Style to the Max
Nissan changed a boring car into a winner, writesGRAHAMSMITH
BEFORE 2003, Maximas were roundly condemned for being bland and boring, but no one could criticise the J31 for lacking style. Out went the plump curves and generous proportions of the older models. Out too went the grey plastic. The all-new J31 exuded style with a sweeping silhouette and languid lines.
The J31 Maxima was one of the new generation of cars from the revitalised Nissan after the takeover by Renault. It was as modern and stylish as the outgoing model was dated and boring.
Though Nissan ditched the styling that anchored previous Maximas in a time warp dating back to the ’80s, it kept the mechanical package that made the older Maximas such good cars.