Nissan Division has made its redesigned 2000 Maxima bigger, stronger and faster. In making upgrades to the previous Maxima platform, which went on sale in mid-1994, Nissan tried to move the new Maxima onto its own turf, away from the V-6 versions of the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord.
The wheelbase on the 2000 Maxima has grown 2 inches, while the overall length is up by an inch. The sedan, which went on sale in June, is now a half-inch wider and taller and 25 pounds heavier. The windshield base point moves 2 inches forward to provide more cabin space.
Though keeping the 3.0-liter V-6, Nissan stroked the already strong engine to develop 222 hp and 210 pounds-feet of torque.
To absorb the increased power, Nissan beefed up the transmission with improved friction material and increased oil flow.