Used Nissan Maxima QX Saloon 1995 - 2003 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Our recommendations

1995 - 2003 review
Nissan Maxima QX Saloon (00 - 02)
  • Nissan Maxima QX Saloon (00 - 02)
  • Nissan Maxima QX Saloon (00 - 02)
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Which used Nissan Maxima QX saloon should I buy?

The QX was only on sale in the UK for two years - it was launched on an X-plate - and there are just two models to choose from. Both are V6 petrols, a 140bhp 2.0-litre and a 200bhp 3.0-litre. Our pick of the pair is the latter.

The smaller engine struggles in such a large, heavy car, and with the optional four-speed automatic it's very sluggish. By contrast, the auto-only 3.0-litre is much stronger and delivers a decent turn of speed.

There are two trim levels, SE and SE+. SE is only available on 2.0 models and has remote central locking, alloys, a CD changer, climate control, and power-operated windows, mirrors and sunroof. SE+ is the best bet because it adds leather upholstery. All cars have anti-lock brakes, and twin front and side airbags. In security testing, the car was found to be very good at keeping out the thieves.

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