliary audio input: MP3 · In-Dash CD: single disc · Radio: AM/FM · Total Number of Speakers: 8 · Watts: 240
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 12.6 · Front brake width: 1.1 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 11.5 · Rear brake width: 0.4 · Rear brakes: disc
Child Safety Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Emergency interior trunk release
Comfort Features Cargo area light · Dash trim: simulated alloy · Reading lights: front and rear · Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: front and rear · Door pockets: front · Multi-function remote: hands-free multi-function remote with keyless ignition, trunk release · Overhead console: with storage · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering: speed-proportional · Rear power outlet: 12V · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls, audio · Storage: cargo net, front seatback · Universal remote transmitter
Driver Seat Active head restraint · Adjustable lumbar support: manual · Height adjustable · Manual adjustments: 2 · Power adjustments: 8
Engine Push-button Start
Exterior Features Body side moldings: body-color · Bumper color: body-color · Door handle color: body-color · Exhaust: dual exhaust tips · Exhaust tip color: chrome · Mirror color: body-color · Rear spoiler
Headrests Adjustable rear headrests: height adjustable · Front headrests: height adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3
Instrumentation External temperature display · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level
Lights Front fog lights · Headlights: cornering, auto delay off, dusk sensing
Locks 2-stage unlocking: remote · Power door locks: remote
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power · Inside rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating
Passenger Seat Active head restraint · Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Center armrest: folding with storage · Folding: split folding · Rear heat: vents · Type: bench
Roof Rear sunroof: fixed glass · Sunroof: fixed glass
Safety Active head restraints: dual front · Crumple zones: front and rear · Energy absorbing steering column
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Engine immobilizer
Spare Tire Mount Location: inside · Size: temporary
Spare Wheel Rim Type: steel
Stability and Traction Traction control
Suspension Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front and rear, rear, front
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season
Windows Front wipers: intermittent, speed sensitive · One-touch windows: 2 · Power windows: remote operation · Rear defogger
Although it shares a 3.5-liter, 255-hp DOHC V6 and CVT transmission with its sporty SE sibling, the 2008 Nissan Maxima SL focuses more on luxury and comfort than performance. Examples o... Read More

Although it shares a 3.5-liter, 255-hp DOHC V6 and CVT transmission with its sporty SE sibling, the 2008 Nissan Maxima SL focuses more on luxury and comfort than performance. Examples of this include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 4-way power passenger seat to join the 8-way driver's seat, a Bose sound system with 6-CD player and MP3 playback, and satellite radio. Its all-season tires are mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels, instead of the 18-inch wheels on the SE. This front-wheel-drive sedan comes with traction control, 4-wheel disk and ABS brakes, dual front-side and side curtain airbags, automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, foglights, and a tire monitor. Stability control, a navigation system, and rear parking assist can be added.

Other standard equipment matches that of the SE. This includes a full-length SkyView sunroof, dual-zone climate control, wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, intermittent wipers, remote start and remote entry, a garage opener, security system, trip computer, and power outlets. Faux wood trim is added to the leather and alloy found in the SE. The 2008 Maxima SL seats four, with split-folding rear seats and a 15-cubic-foot trunk that comes with a cargo net and trunk light. The rear spoiler from the SE is available for the SL, along with the new Platinum Edition Package. This adds 2-way memory settings for the mirrors, driver's seat, and steering wheel, as well as Bluetooth, power tilt and telescopic steering, and folding mirrors.

Adds to SE:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Air filtration · Front air conditioning: automatic climate control · Front air conditioning zones: dual
Airbags Front airbags: dual · Head airbags: front and rear · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Side airbags: front
Audio System Antenna Type: diversity · Audio security system · Auxiliary audio input: MP3 · In-Dash CD: 6 disc · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · Premium Brand: Bose · Premium Brand Speakers: Bose · Radio: AM/FM · Radio Data System · Satellite Radio: XM · Speed Sensitive Volume Control · Subwoofer: 2 · Total Number of Speakers: 8 · Watts: 320
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 12.6 · Front brake width: 1.1 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 11.5 · Rear brake width: 0.4 · Rear brakes: disc
Child Safety Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Emergency interior trunk release
Comfort Features Cargo area light · Center console trim: simulated wood · Dash trim: simulated wood · Door trim: leather and wood · Reading lights: front and rear · Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: front and rear · Door pockets: front · Multi-function remote: hands-free multi-function remote with keyless ignition, trunk release · Overhead console: with storage · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering: speed-proportional · Rear power outlet: 12V · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls, audio · Storage: cargo net, front seatback · Universal remote transmitter
Driver Seat Active head restraint · Adjustable lumbar support: manual · Heated: multi-level heating · Height adjustable · Manual adjustments: 2 · Power adjustments: 8
Engine Push-button Start
Exterior Features Body side moldings: body-color · Bumper color: body-color · Door handle color: body-color · Exhaust: dual exhaust tips · Exhaust tip color: chrome · Mirror color: body-color
Headrests Adjustable rear headrests: height adjustable · Front headrests: height adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3
Instrumentation Compass · External temperature display · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level
Lights Front fog lights · Headlights: cornering, auto delay off, dusk sensing
Locks 2-stage unlocking: remote · Power door locks: remote
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: heated driver mirror, heated, power · Inside rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating
Passenger Seat Active head restraint · Heated: multi-level heating · Power adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Center armrest: folding with storage · Folding: split folding · Rear heat: vents · Type: bench
Roof Rear sunroof: fixed glass · Sunroof: fixed glass
Safety Active head restraints: dual front · Crumple zones: front and rear · Energy absorbing steering column
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Engine immobilizer
Spare Tire Mount Location: inside · Size: temporary
Spare Wheel Rim Type: steel
Stability and Traction Traction control
Suspension Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front and rear, rear, front
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season
Windows Front wipers: intermittent, speed sensitive · One-touch windows: 2 · Power windows: remote operation · Rear defogger