Future historians will record that, in the summer of 2006, astronomers revoked Pluto’s status as a planet, and Nissan reeled in the spacey styling of the Maxima, bringing it down a little closer to Earth-car standard. Those same historians will also render a verdict whether either decision was a good one. Right now we’re might be too close to these events to tell, but we’re thinking the styling changes to the 2007 Nissan Maxima are a good thing. And we still like to think of Pluto as a planet. In both cases, call us old fashioned.
Gone is the beaver-toothed, studded grille from the ’58 Buick, replaced by a more conservative, more elegant grille more in keeping with the Nissan Altima. In fact, all of the body work has been restyled. The 2007 Maxima gets new headlamps, new taillamps, and redesigned fenders, rocker panels, rear spoiler, and hood. The cabin gets a new instrument cluster and center dash for 2007, making for easier, more intuitive operation.
The SL upgrades with leather upholstery, woodgrain interior trim, heated seats, xenon HID headlamps, a premium eight-speaker Bose stereo, and other conveniences that are optional on the SE. The SL rides on a softer suspension with 17-inch wheels and tires.
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