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2012 Nissan Maxima

2012 Nissan Maxima Review

(0 Stars)  An upscale sedan that is quick but not sporty.

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Nissan touts the Maxima as a sport sedan, which explains the aggressive "Liquid Motion" styling, wide track, and large wheels with low-profile tires. A gutsy V-6 engine with 290 hp makes the Maxima reasonably quick, but its front-wheel-drive layout and lethargic CVT preclude us from deeming it a true sport sedan. The Maxima handles well for a full-size sedan, but it is ultimately too large and too heavy for back-road thrills. Whereas early Maximas were genuinely exciting and even offered manual transmissions, today's Maxima is an upscale sedan that offers a mix of luxury and comfort for a reasonable price. In that respect, the Maxima succeeds admirably. The ride is well damped and comfortable. The large exterior surrounds a cabin with adequate--but not generous--space for six-foot passengers in the back seat. The interior continues the exterior's near-luxury theme with a nicely trimmed dashboard, attractive control layout, and generous seats finished in supple leather (base models have cloth seats). The wide-ranging list of features includes navigation with real-time traffic information, an audio system with a 9.3-gigabyte hard drive, heated and cooled seats, a backup camera, and a dual-pane sunroof. Fuel economy is about average compared with that of similarly sized V-6 sedans. The Maxima is a good choice in the near-luxury sedan segment, as long as you keep in mind that it's not as sporting as advertised.

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