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2012 Nissan Maxima SV

2012 Nissan Maxima Review

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

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Overview
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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2012 Maxima SV Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L V six-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 440 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
20.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 261 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm

'12 Nissan SV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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