All 2009 Maximas come with the same engine and transmission and are rated with an EPA-estimated gas mileage of 19/26 mpg city/highway. The difference between the S and SV trims is in the standard equipment and available packages. The more expensive SV trim can be optioned with Sport and Premium packages that aren’t available on the S.
Stepping up to the SV from the S adds leather seats, fog lights, an upgraded stereo and additional seat adjustments. The Maxima S starts at $30,160 while the SV is $32,860, not including a $695 destination fee. Additional packages can be added to the SV, which will add more features. Cars.com editor Kelsey Mays explains in his review of the Maxima:
“The Sport and Premium packages, which come only on the 3.5 SV, are mutually exclusive. The Sport Package [$35,160] adds 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and a rear spoiler, among other things; the Premium Package [$36,310] adds rear climate control, the dual-panel moonroof and upgraded leather. Both include heated seats, paddle shifters and a heated power-tilt/telescope steering wheel. A Technology Package can be added separately; it includes a navigation system but replaces the six-CD in-dash changer with a single-CD slot.”
Expert Review: 2009 Nissan Maxima (Cars.com)
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