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Nissan Maxima Gas Mileage

The mid-sized Maxima is Nissan’s top of the line passenger sedan. While the Maxima’s 3.5 liter V-6 engine produces plenty of get up and go for the sporty four-door, gas mileage ratings have become a liability as gas prices have risen. The 2008 Maxima scores a highway ranking of just 25 miles per gallon (MPG), albeit revised.

For over two decades, the Maxima has been equipped exclusively with its well-respected six cylinder gasoline-powered engine. it’s time that Nissan expands the options to include either a hybrid choice (adopted from the Altima) or perhaps a fuel-efficient and torquey turbo-diesel (with a return of a manual transmission option as an added lure for the enthusiast).



Nissan Altima Gas Mileage – 1993-2010

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
2010 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (AV-S6) Auto 19 26
2009 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (AV) Auto 19 26
2008 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (AV) Auto 19 25
2007 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (AV) Auto 21 28
2006 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (M6) Manual 20 29
2006 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (S5) Auto 20 28
2005 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (M6) Manual 20 29
2005 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (S5) Auto 20 28
2004 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L4) Auto 20 27
2004 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (S5) Auto 20 28
2004 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (M6) Manual 20 29
2003 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L4) Auto 20 26
2003 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (M6) Manual 21 28
2002 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L4) Auto 20 26
2002 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (M6) Manual 21 28
2001 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 19 26
2001 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (M5) Manual 22 27
2000 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (M5) Manual 21 27
2000 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 20 28
1999 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (M5) Manual 22 27
1999 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 21 28
1998 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 21 28
1998 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (M5) Manual 22 27
1997 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L4) Auto 21 28
1997 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 22 27
1996 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L4) Auto 21 28
1996 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 22 27
1995 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 22 27
1995 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L4) Auto 21 28
1994 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L4) Auto 19 26
1994 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L4) Auto 19 25
1994 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 21 26
1993 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 21 26
1993 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L4) Auto 19 26
1993 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L4) Auto 19 25
1992 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L4) Auto 19 26
1992 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L4) Auto 19 26
1992 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 21 26
1991 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 20 26
1991 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L4) Auto 19 26
1990 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 20 26
1990 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L4) Auto 19 26
1989 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 20 26
1989 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L4) Auto 19 26
1988 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 18 24
1988 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (M5) Manual 18 26
1988 Nissan Maxima Wagon 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 18 24
1987 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 18 24
1987 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (M5) Manual 18 26
1987 Nissan Maxima Wagon 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 18 24
1986 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 18 24
1986 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (M5) Manual 19 26
1986 Nissan Maxima Wagon 6 cylinder 3.0 liter R (L4) Auto 18 24
1985 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder R (L4) Auto 17 22
1985 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder R (M5) Manual 19 24
1985 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder R (L4) Auto 17 22
1985 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder R (M5) Manual 19 25
1985 Nissan Maxima Wagon 6 cylinder R (L4) Auto 17 22
1985 Nissan Maxima Wagon 6 cylinder R (L4) Auto 17 22
1984 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder (A4) Auto 23 36
1984 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder (M5) Manual 23 36
1984 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder (A4) Auto 23 34
1984 Nissan Maxima 6 cylinder (M5) Manual 23 37
1984 Nissan Maxima Wagon 6 cylinder (A4) Auto 22 34
1984 Nissan Maxima Wagon 6 cylinder (A4) Auto 22 34

Note: the EPA tweaked their testing procedure, starting with the 2008 model year, with the end result being that the 2008 MPG estimates are now lower than previous years. As always, YMMV.

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7 comments ↓

#1 Les on 02.21.08 at 10:31 am

I have a 2007 Nissan Maxima V-6 which does a meager 10.5 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway.

#2 Darcy on 05.27.08 at 4:40 pm

Les, have your car repaired…something is wrong with it!

#3 mechanic on 02.23.10 at 11:39 pm

Or you drive it like you stole it! Slow down and try to use the throttle as hard and it might help you out!

#4 cat on 01.02.11 at 5:35 pm

My car is in the same league as Les the fuel mileage suck 16mph on the big road that’s really bad my 2000 model got 27+

#5 d in denver on 06.24.11 at 1:00 am

My 1996 Maxima, automatic, gets about 18-20 in the city.

#6 ndislyfe on 07.24.11 at 3:04 pm

I have an 08 Maxima and average just under 20 mpg, I had an 07 Sonata (3.3 V6) before getting the Maxima and it routinely got 30+ MPG. I am curious how an engine 0.2 litres larger which produces a measly 18 more HP get 10 MPG less?

#7 max2000 on 12.01.11 at 1:43 pm

I have a 2000 Maxima, with 152K on it, needs a tune up. I usually average 20-23 MPG, City/ running around, higher on highway.I have gotten 28 MPG, running a steady 80MPH when the car was newer. Recently I got 23-24 MPG on a trip to the mountains, with heavy traffic, lots of stop and go.

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