From Nissan press: In 2009, the popular Nissan Maxima returned to its roots as a commanding “4-door sports car™” – a premium performance sedan with dramatic styling, a refined interior and a range of available technology features. As a fusion of sedan practicality and the soul of a sports car, the Maxima enters the second year of the all-new design with its category leadership unchallenged. For 2010, Maxima adds a few new touches, including the fine-tuning of its color palette and available option packages. Maxima is again offered in two well-equipped models, Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV, each equipped with a responsive 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and Xtronic CVT™ transmission.
Utilizing Nissan’s advanced “D platform” as its foundation, Maxima features a standard 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine rated at 290 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque. The engine features a modular engine design with microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons, a resin intake collector, digital knock control, six individual coils (one per spark plug) and a cross-flow coolant pattern. Also utilized are a Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), a variable induction system, a silent timing chain and electronically controlled throttle. Maxima also utilizes a six-point engine mounting system, which includes upper and lower torque rods, high rigidity front and rear aluminum brackets and front and rear switchable control mounts to improve NVH performance under high engine torque conditions.
All 2010 Maximas come equipped with a refined Xtronic CVT™ with manual mode, tuned specifically for Maxima’s sporty driving character. For drivers seeking more aggressive shift operation, “Ds mode” (drive sport) electronic control logic programming provides increased acceleration feel with higher engine revolutions, automatic engine braking and maintaining engine speed during cornering. Available paddle shifters, mounted on the steering column, allow for manual transmission-like shift changes for the driver who desires that level of control, all while the driver’s hands remain on the wheel.