The Nissan Maxima was MotorWeek’s pick for “Best Import Sedan” in our 1995 Drivers’ Choice Awards. It was also one of our most trouble-free cars in our long-term test fleet. Those are just two reasons why the 1995 Nissan Maxima would make a good used car buy.
This redesigned Maxima for ‘95 features far more rounded styling and flowing lines than previous Maximas. Ride and overall performance were also greatly improved. The SE model we tested came with firmer shocks and rear springs along with urethane front suspension bushings for crisper handling response. And despite a good deal of push and roll in corners, the Maxima stayed composed and was easy to control.
Under the hood all models are powered by an aluminum 3.0-liter V-6 that delivered 190 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque. The engine is flawless and we have called it the best V-6 in the world. We managed an excellent quarter mile time of 15.5 seconds, ending at 92 miles per hour and a 0 to 60 time of a brief seven seconds.
All Maximas get 4-wheel disc brakes. Anti-lock brakes are optional. Our ABS-equipped SE averaged a stopping distance of 134 feet from 60 miles per hour.
Gas mileage is rated at 22 city and 27 highway. In real-world driving we managed 24 miles per gallon.
Inside, the user-friendly cockpit features center-stacked controls within easy reach. Only SE models have white-faced gauges—after dark, the colors reverse. The seats provide good support and seat belts are now height adjustable. There’s the expected driver’s side air bag and one for the front passenger. Rear seat passengers have plenty of leg and head room, a giant armrest, and this convenient pass-through to the wide, deep trunk.
And there’s more good news. Pat Goss notes there are no significant service bulletins or recalls.
Prices for the ‘95 Maxima range from $18,100 for the GXE model to about $21,000 for a top drawer GLE. Our choice would be the SE—the sportiest model—priced around $19,200.
We consider the ‘95 Nissan Maxima a great value, and so we highly regard it as an excellent used car choice.
Engine: 3.0-Liter V6
Torque: 205 Lb Feet
0-60 MPH: 7 Seconds
1/4 Mile: 15.5 Seconds @ 92 MPH
60-0 MPH: 134 Feet
EPA Mileage: 17 MPG City 23 MPG Highway