Auto Review: 2010 Nissan Maxima SV

The 2010 Nissan Maxima is available in two trims. You can order the S trim or the SV. Honestly, there’s little difference except that the SV is a bit more advanced. The engine and most of the other mechanical specs are identical. It’s the technological advancements that make the SV trim a better vehicle.

For starters, you get 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. The engine is a 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine with 290 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 261-lb. feet of torque at 4,400 rpm.

The drivetrain for both vehicles is the same: Front engine FWD and XTronic Continuously Variable Transmission with DS and manual mode. The difference is with the 2010 Nissan Maxima SV you have paddle shifters as an option on a sport package. These are the types of subtle differences you see across the baord.

The SV offers a sport-tuned suspension and trunk chassis reinforcement as options. The S trim doesn’t.

The SV trim does come with fog lights as a standard feature whereas the S trim does not. Also standard on the SV trim are dual power outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators.

Another standard feature with the 2010 Nissan Maxima SV is a digital compass, although the compass is nixed when your vehicle is equipped with the Nissan Navigation System. It’s still a step up from the S trim.

Seating upgrades on the SV trim include leather-appointed seats, 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and driver’s seat thigh support extension. These are standard features on the SV.

The 2010 Maxima SV trim also includes several audio upgrades that are not a part of the S trim package. These include:

  • Digital Bose audio with AM/FM/in-dash 6-CD changer
  • Nine speakers
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • Radio Data System
  • Speed sensitive volume control

The nine speaker system includes two 6″ X 9″ woofers on the front doors and two 6″ X 9″ neodymium woofers in the rear. In addition, the rear doors are equipped with 6.5″ wide-range neodymium speakers. To top it off, you’ll be really impressed with the three 3.5″ Twiddler neodymium front speakers. It’s a great system all around.

You can learn more about the standard features and available packages for both trims on the Nissan website.

Overall, the 2010 Nissan Maxima SV is a great road vehicle and one of the top sedans in its class. To be fair, however, the package upgrades are what make the vehicle and give it a special edge.