I remember last year when Cathy and Silvianne test-drove the 2004 Nissan Maxima. At that time, the ladies bragged about the size of the trunk. Now with the 2005 Nissan Maxima, it’s all about “how it made them feel.” Nissan’s sedans have really stepped up to the plate when it comes to style and affordability. Last year Cathy wanted to stuff Silvianne in the trunk and drive off. Maybe this time she’ll actually do it!
Cathy Droz: The 2005 Nissan Maxima is a nice looking vehicle. After test driving the Nissan Altima, I thought that was Nissan’s affordable luxury model. The Maxima, with its alphabet of model choices, makes the Altima look average at best.
Silvianne Gonsalves: I had a few men and women stop me at the mall asking about the car. I was excited to allow all the good looking men a peek inside. For one very handsome man in particular, I popped the hood and opened the trunk. He just happened to leave his business card on the front seat.
CD: Did you do that for any of the women?
SG: Heck no. I let them look at the outside, told them the price and pretty much ignored them after that.
CD: Silvianne, that wasn’t very nice. Maybe those women wanted to look under the hood or check out the trunk space, or sit in the back seat to experience the comfort.
SG: Please! Let them get a brochure. I’m single and I don’t have time for small talk.
CD: Well, I do! The 2005 Nissan Maxima is a good-looking sedan from both an exterior and interior perspective. It provides a smooth ride, powered by a V6 engine, front wheel drive and is available in two-capital letters beginning with S. The first is the SE, which is more for the driving enthusiast, while the 3.5 SL is more luxuriously equipped.
SG: We drove the 3.5 SL and it was very lush. That’s not easy for me to admit, since I am a Lexus snob.
CD: You’re just a snob, period.
SG: That’s not true Cathy. I am kind, fair, considerate, and treat everyone the same.
CD: Oh! I’m sure the women in the parking lot at the mall would agree with that!
SG: One thing we can all agree on is the amenities available on the Maxima. It is amazing. You can choose from a plain vanilla (basic Maxima) for under $30,000 dollars to a vanilla with sprinkles, nuts and cherries on top (SE Elite package) and raise the price from $6,000 to $8,000.
CD: Great analogy. Sounds like you’re hungry.
SG: It’s the menopause thing. I get hungry for weird stuff when I’m not supposed to be hungry. It’s been happening that way with other things too!
CD: Oh, like dating guys 15 years younger than you when you should be with a man your own age?
SG: I said menopause, not mid-life crisis. Anyway, I don’t want to be with a man that old! Please!
CD: Well, I want to be with either the SE or the SL. I can’t make up my mind. I like the SE entry level ( $27,200) with a six-speed manual transmission, the sports suspension and the 18-inch wheels and tires. The skyview roof is a kick, with its narrow band of glass that stretches front to rear.
SG: I like that too, but the SL ($29,450) comes standard with the five-speed automatic, a softer suspension and a 17-inch wheel. It has leather upholstery, heated seats, Xenon HID headlamps, eight speaker Bose stereo, and all the standards of the SE. Oh, and the SL has wood grain trim and metallic interior accents. I think that’s enough for me.
CD: Silvianne, if that isn’t enough for you, or anyone else, then add on some options. How about a DVD navigation system with a 7-inch color LCD display ($2,000), XM or Sirius satellite ($400), Vehicle Dynamic Control ($600), or a power glass sunroof ($900) to replace the skyview roof. That might work for a few extra dollars.
SG: Let’s go one step further with the Elite package. This package is $4,600 more for the SE and $1,750 more for the SL. The Elite version replaces the rear bench seat with two heated bucket seats where the center console extends the full length of the interior. The package also includes everything from the Preferred version; a power rear sunshade with front and rear controls, auto up/down rear windows, and rear 12v power outlet.
CD: I am a bit confused by the SE, SL, Preferred and Elite. I say drive the different packaged models and choose for yourself. Make a decision based on what you need, what you like and what you can afford.
SG: You sound like Dr. Phil giving out advice.
CD: I just feel like all the letters of the alphabet get used up on auto models. What ever happened to the good old days, where you walked in to a dealership and you could choose from three Buicks? Pick one and decide if you want A/C installed because it was an option.
SG: Those days are gone, although it’s still so real for the men you date. I like being in the 21st century where men are men and Hummers rule!
CD: Spoken like a true woman of the … 1950s, who dates men from the 1970s.
SG: I know, in the fifties, the Maxima would have been considered a car of the future, especially with the safety equipment in the 2005. There are front seat air bag systems, advance traction Control Systems, child hook ups for car seats and side curtains for the safety of all passengers. I wonder where they get those crash test dummies you see on TV to test the Maxima for safety?
CD: Call Nissan to give them your name. You would be perfect !