Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nissan Maxima (2014)

Redux:  Look for one of these, next time you have a choice.

Maybe it was the luck of the draw, but mine had really nice stuff.  It had an automatic climate control that could *subtly* bring the temperature down after a day in the sunshine.  It had keyless ignition and entry.  And the remote lock/unlock doesn't do that stupid thing where it makes the car honk at anyone standing in front of it.

I think my favorite thing was that switching from automatic transmission to manual push-button causes it to shift down one gear from what the automatic had it in.  That's *exactly* what you use that for!  You're either trying to get more kick, or you're trying to engine brake so the fuzz doesn't see your brake lights come on.  Obviously, a manual driver had a say in how this feature works.

Nice handling, shifts when it should, and the engine has zoom without gobbling gas.

The only issue I had with it is that there's no "accessory port" (lighter) near the dashboard.  So if you're hanging your phone in the general dashboard region, there's no place handy to plug in and charge.  Not a deal breaker in the slightest.

No comments: