Luxury and a sports-oriented performance blend together in the 2002 Nissan Maxima SE, which gets a new 3.5-liter, 24-valve, 255-hp DOHC V6 engine with 241 lb-ft of torque and a new 6-sp...
Luxury and a sports-oriented performance blend together in the 2002 Nissan Maxima SE, which gets a new 3.5-liter, 24-valve, 255-hp DOHC V6 engine with 241 lb-ft of torque and a new 6-speed manual transmission. A 4-speed auto tran is optional. The 2002 Maxima SE is also a versatile family car, with lots of interior space, good front legroom, and 15 cubic feet of trunk space, which expands when the split-folding rear seats fold down. The front-wheel drive sedan carries similar features to the base model, and gets leather trim, xenon headlights, an 8-way driver's seat, trip computer, garage opener, and wheel-mounted audio controls this year. Differences are its 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and sports suspension. A limited slip differential is optional.
Other standard equipment include dual front airbags, 4-wheel ABS brakes, auto-dimming rearview mirror, CD player, power features, security system, cruise control, and foglights. Traction control and side impact airbags are optional and help earn the 2002 Maxima SE a 4-star crash rating. A long list of options includes a new navigation system, heated leather seats, heated mirrors, a sunroof, power passenger seat, memory settings, a CD changer, and automatic climate control. Owners praise the easy handling, overall comfort, standard features, and acceleration power of the 2002 Maxima SE. A wide turning radius, inadequate brakes, and peeling paint are some criticisms.